Link to article: http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/life/2016/01/07/hope-terror-promise-rage-old-prison-hosts-contemporary-art/78440310/
For this awareness post I was particularly interested in finding interesting spaces that were transformed into/by art. The first thing I found was an article about an old church that was converted into a skatepark, which was then covered in murals (which reminded me of our own bus depot) but I became particularly interested in the story of A Montana prison which inspired, and then hosted, the work of a slew of contemporary artists. The space had operated as a prison for over 100 years befre it shut down in the 70's.
Artists Christopher Dufala, Maggie Finalyson, Elena Lourenco, Zemer Peled, Joanna Powell, Jonathan Read and Chris Riccardo placed their pieces in locations within the prison that they thought would fit with each piece. Many of these pieces were insipred by events that transpired within the prison.
I like the idea of taking the history of a space, and manifesting it through exhibitions (I'd be interested in doing something similar in my own work, one day). I particularly like those pieces which made an entire cell block into a piece, including Powell’s “Party in the Hampton's” featured on the right.
I encorage you to follow the link to learn more about the show. Ideally I want to continue to search for work similar to this.