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In honor of the City of Newton’s 2016 Festival of the Arts

L to R: Jasmine Chen, The Price and Quantity of Freedom, acrylic paint and ink-jet printed paper on canvas, 2016; Cornbread Mold, cast iron, c. 1850, Historic Newton Collection; Maxine B. Peck, Stoneware Lantern, white stoneware with glaze, 2016.

(Newton, MA) -- Historic Newton is pleased to announce the opening of Precedents/Currents: Ten Artists in Conversation with Newton's Past, an art exhibition that features work in a variety of media by 10 artists. Each artist has been commissioned to create a new work of art in response to an object from the Historic Newton collection at the Jackson Homestead, an historic house museum that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. In media ranging from video art, photography, ceramics, collage, and painting, the artists have chosen diverse objects to interpret and re-envision. Exhibiting artists, each of whom lives in Newton or has a connection to the city, include Madeleine Altmann, Jasmine Chen, Cindy Cuba Clements, Cyndi Mason, Leah Netsky, Maxine B. Peck, Judith Rosenstein, Ellen Schön, Sharon Whitham, and Delanie Wise. The exhibition, on view at the


Jackson Homestead, is presented as part of the Newton Festival of the Arts, a three-month long celebration that includes over one hundred events organized by the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs, Newton Community Pride and 95 local arts organizations.

This exhibition is organized by art historian/art consultant, Andrea Foggle Plotkin, and ceramicist, Delanie Wise, and is supported by Historic Newton (with the sponsorship of Hammond Residential), and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Newton. To learn more about the Festival, go to the website:


Historic Newton inspires discovery and engagement by illuminating our community’s stories within the context of American history. In addition to running two museums, the Jackson Homestead and the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds, Historic Newton operates the city’s three historic burying grounds and sponsors many public programs, including lectures, walking tours and educational activities. For more information, visit


Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 am 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am
5:00 pm
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays
The exhibit is included with museum admission; the museum is free for Newton residents on June 4 & 5.

TRANSPORTATION: Public transportation: Bus routes 57, 504, 554, 556, and 558 all stop within walking distance of the Museum. The Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line’s Newtonville stop is also within walking distance.
By car: The Museum is adjacent to the Massachusetts Turnpike. Take exit 17 to 527 Washington Street, Newton.

Parking: Cars and bikes may be parked in the lot adjacent to the building. Additional street parking is available on Washington Street or on Jackson Road.

Festival proceeds will support


Newton's four food pantries, as well as arts and cultural organizations.