Shelburne Museum's 'New England Now' Series Returns to Explore the Otherworldly

Amy Lilly for Seven Days
Curator Carolyn Bauer's introductory text sets the mood by referencing the haunting literary works of Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson and Stephen King. But visitors' first impression of the gallery might instead be of a jewel box: The dark walls beautifully set off works such as Laura Kramer's glittering glass-fragment sculptures, Lauren Fensterstock's massive arrangements of shells and Jennifer McCandless' colorful ceramic works bearing an extraordinary amount of detail. There is a quality of excess to many works in this show - but the kind that delights and draws in visitors only to reveal more disturbing ideas at play.
May 29, 2024