THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM
ATTLEBORO ARTS MUSEUM
86 PARK STREET
SEPTEMBER 16 THROUGH 23
by Suzanne Volmer
Inspired by Emily St. John Mandel’s novel “Station Eleven,” “The Calm Before the Storm,” an exhibition of original snow globes at Attleboro Arts Museum, is a short-term show taking place from September 16 through 23 and is the visual art component to the National Endowment for the Arts-funded Big Read initiative taking place this fall in Attleboro, Mass.
The exhibition, curated by museum director Mim Brooks Fawcett, explores ideas that arise in relation to concepts brought forward by St. John Mandel’s novel — Attleboro’s Big Read book selection — a dystopian fiction and National Book Award finalist. The exhibition and related programs are funded primarily as a tandem community initiative between the Attleboro Arts Museum and Attleboro Public Library, along with other community partners.
Because walking figures are cited prominently in the book, some out-door walks are planned. Free copies of “Station Eleven” will be available at the museum, library and partner locations while supplies last.