art, art history, and film
For the April 14th edition of The Heights, Caleb Griego interviewed senior Studio Art minor Billy Foshay about his work and specifically his solo exhibition "Ori (Beginnings)" at the Carney Gallery. In the article, Caleb and Billy discuss how the latter's artistic process generally starts with simple curiosity, but results in discoveries about self-perception, identity and growth. Heights staffers Ryan Down and Maggie Power take this discussion with Billy even further in episode 7 of Scene and Heard, moving on to other topics as well, including the benefits of being an art student at BC and the important – if often under-appreciated – role of the visual arts at the university. "Ori (Beginnings)" will be on view through May 1 in Carney 203. Above: detail of 5 Park (2016; archival inkjet prints, tank and water).
Work by Kaitlyn Fitzgerald '16 and Kathryn Riley '16 was selected for inclusion in Undergraduate Photography Now (Part 4), on view at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, through May 1. Professor Greer Muldowney was one of two jurors who pored over submissions from photography students from all over New England, finally choosing 39 pieces to take part in what critic Elin Spring calls "a parade of youthful inquisitiveness" representing the best photography being created by young artists in the region. At left: Kathryn Riley, Urban Heaven, 2015.
The Boston College Arts Council has announced the winner of this year's Jeffery Howe Art History Award. Benjamin Flythe '16 will receive the award at a ceremony during this year's Arts Festival. Professor Claude Cernuschi, who nominated Ben and will present the award, cites the Art History major's "methodologically probing" research on the art of Roy Lichtenstein as an example of the student's consistently excellent work in the discipline. Ben is also a talented photographer whose work was exhibited in his solo show Embodied Stories in O'Neill's First-floor Gallery last fall. The Arts Festival awards ceremony, which will also include recipients of the Faculty and Alumni awards and additional student awards, will be held on Friday, April 2 at 3:00 p.m. in the Stokes Art Tent, with a reception following. The 2016 Arts Festival takes place on the BC campus over three days, starting Thursday, April 28.
Congratulations to Professor Georgie Friedman, who has been selected as one of Boston's first Artists-In-Residence! Professor Friedman will be using her $25,000 award to work with the Department of Neighborhood Development and the Parks and Recreation Department to create a site-specific video installation projecting images of nature onto vacant buildings slated for demolition. Above: Georgie Friedman, Slippery Slope [video projection of a waterfall projected onto the underside of a free-standing staircase], on view at the World Center at Union College in Schenectady, NY through November 30.
As part of an episode called "Trash Talk," WCVB Channel 5's "Chronicle" interviewed Professor Sheila Gallagher for a segment about how she recycles cast-off discarded plastic into beautiful artworks such as Plastic Lila (2013), at left (photo by Stewart Clements). The program aired on Thursday, April 7.
The daughter of a wealthy tobacco tycoon, philanthropist Doris Duke dedicated some of her inheritance to historical preservation and restoration, as well as to art collecting. One of her homes, Shangri-La, brings together two of her passions: love of the water, and admiration for Islamic art and architecture. Norma Jean Calderwood University Professors of Islamic and Asian Art Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom curated Waterscapes, celebrating the happy confluence of Duke’s interests. The exhibition will be on view from April 7 through November 6 at Rough Point, another of the heiress's homes, in Newport, RI.
Professor Mary Sherman will have work in Automata at Arsenal Contemporary in Montreal from June 3 through July 3. The exhibition of "art made by machines, for machines" will be presented in conjunction with the third International Biennial of Digital Art, taking place in Montreal through the month of June.
In the March 28 edition of The Boston Globe, art critic Cate McQuaid reviewed Professor Debra Weisberg's solo exhibition "Mermeros," writing that the artist has "[taken] the drawing element of her work to a new level" (third review in article). The show will be on view at Lesley University's VanDernoot Gallery through April 16. At left: Fuerza (inked paper, museum board, rice paper and tape; photo by Christopher Soldt)
Professor Stephanie Leone will be presenting Borromini, Bernini, and Ludovico Bossi: Palace Building under Innocent X (1644-55) at The Renaissance Society of America's annual meeting, held in Boston this year, on April 1.
Retired Fine Arts professor Charles Meyer received a grant from the Boston College Association of Retired Faculty to attend the Society for Photographic Education's national conference in Las Vegas from March 10-13. This year the SPE honored as Educator of the Year photographer Jim Stone, who taught at BC from 1973-88 and initiated the Fine Arts Department's photography program. Professor Stone currently teaches at the University of New Mexico. At left: former colleagues Charles Meyer and Jim Stone catch up at the SPE Conference in Las Vagas in March.
