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Colored drawing
Federico Barocci: The Head of
St. John the Evangelist, c1580
(National Gallery of Art,
Washington, D.C.)

‘Though this be madness, yet there is method in it’: Federico Barocci's Colored Drawings
Thursday, October 2 at 5:00 p.m. in Devlin Hall 101

Upon her retirement in 2001 from a long and distinguished teaching career at Boston College, Josephine von Henneberg endowed an annual lecture series that has since brought to BC prominent scholars in the history of Italian art. Dr. Babette Bohn, Professor of Art History in the School of Art at Texas Christian University, will present this year’s Josephine von Henneberg Lecture in Italian Art. Dr. Bohn is a specialist in Italian art and has published widely, including co-authoring "Barocci: Brilliance and Grace," the catalogue of an exhibition for which she was also the curator. The exhibition was on view at the St. Louis Art Museum in late 2012, and the National Gallery in London in early 2013.

Federico Barocci (about 1533-1612) was a painter and prolific draughtsman in whose drawings we can begin to see how, in late 16th-century Italy, the harmonious and humanistic character of High Renaissance art was beginning to develop towards the dynamism of the Baroque. The lecture is free and open to the public; a reception will follow. Please RSVP by September 12 (617-552-8596 or
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A Matter of Conscience Confronting Clergy Abuse

Premiere: A Matter of Conscience: Confronting Clergy Abuse
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Fine Arts Professor John Michalczyk and Professor Susan A. Michalczyk of BC's A&S Honors Program co-produced this documentary, which focuses on the courageous individuals who placed the welfare of vulnerable and innocent children above the image of the Catholic Church. A panel discussion will follow the 52-minute film. Ticket information




All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds
Wifredo Lam: Le Sombre
Malembo, Dieu de carrefour, 1943
(Rudman Collection; c2014
Artists Rights Society [ARS],
New York/ADAGP, Paris)

Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds
August 30 – December 14, 2014
McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College
Visitor information
This retrospective exhibition of the work of the Cuban artist Wifredo Lam (1902-82) will present it in the context of established artistic movements of the twentieth century, and demonstrate how the artist blurred the boundaries of these movements and incorporated influences from literature and religion to create a truly global and original oeuvre. An accompanying catalogue includes essays by Elizabeth T. Goizueta, the curator of the exhibition, as well as Professor Claude Cernuschi. Organized by the McMullen Museum, and underwritten by Boston College and the Museum's Patrons, the exhibition will travel to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in February 2015.
Boston, Globe, August 28 | Cuban Art News, August 26 | Arteinformado Magazine (in Spanish, with video) | BC Chronicle | Boston College Magazine | New York Times | Boston Globe, September 7 | The Heights | Boston Globe, September 14 (Sebastian Smee review of exhibition)


Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire
August 22, 2014 – January 4, 2014
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Visitor information
For this exhibition, co-organizers Professor Gail Hoffman of Boston College's Classical Studies and Fine Arts departments and Lisa R. Brody of the Yale University Art Gallery brought together objects from the farthest reaches of the Roman Empire to examine the interaction between local traditions and imperial culture. Co-sponsored by Boston College, the exhibition will open at the McMullen Museum on February 14, 2015.

The September 1 edition of ArtDaily featured an overview of the exhibition, with commentary by the curators.


Sammy Chong: [in]terim
September 1 – October 31, 2014; reception Sunday, October 5 from noon until 2:00 pm.
Carney Gallery, Fine Arts Center, Regis College, Weston, MA
Professor Sammy Chong's current work consists of paintings on multiple layers of plexiglass, which he uses to metaphorically connote the "invisible filters that mediate our social behaviors and interactions," encouraging viewers "to reflect upon the multiple levels of meaning often overlooked as we navigate an increasingly complex modern world" (artist's quotes from a recent profile in 365 Artists 365 Days).


Georgie Friedman: Into the Wind
September 2 – 30, 2014; reception Thursday, September 11 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm.
Foster Gallery, Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, MA
Professor Friedman's solo show features works investigating the power of storms, wind, and our personal and cultural relationships to them. The exhibition premieres Hovering Hurricane: Sandy 2012, a multi-level kinetic sculpture video installation.
Press: Boston Globe review


Sammy Chong: Asterion
September 15 – October 15, 2014
Milton Art Museum, Canton, MA
Gallery open 9:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and by appointment (781-821-2222, ext. 2124) on Saturdays. Professor Chong was the winner of the Museum's annual juried competition, and will be present at a closing reception for the exhibition from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15.


See-cily: The Island's Hidden Face
September 8 – September 30, 2014; reception on Thursday, September 25th from 4-5 pm.
Level One Gallery, O'Neill Library, Library Hours
Valentina Morello, a graduate student in Italian Studies at BC, curated this journey through Sicilian culture and folklore via the photographs of Antonino Riggio.

Ordering the Unknown: The European Mapping Tradition from 1600 to 1860
Stokes Hall, 3rd Floor South

Curated by the students in last spring's "Early Maps and Distant Places" class in the History Department, this exhibit explores how European cartographers of the early modern era used maps to organize, classify and lay claim to parts of the world imperfectly known to them. As in other courses in the "Making History Public" series, students met at the Burns Library, using that collection's resources to investigate a historical topic. High quality reproductions of materials from the Burns Library, and student-authored exhibit text about those items, comprise the exhibition.

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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