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In Response (Spring 2012) Leah Hennessy

In Response pairs local emerging artists and musicians together for a series of events that celebrates the artistic process; to share their work and sources of inspiration and to in turn, to become sources of inspiration for one another.  This unique collaboration captures the creative process, and illuminates the path that ideas take as they come into fruition. By sharing existing works, notebook sketches and demo recordings, these artists and musicians will gain insights on another’s method of working, and engage in a new process together. In Response culminates in a series of Sunday afternoon exhibitions and performances starting April 21 and running through May 12, showcasing new works guided by the lyrics, colors, sounds, textures, and shapes of their partner’s endeavors. 

The series is being curated by Leah Hennessy, a local musician and Inman Square resident, who wanted to create an opportunity for musicians and visual artists to engage directly with one another and have the opportunity to showcase their work together.  “Artists have long been looking to one another for inspiration, for criticism, and for motivation—it’s a vital aspect/element of our community. And just as valuable is that inspiration that comes from across disciplines. With this series, I wanted to give these artists an opportunity to connect, and a challenge to find ways to engage with and reflect the qualities inherent in a different medium.” Hennessy created the pairings based on aesthetic qualities that thread the work of both visual artist and musician, giving these pairs a commonality to spark further collaboration.

The series opens April 21 by showcasing the photography of Kelly Burgess and the music of Americana duo Aria and Mia Friedman. April 28th will feature painter Kristin Texeria and Hennessy’s own avant-pop/improvisational trio, talk.listen.door. On May 5th, Andrea Santos will present a new installation of drawings with the experimental and early music influenced duo, Beautiful Weekend. The final pairing will appear May 12th and feature the work of animator/artist Corey Corcoran and the neo-soul sounds of songwriter Kim Mayo

Inman Square favorites 1369 Coffeehouse will be providing beverages at each of the events, and Curtis Street Bakery will provide their gluten-free treats.


Event Information

Dates: Sundays - April 21 and 28 & May 5 and 12
Doors open at 3:00 PM, performance at 3:30 PM

Price:Suggested donation $5-$10, sliding scale

Location: Lilypad
1353 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139