Weekly Wrap-Up for May 12 – 18, 2017

a studio odyssey x the split x sun movements x under the arc of the sky 

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John O’Reilly: A Studio Odyssey

John O'Reilly Spanish Royalty

When: On view May 13 – August 13, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 5:30 to 8pm

Where: Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Lauded by The New York Times as “one of our greatest living artists of mysterious, erudite, and confounding photomontages,” John O’Reilly creates intricate assemblages that fuse together art history, literature, and autobiography. Nationally celebrated, O’Reilly is a Worcester-based artist whose composite artworks investigate eroticism and violence, often through the inclusion of self-portraiture.

This exhibition examines the close affinity O’Reilly has with the literary works of Jean Genet, Constantine Cavafy, and Henry James. The presentation is a visual journey through these identifications as they reflect time, freedom, and order. It also explores the way he uses art historical references to enhance the depth of his self-expression.”

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The Split / Curated by Amanda Schmitt

When: On view through May 20, 2017

Where: GRIN,60 Valley St, Unit 3, Providence, Rhode Island 02909

How: Official Website 

What/Why:
“Karel Appel
Michel Auder
Sofi Brazzeal
Nicolas Guagnini
Brook Hsu
Dawn Kasper
Sarah Kurten
Jason Loebs
Michael Mahalchick
Ebecho Muslimova
Davina Semo

This separation of oneself from one’s needs and feelings is an instinctive maneuver in order to shut off excessive pain. We call it the split. The organism splits in order to protect its continuity.
-Arthur Janov

I came across a book, The Primal Scream, Primal Therapy: The Cure for Neurosis, authored by Arthur Janov, on the street. I had found the tattered copy of the original edition (published by Dell Publishing Co. in 1970) sitting in a gutter in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, just a block or so away from the Dakota on West 72nd Street. I was drawn to its enigmatic cover image (in this particular edition: a mouth, wide-open and apparently screaming, emerging through the cover of what appears to be a bolted box or book), its promotion as a cure for neurosis, and its title promising a potential link to the Reichian method, a specially painful form of a regressive therapy that my partner had undergone in previous years.

According to Janov’s Primal technique, patients absolve themselves from their neurosis and deeply layered repression, while simultaneously avoiding psychosis, by reliving the original trauma through the seemingly simple task of screaming one’s pain away. Since its initial release in 1970, the book has sold more than one million copies internationally and has been translated into various foreign languages. It quickly became infamous perhaps because of its profound effect on superstars John Lennon and Yoko Ono, who underwent Primal therapy in early 1970, and who also lived in the neighborhood in which I found my copy of the book. The album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, released in December of the same year neatly and loudly records their involvement with Janov. Lennon and Ono, and Vietnam, were of course the cultural reality of my parents’ generation, not mine.

My main interest in Janov’s unique view is how early childhood trauma is experienced (both in minor and severe forms) and how, to cope —as a protective maneuver— the organism instinctively splits, thus suppressing unfelt feelings and creating unreal needs. Through a successful primal therapy session, by figuratively touching the pain the trauma is relived and thus resolved. I also enjoy that fact that Primal Theory is essentially anti-Freudian as it bypasses language and focuses on ‘the organism that knows but cannot feel’.

If the task of critical culture, in Freudian terms, is the return of the repressed, illustrated by pitting subculture against culture, low against high, and oppressed against canonical; then, in Primal terms, the task of this exhibition is not to thematize Primal theory and its subcultures, but to investigate the method of how each artist arrived at the work they create: the primal practice.

Despite, or perhaps because of, the implicit simplification inherent to a pop-psychology item of the early seventies, I found the idea of “the split” resonating with many things I’ve heard in my conversations with artists. Through the simple idea of a split I could look at artists as “organisms” and find commonalities more methodological than cultural. The primal is beyond culture. It’s both acultural and anti-cultural. What unites the works in The Split is more “how” the artists arrived to them than “what” they purport to represent —this exhibition hence rejects the thematic or the illustrational while still aspiring to address our contemporary condition.”

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Caleb Charland – Under The Arc Of The Sky

When: On view through May 20, 2017

Where: Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why:Caleb Charland’s new exhibit, Under the Arc of the Sky, combines science, photography, art, and a sophisticated curiosity creating images which are both magical and surreal – illusions that make us question what we are seeing. Visually striking, the resulting pieces reveal the artist’s exploration of light, motion, movement, gravity, the push and pull of Earth’s forces that are experienced every day.

