Roberto Mighty wants Fisher Museum visitors to leave his art exhibit on Sunday with a reverence for the central Massachusetts landscape and a few modern lessons based on how Puritans and Native Americans viewed the land 400 years ago. The exhibit, “First Contact,” focuses on the period roughly from first Colonial contact to the generation before King Philip’s War, from 1600 to 1650.The exhibit is the culmination of Mighty’s yearlong artist residency at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Mass., supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research Program. Over the course of a year, Mighty has used several types of cameras and recorders to gather high-definition video, high-resolution photographs (including tree canopy and underwater images), and surround-sound audio throughout the forest. “First Contact: Puritans, Native Americans, and the Clash over Land in 1630” combines those elements with historical text, music, and professional voice-overs to portray how religion and economics led to land use clashes between Puritans and Native Americans.A tremendous amount of research underpins his work. “ ‘First Contact’ has occupied my thoughts every day and night for close to 18 months,” says Mighty, who lived on the Alaskan frontier as a boy and now teaches visual and media arts at Emerson College and Boston University. “It was exciting to spend months reading the letters, sermons, books, and court records of the early English Colonial settlers.”To construct the voice-overs of historical text for the exhibit, Mighty recruited top British specialists in original pronunciation of Elizabethan English. “Besides providing outstanding voice-overs, they gave me cultural context that I couldn’t readily get from the history books,” he says.The Native American perspective was also not easily found in books, so Mighty consulted with a linguist and cultural specialist from the Nipmuc Nation. “I was surprised at how deeply I was touched by the history,” said Mighty. “I sometimes found myself crying as I worked my way through the historical accounts. In the very beginning, the Puritans and the Native Americans tried to coexist. But gradually, it became obvious that one group would have to go. Most people can see the sadness in this. As an Afro-Latin descendant of former slaves, I found it particularly resonant.”David Foster, director of the Harvard Forest, describes the exhibit as “a truly engaging work of scholarship and art that conveys a deep understanding of our landscape and its history while also motivating a desire to care and conserve it for the future.”Mighty hopes visitors will find modern relevance in the exhibit. “Issues of land use, ethnic cleansing, and theocracy continue to affect our world today,” he said. “The land use piece is particularly important in Massachusetts, where we need to be thoughtful about managing our wild lands while also providing for economic development. We can take many important lessons from the people who came before us.”The exhibit’s public opening event will take place on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Fisher Museum at 324 North Main St. in Petersham, Mass. The event will include a one-time film screening, an artist presentation, and a light reception catered by the Millers River Cafe. A continuing exhibition of a seven-minute film and fine art photography will remain in the Fisher Museum through the month of October. The Fisher Museum is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on weekends from noon to 4 p.m. Learn more about the exhibit, watch the film trailer, and read a full interview with the artist.
While David and Donna were on and off during the 10-season run of Beverly Hills, 90210, the onscreen couple exchanged vows during the 2000 series finale — and Spelling thinks they are still going strong.“I’m gonna go with yes. And they have a gaggle of kids. Oh, that’s my real life,” she told Us. “I mean between the two of us, Brian and I have a lot of kids so yeah, I think Donna and David would have a lot of kids and be happily married.”- Advertisement – Garth, for her part, thinks Kelly Taylor, whose main love interests were Jason Priestley’s Brandon Walsh and Luke Perry’s Dylan McKay, is flying solo in 2020.“I think maybe she would be on our own by now,” she told Us. “She would definitely choose herself again.”During the trivia game, the What I Like About You actress, who said she remembers less than “90 percent” of the series, was surprised to learn Brandon was unfaithful to Kelly on the show.“He wouldn’t do that!” Garth said.Spelling added, “I just got super protective and now I got furious for you that he did that.”Tori Spelling as Donna and Brian Austin Green as David on ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ YouTubeAll jokes aside, Garth and Spelling want to have all of their onscreen boyfriends on their rewatch podcast.“Jen and I had so many boyfriends on that show over the years. We want to have all our boyfriends on!” Spelling said.Garth quipped, “It will be a parade of boyfriends in the studio.”To see Garth and Spelling’s complete trivia game, watch the video above!Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! Donna Martin and David Silver’s love story wasn’t perfect — and Tori Spelling doesn’t like to think about Brian Austin Green’s character’s missteps. During a game of Beverly Hills, 90210 trivia with Us Weekly, the actress got visibly upset while answering questions about David cheating on Donna.“Ugh, in a limo with Ariel,” Spelling, 47, replied when asked who David cheated on Donna with during season 4. “Oh, my God. I just got upset about it, like, it really happened to me, like, I just got all the feels back.”Kari Wuhrer as Ariel and Brian Austin Green as David on ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ YouTube- Advertisement – When asked who Noah Hunter (Vincent Young) cheated on Donna with during season 8, Spelling and costar Jennie Garth answered Valerie (Tiffani Thiessen) in unison.“Sorry, I got mad again, personally, sorry,” Spelling quipped. She subsequently concluded that revisiting the show for their “9021OMG” podcast, which debuts on Monday, November 9, is going to be “therapeutic.”Garth, 48, replied, “You’re gonna have to, like, let some of that stuff go.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –