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Past Exhibit

Interwoven Dialogues: The Architecture of Basketry

June 15 – August 27

Studio 1, Studio 2

Photographs by Susan Gans of Artifacts from the Everett Museum of History Collection

Susan Gans

Opening Reception: June 15, 5-8pm

The Everett Museum of History has partnered with photographer Susan Gans and the Schack Art Center to showcase our extensive indigenous basket collection.

Baskets are likely the earliest container form humans created. From our earliest archeological records we know that baskets have been utilized in human society for over 20,000 years, predating most forms of pottery and woven cloth, as evidenced in stone carvings from the Upper Paleolithic to Mesolithic periods. In this exhibition, most of the baskets date from the early nineteenth century through the twentieth century.

Through the medium of photography, Susan Gans has documented the changing city in the architecture all around us. Capturing both the ghost of what was past and what is present, her photography seeks to show us what we may be losing when we gentrify and constantly change the spaces we live in. In her work with the Everett Museum of History's basket collection, she strives to introduce the same concepts while maintaining and showcasing the architectural integrity of the basket structures themselves. Basket forms are inherently architectural in nature, constructed with the same rigorous planning and implementation of any other permanent structure. Seeing the baskets through the medium of photography changes the dialogue that we, as the viewer, anticipate when we see these, sometimes, humble objects.