Mary leveraged the success of the 2010 dParty to secure the partnership of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design for the 2011 dParty. The party kicked off the Common Boston Festival, whose theme, Live and Learn, examined the relationship between neighborhoods and major institutions. Playing off that theme, the party’s decor became a vast landscape of decommissioned library books that Mary collected from public and institutional libraries around Boston. Amidst this landscape, architects, designers and community members sipped wine and beer, danced, observedin a curated show of local artists’ work, and enjoyed an interactive dance performance choreographed by Boston and LA-based artist, Emily Beattie. The bookscape was reinstalled later that summer in a gallery at Harvard University before being donated to charity.
Year Completed: 2011
Role: Organizer / Installation Artist
Client: Common Boston / Boston Society of Architects
Location: Boston, MA
Photo credit: Julie Chen