"The Age of Experience: We Tell Better Stories" opens December 1, opening reception 6 - 9 p.m. at The Claude Pepper Center on the campus of Florida State University. Admission is free. Senator Pepper, D-FL, was an active advocate of seniors, and pushed hard against age stereotyping.
Ageism is a byproduct of a hyper-consumerist mind set: the disposability of mass produced goods, the replacement of “old” with “new” without regard to quality or continued usefulness feeds into this attitude. In these images, mass produced discards find new life as impossible robes and royal collars made from pump valves and vacuum tubes, pull tab rings reappear as chain mail, soda bottles form crowns and halos that adorn images of elder members of my community. Every participant is at least 60 years old, some more than 90.
"The Age of Experience: We Tell Better Stories" is the first exhibition of this series.
"The 60 Years Project" is funded in part by a grant from Puffin Foundation Ltd.