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Professor Debra Weisberg's exhibition SOMATIC (e)SCAPES will open at Milton Academy's Nesto Gallery on November 7. The show will feature the artist's sculpted 3-dimensional drawings, which she works from the inside out to evoke a moment of shattered equilibrium. Professor Weisberg will speak about her work on Wednesday, November 19 at 9:15 a.m., in the King Theatre at Milton Academy. The exhibition will be on view through December 17. At left: Untitled Corner, 2013 (paper, tape, ink and polymer sealant; 38x29x27")
Photography Professor Greer Muldowney's review of two shows currently on view at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester appeared as a guest piece on Elin Spring's "What Will You Remember" photography blog on October 24.
The Boston College Library's "Faculty Publication Highlights" is featuring Choice Magazine's review of Through a Lens Darkly: Films of Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing, co-edited by Fine Arts Professor John Michalczyk and Theology Professor Raymond Helmick, S.J.
In an article in Dig Boston about film programmers in the Boston area, Boston College alumnus Kristofer Jenson (Linguistics) featured Fine Arts Professor Carter Long in his role as Curator of Film and Video at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Jeremy Kaplan '07 (Film Studies and Philosophy) and fellow BC alum Tony Hale '05 (Mathematics) premiered their award-winning documentary A Will for the Woods at the Museum of Fine Arts on October 11. Jeremy, Tony and two more co-directors followed Clark Wang for the final year of his life. As Clark prepared to die from lymphoma, he arranged for a green burial. The filmmakers share Clark's concern for the environment, rooting the film's aesthetics in nature, and hope that the legacy of his story inspires in others the will to confront death with a similarly empowering decision.
In celebration of its 40th anniversary as an important photography showcase and force, Blue Sky Gallery of Portland, OR, selected 40 of the 648 photographers they’ve shown over the years to highlight in a group of recently published monographs. Professor Karl Baden is represented by a volume surveying two bodies of his work – titled, appropriately, Work from Two Bodies. An exhibition surveying Blue Sky Gallery’s role in the establishment of photography as a fine art medium is on view at the Portland Art Museum through January 11, 2015.
Professor and McMullen Museum of Art Director Nancy Netzer has been elected Chair of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities board of directors.
For his Documania column in the October 19th edition of the Boston Globe, Peter Keogh asked Professor John Michalczyk to name the films that inspired his faith in documentaries as a means of social change.
Chris Bergeron reviewed the McMullen Museum's Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds exhibition in the October 16th edition of the Metrowest Daily News, characterizing the retrospective as "groundbreaking" and the artist "an innovative visionary whose achievement... transcended national boundaries to eventually encompass the globe." Jared Bowen interviewed the exhibition's curator, Professor Elizabeth Goizueta, on the October 17th broadcast of WGBH TV's Open Studio.
Professor Aurelia Campbell presented "Architecture at the Yongle Court: a Preliminary Look" as part of the British Museum's "Ming: courts and contacts 1400-1450" conference on October 9. The Conference was held in conjunction with the exhibition Ming: 50 Years That Changed China, on view at the British Museum through January 5, 2015. Professor Campbell is featured as one of the "Freshman Faculty" members in Boston College Magazine's October edition of @BC.
On October 15, Professor Judith Bookbinder presented "The Special Artists of the Civil War" at the Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont. Her lecture was in conjunction with the exhibition Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection, which is on display at the Fleming Museum through December 12. Professor Bookbinder co-curated the exhibition along with Professor Sheila Gallagher. Since the exhibition premiered at BC's McMullen Museum in 2009, it has traveled to multiple venues across the country. A collection website give scholars and interested members of the general public remote access to the drawings, as well as an opportunity to contribute to the scholarship on the works in the collection.
An article in the October 8 edition of The Heights profiled Professor Joe LaRocca and his "Month Movies" series. The series consists of 40-minute films comprised of one- to two-minute video shorts in which the filmmaker aims to capture the quotidian moments of everyday life. Professor LaRocca is an '05 graduate of the Fine Arts Department's Film Studies Program.
