The Department of Digital + Media
Rhode Island School of Design

Sophia Brueckner ’12) and Laura Swanson ’11: “Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations”

August 15, 2015 - December 12, 2015

Sophia Brueckner (DM12) and Laura Swanson (DM11) in “Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations” at the Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, New Hampshire. The exhibition opens August 15 as part of the special event Village Rising and will run through December 12, 2015. The show features a collection of contemporary translations of Shaker traditions, values, images and art forms by professional artists and creative citizens. “In many ways, the Shakers were the first to take their traditions and to translate them for contemporary living. Over their 200 years at Canterbury Village, they adopted new technologies and through their innovations were often at the leading edge of change,” noted Funi Burdick, Executive Director and Exhibit Curator. “However, new technologies were embraced with a mindfulness and intentionality that meant they simplified, rather than complicated, their lives. Interestingly, many of the modern day works featured in this year’s installation of Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations speak to the need for simplicity and connection.”