An Emily Dickinson Sense-Surround

September 15, 2012 - 8:15 PM

ArtStar
195 Chrystie Street


Meet the Poet as Gardener, Baker, and Musician on her Homestead Farm. What did Emily Dickinson see, smell, taste, touch, and hear in the act of creation? Experience the poet’s world by listening to music she played and poems she wrote—with aroma, touch, tastes from kitchen and garden.

With writer-baker Aífe Murray, horticulturist Marta McDowell, historical musician David Giovacchini, and the Emily Dickinson Museum director of interpretation Cindy Dickinson.

Aífe Murray lives and bakes in San Francisco’s Mission District. Her book Maid as Muse: How Servants Changed Emily Dickinson’s Life and Language (UPNE/UNH 2010) was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. She collaborated with Emily Dickinson Museum house cleaners and gardeners on the artists’ book Art of Service. She has created and led tours of Amherst, MA from the perspective of Emily Dickinson’s servants for the Mead Art Museum exhibition “Word as Object: Emily Dickinson and Contemporary Art” and for the Emily Dickinson Museum. A transdisciplinary writer interested in stories that have been erased or covered over, Aífe’s (pronounced ee-fah) latest project is about her grandmother’s incendiary encounters with the Ku Klux Klan.

Horticulturist Marta McDowell – “I dig, therefore I am” – is the author of Emily Dickinson’s Gardens (McGraw Hill, 2005). She lives, writes and gardens in Chatham, New Jersey. She scripted the landscape audio tour of the poet’s gardens for the Emily Dickinson Museum and was an advisor and featured speaker for the New York Botanical Garden’s 2010 exhibit “Emily Dickinson’s Gardens: The Poetry of Flowers”. Her articles have appeared in such journals as Woman’s Day, Fine Gardening, The New York Times, Hortus, and Arnoldia

Historical musician David Giovacchini has performed on the decks of Old Ironsides herself and on the porch of Longfellow’s house. He is artistic director of the Early American Theatre Company which produces musicals and melodramas from the American stage of the 18th and 19th centuries. His musical program of “The Music Emily Heard,” was performed for Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Celebration of Emily Dickinson. He formerly led the Salem, MA-based period music groups Rose Thistle and Thorn and the Hutchinson Family Singers, the latter of which was a recreation of the foremost American singing group of the 1840s and 1850s. He lives in Philadelphia where he is a librarian for the University of Pennsylvania. 

Cindy Dickinson is director of interpretation and programming at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Mass where she has organized programs related to the poet’s domestic activities and helped re-interpret the dining room and kitchen at The Evergreens (the poet’s brother’s house) for the exhibit “Art has a Palate as well as an Easel.”  At numerous Museum events Cindy has consumed samples from Emily Dickinson’s recipes of gingerbread, coconut cake, and black cake. Although she and Emily Dickinson share the same surname, they are not related. 

 

This event is co-sponsored by the Emily Dickinson International Society.

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