CLAMS

CLAMS is a recurring dinner event inspired by Italian-American anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti.

Ongoing since 2014, CLAMS  has been hosted directly in my kitchen, in those of acquaintances (brand new ones as well as dear friends), in the Reed Gallery (Cincinnati, OH) and the Onofrio Gallery at Rochester Art Center (Rochester, MN).

In the gallery setting, a sign-up sheet is posted on one of the gallery walls, open to the first people curious to return for a dinner of mussels (limited to five and eight guests respectively per location). Also on the wall in the gallery-setting is a slogan taken from Vanzetti’s organizing in 1916 with workers at the Cordage factory in Plymouth, MA. Protesting unfair wages and long hours, the workers purportedly tied to shells to sticks as noise-makers, marched in the streets, and shouted: ”We Can Not Live on Clams Alone!”

Pragmatically, the ongoing mussel dinners help me collect mussel shells with which I am constructing replicas of the noise-maker protest sticks. In a less linear way, the dinners also allow small groups of people to spend time together around models of community education, self-ideation, and intersectionality.

For the Rochester Art Center iteration, Welly Fletcher constructed the table and Erik Scollon the ceramic bowls.

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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Napkin screenprinted with the Daughters of Bilitis' logo. Qui Vive translates to "Be Alert" (in French)
CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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Napkin screenprinted with ancient Italian symbol for protection.
CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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Making the gesture of protection.
CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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Napkin screenprinted with replica of leaflets released by anonomous anarchists in the streets of 1920's New York.
CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS, March 18, 2016, part of the exhibition: The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN. Photo credit: Erin Young

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