A Brattleboro Words Trail Site

Nye Ffarrabas & C.X. Silver Gallery:

West Brattleboro

CX Silver Gallery in Brattleboro. Courtesy Adam Silver.

Take Brattleboro’s long Western Avenue—you guessed it—westward, toward Marlboro and just before you hit Academy School you’ll pass a white clapboard house with a giant metal sculpture in the front yard.

This is C.X. Silver Gallery, home to one-of-a-kind art from ancient and modern times, the best dim sum in Vermont, and, for the past several years, the work of Nye Ffarrabas, an internationally-exhibited artist whose career began in the avant-garde movements of the 1960s and 70s.


Nye Ffarrabas photographed by Judith Hill Weld.

Nye Ffarrabas, (formerly Bici Forbes and Bici Hendricks) has been an artist for 70 years and a poet for 80. She participated in Happenings beginning in 1961, as part of the Fluxus scene. In 1962 she interviewed several artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Bob Watts and Ivan Karp. In 1965, she established her own publishing company, the Black Thumb Press. Nye/Bici had her first solo show at Judson Gallery in 1966 and the next year performed Ordeals with Carolee Schneemann. In the 60s and 70s, Nye/Bici participated in many of the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York events coordinated by Charlotte Moorman. Starting in 1964, Nye/Bici compiled journals as conceptual art with Geoff Hendricks, a series known as The Friday Book of White Noise which contains many seeds for her event scores. In 2019 Nye completed a mobius-strip-shaped infinite event score as a performance, installation and wall-piece.

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On The Map

C.X. Silver Gallery in West Brattleboro, VT

CX Silver Gallery

About the Research sites

The Brattleboro Words Project is working with the community to identify specific sites and themes significant to the study of words in Brattleboro and surrounding towns. Research Teams – classrooms/teachers, amateur historians, veterans, writers, artists and other community members — will produce audio segments and other work to be incorporated into audio walking, biking and driving tours tours.

Research Team Leader

Adam Silver

Adam Silver

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