Charland’s pieces are made with and without a camera. They are gelatin silver photographs made in the darkroom or cyanotype prints made in the light. Photograms, long exposures, paper negatives, glow in the dark powder are some of the techniques used, each demonstrating Charland’s inexhaustible sense of wonder and childlike exuberance for discovery. Using a lit candle as a pendulum (oscillating 1 meter every 1 second) it swings back and forth, dropping wax onto seven sheets of photo paper becoming a continuous photogram. Lying in the grass with his camera on his chest, lens open to the sky for more than two hours, Charland captures the movement of the earth making the stars appear to move.

Charland’s creative scientific curiosity in Under the Arc of the Sky visually explores how the world works. “For me, wonder is a state of mind somewhere between knowledge and uncertainty. It is the basis of my practice and results in images that are simultaneously familiar yet strange. Each piece begins as a question of visual possibilities and develops in tandem with the natural laws of the world. Serendipitously, this process often yields unexpected results measurable only through photographic processes. The human presence and artifacts of the process provide a clue to the creation of the photograph while adding to the mysterious nature of the image. My hope is that this work affirms that even within the well tested laws of science there are, and must always be, pathways to reinterpretation and discovery.” CC”

Also on view..

Robert Moeller – redacted: “no further information available”

What/Why: “While many of these paintings may appear calm or resolved at first glance, a closer examination of their surfaces reveals a submerged history of initial thoughts and alternate propositions. Even in their final form, there are always subtle tensions: flat shapes suggest traces of misaligned three-dimensional volumes; unexpected colors slip out around their edges amidst deep currents of geometric composition. The work is influenced in part by the unruly (yes) lines that cross Mondrian’s painted grids, with echoes of grounded or negative space upon a suspended shape reverberating through layers of competing visual information. As with a redacted document, the entirety of the text is present in its original form, but it has been made (sometimes in part) unavailable. It resembles something you might have initially recognized yet now can’t fully understand. These paintings (Constructs) continually obfuscate the original intent or gesture made while building upon it until something new emerges, something that sits atop (or within) the armature of the first articulation of an idea and continues to recast it. What remains is the redacted version of a first impulse, obscured yet still asserting its primacy.”

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The Diamond Trace

When: On view through September, 2017

Where: MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Building N51, Cambridge, MA 02139

How: Official Website

What/Why: “In The Diamond Trace, French photographer Patrick Tourneboeuf examines the aftermath of a city that grew after the discovery of a big diamond, and was all but abandoned when the gems became scarce.

Through captivating images of its streets and squares, center and outskirts, stadium and cemetery, and famous “Big Hole,” examine the social landscape of Kimberley, South Africa. The photos taken in the series Traces present all the remains, traces of a more prosperous era when Kimberly was South Africa’s second city (after Johannesburg). Today, with the collapse of local industry and the diamond trade, the city is searching for a sustainable future.”

Also on view..

Cosmic Bell: Exploring Quantum Weirdness

What/Why: “Cosmic Bell and its integrated program is an innovative experiment in public engagement with complex science topics. Partially funded by an NSF grant, the exhibition explores the Cosmic Bell Experiment, an international, research project led by MIT physicists David Kaiser, Alan Guth, and Andrew Friedman.

The experiment tackles fundamental concepts of physics as it attempts to close the last loophole in our understanding of quantum mechanics. The pieces in the exhibition were developed in a workshop at the MIT Museum’s Compton Studio, where MIT students collaborated with the leading researchers on how to make quantum experiments and observations real and visceral. The accompanying play, Both/And engages audiences with the underlying principles of entanglement through the medium of theater.”

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Master’s Thesis Exhibition

When: On view May 16 – 21

Opening Reception: May 19, 7:30 – 10 p.m.

Where: The Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston

How: Official Website

What/Why: “The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University celebrates the work of graduating Master of Fine Arts students with an exhibition in the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. 39 SMFA Master of Fine Arts students will showcase their thesis projects in film, video, painting, performance, sculpture, photography, installation, drawing, and more. “

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40th Anniversary: Artists A – K

When: On view through May 27, 2017

Where: Gallery NAGA, 67 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Meg White, the director of Gallery NAGA, joined the gallery’s staff in 1999, after stints in New York with Sotheby’s and the Dia Art Foundation.  She quickly became the key collaborator of Arthur Dion, then the gallery’s director.  In 2011, as Dion eased into his current consulting role as director emeritus, White took the director’s reins.  Now she’s staging a public celebration of the gallery’s 40th anniversary.

