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The TransCultural Exchange

The TransCultural Exchange, founded by Mary Sherman '80 and a part-time faculty member in BC’s Fine Arts Department, has become a vital program promoting artistic exchange among the international art community.

Last April, the TransCultural Exchange’s Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts: The Interconnected World was held in Boston. The Conference is internationally known as the only forum of its kind for networking, showcasing, supporting and promoting artists. Director's Statement | Conference Overview


 

Khalid Kodi's recent exhibition Metaphor, Metonymy, Synecdoche, and Irony at the Centerpoint Gallery in New York was reviewed in the newspaper Chelsea Clinton News.

 

 


Jonathan Bloom: "Charlemagne's Elephant"
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
December 4, 2011


Claude Cernuschi’s collaborative research with Andrzej Herczynski and L. Mahadevan on the physics of Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings, was featured in an article “Pollock et la dynamique des fluids,” in Pour la Science, no 407 - September 2011, pp. 88-89.


Book launch for the book The Pamphilj and the Arts. Patronage and Consumption in Baroque Rome, edited by Stephanie C. Leone and published by the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 2011.

Discussion by several of the contributing authors: Ellen Harris, Stephanie Leone, Laurie Shepard, James Weiss. Reception to follow. Thursday, October 27, 2011, 5:00 p.m., in Devlin 101.


Judith Bookbinder, "Images of War: Firsthand Drawings and Printed Engravings" in Edward L. Ayers, editor, America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries, Washington, DC: American Library Association, 2012, pp. 275-281.

The cover design is taken from The Becker Collection, Sheila Gallagher and Judith Bookbinder, co-directors.

 


Diana McDonald
“Ishtar, Lions and Love” at the symposium Aphrodite and the Gods of Love
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Saturday, November 5 from 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Alfond Auditorium


Judith Bookbinder
Public lecture for Paul Lewis' seminar on Boston's literary history in the MFA's American Wing
Sunday, October 16


Mark Cooper’s current exhibit, More Is More, at the Samson Gallery, Boston received a glowing review in the Boston Globe (Nov. 30, 2011), through December 10.

 

 

 

 


Mary Armstrong’s solo exhibit Any Given Moment will be shown at the Victoria Munroe Fine Art Gallery, December 8, 2011 - January 21, 2012.

 

 

 


Mary Sherman is participating in the exhibit A Novel Idea at the Hampden Gallery:
Incubator Project Space
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA
December 11, 2011 - February 20, 2012

 


BCTalks—Art History student Rosemary Chandler A&S ’13 will be present "The Downfall of Synagoga", on Monday, November 14 at 7:20 p.m. in the Robsham Theater.

BCTalks will showcase 14 undergraduate lectures. Talks will be held from 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. on November 13 and 14 in Robsham Theater Arts Center. Modeled after the popular TEDTalks, BCTalks speakers will give brief talks, accessible to all audiences, about their academic passions. The talks are intended to promote the extension of Undergraduate research and sharing of academic passions beyond the traditional classroom. BCTalks An Undergraduate Lecture Series


Toni Pepe Dan is a featured artist in the New England Photography Biennial 2011 at the Danforth Museum of Art, 123 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702
September 11, 2011 - November 13, 2011

Toni has a solo exhibition at Notre Dame this month:
Works by Toni Pepe Dan

Riley Art Gallery
University of Notre Dame,
November 4-30, 2011


Mark Cooper’s exhibition, More is More at the Samson gallery, 450 Harrison Street, Boston, through December 10, was reviewed in the Tufts Daily by Anna Majeski.

“Undoubtedly one of the edgier of the SoWa galleries, samsøn shows works that question the arts and social establishments. It features artists who take as their canvas our world's many assumptions and biases.

The gallery's current exhibit, "More is More," features the work of Mark Cooper. His is an ambitious, site-specific installation that fills the whole gallery space. Cooper's work does the exhibit title proud; it is a literal expression of excess in the form of thousands of objects that occupy the gallery's rooms. "More is More" also truly exemplifies a multimedia technique.

