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Meet the Artist and the Curator: Bayeté Ross Smith and Jennifer Jankauskas
May 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC-5FREE
You are invited to meet and chat with New York-based interdisciplinary artist Bayeté Ross Smith and MMFA Curator Jennifer Jankauskas. Ross Smith constructed a site-specific work from his Got the Power: Boomboxes series for his project in Montgomery. The installation, located just inside the sculpture garden entrance, will be a 14-feet tall and 8-feet wide tower constructed from hundreds of boomboxes. This tower explores how boomboxes have been an important element in urban communities and also within popular culture. Ross Smith has collaborated with local residents to collect stories about Montgomery and community members’ favorite songs to form a playlist as part of the project. The sculptural installation will broadcast this audio story and oral history of our city. Together, the sculpture and the soundscape function, as he says, as “a symbol of pride, power, and autonomy.” We hope you plan time to stay and enjoy the garden.