Roberto Mighty’s exhibition planned for Cambridge Open Studios

March 15, 2015


In April 2014, filmmaker and new media artist Roberto Mighty became Mount Auburn Cemetery’s first artist-in-residence. In 2013, the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery was awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (MA-30-13-0533-13) for a two-year Collections Stewardship project to catalog, photograph, and assess the Cemetery’s Significant Monument Collection and fine arts statuary.As part of this project we engaged Mighty for an eighteen month artist-in-residency with funding to create documentary videos and a film about the preservation of the Binney Monument, one of the Cemetery’s most significant monuments.

During his time at the Cemetery, Mighty has been touched by Mount Auburn’s landscape and “residents.” His explorations of the landscape—in all seasons and all hours of day and night—and his research about those buried here—both historic and contemporary figures—inspired him to envision a media project about the Cemetery that combines film, historic voices, layered design, and music, entitled On May 9th and 10th, as part of Cambridge Open Studios, Mighty will be presenting a weekend-long preview of, a site-specific multimedia installation created for Mount Auburn’s Story Chapel, consisting of synchronized high definition video and audio projections onto interior architectural surfaces within the 19th-century chapel. In, audiences experience a uniquely emotional, historical journey through breathtaking landscape cinematography, high-fidelity audio, music, and photography, while hearing the inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking and often uplifting words of individuals interred at Mount Auburn Cemetery from its inception to today. As Mighty describes it “ is not about death. It is about living people. People who once walked the earth as we now do. People who live on in the memories of others.”

Watch a preview of

Story Chapel will be open to visitors from 12 – 6 p.m. on May 9th and 10th and the artist will be on site from 12 – 5 pm during the installation. Showtimes on the hour: 12, 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.  All are welcome and admission is free.








    • Jessica Bussmann says:

      Dear Michael,
      Thanks for your interest. We agree. Roberto Mighty’s installation in May will be a work in progress. The Friends of Mount Auburn is currently raising funds to support a broader presentation of the work done during his residency. Stay tuned!

  1. Pam Hsieh says:

    ‘ll look forward to this. This is really exciting. I love doing water color paintings at Mount Auburn Cemetery, especially the trees.

  2. Stephan says:

    I attended the last showing of the ‘’ exhibit on Mother’s Day at 5 p.m. and i can honestly say that i really wish it weren’t the last scheduled exhibition of this fantastic work of multimedia Art. Mr. Mighty has brought his humanist vision to flawless fruition in this work. His creative artistry shines throughout the piece, seamlessly expressed through his consummate mastery of the multifarious technical aspects ( both visual + auditory ) of this complicated / labor-intensive production.

    Being a bit of an ‘audio guy’ myself, allow me to focus on that aspect now: i can state that his field-recordings of the sounds of MAC were absolutely top-notch, bar none. ( Trust me: far from easy to record these exterior ambient sounds with such natural clarity — i certainly would be hard-pressed to do it at this lifelike a level. ) Also, it should go without saying that he mixed + mastered the entirety of the audio superbly as well. Oh, and the sound-system at the show was quite pristine.

    Mt. Auburn Cemetery should seriously consider having this sublime ‘’ exhibition running for, at least, the duration of the Spring + Summer. Perhaps even as a permanent part of the Story Chapel experience. ( As in: maybe, after many showings in its present immersive multimedia format, you could then have the main ( center screen ) video-feed showing on that monitor in the corner alcove there — along w/ the Audio, of course — well into the future? ) Thanking you, Mr. Mighty, for this touching and ultimately life-affirming grand production.

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