The Work of Art That Disappeared
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The Work of Art That Disappeared

After taking more than 900 hours—and using more than 1,000 black Sharpie pens—to create his latest art exhibition, Ethan Murrow seemed quite calm about what happened two days after it closed. A crew came in with trays of beige paint and rollers, and in an hour painted over the monumental drawings, which had taken up more than 150 feet of gallery wall space. It was all part of the plan, of course. Murrow, professor of the practice of painting and drawing at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tuft, had conceived of the exhibit as a testament to the physical labor that had transformed Manchester, New Hampshire, with textile mills and industry in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—and a way to acknowledge that all that work had mostly simply disappeared. The show, called Hauling , was on display at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester from September 2018 to May 2019. Murrow, who is also chair of the SMFA painting and drawing department, worked with the curator of contemporary art at the Currier on the concept of the show, and enlisted Manchester residents to pose for photos pulling, tugging, and lifting objects. Those images […]

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