Tim McCool '10 (Studio Art) is one of the curators of People of Earth, which will be on view from October 23 through November 22 at Gallery 263 in Cambridge. Some of Tim's recent work will be included in the show, which explores visually the excitement and potential of cosmic unknown. Tim will be at an opening reception for the show from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on October 24, which means he's unlikely to make it over to the simultaneously scheduled opening reception for Broadside at the 13 Forest Gallery in Arlington, a show that will feature another facet of Tim's delightfully diverse creative output. Broadside opens on October 23, and will be up through November 22.
On October 5, The Heights featured an article about Physics professor Andrzej Herczynski, and how a chance conversation with Professor (and Jackson Pollock specialist) Claude Cernuschi led Professor Herczynski to pursue an investigation of the role of fluid dynamics – his field – in Pollock's paintings. His conclusion was that Pollock was not only aware of the principles of fluid dynamics, which he likely "stumbled" upon, but used them significantly in his artwork. Professor Herczynski's research led to his collaboration with Professor Cernuschi on four academic articles on how viewing the work of the Abstract Expressionists through a scientific lens can reveal new insights on the artists' working methods. Inspired by this new line of inquiry, Professor Herczynski will be leading a month-long study abroad trip, "The Art of Physics," in Parma, Italy this coming summer.
Dr. Babette Bohn, Professor of Art History in the School of Art at Texas Christian University, presented the 2014 Josephine von Henneberg Lecture in Italian Art on October 2. In her talk, "'Though this be madness, yet there is method in it': Federico Barocci's Colored Drawings," Dr. Bohn, who has studied and researched the artist's drawings for several years now, proposed several respects in which the late Renaissance painter Barocci was a pioneer in the field of draftsmanship. Perhaps the artist's most important and influential innovation was in his use of color in preparatory drawings for paintings. Unusual among the painters of his period, Barocci employed both pastels and oil media in his preparatory drawings, although Dr. Bohn hypothesizes that some of the oil "studies" may actually have been executed by the artist after the related painting, and that these oil drawings were intended for sale to collectors. Well-known and respected in his time, Barocci may have been one of the earliest artists to take advantage of the market for such items. Dr. Bohn's lecture, delivered in Devlin 101, was sponsored by the Fine Arts Department and the Nicholas J. Sottile Fund for Italian Studies.
Fine Arts alum Chris Doyle A&S '81 has been selected as the recipient of the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection Prize for his work, Waste Generation, a single-channel video (2011) presented at this year's Moving Image art fair in Istanbul. Chris is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the cultural construction of landscape. He has exhibited widely in the United States and internationally, and received a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. In addition to his degree from B.C., Chris also holds a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.
On September 29, Professor Georgie Friedman and MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emmanuel explored together our dual perceptions of the beauty and danger of storms. Their presentation at the MIT Broad Institute was presented as part of the Catalyst Conversations series, which promotes dialogue between art and science. Professor Friedman's exhibition Into the Wind recently closed at the Foster Gallery in Dedham, MA.
Conservator Cheryl Porter, director of the Montefiascone Conservation Project, presented "Purple Manuscripts (Then: Kings, Princes, Prelates and Printers: Now: Recipes, Evidence and Experiments)." After discussing the social symbolism of the color purple throughout history, Ms. Porter embarked upon her investigation into the purple pigment used in medieval manuscripts. These manuscripts were considered luxury items, with gold text sometimes applied to the purple leaves. The status of these manuscripts was due to the delicate and labor-intensive process of obtaining the purple pigment, which comes from the glands of the Murex snail, and which must be extracted while the mollusk is still alive. In order to determine how the medieval manuscript makers used this pigment to create these beautiful manuscript pages, Ms. Porter conducted a series of experiments using both vellum and parchment, and applying the pigment either by brushing it on the surface of the leaf, or immersing the leaf in a dye containing the pigment. By brushing several coats of the pigment on the surface of vellum leaves, she achieved results closest to the appearance of most purple medieval manuscripts. The Norma Jean Calderwood Chair of Islamic and Asian Art at Boston College sponsored Ms. Porter's September 25 lecture.