The works manifest Cooper's interest in cultural diversity and visual language, forcing us to rethink how we respond to artwork, while also addressing how we may need to expand that response in light of the hodgepodge that is our own global landscape response in light of the hodgepodge that is our own global landscape.


Sheila Gallagher will be leading a seminar in the Exchanging Narratives project, which is an international, interdisciplinary seminar sponsored by the Guestbook Project and the Institute of Liberal Arts, Boston College during 2011-2012.
December 5: Narratives in Contemporary Art
BC Fine Arts Department (5:30-7:30 p.m.) with Sheila Gallagher
View: TBA videos on Contemporary Art Work
Read/Discuss: “A Theory of Narrative Empathy”


Jonathan Bloom: "Charlemagne's Elephant"
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
December 4, 2011


Sheila Gallagher is participating in the exhibition BEHOLD: Sight in New Media.
Sheila’s series of prints, Hand-Eye uses the Eye Tracking Lab at Boston College to record her own eye movements while she looks at images of women athletes. The resulting prints are a record of her own personal pattern of seeing.

October 10 through December 4, the exhibition is free and open to the public.
Opening Reception: Friday, October 14, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Boston Cyberarts at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, Boston.


Book Launch – Stephanie Leone's book The Pamphilj and the Arts: Patronage and Consumption in Baroque Rome, Edited by Stephanie Leone, Boston College: McMullen Museum of Art, 2011.

It will be presented to the Doria Pamphilj Family:
Thursday, 24 November 2011 at 6:00 p.m.
Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Throne Room
via del Corso, 305, Rome

The event will feature lectures by Prof. Claudio Strinati, Prof. Arnaldo Morelli, and Prof. Benedetta Borello with responses by Prof. Stephanie Leone and Prof. Nancy Netzer, Director, McMullen Museum. Reception following.

A discussion of the book was held in Devlin on Thursday, October 27 by several of the contributing authors: Ellen Harris, Stephanie Leone, Laurie Shepard, James Weiss. Reception to follow.


Diana McDonald
“Ishtar, Lions and Love” at the symposium Aphrodite and the Gods of Love
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Saturday, November 5, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Alfond Auditorium

Diana authored the first chapter for the “Aphrodite and the Gods of Love” exhibition catalogue, currently on view at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She will speak not just at the symposium but at the MFA’s Laurel Society opening of the show. Prof. McDonald also assisted in the selection of Near Eastern objects for the exhibition.


Charles Meyer is featured in the exhibition “Spurs, Screams and Speed” at the Panopticon Gallery.
502c Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
November 4 - December 5, 2011
Opening: November 4
5:30-7:30 p.m.


Aileen Callahan will be featured in the exhibition “Imagining Moby” at the New Bedford Whaling Museum: The Elizabeth A. Schultz Collection

Reception: November 4, 2011, 5:00 p.m.
This exhibition celebrates the inclusion of the Schultz Collection in the permanent art collection of The New Bedford Whaling Museum:
18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA


Mark Cooper is having a one person exhibition at Samson Projects, October 22 - November 26.

Opening reception: October 22, 2011, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
450 Harrison Avenue/29 Thayer Street
Boston, MA 02118

Mark Cooper is also participating in the exhibition “From Polaroid To Impossible:  Masterpieces of Instant Photography - The Westlicht Collection,”
Westlicht Museum, Vienna, Austria


Debra Weisberg's exhibit Dystopian Dreaming: Constructed/Glow Drawings
Gallery Kayafas
450 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA 02118
October 22 - November 26
11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 22, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Gallery will also be open First Friday, November 4:00-8:00 p.m.


Sheila Gallagher's exhibit Cannot Be Described In Words: Drawing Expanded
Concord Art Association
37 Lexington Road
Concord, MA 01742
October 20 - November 20, 2011
Opening Reception: October 20, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 12:00-4:00 p.m.


