Current Temporary Exhibit

Structures & Patterns: The Remnants of Our Work 

Structures & Patterns: The Remnants of Our Work is a new thought provoking exhibit in collaboration with guest curator Janice L. Moore, fine arts painter, and photographer, Mark Marchesi. The exhibit includes works by these artists and incorporates authentic mill artifacts from the Museum L-A collections. Both artists and the Museum are examining the community’s relationship to industrial mills in Maine, specifically the historical city of Lewiston. The goal of the exhibit is to evoke a sense of reverence for the mills and elevate the mill buildings to the level of importance they deserve in a viewer’s eyes. It also aims to help people understand that although our old working factories are often seen as just abandoned work structures, they are actually renewed and re-purposed industrial sites not to be taken for granted. 

The exhibition will feature a creative economy-focused panel in October. The panel will include members of the community, business owners, nonprofit organizations and creative entrepreneurs who will take part in a moderated panel discussion. Each voice will bring an important perspective to a conversation about the economic future of the City of Lewiston. The panel will highlight the significant impact of the creative community on the economy and industrial landscape of the area and will envision Lewiston’s potential as a creative economy.

Exhibit open: July 15, 2017 to October 28, 2017


Museum L-A’s core permanent exhibit focuses on the textile, shoe, and brick making industries of Lewiston-Auburn. Using artifacts, machinery, and historical archival photographs from the Bates Mill, the exhibit aims to give the viewer a general idea of the work it takes to create textiles in a mill setting as well as a brief overview of history in the Lewiston-Auburn area. It focuses on the major themes of canals and water power, immigration and culture in an ever changing cityscape, and the assembly line of steps in the fabric making process. This exhibit tells not only the story of the work done in these mill spaces, but also the stories of the people who worked in them.

Temporary exhibits in the main gallery space explore themes within the worker culture and the history and lives of the people living in the Lewiston-Auburn area. Through collaborative work with guest curators and artists, these exhibits can tell different sides of the stories that are described in the permanent exhibits.

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