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2013 Archived News

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The BC Art Club co-sponsored, with the University Libraries, its annual Faculty and Staff Art Show at the Bapst Gallery. Dmitry Larionov reviewed the show in the October 21, 2013 edition of The Heights.

The online magazine Musée features an interview with Professor Karl Baden in which he discusses his "Dead Santas" project. Baden photographed deflated Kris Kringle blow-ups, a subject appealing to the artist's self-described humorous and dark sensibility.


"Inscribing the Square: The Inscriptions on the Maidan-i Shah in Isfahan," an essay by Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art Sheila Bloom, appears in a new book Calligraphy and Architecture in the Muslim World, edited by Mohammad Gharipour and Irvin Cemil Schick and published by the Edinburgh University Press.

Norma Jean Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art Sheila Blair presented Text and Image in Persian Art at LACMA in Los Angeles on December 7. In her lecture, which was sponsored by the American Institute of Iranian Studies, Professor Blair investigated the interplay between the verbal and the visual using specific examples of Persian painting and poetry.

Professor Mark Cooper participated in The Art of Story, an event celebrating the new storybook art collection and recent renovations and expansion at Boston Children's Hospital, on December 8. As part of the hospital's renovations, Professor Cooper had created a series of sculptural benches (see August 26 blog entry) in collaboration with patients who were asked to write or draw on the theme "where I'm from."

Anthony Haden-Guest profiles faculty member Sheila Gallagher in the December 4 International edition of The Art Newspaper (number 252, p. 45). Gallagher's Ravishing Far/Near is at the Dodge Gallery in New York through December 22, 2013. Rasa, the video Haden-Guest references, can be viewed on the Moving Image London 2013 site. Rasa had been selected for inclusion in this international art fair in October.


Calderwood University Professor of Islamic and Asian Art Jonathan Bloom provided insight on how Islamic scholars and thinkers were the early adopters of paper, far ahead of European contemporaries, in episode 4 of The Islamic Golden Age on BBC Radio 3. A podcast of the episode is available on the BBC website.

Claire Messud, author of The Emperor’s Children and other award-winning novels, visited Professor Sheila Gallagher’s Drawing Connections class on November 23 to do a reading and engage in a discussion about the creative process and what it means to identify oneself as an artist. The students had been given excerpts from the author's latest novel, The Woman Upstairs, which chronicles a year in the life of Nora Eldridge, a 37-year-old teacher and frustrated artist in Cambridge and her relationship with a more successful and glamorous Italian installation artist named Sirena. Messud's novel is full of rich descriptions of visual art. Students were asked to reflect upon their reading experience, to be mindful of the images that were evoked for them, and to create a series of drawings based on the verbal descriptions of the fictional artworks in the novel.


Professor Nancy Netzer presented a lunchtime colloquium “The Book of Durrow: Old Narrative Amidst New Discoveries,” on November 21. She explored how recent archaeological discoveries, as well as new scientific methods of analyzing materials, are leading to a reconsideration of the traditional assumption that this Insular manuscript was manufactured at Durrow. Dr. Netzer had earlier presented the lecture at Durham University in England. Podcast (best results using Chrome or Safari) and PowerPoint slides of Professor Netzer’s lecture at Durham University.

Professor Karl Baden’s work is among that featured in Play Things at the New York Public Library through March 16, 2014. The exhibition explores prints and photographs as both objects and subjects of play.

Donald Dietrich (Professor Emeritus, Theology) died on September 16. Dr. Dietrich’s wife Linda Dietrich worked as an administrative assistant in the Fine Arts Department office from 1999 to 2010. Donald Dietrich’s Boston College obituary.


On November 14, Elliot Bostwick Davis, John Moors Cabot Chair of the Art of the Americas Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, presented "Gustave Courbet's 'Savage Tenacity of Truth'." Dr. Davis derived her lecture title from the memoirs of her great-great-grandmother, Louisine Havemeyer, a pioneering, passionate and eloquent collector of 19th-century French art who brought to the United States works by Courbet, Degas and other Impressionists. Louisine's legacy lives on in the great Havemeyer Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as well as in works bequeathed to other public institutions throughout the U.S. Dr. Davis's lecture, sponsored by the Institute for Liberal Arts, the McMullen Museum of Art, and the Fine Arts Department, was presented in conjunction with the McMullen Museum of Art exhibition Courbet: Mapping Realism, co-curated by Professor Jeffery Howe. The exhibition will be on view through December 8. Andreina Baquero-Degwitz ’17 summarizes Dr. Davis’s lecture in the November 18 issue of The Heights.