“I think every major anniversary deserves a celebration,” she says.  “This feels like a substantial milestone.”

The festivities include exhibitions this month and in February, 2018, a public party on May 5, and financial contributions to honor the public service of the National Endowment for the Arts and Meals on Wheels.  “We’re collaborating with organizations that have meaning for us, that have effected what we’re doing here,” White adds.  “In our political climate, the NEA supports our ability to operate, our freedom to express, and colleagues in other organizations – museums, universities, public radio – that we feel part of.  Meals on Wheels is an organization we’ve looked to on occasion to help someone we care about.”

White and associate director Andrea Dabrila selected for exhibition work by the artists, furniture makers, and estates the gallery represents.  “A fabulous piece by every artist we work with,” is White’s characterization.  “This is who we are.  Our tastes are varied.  I’d compare this in feeling to the wildly diverse show we did in early 2016 of portraits by gallery artists.”

The party itself?  “We’re inviting our audience,” White puts it.  “An expression of gratitude to the community.”  The May show’s opening reception will be followed by an after-party at the gallery sponsored by The Buttery café and market of Boston’s South End.

What’s ahead now for Gallery NAGA?  “There’s so much going on here,” White says.  “A thoughtful young audience, new artists working with variations in media.  Painting and studio furniture will always be at the center for us.”

40th Anniversary: Artists A – K features work by

Sophia Ainslie                       Harriet Casdin-Silver             Hank Gilpin
Joseph Barbieri                    Nicole Chesney                        Jaclyn Kain
Ken Beck                                Nelson Da Costa                      Masako Kamiya
Garry Knox Bennett             Alice Denison                          Joo Lee Kang
Gerry Bergstein                     Yizhak Elyashiv                       Martin Kline
Peter Brooke                          Robert Ferrandini                   Mary Kocol
John Eric Byers                     Rick Fox                                    Keira Kotler
Lana Z Caplan                        Gregory Gillespie

The exhibition runs from May 5 to 27.  Ten percent of all proceeds will be donated to the National Endowment for the Arts and to Meals on Wheels.  A reception for the artists and the public will be held at the gallery on Friday, May 5 from 6 to 8 pm, followed by a celebratory after-party.”

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An Evening in Black and White

When: Saturday May 13, 6-9PM

Where: Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “Fitchburg Art Museum invites you to An Evening in Black and White to support FAM’s commitment to learning, creativity, and community building! The event will feature Hors d’ouevres, cash bar and live music!

Purchase tickets here: https://68111.blackbaudhosting.com/68111/An-Evening-of-Black-and-White, at the FAM reception desk, or at DeBonis and Davin Florists, Elliotts, Fitchburg City Hall, Mill #3, Shacks, Slatterys, or Windmill Florists”

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Opus Affair May—9th Birthday Party!

When: Monday, May 15 at 6 PM – 9 PM

Where: Basho Japanese Brasserie, 1338 Boylston St, Boston, Massachusetts 02215

How: Official Website 

What/Why: Learn more about the event here!

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Somerville Porchfest 2017

When: Saturday, May 13 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Where: Somerville, MA | List of locations here 

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “ Somerville PorchFest returns for its sixth year this Saturday, May 13, showcasing more than 200 musical acts on porches throughout the city. Acts in East Somerville will perform from 12-2 p.m. Central Somerville bands – between Central and Willow streets – will follow from 2-4 p.m. West Somerville acts will close out the festival from 4-6 p.m.”

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Sun Movements: CK Aderem

When: On view through May 23rd, 2017

Where: Miller Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why: Learn more about the exhibition here

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Presenting the New Japan: Arts of the Meiji Era, 1868–1912

When: On view starting May 13, 2017

Where: Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

How: Official Website

What/Why: “After more than 200 years of national seclusion, Japan opened its ports to foreign trade and soon after—with the ascension of Emperor Meiji as the leader of the government in 1868—embarked on a campaign of modernization and Westernization. Opening on May 13, Presenting the New Japan: Arts of the Meiji Era, 1868–1912, a new installation in the Art of Japan gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), re-examines a broad spectrum of works created during this time of cultural exchange.

