Greylock Arts

Past Exhibit › Dan Rose: Secret Century

A multi-location installation of art and artifacts from a time and place familiar, yet unknown.

Archived on August 29th 2009.

Dr. Dan Rose is an internationally exhibited artist, with a PhD in cultural anthropology, is professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and is the author of several scholarly books of cultural anthropology, as well as essays, white papers and artist books published by Pure Theory.

Rose has inherited a spectrum of influences that permeate his art ― including the appropriation of “primitive” art, prison art, naïve houses, plastic vehicles and toys from the 70’s and 80’s, self-constructed and modified vehicles and airplanes influenced by 30’s aerodynamic streamlining, and the poetics and science of dirt.

In Secret Century Rose shows us overlooked and hidden details of the 20th Century as seen through the dual lenses of art and anthropology. Secret Century will be exhibited at three locations: Greylock Arts, Betty’s Storefront, and Pure Theory, Formerly Bob’s Used Furniture, and will include a selection of Rose’s diverse works.

Curated by Richard Harrington.

Photography by Kay Canavino Photography and Richard Harrington.

The DNA Photon Project by Dan Rose Photo © Kay Canavino Photography Photo © Kay Canavino Photography Photo © Kay Canavino Photography Photo © Kay Canavino Photography Photo © Kay Canavino Photography Photo © Kay Canavino Photography Photo © Kay Canavino Photography
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Exhibit Dates & Times:

July 10th – August 29th 2009
Admission is free and open to the public.
Thursdays – Saturdays, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Otherwise by appointment.

Opening Reception:

Friday July 10th 2009, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Click a thumbnail to enlarge photos of the opening reception.

JW Player

Video of the opening reception.


93 Summer Street, Adams, MA 01220

On The Street:

Photo © Kay Canavino PhotographyDan Rose Special
The Dan Rose Special is a one off re-design of Peter Brock’s 1964 original design of the Daytona Cobra Coupes for the Shelby American Racing Team. It is an evolution of the designs of Carlo Anderloni for Ferrari 166MM (1948-49), to John Tojeiro and his Specials and the AC Ace (1953-54), and finally Peter Brock for Shelby American Racing, Daytona Cobra Coupe (1963-65). The Dan Rose Special will be on view (parked in front of the gallery) during the opening reception only.

In The Storefront:

Photo © Kay Canavino PhotographyZeppelins
Gold Zeppelin, Resin — Computer generated and fabricated using prototyping machinery.
Metal Zeppelin, Anonymous (Found circa 2000).

Photo © Kay Canavino PhotographyModel Trains
Hand-crafted metal child’s toy.
Anonymous (Found circa 1998) in Pennsylvania.

In The Gallery:

Photo © Kay Canavino PhotographyLanguage Moves Matter
Found industrial parts, action figures.

Photo © Kay Canavino PhotographyNature’s Culture
Box with text, dirt and book.

Photo © Kay Canavino PhotographyNew-Used – Runs Good
Davey board, cement underlayment, paint.

Photo © Kay Canavino PhotographyObviously There Are Such Towns
HO gauge railroad houses, wood, plastic toys, text.

Photo © Kay Canavino PhotographyRed Lawn
Davey Board and California enamel paint, fabricated structures and found materials.

In Betty’s Storefront:

Photo © Kay Canavino PhotographyArmour Baking Plant
Tin and wood.
Anonymous (Found circa 2000) in New Brunswick, Canada.

Photo © Kay Canavino PhotographyBeach House
Wooden structure and Model toy dolls.
Anonymous (Found circa 1998) in Maine.

At Pure Theory, Formerly Bob’s Used Furniture:

The DNA Photon Project by Dan RoseThe DNA Photon Project
The DNA Photon Project was and is a parody of the clandestine workings of a TOP SECRET international collaboration where world governments ― ala the SOYUZ mission ― in an uncharacteristic spirit of co-operation, attempted to propagate the colonization of space with human DNA from a single woman donor.

Photo © Kay Canavino PhotographyStudy for Bradford Lux Unified Field Illuminator
Mixed media drawing and box assemblage from camera housing.

Photon Ecstasy
Composer Melissa Grey has adapted The DNA Photon Project for sound. The piece will be playing on a loop for visitors to experience.

Claiming to have rediscovered a top-secret mission to transform human-female DNA into light, the once illustrious Dr. Kb invites a team of female physicists aboard a defunct space station under the guise of a conference. On a tour of the facilities they arrive at a darkened chamber of DNA-light transformation maquettes, where Dr. Kb sends each woman – including special guest/nemesis Dr. Kuo – on an unplanned journey as a beam of light. Voices by Melissa Grey and Robert Kirkbride.

Melissa Grey’s works include live electroacoustic performances, soundscapes, installations, audiovisual compositions and music and sound for radio, film and video as well as concert works.


Adams Police Department
Kay Canavino Photography
Betty Cwiertniewicz
Fred Doerring
Melissa Grey
Anne Marie Guzzi
Peter Guzzi
Richard Harrington
JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts
Patricia Lyga
Scott Moran Floor Refinishing
Adelle Michaud
rk Miles
Stanley’s Lumber


July 17, 2009 | Berkshire Review for the arts | SECRET CENTURY Greylock Arts and Pure Theory, Adams, Massachusetts through August 27th 2009 | Richard Harrington