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Teaching a Stone to Talk

By Anya Ventura

1/10 Tracy Mahaffey contributed a stone carver’s point of view to the Museum’s recent exhibition Making It in America. In a label discussing Thomas Crawford’s 1856 sculpture Morning Star, she described the artist’s ability to release the figure from a block of marble using a mallet and chisel—tools that have been employed by sculptors for thousands of years to bring stone to life.

Anya Ventura, arts research writer for MIT’s Center for Art, Science & Technology, visits the studio of Rhode Island stone carver Tracy Mahaffey.