CAMTalks: History Series - The Art & Literature of Dogtown
Sunday, September 11
Presented with the Jonathan Bayliss Society
CAM Auditorium, 27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA
Free for CAM and JBS conference attendees, $10 for non-members
Livestreamed on Facebook and Vimeo
The 3,000-acre swath of boulder-strewn land that makes up the center of Cape Ann has been known as Dogtown for generations. Many artists have been intrigued and inspired by its unique and changing landscape including Marsden Hartley, Louise Upton Brumback, Jan Matulka, Stuart Davis, John Sloan, and Helen Stein. More recently contemporary artists Ed Touchette, Gabrielle Barzaghi, and Les Bartlett have felt the pull of Dogtown just as earlier artists did.
Along-side their visual counterparts, writers have also flocked to tell the stories of the area including Jonathan Bayliss, Kitty Parsons, Percy Mackaye, Charles E. Mann, Roger Babson, Britta Karlberg, Anita Diamant, Mark Carlotto, Charles Olson, and James R. Scrimgeour. In this CAMTalk, Trenton Carls, CAM’s Head Librarian & Archivist, along with Peter Littlefield, Paul Lundberg, and Greg Gibson, will discuss the impact that Dogtown has had on Cape Ann's literary landscape. Leon Doucette, CAM’s Assistant Curator will highlight the area's impact on local artists.
During the event, two contemporary local poets will read original work inspired by Dogtown: Suellen Wedmore, a CAM Docent, and Heidi Wakeman, a Board Member of the Gloucester Writer's Center.