By Mike Molloy
A new art installation in Somerville’s Union Square proves that the best things sometimes come in small packages.
Mayor Cutatone was present at the August 15 ribbon-cutting ceremony of the inaugural exhibit of the Mµseum, a “micro museum” co-founded by Somerville artists Judith Klausner and engineer Steve Pomeroy, who say on their website that they “work to make art physically and psychologically accessible by presenting it in a familiar, low-pressure environment, while bringing a sense of wonder to the urban landscape.”
The Mµseum sits unassumingly between a pub and a sub shop, and although you could almost miss it, stopping to take a glimpse inside allows for a uniquely personal artistic experience.
The current exhibit, Invisible Cities, “focuses on the physical and emotional landscape of the city. Like the museum itself, the work explores the intricacies of the urban environment, and what it means to inhabit this mutual space.”
Included in the exhibit catalog are City Silhouettes by Ted Ollier, providing a unique geographical perspective of Boston and New York City, Glance by Grace Durnford, using thread and colored pencil to portray a city scene, and Mara Brod’s Opening, a 3.5 by 3.5 inch photograph offering an alternative perspective.
Curator Judith Klausner looks forward to future endeavors with the small space. “I’m working with an oil painter named Dina Brodsksy right now who does a bunch of beautifully detailed 2″ x 2″ paintings who I believe is going to have a solo show as the next exhibit. Her work is somewhere between realist and impressionist, and uses light and dark in wonderfully evocative ways,” she says.
Klausner’s profile says she first conceived of the project in 2010, “as a way to combine her love of serious miniature art with her passion for making art accessible, and her conviction that New England arts institutions should show the work of New England artists.”
The current exhibit runs through October 11.