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The Real Silicon Valley: Why It Matters to See Beyond the Myth

Seeing Silicon Valley poster

Thursday, October 14, 2021

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Watch the recording on Watson's YouTube channel

A large-scale installation of portraits by photographer Mary Beth Meehan on the Watson Institute (111 Thayer Street) and in Stephen Robert ’62 Hall (280 Brook Street). Installation on view October 13, 2021 through May 31, 2023.

MARY BETH MEEHAN uses photography to transform public spaces, works collaboratively to reflect communities back to themselves, and aims to jolt people into considering one another anew. Combining image, text, and large-scale public installation, Meehan’s work challenges notions of representation, visibility, and equity, and prompts people to talk with one another about what they see. Meehan’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, as well as in publications in the U.K., Europe, and Asia. 

A former artist in residence at Stanford University in 2017, Meehan collaborated with Stanford professor Fred Turner ’84 to produce her first book, Seeing Silicon Valley: Life Inside a Fraying America, which was published by the University of Chicago Press in Spring 2021. The book is currently in its second printing. 

Meehan has lectured and led workshops at the School of Visual Arts, New York, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. A native of Brockton, Massachusetts, Meehan holds degrees from Amherst College and the University of Missouri, Columbia. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Watson Institute, the Brown Arts Initiative, and the Brown Public Art Working Group.

The artist will be joined by her co-author, Fred Turner '84, professor of communication at Stanford University.

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