Sheila Gallagher's work is currently on display at Institute of Contemporary Art's "75 for 75" Exhibition on view from September 22 - November 7, 2011.

The ICA celebrates its rich history as the nation's oldest museum of contemporary art while providing support for future exhibitions and programs by presenting 75 ARTISTS FOR 75 YEARS, a special benefit exhibition featuring works of art by 75 artists who have exhibited at the museum over the years.


Mary Sherman
October 5 - November 6, 2011
Boston Sculptors Gallery
486 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
Artist’s Reception
Friday, October 7, 5:00-8:00 p.m.


Karl Baden: Every Day: A Long Year
Danforth Museum
September 11, 2011 - November 6, 2011
123 Union, Framingham, MA
Artist Talk, 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 25


Khalid Kodi metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony
Centerpoint Gallery at Anthroposophy NYC & the Rudolf Steiner Bookstore
138 W 15th Street (between 6th and 7th in Chelsea)
New York, New York
Guest Curator, Azza Satti
September 5 to November 12, 2011
Public Opening: 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 18
Closing Celebration 7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 5
A portion of the sales will go to Darfur Rehabilitation Project, and all donations will go to both Darfur Resettlement Project of JVS, New Jersey and DRP.
Musical Evening: Songs from the Sudan, 7:00 p.m., Sunday, October 16


Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom, Calderwood Professors of Asian and Islamic Art are the organizers of the international conference: God Is Beautiful; He Loves Beauty: The Object in Islamic Art and Culture.
The fourth biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art
October 29-31, 2011
Museum of Islamic Art
Doha, Qatar

 


The exhibition of "Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection" curated by Judith Bookbinder and Sheila Gallagher, travels to the Taubman Museum of Fine Art at Virginia Tech University where it is on display until October 30, 2011.


Mark Cooper is an invited expert at the Mass Technology Leadership Council Innovation 2011 Unconference.
Friday, October 28, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA.


Sheila Gallagher on Tuesday, October 25 Sheila presented recent work to "Thresholds", a seminar sponsored by the Jesuit Institute that is designed to promote interconnections between teaching and scholarly pursuits through the sharing of work across disciplinary boundaries. The seminar seeks to encourage reflection about leadership, scholarly collaboration, and engagement with the mission and identity of the University.


Binding Friendships & Memory Palaces

An exhibition of multimedia student work in response to Binding Friendship: Ricci, China, and Jesuit Cultural Learnings
Opening reception: October 19, 2011
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Bapst Student Gallery


Karl Baden’s exhibit “Karl Baden: Every Day: A Long Year’’ at the Danforth Museum of Art was reviewed in the Boston Globe on October 19.


Mary Sherman’s exhibit “Waiting for Yves” at the Boston Sculptors Gallery was reviewed in the Boston Globe on October 18.


Student Exhibition and Art Competition

Binding Friendships and Memory Palaces
Bapst Student Gallery
Students are invited to create original works of art that are inspired by or respond to the exhibition Binding Friendship: Ricci, China and Jesuit Cultural Learnings that is currently on display at Burns Library. Works of art will be accepted for submission on Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14 from 12:00-4:00 p.m., on the bottom floor of the Bapst Student Gallery.
Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 19, 5:00-7:00 p.m.


Judith Bookbinder
Public lecture for Paul Lewis' seminar on Boston's literary history in the MFA's American Wing.
Sunday, October 16


Toni Pepe Dan is participating in the exhibition: Think Art: Memory.