Film students Chris Prall '17, Arlo Perez '16 and Jonathan Wong '17 are making a documentary about local businesses for the Newton Chamber of Commerce. On Saturday, March 26, they were filming at The Barn in West Newton (at left; photo courtesy of The Barn's Kelly McDermott).
In the February 28 edition of The Boston Globe, correspondent Cindy Cantrell provided a preview of Twinsome Minds, a collaborative performance by Richard Kearney, the Charles Seelig Professor in Philosophy at Boston College and Fine Arts Professor Sheila Gallagher. The international tour of the multimedia presentation, which the creators hope will inspire new modes of commemorating the Easter Rising in 1916, will be landing at Boston's Tsai Performance Center on April 29.
Professor Mark Cooper is one of six internationally acclaimed ceramic artists who has work in A Whisper of Where it Came From, on view through July 24 at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO. The opening of the exhibition coincided with the 50th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, which is being held in Kansas City March 16-19. On March 11, Professor Cooper took part in a pre-conference panel discussion in which three of the artists in the Kemper Museum show discussed the relevancy of clay and ceramics in their broader art practice. An editorial in the March 15 edition of The Kansas City Star outlines how the city became so closely associated with fine ceramic art, and characterizes Professor Cooper's Kemper Museum installation (above) as "eye-popping."
Mermeros, an exhibition of work by Professor Debra Weisberg, will open March 22 at the VanDernoot Gallery at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. The works in the show will reveal developments in the artist's practice over the past 15 years, and will feature a new installation of (un)SEA(n) , a recent three‐ dimensional "drawing" made of wire, paper pulp, polymer and foam (detail at left). Lesley will host an opening reception for the exhibition from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 24; the show will be on view through April 16.
Yiran Guo '18 (Art History) will present her paper "The Funerary Practices and Furnishings of Sogdian Immigrants in 6th‐7th century China" at New Approaches to Art History & Visual Culture, the Visual Culture Consortium's 8th annual undergraduate art history symposium. This event, showcasing the best visual culture scholarship of young scholars from the Boston area, will take place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on April 16, 2016. Yiran will discuss what Sogdian tombs in China reveal about the religious and social customs of these immigrants, and what their melding of the outwardly Chinese tomb form and Central Asian iconography found on the more "private" surfaces of sarcophagi and tomb interiors tell us about the rules governing funerary practices in Confucian society.
"Crucifixion Meditations," an exhibition featuring drawings by Professor Aileen Callahan and retired Professor John Steczynski, opened March 9 at the Dayton Memorial Library at Regis University in Denver, CO. During the Lenten season, these works provide viewers with an opportunity to reflect upon the Crucifixion as a vehicle for meditation rather than an event in a narrative. The show will be on view through March 31. At left: Aileen Callahan, Husk, 2014 (charcoal).
Gina Choi '12 (Art History and Philosophy) is in her first year in the Ph.D. program at the Art and Archaeology Department at Princeton. Gina had developed an interest in Japanese art at BC while taking courses with Professors Jeffery Howe and Katherine Nahum that explored Japonism. After graduating from BC she continued to pursue this interest at Tufts University. During her time at Tufts Gina served as a teaching assistant, and also received a Graduate Student Research award. She received her Master's degree from Tufts in 2014, whereupon she moved to Japan for a year to complete advanced language study at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies. Gina's current research focuses on Japanese ink painting from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
An interview with Professor Mary Armstrong appeared in the February 25th edition of The Boston College Chronicle. O'Neill Library is hosting through May the exhibition 24 Hour News, showcasing a series of the artist's works dating from 2001-2006. The paintings represent Professor Armstrong's response to the build-up to and unreeling of the Iraq war. In the interview, Professor Armstrong says she hopes students who may be studying in the library look up and ponder the paintings with open minds, and that the series inspires in viewers a meditative view of the universal aspects of war. Above: Mary Armstrong, Stuff Happens, 2015 (oil on panel; 26 x 24").
In "Nazi Law: Legally Blind," Professor John Michalczyk explores how the Third Reich government crafted and exploited a system of laws to alienate and punish marginalized segments of the German population. The film will premiere at the Cayman Docufest in Grand Cayman on March 10. Professor Michalczyk's 2009 film "Confronting Amnesia: Frozen Memories of the Russian Gulag" is also on the festival's program.
Humble Arts Foundation's group show Winter Pictures includes a work by Professor Karl Baden. The curators' premise was to select works by international photographers that encourage viewers to make connections among the images, underscoring the universal nature of our experience of winter. Professor Baden used no filters or computer post-processing to create this untitled photograph. Despite the jarring warmth of the image's colors, the 2015 image still elicits a chill as the mounds of snow call to mind that year's brutal winter in the northeast.