Hyundai has named John Blanford ’13, Adisa Duke ’15, Nick Genovese ’16, Stephan Panico ’15 and Max Prio ’16 finalists in its “Lens of Loyalty” film contest. Professor John Michalczyk had encouraged the students, who had taken courses in the Film Studies program, to enter the competition. The students comprise one of 7 university teams awarded $10,000 to produce a short film on the theme of loyalty. The BC team’s story begins with the birth of a Superfan and follows that character through his time at BC and into adulthood. Now in its final production stages, the film will be released, along with those of the other finalist teams, in December via Hyundai’s advertising and social media outlets. Story in November 14 Heights.


Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection opened at the The Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburgh, PA, on November 8. Professors Judith Bookbinder and Sheila Gallagher co-curated this exhibition, which will run through January 12, 2014.


Dr. Petra ten-Doesschate Chu of Seton Hall University presented “Courbet: Mapping Reality through Clothes” on November 11. BC’s Institute of Liberal Arts, the McMullen Museum of Art, and the Fine Arts Department sponsored this lecture in conjunction with the exhibition Courbet: Mapping Realism, co-curated by Fine Arts Professor Jeffery Howe.


Teresa Carbone ‘77 (Art History) is editor of Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties (Skira Rizzoli Publishing, 2011), for which the Brooklyn Museum received the inaugural Alice award. The award was established to recognize “the lasting values of the well-made illustrated book, and the special sense of intimacy it affords.” Ms. Carbone is the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art and Managing Curator of the Arts of the Americas at the Brooklyn Museum, and co-curated the John Singer Sargent Watercolors currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.


Professor John J. Michalczyk co-moderated, with Woods College of Advancing Studies Professor Lorenz Riebling, a symposium exploring artistic representations of the Holocaust. The event, on November 6, was in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht in 1938. Participants explored by means of scholarly and artistic presentations how artists have represented the horrors of the Holocaust in various aesthetic forms, including painting, music, poetry and film.


Professor Sheila Gallagher’s solo exhibition Ravishing Far/Near features her new mixed media work, “iconomashes” representing the desire for spiritual experience to intersect with contemporary culture. The show runs through December 22 at the Dodge Gallery, 15 Rivington Street, New York City.


Nikhil Patel ’13, who was a Studio Art major, has been accepted into the Peace Corps. He will serve in Ethiopia as an advisor for agriculture business in sustainable resource and production. After his time in the Peace Corps, Nikhil plans to pursue a law degree.


Jurist Francine Weiss chose two works each by Photography professors Toni Pepe and Greer Muldowney for inclusion in the New England Photography Biennial at Danforth Art in Framingham, MA. The exhibition continues through November 3, 2013.


A profile of Professor Sheila Gallagher appears in the October 21 edition of The Heights. Professor Gallagher’s installation Rasa was included in Moving Image London from October 17-20.


A photograph of departmental faculty member Mimi Leveque appeared on page B2 of the October 8 edition of the Boston Globe. Professor Leveque is shown cleaning a stuffed bison in her role as conservator at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem.


In the October 7 edition of The Heights, Samantha Costanza ’16 explores a project jointly undertaken by Professor Sheila Gallagher's “Drawing Connections” class and Reverend Jeremy Clarke, S.J.’s Chinese history class, “From Sun Yat-sen to the Beijing Olympics.” With Bapst Art Librarian Adeane Bregman's guidance, students in Professor Clarke’s class tracked down a group of pagoda sculptures created 100 years ago by students in a woodcarving class in an orphanage in China. Professor Gallagher’s class will create visual expressions of the process of finding the objects.



copy of Sammy Chong’s work

Visiting Lecturer Sammy Chong’s work is currently featured in a solo exhibition, Far Away, So Close at Gallery 263 in Cambridge. Professor Chong’s show was featured as a Pick of the Day in the Boston Globe on October 3. Far Away, So Close will be on view through October 19. The artist will be present at a reception on Saturday, October 12, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Photo Sammy Chong, Still Life, 2013 - mixed media on 3 panels of plexiglass.)


