REACH­ING CONSENSUS

THROUGH HER ART EX­HIBIT CON­SENSES, SALLY TAY­LOR HAS TAPPED THE TAL­ENT OF CARLY SI­MON TO JIMMY BUF­FET. NEXT UP? OUR COUN­TRY’S KIDS.

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Through her epic art ex­hibit Con­senses, Sally Tay­lor wants to make ev­ery­one’s re­al­ity vis­i­ble.

There’s no ques­tion that mu­sic is in Sally Tay­lor’s DNA. But now, the daugh­ter of leg­endary singers Carly Si­mon and James Tay­lor can add paint­ing, po­etry, dance, and sculp­ture to her artis­tic prove­nance. Tay­lor, a Martha’s Vine­yard na­tive, is the mas­ter­mind be­hind Con­senses, an epic ex­hibit—an artis­tic game of “tele­phone,” if you will—con­sist­ing of 150 multi-dis­ci­plinary artists from singer Jimmy Buf­fett to writer Su­san Minot. Each artist re­ceived, in­ter­preted, recre­ated, and passed along an orig­i­nal work of art to the next per­son. Then, the process starts all over again. Tay­lor re­cently de­vel­oped Con­senses into a school cur­ricu­lum for stu­dents to learn how to com­mu­ni­cate through art. With the back­ing of Boston phi­lan­thropist Mahsa Noble, Tay­lor hopes to broaden the pro­gram na­tion­wide.

The ques­tion: “Can we use art as a lan­guage rather than re­ly­ing on ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion to ex­press our­selves and un­der­stand each other on a much deeper and in­ti­mate level?”

The cur­ricu­lum: “Con­senses gives kids a larger plat­form from which to ex­press them­selves and rec­og­nize that ev­ery­body’s voice and per­spec­tive mat­ter equally.” The end re­sult will be ex­hib­ited at Mass MoCA in 2018.

In the end…: “Consensus means toss­ing out the ma­jor­ity of each per­son’s per­spec­tive in ex­change for one com­mon be­lief. In art, you can let ev­ery­body’s per­spec­tive be a big­ger, broader lens.”

A party and fundraiser will be hosted by Es­mer­alda Swartz and Mahsa Noble on Martha’s Vine­yard in Edgar­town in mid-Au­gust.

left: Con­senses founder and mu­si­cal artist Sally Tay­lor; right: the Con­senses ex­hibit fea­tures one mes­sage that is in­ter­preted through an artist’s eyes, from fine arts painter Allen Whit­ing to co­me­dian/ mu­si­cian

Reg­gie Watts.

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