Professor Pamela Berger presented a keynote lecture at the 59th Missouri Valley History Conference, Sacred Sites, Holy Places, held at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. In her March 3rd talk "The Crescent on the Temple" (also the title of her recent book on the subject) Dr. Berger explored 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 House of Seven Gables in Salem will be 350 years old in 2018, and efforts are currently underway to raise funds for renovations that would enable visitors to enter previously inaccessible rooms in the house. On Wednesday, March 16, Professor Timothy Orwig will speak about an earlier restoration of the house. His lecture Missing Gables and the Secret Staircase: Joseph Everett Chandler and the Invention of the House of the Seven Gables will start at 7:00 p.m. at the House of Seven Gables.
Professor Mary Sherman is the founder and Executive Director of TransCultural Exchange, which is holding its 2016 conference Opportunities in the Arts: Expanding Worlds at multiple venues in the Boston area from February 25 through 27. A project organized by Professor Sherman for the Transcultural Exchange will be included in the exhibition 50 Shades of Red, opening February 28 at the Herter Gallery at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. For the project, artists (including Professors Karl Baden and Brian Reeves) photographed their fingerprint by putting their finger over the lens of their smartphones, and then sent the resulting photo to Transcultural Exchange for compilation into a grid (above). There will be an opening reception for the show from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 28; the exhibition will be on view through March 24.
The Heights' Caleb Griego provides a thoughtful and nuanced review of Lou Montgomery: A Legacy Restored in the paper's February 25 edition. Directed by Professor John Michalczyk and produced by Professor Susan Michalczyk with Cai Thomas '16 serving as Associate Producer, the documentary tells the story of BC's first black football player, exploring the athlete's triumphs and trials amidst the social context of the era. The film was screened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on February 20.
Professor Georgie Friedman is a finalist to become one of Boston's first Artists in Residence! In January, the 10 finalists presented to the Selection Committee and other interested parties their proposals to enliven the cultural fabric of the city. On the Boston Art Commission's website you can learn more about Professor Friedman's proposal, watch a video of her presentation, and submit your thoughts to the Selection Committee. Three of the finalists will be awarded $20,000 grants to make their projects a reality.
Chris Fuller '18, the Arts & Review Editor for The Heights, interviewed Professor Joe LaRocca about a new podcast that the Film Studies instructor is hosting along with his long-time friend Anthony Gaimari. To differentiate their show from other movie review podcasts, the two have settled on a format in which they discuss a theme central to the film they're reviewing, give a personal slant to their conversation, and keep the dialogue accessible to a general audience. In the article, Professor LaRocca also outlines some of the challenges involved in starting up a new podcast.
Slippery Slope is Professor Georgie Friedman's latest installation, on view at Union College's Wold Center, in Schenectady, NY through November 30. The artist's 2-channel video of a waterfall is projected onto the underside of a free-standing staircase that mimics the angles, length, and slide-like quality of a cascade, prompting comparisons between natural and built environments. Professor Friedman also has work in 32 Degrees: The Art of Winter at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont through May 30
Professor John Michalczyk’s new film Nazi Law: Legally Blind will premiere at the Cayman Docufest in Grand Cayman on March 10. The documentary explores how the Third Reich government crafted and exploited a system of laws to alienate and punish marginalized segments of the German population. Professor Michalczyk’s 2009 film Confronting Amnesia: Frozen Memories of the Russian Gulag is also on the festival’s program.
Art New England online interviewed Professor Mark Cooper about his exhibition "YuYu China Blue," on view through February 29 at the Yuan Museum in Beijing, China. Professor Cooper discusses the genesis of the show, differences between the museum worlds in China and the U.S., and the collaborative process that informs all of his work. At left: detail of YuYu China Blue installed at the Yuan Art Museum.
Art History major Hazel Yoon '17 made her second appearance as a member of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra on Friday, February 5, playing viola in a sold-out concert at Symphony Hall in Boston. On a snowy evening, the program offered hope in Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," as well as Beethoven's "Eroica" symphony. The BPYO's next concert will be on May 8 at Sanders Theater in Cambridge.
Lou Montgomery: Legacy Restored, directed by Professor John Michalczyk, produced by Professor Susan Michalczyk with Cai Thomas '17 (Film Studies minor) as Associate Producer, will screen at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on Saturday, February 20. This new documentary tells the story of Boston College's first black football player, whose speed and abilities contributed to the "Team of Destiny's" championship seasons from 1938 until 1941. But, because of the era's Jim Crow laws, Lou was prohibited from playing in the Cotton and Sugar Bowl games. Peter Keough '79 (English) previewed the film in the February 5th edition of The Boston Globe. Tickets are available through the MFA's website.
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.
On February 11, New England Cable News aired a story about the exhibit that features Professor Khalid's work starting at about 40 seconds.
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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