New York City and the Invention of America: Abigail DeVille

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New York City and the Invention of America: Abigail DeVille


Abigail DeVille visits Professor Daniel Levinson Wilk's class, New York City and the Invention of America.
Maintaining a long-standing interest in marginalized people and places, Abigail DeVille, Fine Arts ’09, creates site-specific immersive installations designed to bring attention to these forgotten stories, such as with the sculpture she built on the site of a former African American burial ground in Harlem, and a new sculpture in Madison Square Park.
DeVille often works with objects and materials sourced from the area surrounding the exhibition site, and her theatrical aesthetic embodies the phrase, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Though collected objects are essential to her installations, DeVille’s priority is the stories her installations can tell. DeVille’s family roots in New York go back at least two generations; her interest in New York City, and her work about it, is both personal and political.


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