Bloomsbury Academic has published Professor John Michalczyk's new book Filming the End of the Holocaust: Allied Documentaries, Nuremberg and the Liberation of the Concentration Camps.
Professor Lisa Kessler's Cake (left; 2009, archival pigment print) is included in Danforth Art's fall exhibition The Expressive Voice: Brought to Light, on view through November 9, 2014. The museum recently acquired the photograph for its permanent collection.
Former Fine Arts professor Fr. James Palmigiano is having a solo show of his Recent Collages at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. The exhibition runs through December 17, 2014. Father Palmigiano is now a member of the Trappist Order at beautiful Saint Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, MA, and the works in this show reflect his experience of life in the monastery.
Delay, a collaboration between Professor Mary Sherman and sound artist and researcher Florian Grond, will open at Galleri KiT at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norwegian University of Science and Technology on October 25. The artists scanned five areas of one of Professor Sherman's painting and turned the data into sound in order to give form to the painting's "latent music."
Fine Arts Professor John Michalczyk and A&S Honors Program Professor Susan Michalczyk will premiere A Matter of Conscience: Confronting Clergy Abuse at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on October 4. The documentary, which the Michalczyks co-produced, focuses on the courageous individuals who came forward to report clergy abuse to religious and civil authorities, and who suffered serious repercussions as a result.
Crystal Bridges Museum president Don Bacigalupi and curator Chad Alligood selected work by Professor Sheila Gallagher for inclusion in the museum's eagerly anticipated fall exhibition State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, opening September 13. Over a period of months, the show's organizers logged more than 100,000 miles to visit nearly 1,000 artists nominated by dealers, collectors, educators, critics, artists' organizations and museum colleagues all over the country, eventually choosing about 100 to include in the exhibition. Mr. Bacigalupi says that their intent was "a show illustrating the best of what's happening – the very best work that's being created across the country," and that the work they selected filled three criteria: virtuosity, engagement and appeal. "State of the Art" will be on view at the Arkansas museum through January 19, 2015.
On September 17, CBS News aired a segment about the exhibition on its nightly TV broadcast. In the piece, Professor Gallagher’s work is featured several times, and there are also clips of her “in action” creating one of her smoke paintings (starting at 0:54), and one of her grilled plastic paintings (at 1:00). There’s a nice shot of the painting Plastic Lila, installed in the museum, towards the end (at 2:33, behind reporter Anna Werner). In the September 18 Heights, Grace Godvin profiled Professor Gallagher, who describes her experience in being chosen for the "State of the Art" exhibition. At left is another of Professor Gallagher's works selected for inclusion in the show: Plastic Lila, 2013 (melted plastic mounted on armature; 81x64.5; photo courtesy of Stewart Clements).
An article in the September 11 edition of The Heights, Arts Editor John Wiley profiles Studio Art minor and Fine Arts Digital Lab Assistant Billy Foshay '16, and his Monday Morning project, in which he sends a weekly email, pairing photos with short stories, to subscribers. In the article, Billy cites the "Issues and Approaches to Studio Art" class that he took with Professor Sheila Gallagher as a transformative experience, leading to his realization that he wanted to "break out" from his previous career course (he is still a Business major) and pursue more intensely his creative endeavors. Billy also notes a recent increased "push by undergraduates in the Fine Arts Department to elevate the role of visual art at the University," noting that he's "seeing people get very excited about [it]." Billy's business acumen comes into play along with his creativity in his work with Exposure Productions, a media company showcasing University student groups and pooling resources to create independent films at BC, that he started last year with his friend Max Prio CSOM '16.
Work by Studio Art major Kenya Danino '15 will be included in the exhibition From Panel to Panel X: C/Overt: Movement in Comix at the Medalia Gallery in New York City (September 20 through October 25).
Professor Aileen Callahan currently has work in two shows in Massachusetts: The Art of Seeing Whales at the New Bedford Whaling Museum through January 14, 2015, and The Expressive Voice: Brought to Light at Danforth Art in Framingham through November 9.
On September 4, PRI's The World broadcast interviewed Professor Jonathan Bloom about the origins and meaning of the ISIS flag.
