China in the 1880s, as viewed by Isabella Stewart Gardner, updated in video by Luisa Rabbia

Sun. Sept. 28

Last call!

Luisa Rabbia was last year’s artist-in-residence at the Isabella Gardner Stewart Museum. The Italian-born, Brooklyn-based Rabbia was surrounded, of course, by the paiLuisa Rabbia's video at the Gardner Museumntings, sculptures and arts collected by Gardner, more than a century ago. When it came time to make a video, Rabbia was struck by one of Gardner’s five travel scrapbooks – a photo album of her 1883 journey through China. What Rabbia did in her 26:30 video is stitch together Gardner's photos – people, buildings, walls, nature – and add computer-designed animated video components. It’s called “Travels with Isabella” and its up at the Gardner Museum through Sept. 28. “It’s a journey made with Isabella,” Rabbia told us at the opening in late June. “I was impressed with her photographs. She represented all these human beings and took us on a journey through the sense of loss with the passing of time.”

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