Featuring 90 objects drawn from the MFA’s renowned holdings along with private collections, the installation centers on paintings and decorative arts by Shibata Zeshin (1807–1891), who understood international markets. His lacquerware, scrolls and folding screens combine traditional Japanese techniques with Western formats and were highly sought after by European and American collectors, as well as members of Japan’s new mercantile class.

The gallery also features groups of objects that have rarely been displayed together. Until recently, works that were produced for the Western market, such as intricately decorated metalwork and lacquerware, were snubbed in Japan as “export art.” Meanwhile, objects that were made for Japanese audiences, such as paintings with traditional formats and themes, were largely ignored by Western collectors. Bringing these works together shows the influence, both at home and abroad, of artistic dialogues between Japan and the West during the Meiji era.”

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Cambridge Arts Open Studios 2017

 When: May 13-14, 12-6PM

Where: Cambridge, MA | List of participanting sites here!

What/Why: “Over 100 artists and arts organizations open their doors to the public for the ninth annual city-wide Cambridge Arts Open Studios taking place across Cambridge, May 13-14, 12-6pm. This vibrant celebration of the arts in Cambridge features artist demonstrations and live music, theater and dance. Performing artists exhibit their craft alongside visual artists in individual studios and city-organized common venues highlighting the dynamic range of cultural activity in Cambridge.

On May 11, 6-8pm, Cambridge Arts will be hosting a Preview Showcase Exhibition and Kick Off Reception at The Cambridge Art Association, where each of our participating artists will be previewing a piece of artwork from their studios.

Visit our website to download an Open Studios guide and check back for updates on the 2017 Open Studios interactive map.”

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Scarcely Awake: Sarah Alexander and Tatiana Flis with guest sound artist Todd Bowser

Opening Reception – Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 5:00-7:00pm

Poetic Interpretations Event – Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 1:00-3:00pm

June SoWa First Friday Reception – Friday, June 2, 2017 5:00-9:00pm

Closing Reception: Artists’ Talk & Performance – Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 1:00-3:00pm

Where: Fountain Street Fine Art, 460c Harrison Ave #2, Boston, MA

How: Official Website

What/Why:“Fountain Street gallery opens its inaugural Boston exhibit: “Scarcely Awake,” featuring the work of two artists, Sarah Alexander and Tatiana Flis. The show highlights a variety of each artist’s work, including painting, drawing, sculpture, and mixed-media installation, and centers on the notion of the in-between. Alexander’s and Flis’ work carry similar themes of time, movement, and thesubconscious, while walking the fine line between reality and the imagined.

In addition, an audio piece created by sound artist Todd Bowser will play in parallel with the exhibition.” Learn more about the exhibition here!

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FPAC’s Spring Art Walk

When: May 12 – 14, 2017

Friday, May 12: Preview all galleries and select studios 4-7 pm

Saturday, May 13 & Sunday, May 14: 12-6 pm

Where: Fort Point, Boston, MA (List of participating locations here)

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “The weekend of May 12th – 14th, Fort Point Arts Community’s numerous galleries and artist buildings will welcome the public to enjoy FPAC’s Spring Art Walk, a sister event to its landmark Fall Open Studios (October 13-15, 2017).

Fort Point is Boston’s oldest artist community and home to several galleries, including the FPAC Gallery (300 Summer Street), the Midway Gallery at Midway Artists Studios, 15 Channel Center, 249 A Street Gallery, and the Atlantic Wharf Gallery at 290 Congress Street.

Spring Art Walk Gallery shows include FPAC’s member show at 300 Summer Street, group shows at Midway Gallery and Channel Center, and Planes in the Sky at the Atlantic Wharf Gallery. Planes in the Sky queries the significance and consequences of human progress, highlighting how advancement alters the landscape. The fifteen artists presented here examine how ingenuity evolves personal and cultural perspectives. Exploring modern science, stargazing, evolving architecture, nature and machine, Planes in the Sky offers a new idea of discovery.

This year’s participatory art piece is William Chambers’ Service Station. The Service Station is an interactive experience.  The attendant asks the question: “What is missing in your life or the world?” Participants are invited to talk about their experiences and consider embroidering their answers on the rest room towel.  It began in 2015 and has travelled to 10 cities and collected more than 300 embroidered answers.  Each roll is 40 yards long, leaving space for many words and images.

Fort Point can be reached by the Red Line at South Station or Broadway, the Silver Line at Courthouse, and is easily accessible from RT 93 and The Mass Turnpike. Studios are within easy walking distance of each other.