Cate McQuaid reviewed Professor Georgie Friedman's exhibition, Into the Wind in the September 10 edition of The Boston Globe, characterizing the work as "mesmerizing" and noting the "haiku-like clarity" with which the artist portrays weather phenomena. Professor Friedman will be in attendance at an exhibition reception on Thursday, September 11, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Foster Gallery at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA. The exhibition will be on view through September 30.
In July, Professor Khalid Kodi traveled to Sudan to participate in Art as Resistance – Art for Resilience, a program of the Sudan Democracy First Group. In areas of the country affected by ongoing aerial assault by the Government of Sudan in its effort to quell rebel groups, Professor Kodi worked with residents to apply art therapy to address the daily stress and trauma of their lives. In one project, members of the community stood in front of bombed structures holding anti-bombardment signs. Photographs of these groups were compiled into a series of posters calling for an end to the bombardment. In another project, Professor Kodi worked with young people in refugee camps, producing artwork from recycled and found objects. Professor Kodi called his visit to the Nuba Mountains of Sudan "a dream come true, and a life-changing experience," and was profoundly moved by the courage, dignity and resilience of a population that lives with the constant threat of terror.
The McMullen Museum's Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds exhibition has received numerous favorable notices in the press since opening on August 30. Sebastian Smee chose the show as one of his Critic's Picks in the September 6 Boston Globe "Fall Arts Preview," as did Holland Cotter in the New York Times on September 3. Also in the New York Times, on September 7 Karen Rosenberg chose the Lam exhibition as third on her list of the most important exhibitions of the upcoming season; Roman in the Provinces, an exhibition co-organized by Boston College and Professor Gail Hoffman (currently on view at the Yale University Art Gallery, opening at the McMullen on February 14, 2015) was number six on Rosenberg's list. Not to be outdone, the September 8 edition of The Heights features a front-page story about the Lam exhibition. Museum Director and Fine Arts Professor Nancy Netzer describes the dedication of Hispanic Studies Professor and exhibition curator Elizabeth Goizueta, who worked for a decade researching and bringing together the works for the show. An editorial in the same edition of The Heights cites the Lam exhibition as evidence that the McMullen Museum has achieved national prominence and importance. At BC's September 3 Convocation, Executive Vice President Patrick Keating announced that the Museum will move to the Brighton Campus in 2016, affording increased capability for student involvement in the visual arts as well as for staging world-class exhibitions.
July marked the centennial of the opening of the Cape Cod Canal, sparking a series of events and publications to celebrate the "Canaliversary" of this engineering feat. In a July 23rd Boston.com blog item, Riva Bergel describes how Professor Timothy Orwig, using historical photographs, vividly recounts the canal's often dangerous construction process, as well as the triumphant opening ceremonies, in his Cape Cod Canal, published by Historic New England. The book was also favorably reviewed in the Cod Times and the Barnstable Patriot. Professor Orwig appeared in a WCVB-TV Chronicle segment about the Canal (starting at about 1:55), and his article about the canal's origins, construction, and early history appeared in the Spring issue of Historic New England Magazine (pp. 26-29).
BC's Office of Marketing Communications has posted to the BC YouTube channel a video in which student artists, including Studio Art majors Kenya Danino '15 and Elizabeth Floriano '14, discuss their work displayed in the 2014 Arts Festival. Professor Alston Conley provides context and commentary.
Into the Wind, a solo exhibition of work by Professor Georgie Friedman, is now on view at the Foster Gallery at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA. The show features works investigating the power of storms, wind, and our personal and cultural relationships to them, and premieres Hovering Hurricane: Sandy 2012, a multi-level kinetic sculpture video installation. The artist will be present at a reception on Thursday, September 11 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.; the exhibition closes on September 30.
Professor Sammy Chong was profiled in the August 28 edition of 365 Artists 365 Days. Professor Chong has a busy fall coming up, with exhibitions at the Carney Gallery at Regis College in Weston (September 3 - October 31), the Milton Art Museum in Canton (September 15 - October 15) and ArtSpace Gallery in Maynard (November 5 - 28).
