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Upcoming and Ongoing Events

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Lecture: Materials & Techniques of Man Ray's Le Violon d'Ingres*
Wednesday, April 23, 5:00 p.m., Devlin Hall 101
In conjunction with the McMullen Museum's exhibition Paris Night & Day, photograph conservator Paul Messier will examine this masterpiece of Surrealist art. Sponsored by the McMullen Museum and T. K. McClintock, the lecture is free and open to the public.


Lecture: Kodak, Polaroid & Facebook: The Shaping of Memory, Family Pictures, Photography of the Self
Thursday, April 24, 4:30 p.m., Cushing Hall 101
Dr. Marita Sturken (Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University) will examine the history of photographic memory, the businesses that shaped it, and how social media is changing concepts of the family photograph, the self portrait, and the photographic album. Sponsored by the American Studies Program and the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Boston College. Free and open to the public.
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Boston College Arts Festival*
Thursday, April 24 – Saturday, April 26; Noon-11:00 p.m. each day
Various locations around campus; all events are free and open to the public
Sponsored by the BC Arts Council
Visual art events include:
Stokes Art Tent (opening reception with artist talks on Thursday from 5:00-6:30 p.m.)
Panel discussion: Artists Respond to Climate Change* (Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Devlin 101)
Arts Awards Celebration & Reception (Friday, 4:00 p.m., Stokes Art Tent)
Student filmmaker documentary screenings (Friday, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Devlin 008)
Exhibition: Inside the Studios: Work by Student Artists (Devlin 4th-floor hallway)
Exhibition: The Student Lens: A Year of Photography at Boston College
(Devlin basement hallway)


Second Annual Boston Arts Career Night
Wednesday, April 30, 6:30-8:45 p.m.
Kennedy Building, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 625 Huntington Ave., Boston
(corner of Longwood & Huntington Avenues)
The Boston University Art History Association and the Visual Culture Consortium are co-sponsoring this free event, and they invite Boston College students to come learn about careers and opportunities in the arts. The evening will begin with refreshments, followed by presentations starting promptly at 6:45 p.m., and concluding with time for questions and answers. Contact for more information or if you have questions.



All exhibitions are free and open to the public.


Exhibition: Lost Pagodas Found! From Shanghai to Boston
April 3 - April 29, O'Neill Library third floor, inside main entrance; Library hours
Including a display of three of the wooden pagoda models that were the inspiration for a collaborative project involving students in Professor Sheila Gallagher's "Drawing Connections" class and the Reverend Jeremy Clarke's Chinese history classes last fall, this exhibition explores the history of the group of 86 pagodas from which these examples were drawn, as well as the investigative processes involved in tracking down the current location of the models. An interactive component of the exhibition is available online (username=guest, password=pagoda). Sponsored by the Boston College Libraries, the History Department, and the Institute of Liberal Arts China Watching Seminar Series. Pagoda Project artworks from Professor Gallager's "Drawing Connections" class


Paris Night & Day, February 15 - June 8, 2014
McMullen Museum of Art (Museum Visitor information)
This photography exhibition, curated by Professor Ash Anderson, highlights the work of an international group of photographers whose innovative methods and choice of subject matter came to frame our conception of the City of Light during an unsettling moment in time. A feature in the February 13 edition of The Heights explores the Surrealist elements of the work of three of the photographers – Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Dora Maar – featured in the exhibition. Students in Professor Anderson's fall semester class "Photography in Paris 1900-1945" contributed label texts to the exhibition. A February 13 editorial in The Heights endorses the involvement of students in the planning of the exhibit, lauds the programming and success of the McMullen Museum, and exhorts members of the BC community to take full advantage of this remarkable cultural institution right here on campus. Reviews of the show in The Boston Globe, The Heights and the Metrowest Daily News.


Illuminating Stained Glass: An Exhibition of Selected Decorative Windows of the Bapst and Burns Libraries
December 16, 2013 - September 30, 2014
Level Three Gallery, O'Neill Library, Library hours
Gary Wayne Gilbert photographed a selection of Earl Edward Sanborn's windows illustrating various aspects of Jesuit education. Sponsored by the Boston College Libraries.


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