MCLA Gallery 51

Current Exhibition

unfortunately, it was paradise

Lorena Molina, Larissa Rogers, and jumana manna

February 2 - March 29, 2024
Opening reception February 2, 5:00-8:00pm

Unfortunately, It Was Paradise examines the entangled histories of ecology and migration. The three artists address how ecology surfaces in our memory, imagination, and present that are shaped by the legacies of slavery, war, and settler colonialism. Geographer Kathryn Yusoff writes, “Imperialism and ongoing (settler) colonialisms have been ending worlds for as long as they have been in existence.” While mainstream environmentalism attempts to “protect” land by displacing Indigenous communities or building border walls to restrict mobility and control the population, the works in this exhibition reframe ecology as a site of intersectionality, tending particularly to those in the diaspora who cultivate new forms of life within and beyond the boundaries of the nation-state.




Monday: Closed 
Tuesday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm


Gallery 51
51 Main St.
North Adams, MA 01247

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