Think Art is a conference for the interdisciplinary exploration of the fine arts through the humanities and sciences.
Boston University, College of Fine Arts, 855 Commonwealth Avenue
Friday, October 14 - Saturday, October 15


Jonathan Bloom: "Visual Arts of the Sufis"
Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, Lincoln, NH
October 11, 2011


Toni Pepe Dan, one of Fine Arts' new photography instructors, will speak on her work.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Devlin 010


Jonathan Bloom: "Iranian Islamic Art"
Tuesday Academy, Hancock, NH
October 4, 2011


On Monday, October 3, sculptor Tory Fair visited Sheila Gallagher's Freshman Topics Seminar, "Stalking the Muse." Fair, an assistant professor of sculpture at Brandeis University and former NCAA lacrosse champion, spoke about the relationship between sports and art, and showed examples of her recent work that is currently on display at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA.


On May 7, 2011 Sheila Gallagher presented her work "That Which Remains" in a discussion with Robin Nagle, NYU professor and resident anthropologist for the NYC Department of Sanitation as part of the Festival of Ideas for the New City, May 4-8, 2011. The Festival is a major new collaborative initiative in New York involving the New Museum and scores of Downtown organizations, from universities to art galleries and community groups, working together to effect change. A first for New York, the Festival sought harness the power of the creative community to imagine the future city and explore the ideas destined to shape it. The Festival served as a platform for artists, writers, architects, engineers, designers, urban farmers, planners, and thought leaders to exchange ideas, propose solutions, and invite the public participation.


Publication: Judith Bookbinder, "Images of War: Firsthand Drawings and Printed Engravings" in Edward L. Ayers, editor, America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries, Washington, DC: American Library Association, 2012, pp. 275-281.

The cover design is taken from The Becker Collection, Sheila Gallagher and Judith Bookbinder, co-directors.

 


Art exhibition

8th Annual Faculty and Staff Art Exhibition, sponsored by the Boston College Art Club
September 28, 2011
Bapst Library Student Art Gallery

 

 

 

 


Special Event for Art History Majors and Minors

A private viewing of the exhibition Making History: Antiquaries In Britain, at the McMullen Museum, with commentaries by members of the Boston College Art History faculty, and a reception was held on September 26.


Jonathan Bloom: "Art and Architecture of the Silk Road"
Mariposa Museum, Peterborough, NH
7:00 p.m.
September 23, 2011


John Michalczyk
Kenya: Passing the Baton
September 21, 2011
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
7:30-9:00 p.m., Remis Auditorium, 161 Admission fee


Andrew Tavarelli
South End Open Studios
59 Wareham St.
Studio #14
Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Webcast Interview

Women Healers, Healing Sanctuaries & Grain Goddess to Saint Pamela Berger was interviewed by Karen Tate on Blogtalk Radio: Spirituality, Wednesday, July 27, 2011. They discussed her films "Sorceress" and "Killian's Chronicle" in the context of spirituality.


Student Work

The Summer 2011 issue of Boston College Magazine features self-portraits created for FS 102, one of our core studio art courses.


Boston College and Harvard Researchers Probe the Physics of American Artist Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock’s paintings often clashed with the rules of the art world. But they couldn’t defy the laws of physics, according to a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from Boston College and Harvard who give quantitative form to Pollock’s methods and genius in the journal Physics Today. BC Public Affairs

(L-R): BC Physicist Andrzej Herczynski and Professor of Art History Claude Cernuschi.


The TransCultural Exchange, founded by Mary Sherman (BC ’80) and a part-time faculty member in BC’s Fine Arts Department, has become a vital program promoting artistic exchange among the international art community.

Last April, the TransCultural Exchange’s Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts: The Interconnected World was held in Boston. The Conference is internationally known as the only forum of its kind for networking, showcasing, supporting and promoting artists. Director's Statement | Conference Overview


Charles Meyer, Witnessing Conflict
O’Neill Library
April 26 - September 14, 2011

Charles Meyer retired this spring after many years teaching photography at Boston College. This exhibition grows from his lifelong interest in social justice and documentary photography. It is a photographic survey of regions where people of differing ethnic backgrounds of religious persuasions are in conflict. The series examines perspectives of peace, reconciliation, and restorative justice among the perpetrators, victims and/or survivors of these conflicts—all of whom have come to understand the necessity for reconciliation.