Visiting the Farm with Woody

As part of the research for Fragility, curators Michele Cohen and Crystal Polis visited Woody Woodroof on his farm, Red Wiggler Community Farm (a recognized 501c3 non-profit), located in Montgomery County, Maryland. Founded by Woodroof in 1996, Red Wiggler provides gainful employment for adults with developmental disabilities and supports organic farming.

The farm has also inspired much of the camera-less photography that Woodroof has been exploring in his banner-like cyanotypes. On the day we visited, the sun was shining and we enjoyed munching on crisp yellow tomatoes as we strolled among the rows of sorghum and other plants. 

We also had an opportunity to talk to Woody about his creative process.  Click on the audio icon below for excerpts from this interview.

Michele Cohen, Ph.D., is a consultant for the Public Arts Trust at AHCMC. Dr. Cohen has over 25 years experience as an administrator, writer, curator, and professor in the field of public art. She served as the founding Director of New York City’s Public Art for Public Schools program, managing a collection inventory, extensive conservation program and new acquisitions, and also she directed the sculpture inventory for the Art Commission of the City of New York. Dr. Cohen holds a B.A. in Art History and English Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Ph.D. in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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