Now Then Again: Robert Trumbour
Presented by Cape Ann Museum
August 2, 2014
Insights On Site The White-Ellery House (1710) has served as the backdrop for a series of one-day contemporary art installations (Insights On Site) by local artists for six years running. The series continues in August with Now.Then.Again, an exploration of time and memory by Robert Trumbour. This event is free and open to the public. In Now.Then.Again Trumbour explores ideas provoked by 19th century philosopher, Henri Bergson who, in response to his dissatisfaction with science's framing of time, argued for a theory he called "Duration”; the notion that time is not quantitative and linear but rather qualitative and temporal and continually informed by the dynamic process of memory. Trumbour’s interest in this site is not concerned with specific memories or histories per se, but rather with the space that exists between memory and the present moment. The White-Ellery House, located at 245 Washington Street in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle Rotary, was built in 1710 and is one of just a handful of First Period houses in Eastern Massachusetts that survives to this day. Unlike other structures of this period, the largely unfurnished house has had very few interior alterations over the years. Stepping inside today, visitors enter much the same house they would have 300 years ago. The historic home is open on the first Saturday of the month from May through October as part of Escapes North 17th Century Saturdays. Parking is available off Poplar Street in the field behind the house.