Westminster Stories was an exhibit in an empty store window at 191 Westminster Street, Providence, RI.
It contained a scale model of the buildings within a two-block stretch of the window itself, as well as more than 150 people interviewed and photographed on that spot.
Alongside the model were placed themed labels that changed weekly, telling the stories of the people and the buildings contained within the display. There was also a website, updated regularly with more people, further research and the opportunity for others to share their stories.
I co-conceived and created the installation from its original pitch to final product, including photography, interviews, writing, curation, and overseeing volunteers.
Westminster Stories was on display from December 2, 2009 and March 12, 2010. In the project's final week, it expanded into The Museum of Westminster Street.
“This American Life for the street.” — The College Hill Independent
“Call it an art installation, call it a city in miniature, call it social commentary – but whatever you call it, head downtown to Westminster Stories.” — Providence Monthly
“There is life and death on this two-block stretch of downtown Providence. Success and failure. And Losowsky and Monteiro are determined to tell the tale.” — Providence Phoenix
A creation of The Museum On Site. Co-created with Lyra Monteiro.
Supported by The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities), The Providence Foundation, The Creative Arts Council at Brown, The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, The Graduate Student Council at Brown, the Downtown Neighborhood Alliance and Providence Art Windows.