Professor Sheila Gallagher has been selected to participate in the Moving Image Art Fair in London, October 17-23.


Two of Professor Aileen Callahan’s works were selected for inclusion in the exhibition Expressive Voice: Landscape of Emotion at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. The show runs from October 1 through November 17.


John Vick ’05, Art History and Studio Art) compiled the checklist for and chronology in the catalog for Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles, on view at the museum through January 20, 2014. John is currently the Exhibition Assistant for Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He also co-curated an upcoming exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum, The Surrealists: Works from the Collection, which opens on November 3, 2013 and will run through March 2, 2014.



Professor John Michalczyk screened and discussed his new film Who Takes Away the Sins: Witnesses to Clergy Abuse at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the first weekend in October. His wife, Professor Susan Michalczyk (A&S Honors), co-produced the film and was present at the screenings as well. Sean Keeley (A&S '15) offers a review and provides a synopsis of the panel discussion that followed the screening in the October 6 online edition of The Heights. Film trailer


An exhibit of books whose covers are illustrated with—but are not about—Evans’ photographs, examines what happens to the fine art photograph when it becomes a metaphor for a book’s contents. Curated by photographer Karl Baden from his collection of secondhand titles, the show is at Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts through August 31.


Mimi Leveque, part-time art history faculty, recently gave Padihershef, the Egyptian mummy who has been on display at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Ether Dome since 1823, a sprucing up. Her conservation session was filmed by every Boston TV station, and she was interviewed on National Public Radio.

The History Blog also featured this story.

Claude Cernuschi has succeeded Jeffery Howe as chair of the Fine Arts department. Professor Howe is returning to his teaching and research.

photo of Spot

Karl Baden has an exhibition of his work titled “Pant” at Gallery 339 – Fine Art Photography from April 26 to July 27, 2013 at 339 South 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.


Mary Sherman’s TransCultural Exchange has been awarded a $25,000 NEA Art Works grant. The grant will enable TransCultural Exchange to upgrade its website. Additionally, these funds will be used to create a greater awareness of the organization's Conferences on International Opportunities in the Arts. TransCultural Exchange's Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts will be held October 10-13, 2013.

Mark Cooper is one of four finalists for the James and Audrey Foster Prize and is featured in the exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston from May 1–July 14, 2013.

John Michalczyk will premiere his new documentary film, "Who Takes Away the Sins...Witnesses to Clergy Abuse" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. It will be also screened at Boston College on Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Cushing Auditorium.

Karl Baden took part in the AIPAD photography show at the Park Avenue Armory Park Avenue & 66th Street, New York, April 4-7.

The book 100 Boston Artists (a sequel to last year’s 100 Boston Painters) by Chawky Frenn will be published in May, 2013 by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. It features Andrew Tavarelli, Sheila Gallagher and Mark Cooper of our department.

John Michalczyk will screen his Documentary film, “Confronting Amnesia: Frozen Memories of the Russian Gulag” and lead a discussion at the conference: “The Soviet Gulag: New Research and New Interpretations,” on April 25 at Georgetown University.


Diana McDonald’s new course “30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World” has come out on DVD or digital format for The Great Courses.


John J. Michalczyk, Claude Cernuschi, and Michael Mulhern will participate in the symposium “Kollwitz-Connection: Artistic, Social and Gender Commentary in the Life and Works of Käthe Kollwitz” on April 7 at Boston College, in Devlin 101.


Karl Baden spoke on his “The Self and the Street” on March 6 at Fitchburg State University in connection with the exhibit Karl Baden/Jan Kubasiewicz/Fritz Klaetke.

Jeffery Howe spoke on “Anders Zorn and Portraiture in the Nineteenth Century” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on March 11 in the special event “Anders Zorn: A Closer Look,” presented in connection with their current exhibition, which runs from February 28-May 13.


Tim McCool A&S '10 is completing his MFA at the Museum School in Boston. His thesis show will be exhibited in May. Also, he will exhibit at Carroll & Sons Gallery in the South End's SoWa district from May 3-June 1. Tim is currently part of a group exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts; his work, along with some of his classmates is on display in the Shapiro Family Courtyard Gallery of the MFA until August 18. Tim will give an artist's talk at 6:00 p.m. on March 27.


