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In Conversation with Artist Gary Graham and Histor...

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About In Conversation with Artist Gary Graham and Historian Megan Marshall

Join artist and fashion designer Gary Graham and historian Megan Marshall for a special evening of conversation at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. The two will discuss Tnamurya, Graham’s collection inspired by the historic Old Manse and the women who lived there. The evening will include a presentation about the collection and the history of the Manse, a conversation about how this historic special place inspired a modern day clothing collection, and the deep history of transcendentalism in the region.

About Tnamurya

Tnamurya was the anagram Ralph Waldo Emerson used to reference his Aunt Mary (Mary Moody Emerson) in his journals. During a residency last Spring in Concord, MA, Gary met with the conservators and program directors of The Trustees to research a new collection and installation. The Old Manse is most notable as the house where Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote his essay Nature and Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote Mosses from an Old Manse, just steps from the Old North Bridge where the “Shot heard ’round the World” took place on the fateful night of April 19, 1775.

Graham focused his work on the women who either lived at the Old Manse or influenced these writers and the generations of children reared here, including Mary Moody, Sophia Hawthorne, Sarah Alden Bradford Ripley, and Margaret Fuller.

About Gary Graham

American artist and fashion designer Gary Graham creates limited-run collections of women’s clothing at his studio in upstate New York. Garments are made on-site using antique textiles, custom jacquards, and natural fiber wovens from domestic mills. GaryGraham422 is his site-specific project that allows space, history and community to determine textile production and to inform the making of intimate collections. Narratives for each collection combine real stories with fictional characters to blur distinctions between past, present and future in mysterious ways.

The Gary Graham brand was founded in NYC in 1999. Respected for its exquisite detailing, sophisticated craftsmanship and historical erudition, the clothing line was sold at select luxury retailers worldwide, and at the brand’s flagship Tribeca store.

In 2018 the brand was reborn as GaryGraham422. Gary relocated to the small town of Franklin NY and reconfigured his production as small-batch fabrication, with unique interventions to one-of-a-kind fabrics. The studio’s rural locale has inspired new historical narratives and encouraged experimentation and the exploration of time-intensive techniques.

About Megan Marshall

Megan Marshall is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of three biographical works. Her first, The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism, won the Francis Parkman Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize, the Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography and memoir. Marshall’s second biography, Margaret Fuller: A New American Life, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Biography in 2014 and the Massachusetts Book Award in Nonfiction. Her third, Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast, was a finalist for the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Christian Gauss Award in Literary Scholarship. In 2022 she received the BIO Award, the highest honor given by the Biographers International Organization for contributions to the advancement of the art and craft of biography.

Marshall was a visiting professor at Kyoto University in fall 2017, and the Gilder Lehrman Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers of the New York Public Library in 2014-15. She has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She teaches nonfiction writing and archival research in the MFA creative writing program at Emerson College where she has been named the first Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor. She is a past president of the Society of American Historians, and the recipient of the Walter Harding Distinguished Service Award from the Thoreau Society in 2022.

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