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Abigail DeVille dwells in history, interpretation, and power at the former Peale Museum

Abigail DeVille dwells in history, interpretation, and power at the former Peale Museum

In the middle of the large back room in the former Peale Museum, there is an old stack of brown paper or cardboard, bound with twine. The stack is smushed, water-logged, and anonymous, label-less. It's a relatively small detail; the floor is covered with stacks and spread out sheets of large, wrinkled, brown paper. Five or six chandeliers hang low from the ceiling, and to the right, an enormous, ratty, plastic recreation of the War of 1812 flag hangs from wall to wall—and it's too big for the wall, so it drags and bunches up onto the floor.

This installation, and all of Abigail DeVille's "Only When It's Dark Enough Can You See the Stars" (presented...

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