Cambridge Arts Council: Common Exchange

Cambridge, MA

May 13 – September 30, 2017

Established in 1974, the Cambridge Arts Council is a city agency that promotes community-based arts programming. Common Exchange is their first major temporary exhibition of contemporary art oriented around the historic Cambridge Common. Co-organized by Dina Deitsch, independent curator, and Lillian Hsu, Director of Public Art, Common Exchange will feature ten contemporary artists whose work addresses connectivity in the twenty-first century. VIA’s funding is directed to projects by artists Aki Sasamoto and Xaviera Simmons.

In collaboration with Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library for Women in America, Xaviera Simmons will create a new series of performances in the Cambridge Common. She will compile multilingual scripts to be performed by local collaborators to explore how women’s struggles are shared across cultures. Aki Sasamoto will present Food Rental on the Common, featuring a custom-made food cart, operated by the artist, that offers a series of individually-ordered performances.

For more information, visit Cambridge Arts Council.



Xaviera Simmons, Number 21, 2015, performance; sketch for upcoming performance CODED, 2016, at the Kitchen.

Aki Sasamoto, Food Rental, 2015. A High Line Performance. On view July 21 – 23, 2015, on the High Line at the Rail Yards, New York. Photo by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of Friends of the High Line.