Photographer’s retrospective examines ‘Domestic Objects’
An exhibit by Rose Marasco will bring two Pulitzer Prize winners to Gorham for a discussion of women’s work, art and history.

Photographer Rose Marasco’s show brings two Pulitzer Prize winners to Gorham.

GORHAM – For the first time, photographer Rose Marasco of the University of Southern Maine will bring together a 10-year body of her work in a retrospective exhibit, “Domestic Objects: Past and Presence.”

The exhibit opens Saturday, Feb. 7, in USM’s art gallery on its Gorham campus. The exhibit will travel to Southwest Harbor, the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Farmington during 2004 and 2005.

Marasco has spent the past 10 years creating evocative still-life photographs using compositions of buttons, diaries, needlework, lace collars, aprons and other found objects. Over the years, these have been shown in a number of exhibits that tell stories of the domestic work of women past. Her most recent series, “Circles,” features cibachrome images of silhouettes and shadows over arrangements of Life Savers and other common objects.

With help from the Fannie E. Gray Educulture Fund and USM’s Office of the Provost, Marasco has planned a series of events built around her retrospective.

These related events include:

• “Domestic Objects Symposium,” which brings two Pulitzer Prize winners, poet Charles Simic and historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and USM art historian Kim Grant, together with Marasco for a discussion on domestic objects, women’s work, art, and history. The symposium will be 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in USM’s Corthell Concert Hall on its Gorham. The snow date will be Saturday, Feb. 14, at the same time and place.

• Maine weaver, Sarah Haskell, will have an exhibit, “The Language of Family: Recent Weavings,” opening Friday, Feb. 14 in USM’s Area Gallery in the Woodbury Campus Center, Portland. Haskell’s weavings of linen, rayon, and metallic thread are inspired by thoughts of family and combine personal imagery with symbols.

• A student exhibition, “Domestic Expressions,” will open Saturday, Feb. 7, in Kidder Lounge, at Robie Andrews Hall on USM’s Gorham campus.

The opening reception for Marasco’s retrospective in the art gallery on USM’s Gorham campus will be from 4 to 6 p.m . Feb. 7, with Feb. 14 as the snow date. The exhibit runs through March 13. It will be closed Feb. 14 to 22. It will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. FMI: call (207) 780-5009.

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