Ferrin Contemporary (1315 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247, North Adams MA)

Ferrin Contemporary is proud to present OUR AMERICA/WHOSE AMERICA?, a dynamic group show of contemporary artists responding to specific and deeply problematic histories in the history of ceramics.


Our America, Whose America will present a dialogue between contemporary artists and a collection of commercially produced ceramics. This collection of historical objects, collected over many years by Founding Director Leslie Ferrin, are in the form of plates, souvenirs, and figurines from the early 19th through mid-20th centuries. The items were produced in England, Occupied Japan, and various factories in the USA. The exhibition title was chosen from a series of plates produced by Vernon Kiln that features illustrations of American scenes by the painter Rockwell Kent.


In response to this historical collection, contemporary works by nearly 30 participating artists will provide new context and interpretation of these profoundly powerful objects. Seen now, decades and in some cases centuries later, the narratives they deliver through image, characterization, and stereotype, whether overt and bombastic or subtle and cunning, form a collective memory that continues to impact the way people see themselves and others today.


Ferrin Contemporary is open Thur - Sat, 11am-5pm.