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Valerie Hellstein '99 (Art History) will be chairing a panel discussion at this year's College Art Association Conference in Washington, DC on February 6. For "Copy that: Painted Replicas and Repetitions Before the Age of Appropriation," panelists will consider replicas and copies of paintings made by Jan van Eyck, Benjamin West, Dante Gabriel Rosetti and Georgia O'Keeffe. After graduating from B.C., Valerie received her M.A. in Art History from the University of Texas in 2001, and her Ph.D. in Art History from Stonybrook University in 2010. Now at the Willem de Kooning Foundation in New York, Valerie is conducting research for a project collecting the artist's writings and interviews. She is also at work on a book about Abstract Expressionism, The Club and Cold War politics.
Transformed: Looking Back on 10 Years of Violence Transformed through Art and Artists at the Scollay Square Gallery in Boston City Hall, includes work by Professor Khalid Kodi. There will be an opening reception for the exhibit on Thursday, February 4 from 4:00 until 5:15 p.m. The show will be on view through February 26, in honor of Black History Month.
Kenya Danino '15 (Studio Art and Africa & African Diaspora Studies) reports that she has enrolled in graduate school to become an elementary school teacher. Kenya plans to teach art, and continues to pursue her artistic endeavors even with her busy academic schedule. She'll have work in "Our Voices: Women in Comics" which will open at the Medialia Gallery in New York City on February 20.
On Thursday, March 3, Professor Pamela Berger will be presenting the Keynote Lecture at Sacred Sites, Holy Places, the 59th Missouri Valley History Conference at the University of Nebraska of Omaha. In “The Crescent on the Temple” (also the title of her recent book on the subject) Dr. Berger will explore the history and implications of a tradition in which depictions of the Dome of the Rock – often surmounted by a crescent – came to represent the Temple of Solomon in Christian, Muslim and Jewish art.
The exhibition Boston Does Boston 9, at the Proof Gallery in South Boston through February 20, includes an installation by Tim McCool '10 (Studio Art). The aim of this annual show, for which three Boston-based artists invite another artist with whom they share interests to exhibit work along with them, is to highlight the diversity of the Boston arts community. Above: Tim McCool, Not Yet, 2016 (acrylic on wood with clock movement and hands).
TransCultural Exchange's 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts will take place at Boston University and additional venues in the Boston area from February 25 through 27. The theme of this year's conference is "Expanding Worlds," and programs will explore how artists can embrace new technologies and mindsets to work outside the traditional confines of the art market, and to collaborate with people in different disciplines and cultures. Professor Mary Sherman (Boston College '80) founded TransCultural Exchange in 1989, and currently serves as its Executive Director.
Art History major Hazel Yoon '17, an accomplished violist, will be performing in her second concert as part of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra on February 5. The evening's program, which starts at 8:00 p.m. at Symphony Hall in Boston, will feature Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.
The Heights reviewed Professor Mary Armstrong's exhibition 24 Hour News in its January 25th edition. The show, featuring works the painter created in response to the daily reports leading up to the 2003 start of the war in Iraq, will be on view through spring semester. At left: Launch, 2006 (oil on panel).
Professor Mary Sherman performed Eri, After Dark at Drive-By Projects in Watertown, MA on January 24. The multi-media work is inspired by an interlude from Granier's opera of the same name, based upon a novel by Haruki Murakami, which examines the permeable line between reality and fantasy, and inner and public life, especially in the often surreal context of the night. At left: a still from Mary Sherman's video Eri, After Dark (2012).
Students in Professor Brian Reeves's "Introduction to Digital Design" and Professor Greer Muldowney's "Art and Digital Technology" classes are among those from five area colleges who have work represented in Print Power! Vol. 2, an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts' William Morris Hunt Memorial Library through February 12. There's a virtual version of the show on flickr. At left: Song Ha Kim '17, I Want YOU to Upgrade, 2015.
Professor Amy Wynne, who is teaching Painting at Boston College this semester, is also offering an online class, Foundations of Figure Drawing, through Lynda.com. At left: Amy Wynne, Seated Figure, 2015 (sanguine pencil on paper).
Boston Globe art critic Cate McQuaid characterizes the works in Professor Karl Baden's exhibition Rising as "extraordinary." In her January 19th review of the show, she observes how the photographer "[found] magic in the slivers of the torrent" of commuters. Similarly, noted photography blogger Elin Spring praises Professor Baden's "mad skills," which result in works that offer viewers "irresistible visual puzzles" and reward close looking. The show at the Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston's South End is on view through February 9. At left: Untitled (July 31, 2015).
The Mystical Theology Network's Art and Articulation conference at the University of Oxford featured Professor Sheila Gallagher as a keynote speaker on January 8. The interdisciplinary event brought together theologians, artists, art historians and literary scholars to explore the ways in which art can operate as a means of expressing the inexpressible.
For the exhibition YuYu China Blue at the Yuan Art Museum in Beijing, Professor Mark Cooper collaborated with established and emerging contemporary Chinese and American artists to create over 500 objects – ceramics, sculptures, paintings and drawings. These coalesce into an installation that explores the process of collaboration itself, as well as the intersection of external influences (such as cultural history and global currents) and individual artistic expression. Professor Cooper aims to invoke in viewers non-linear associations and perceptions. The artist spoke about his work in a lecture at the Beijing American Center on January 8; the exhibition at the Yuan Art Museum will be on view from January 12 through February 29. At left: Detail of YuYu Tangerine, 2013, installed at Boston's Institute of Contemporary art as part of the James and Audrey Foster Awards Finalists exhibition in 2013.
A painting by Professor Mary Armstrong is in New Work, New York, an exhibition at the Woodward Gallery in New York City through February 27. The gallery's director selected Green Wave, 2015 (oil and wax on panel, 26 x 32") from among thousands of submissions to include in this group show of work by artists demonstrating an "original vision."
Rising, at the Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston's South End, is a solo exhibition of photographs by Professor Karl Baden. For this recent series, the artist photographed subway-riders as they emerged from the system's exit escalator into the bright sunlight. The work captures a point of transition, the moment of passing from one kind of physical and psychological space into another. The show will be on view through February 9. At left: Rising, 2015 (archival inkjet print, 30 x 40").
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