Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Prettified Picture of Homer Past

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The exhibits inside the Pratt Museum are tend toward artful, thoughtful, and edgy observations of the world in all its pain, joy, beauty, and homeliness. For example, Lisa Williams’ luscious black and white photos capture the reality of the life – and rapid change – faced by of the Sugpiaq/Alutiiq who have traditionally relied on fishing and other marine harvesting. Likewise, the museum’s Stewardship exhibit includes a section on the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Thus, the too-pretty, too-perfect Harrington Homestead Cabin behind the museum seems out of place – a romantic, misty-eyed memory of a time that was often difficult; beautiful, but harsh.

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