Meme gallery has announced that it plans to close at the end of May, after two years of exhibits and performances at 55 Norfolk St. in Cambridge. And the gallery is inviting people to a close out night of performance, sound, video and food on May 21.
“”Meme has been primarily a self-funded project sustained out-of-pocket and managed during those hours between work and sleep,” organizers Alice Vogler, Vela Phelan and Dirk Adams write. “As working artists pursuing the scheduling at Meme and our day jobs, we have had little time for much else. First as a team of six people, then as a team of three, Meme has been a challenge both in terms of time and money. We have no complaints doing it this way, but the fact is, this model for an art space is unsustainable.
They add: “Cities like Cambridge and Boston have programs designed to reach everyday citizens through public art and community art. They put money toward this effort, have meetings about it, and write guidelines for implementing these programs. What often gets in the way of these admirable efforts is a bureaucratic over-thinking of what the public wants and gets out of art and other creative enterprises. We at Meme discovered that if you run a space guided by your own vision and enthusiasm, people will find enjoyment or connection in unexpected places. It was never our focus to make art for the local community. We put on shows that we wanted to see and people responded, in particular, folks from our local neighborhood in Central Square.”