Senior Conservator of Japanese Paintings, Hirayama Studio, The British Museum will speak on the evolution of training and studio practices for the conservation of scrolls and folding screens in the Japanese mounting studio in conjunction with the exhibition Portugal, Jesuits, and Japan at the McMullen Museum of Art. April 8, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Devlin Hall 101. Please RSVP to or 617-552-8587.

Pamela Berger will speak on “Interpretations of Psalm 19” at the 2013 Corcoran Chair Conference at Boston College on April 14.

Debra Weisberg, part-time faculty at BC, and artist in residence at Wheaton College, collaborated with Wheaton students on Swoop, a large scale tape/paper drawing installation as part of 2013 Wheaton Biennial, Drawing out of Bounds, curated by Judith Tannenbaum, curator of the RISD Museum. February 27-April 13, 2013 at the Watson Fine Arts/Wheaton College, 26 East Main Street, Norton, MA.

Time and Time Again poster

Sheila Gallagher is participating in the exhibition Time and Time Again, 8 Artists Measure the Past, Present, and Future at the Harvard Medical School’s Transit Gallery. February 27-April 23. Artist’s talk and reception March 13, 4-6 p.m. in Warren Alpert 563 and in the Transit Gallery in Gordon Hall, on the Harvard Longwood Campus. For more information call 617-432-3809.

Crucifixion Mediations

John Steczynski and Aileen Callahan are featured in the two person exhibition Crucifixion Meditations at Marquette University, the Raynor Memorial Library, from February 14 - April 1, 2013.


Mark Cooper is participating in the New Blue and White exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with a large number of works. February 20-July 14, in the Foster Gallery.

Breaking Down Barriers,” a short film on Mark Cooper’s Berlin Wall Project has been posted on YouTube by the Strabane Council in Northern Ireland.


Mary Armstrong's painting

Mary Armstrong will be featured in an exhibition at the Gallery at the Rhodes Art Center, Northfield Mount Hermon, One Lamplighter Way, Mount Hermon, MA. February 1 - March 8, 2013. Opening Reception is Friday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Candice Ivy, a new faculty member who is teaching Alternative Approaches in Drawing, opened a multimedia exhibition on January 18 at the University of Maine: Honey From The Belly Of The Lion, University of Maine Museum of Art, 40 Harlow Street, Bangor ME.

Sammy Chong's art

Sammy Chong will have a one person show of his works on campus: Amidst: a multimedia collection of three dimensional paintings on plexiglass inspired by experiences of social connection and isolation in urban spaces. February 4-28, 2013.
Bapst Art Gallery, Bapst Library, Level One Gallery
Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 5, 4:00-6:00 p.m.



Sheila Gallagher, Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Boston College, is the recipient of the 2013 Boston College Arts Council Faculty Award. The 2013 awards will be presented on Friday, April 25 during the annual Arts Festival.


Karl Baden is featured in the exhibit Karl Baden: Roadside Attraction at the Howard Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA from January 4 - February 5, 2013.


Larry Deyab ’79 will participate in the exhibition Invitation à l'imaginaire - Œuvres de la collection du Frac Bretagne, at the gallery L’Imagerie, in Lannion, France, from  19 January to 23 March  2013.


The McMullen Museum exhibition Paul Klee: Philosophical Vision; From Nature to Art was chosen by the Boston Globe art critic Sebastian Smee as one of the top ten art-museum shows for 2012. It was particularly noted for being the “most intellectually nourishing.” The exhibit was curated by John Sallis of the Philosophy department, with contributions from Claude Cernuschi and Jeffery Howe.

Islamic Arts by Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair has been selected to be part of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a collection of texts and films chosen by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH recently announced that 842 libraries and state humanities councils in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands will be awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a project of the NEH’s Bridging Cultures initiative. Your book is a part of this curated collection of books which was chosen by a team of scholars and librarians for its potential to offer readers new and diverse perspectives on the histories and cultures of Muslim societies.

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf collection consists of twenty-five books, three documentary films, and a series of seven short videos. Support for the Muslim Journeys bookshelf project was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. See related story from the Boston College Office.


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