AUSTIN, Texas - From January 15 through May 3, the Neill-Cochran House Museum is hosting an immersive, one-of-a-kind experience in the form of an exhibit and artistic collaboration called "If These Walls Could Talk".
The exhibit places visual artist Ginger Geyer's modern porcelain sculpture into the historic spaces of the museum.
FOX 7 Austin's Jacqueline Sarkissian got a look at the exhibit just a few days after it opened.
In a news release, the museum says that a film of conversations between two adolescent girls, one black and one white, narrates the exhibition and helps provide historical and social context.
Geyer and actor Jennifer R. Cumberbatch collaborated to develop the characters Cholra and Ruby Virginia, played by Alexa McGlathery and Araya Sue respectively.
The Neill-Cochran House Museum's Executive Director Rowena Dasch says in the release, "Art is a gentle provocateur, allowing people to let their guards down and explore concepts and issues they hadn’t before, or to explore them in a new way. The juxtaposition of Geyer’s modern art and Cumberbatch’s innovative artistic performance within the historical setting of an 1850's era mansion built by enslaved black artisans is arresting."
Dasch adds that "the exhibit will prompt new contemplations about freedom, slavery, class, privilege and the founding of Austin."
The museum will offer extended hours for the duration of the exhibit from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
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