In addition to galleries, studios, and participatory art, Spring Art Walk highlights Fort Point’s public art installations. Works on display:

Starry Night by Lisa Greenfield and Daniel J. van Ackere

The A Street underpass is transformed into a place to linger, combining creativity, public access, and state- of-the-art technology, using fully programmable LED lights. Location: A Street beneath Summer Street.

PYR2014 by Don Eyles

Boston cobblestones, floating on water in the shape of a pyramid, mark past and future histories. Location: Fort Point Channel, south side of Summer Street Bridge.
Channel Center Garage, installation by Joanne Kaliontzis + Spalding Tougias Architects

Painted perforated metal panels enclose this 9-story parking garage which also serves as a backdrop for the neighborhood’ s newest park. Light and shadows play inside and outside during the day, and mesmerize with flowing color LED lights at night. Location: off A Street + Iron Street, near Channel Center development park.”

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María Magdalena Campos-Pons Lecture + Reception

When: Thursday May 18, 6-8PM

6:30-8:00pm Public Lecture, Larcom Theatre (doors open at 6pm)

8:00-9:00 Artist Reception, Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex Street

Where: Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St, Beverly, MA 01915

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Please join us for a special lecture at the Larcom Theater by acclaimed artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Montserrat College of Art’s 2017 Commencement Speaker.

“María Magdalena Campos-Pons uses metaphor, memory, and symbolism to address issues such as home, immigration and identity. At a time when the political climate regarding Cuba is rapidly changing and unstable, Campos-Pons’ evocatively tells the stories of her own life in order to comment on the collective experience of her fellow Cubans. In doing so, she addresses the complex ways that history affects the present moment. It is not always clear what is happening in the images, but the elements of entrapment, confusion, and mystery are present in many works. This state of uncertainty and ambiguity is passed onto the viewer who is asked to wonder what the images are about, what they mean, and use their imagination. Campos-Pons’ images powerfully visualize the human condition and do so through visual poetry.

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Gesture

When: On view May 13 – July 07, 2017

Opening Reception: Sat 5/13, 4-6 pm

Where: 13 Forest Gallery, 167A Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “13FOREST Gallery is pleased to present Gesture, an exhibition featuring the work of Linda Cordner, Jeffrey Fitzgerald, Susan Richards, and Lynda Schlosberg.

Each of the artists in Gesture takes a distinctive approach toward abstracting views of the natural world. In their signature styles they interpret ephemeral or imperceptible elements of nature, offering concrete representations of what is typically more felt than seen.

Manipulating the unique properties of wax, Cordner creates hazy fields of color that give the impression of landscape and sky perceived through the lens of memory. Fitzgerald opts for dynamic brushstrokes that evoke the energy and vitality of the land and sea, while Richards simplifies the form of rocks and minerals to vibrant color and graphic shapes that capture their underlying geometry. Schlosberg’s paintings burst with flowing forms and undulating lines that visualize the waves of electromagnetic energy that fill the space around us.

The works in this exhibition are assembled to demonstrate ways in which abstraction can be used to manifest unique perspectives while still gesturing towards physical reality.

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ART Off The Wall Exhibition and Fundraiser

Exhibition: April 29-May 13, 2017

Event: Saturday, May 13 from 6:00-9:00pm.

Where: Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth Street, Brookline, MA 02446

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “ The Brookline Arts Center (BAC) is pleased to present its third annual ART Off The Wall, an exhibition and fundraiser on Saturday, May 13 from 6:00-9:00pm.

ART Off The Wall features works by artists who support the mission of the BAC. The two week exhibition culminates in a wonderfully thrilling evening of art, where everyone who holds a Collector’s Ticket will have the opportunity to take home a piece of art from the collection.

This year, artists Evelyn Berde and Karen Moss will be honored at the event with the first annual Berliner Award, named after BAC founders Mim and Barney Berliner, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to art and the community. In addition to the collection, select works by Evelyn and Karen will be on view and available for purchase.

Collector’s Tickets are $200 and are limited. All Collector’s pieces are valued at $200 and higher. General admission to the event is $50. All ticket holders will be treated to hors d’oeuvres, libations, swag bags and the opportunity to win great prizes like gift cards, Red Sox tickets and more.

Individuals who would like to participate but cannot attend the event can arrange a proxy for the Collector’s pieces. Contact Sarah or Lauren at 617-566-5715 to arrange a proxy.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 617-566-5715, or online at www.brooklineartscenter.com/events/ARTOffTheWall17.

