Weekly Wrap-Up for October 17th, 2014

great acceptations x reality and illusion x some kind of way

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Other Order : A Sound Walk Through Bussey Brook Meadow

When: App available for download October 1st through long after we’re dead.

Where: Arnold Arboretum | 125 Arborway | Boston | MA | 02130

Opening Reception: Saturday October 18th, 1-3PM (South Street entrance)

Download the App: Google Play | App Store

What/Why: “Created by media artist Teri Rueb and illuminated by the voice of the Arnold Arboretum’s retired Senior Research Scientist, Peter Del Tredici, the sound walk is a GPS-enhanced application that senses the participant’s movement and location and in response, plays back sounds and stories at specific points in the landscape. It’s an innovative approach to interpreting the complex natural and cultural history of this fascinating urban wild. Visitors are encouraged to download the app at home in advance of their visit and wear headphones for optimal listening.”

PS: Don’t forget to bring your fully charged mobile device and headphones!


If you are unfamiliar with Teri‘s work, you might want to get acquainted.

In 2007 when I was still fairly new to the city, I spent some time with her Core Sample interactive sound walk on Spectacle Island. Wow. It has since influenced my thinking as a curator; identifying unique ways to create engaging and immersive experiences.

I can’t wait to try Other Order out for myself. Next sunny autumnal day, I will certainly be at the arboretum with bells/headphones on. ♥

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35th Anniversary of Fort Point Open Studios

When: October 17-19th | 17th 4-7P | 18-19th 12-6P

Opening Reception: Friday October 17th 4:00-7:00PM

Where: Fort Point, Boston, MA 02210FPACOS Map 

How: Official Website | List of Participating Artists

What/Why: “Explore more than 150 artists’ studios in Fort Point’s historic warehouse buildings. See amazing public art, visit galleries, ask questions. Stroll, ponder and browse. Savor the experience. And buy original art from the people who make it. 

Visitors to Open Studios can explore 14 buildings in the Fort Point neighborhood. All buildings are within easy walking distance of each other, and thanks to the City of Boston’s Office of Arts & Culture, we also have a shuttle van to help you get around.

A series of artists’ demonstrations, public art, and performance will take place throughout the weekend. Join in and create with us at a variety of art-making opportunities all weekend.”

Public Art: “In conjunction with Open Studios, FPAC presents an expanded series of temporary public art installations throughout the neighborhood. This year’s Public Art Series is anchored by Don Eyle’s PYR 2014, a sculpture floating in the Fort Point Channel, and includes four new installations around Fort Point. “

Added Bonus: Free Parking. essential. 


Fort Point is the oldest artist community in New England and it will always have a special place in my heart.

Fact: it is home to some of the nicest artists and most beautiful studio spaces in all the land.

So, be sure to stop by this weekend and see/purchase loads of art.

Dare I say, the holidays are just around the corner? .. ;(

B-) ♥

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We Already Know What A Dog Really Looks Like

“It seems to me Annette (Goodheart) said something like this: Begin with a proper sketch book. Draw in ink. Finish each drawing you begin, and keep every drawing you finish. No erasing, no ripping out a page, no covering a page with angry scribbles. What you draw is an invaluable and unique representation of how you saw at that moment in that place according to your abilities. That’s all we want. We already know what a dog really looks like.”Roger Ebert (via)

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To Do List: New Art Center Arts Ball

When: Saturday October 25th, 2014 6:00-11:30PM

Dinner: 7:00-9:00PM | Dancin’: 8:30-11:00PM

Where: New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newton, MA

How: Official Website | Purchase Tickets Here 

Attire: H 2 T in your favorite color.

Eye Candy: Catch a sneak peek of the MCC Artist Fellows and Finalists in Painting exhibition curated by yours truly and Kathleen Smith Redman (opens to the public 10/28)

What/Why: “The New Art Center supports the development of visual artists and cultivates a community that appreciates art.

The New Art Center offers a supportive culture that takes art and artists seriously. We serve over 2,500 students annually in hundreds of classes and workshops. Our faculty includes some of the region’s most esteemed art educators. In a setting that is welcoming and conveniently located, we offer an inclusive, multi-generational approach to art education that has served children, teens and adults at all skill levels since 1977.

We have one of the few mid-sized nonprofit exhibition spaces in New England, and attracts over 4,500 visitors annually. The New Art Center’s Curatorial Opportunity Program is well respected in New England’s visual arts community. This program is a unique vehicle for curators and artists to collaborate and present thoughtful, innovative concepts. It is the foundation of our Connections Program for gallery education.”

The NAC Arts Ball is a many-splendored thing. Last year we burnt down the house.

So, bring out your finest regalia and let’s celebrate on the 25th.

Because Art Matters. ♥

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Weekly Wrap-Up for Friday October 10th, 2014

the glittering world x floating orb x devil’s promenade 

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Things Only Last As Long As They Can Be Misused

How much control does the artist have in the interpretation of his work?

A little bit in the beginning, but eventually you have to give up control of the interpretation of your work. It seems that things only last as long as they can be misused. So it becomes a question of what the degree of misuse is. But it’s inevitable, it will be misunderstood once it enters the culture.

So it’s to do with misunderstanding?

Yes, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. The context something is created evaporates almost immediately. Once that time frame is lost each subsequent interpretation, each subsequent change in historical contradictions transforms the meaning of that work. All interpretations become part of that work. Even the misuse of it becomes part of the work. At that point you have two entities: the entity that you thought you knew when you were making it, and you have the so-called “grown up child.” Then the problem becomes what right do you have to interfere in the life of your children after they have grown up and left home? Of course you can protest against the misuse of your work, but you must be aware that your protest becomes part of the work. (via)


I recently finished a piece about Bochner at the Barbara Krakow Gallery (on view through 10/18) for the November/December issue of Art New England so I thought this exchange was appropriate.

Keep an eye out for this piece and a review of out of bounds at the Rockport Art Association in next month’s issue!

Happy Wednesday. ♥

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Weekly Wrap-Up for October 3rd, 2014

 classical themes x every breath we drew x until they get it

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Weekly Wrap-Up for September 26th, 2014

i’m fine x memory city x reflection of x into the woods

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“Once, Picasso was asked what his paintings meant. He said, ‘Do you ever know what the birds are singing? You don’t. But you listen to them anyway.’ So, sometimes with art, it is important just to look.”

— Marina Abramović  (via observando) ♥

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