Participating artists include Martinas Andrius, Evelyn Berde, Lauren Blais, Cathie Brenner, Frank Criscione, Tricia Deck, Craig Eastland, Minoo Emami, Rachel Eng, Tatiana Flis, Julie Graham, Nicole Gsell, Alison Horvitz, Iwalani Kaluhiokalani, Mirela Kulovic, Peik Larsen, Leonie Little-Lex, C.J. Lori, Karen Moss, Peg O’Connell, Sara Oliver, Marcus Parsons, Hannah Perrigo, Diane Piktialis, Ponnapa Prakkamakul, Lillian Rodriguez, Claudia Ruiz-Gustafson, Katha Seidman, Alexandra Sheldon, Vaughn Sills and Ashley Vick.

We are a visual arts center committed to bringing the community meaningful experiences in the arts through classes, exhibitions and outreach.

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The New Inflatable Moment

When: On view through September 03, 2017

Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00pm

Where: Boston Society of Architects, BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “The New Inflatable Moment at BSA Space explores the resurgence of inflatable installations in architecture

This exhibition will explore inflatable structures used in architecture, art, and engineering since the emergence of the hot air balloon. While celebrating their practical applications, the exhibition focuses on the role some of these revolutionary works of imagination have had in envisioning utopia.

Inspired by the 1998 exhibition and book, The Inflatable Moment: Pnuematics and Protest in ’68 by Marc Dessauce and The Architectural League of New York, BSA Space will examine key historical moments during which inflatables kindle idyllic or visionary aspirations. Through a series of installations, photographs, videos, and models, the The New Inflatable Moment will contextualize the renewed interest in inflatable structures for architectural and artistic experimentation as expressed among established, emerging, and student architects and artists. Featuring Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Grimshaw, Anish Kapoor/Arata Isozaki, Otto Piene, Graham Stevens, Chico MacMurtrie, and raumlaborberlin, among others. It will also showcase the earlier, pioneering visions of Buckminster Fuller and Frei Otto; the utopian collectives of the late 1960s such as Haus-Rucker-Co, Utopie, and Ant Farm; and the contemporary use of inflatable technology for space exploration.

Curated by Mary E. Hale AIA and Katarzyna Balug, The New Inflatable Moment will anchor the present moment with an interactive timeline by Certain Measures, informing the parallel evolution of the medium with key moments of sociopolitical change. “With this exhibition, we revisit the moment of the 1960s explored by Dessauce to suggest that utopian thought is re-emerging today in architecture and art as evidenced in projects involving inflatables.”­, say Hale and Balug.

Laura Wernick FAIA, chair of the BSA Foundation adds: “The exhibition reveals some of the most visionary architectural minds working with new methods of display and communication. Its premiere at BSA space will empower designers to similarly think and work in new ways to create a better future and motivate the general public to believe in it.”

Don’t miss the opening reception for The New Inflatable Moment on Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00pm. This special event is an opportunity to explore the exhibition while enjoying complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Trisha Baga: CCC (Ceramics Club Cambridge)

When: On view May 18–September 17, 2017

Where: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

How: Official Website 

What/Why: “An installation featuring objects and signage created in ceramics workshops led by the CCVA 2017 Josep Lluis Sert Practitioner Trisha Baga. Held for students and the general public at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, the sessions began with a prompt to make what one wished to see in the world and to use clay to think through our current political climate and potential futures. The CCVA Display Case, arranged by Baga, is an amalgamation of this material alongside the artist’s own work and presented as a free-associative visual field by which the hierarchies of text and image or redefined.

LUMINOUS GARDEN: Beth Galston

When: On view through July 16, 2017

How: Official Website

What/Why: “Sculptor and conceptual artist Beth Galston creates site-based installations that are informed by many sources, including science, architecture, engineering, and nature. The immersive environment of Luminous Garden (Aerial) is an ephemeral light piece made of tiny yellow LEDs set in cast resin acorn caps.”

Also on view..

Quedamos En Paz #3

What/Why: “Colombian-born, Miami-based artist Federico Uribe trained as a painter, but in 1996 he abandoned paint brushes to make art with the objects of everyday life. In the At Peace series he creates sculptures from ammunition, his work informed both by his homeland Colombia, where violence is part of daily life, and the epidemic of gun crime in the United States where he has lived for 15 years.”

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