In the August 28 edition of The Boston Globe, Nancy Shohet West previewed "Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds," an exhibition opening at the McMullen Museum of Art on August 30. In the article, exhibition curator and BC Professor Elizabeth Goizueta and Fine Arts Professor and McMullen Museum Director Nancy Netzer discuss the inception and fruition of the exhibition, and how the multicultural nature of Lam's work and life makes him such a fascinating and timely subject. Cuban Art News featured an interview with Professor Goizueta on August 26. Fine Arts Professor Claude Cernuschi worked with Professor Goizueta in organizing the show, and also wrote an essay for the catalog, in which he analyzes Lam's art in relation to anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss and his colleagues.
The Art Career Project named Professor Sheila Blair one of 15 Notable Art Professors in Boston. Professor Luke Jorgensen of BC's Theater department also made the list.
In her August 13 article on the MTV News site, Brenna Ehrlich includes Professor Karl Baden's thoughts about how his practice of photographing himself daily for more than 25 years is situated within the history of "the selfie."
Professor Claude Cernuschi wrote a catalogue essay for Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds, an exhibition that will open at the McMullen Museum on August 30. An August 4 article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previews the exhibition, which will travel to the High Museum of Art in August 2014.
Tim McCool A&S '10 showed some of his new paintings at Look No Further, a one-night pop-up show held August 1 at Find & Form Space in Boston's South End. Tim and his colleague William F. Clark will be launching Infinite Scroll, a literary and arts zine at the New England Zine Fest on August 16.
"Drifting Waters," a solo exhibition of recent work by Professor Mary Armstrong, will open at the Cross MacKenzie Gallery in Washington, DC, on July 24. The vivid landscapes, built up in layers of oil and wax, portray the artist's perception of both the physical and metaphysical elements of nature. While the reverent mood of the paintings brings to mind 19th-century landscape traditions, the artist's 21st-century anxieties about man's relationship with the earth is conveyed via the often turbulent compositions and scraping of the paintings' surfaces. The gallery will hold an opening reception from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, and the exhibition will be on view through September 10. Shown here: Mary Armstrong, Padua Blue Wave, 2013 (oil and wax on panel).
On June 21, Professor Debra Weisberg presented Material Drawing: Exploration and Connectivity as part of the Computational Making workshop at the 6th International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition in London.
Professors Mark Cooper, Sheila Gallagher and Andrew Tavarelli are three of 100 Boston Artists featured in Chawky Frenn's new book (Schiffer Publishing, 2013).
The work of Jay Wu A&S '94 is featured in the exhibition Four Painters at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport through July 6. After receiving his B.A. in Studio Art and Mathematics, Jay continued on at BC to earn an M.S.T. in Secondary Mathematics. In 2004 he was awarded an M.F.A. in Painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Jay also had the good fortune to study with the painter Jon Imber, who died earlier this year in Stonington, ME. The Four Painters show will be on exhibit at the gWatson Gallery in that town from July 7 - 19. When he's not in the studio Jay teaches math at St. Sebastian's School in Needham, MA.
In May, Professor Mary Sherman presented Audifying Painting, a paper about a work in progress, at the Curating Sound Art Conference in London. Professor Sherman's piece will be shown first in Norway in the fall of 2014 before traveling to additional venues.
Jane Ingram Allen reviewed Florian Dombois's "uboc No. 1 & stuVi2" in the April Issue of Sculpture magazine. Professor Mary Sherman curated the project, a "quiet spectacle and a thought-provoking poetic gesture" that belied the work involved in obtaining the numerous permits required to beam a laser through the skies above the Boston University campus. The installation was on view nightly during the duration of the TransCultural Exchange's conference, held at B.U. in October 2013. Professor Sherman is the director of the TransCultural Exchange, a non-profit organization that promotes international art toward the understanding of world cultures. Video of the installation
Professor Georgie Friedman, whose videos transform weather and other natural phenomena into beautiful and meditative experiences, presented Capturing Weather in Video and Installation at the Boston Cyberarts Gallery in Jamaica Plain on May 28.
Tim McCool A&S '10 reports that several works from his solo show You will love this some day at Bentley University earlier this year will be on display at Carroll & Sons gallery in the South End of Boston starting June 2 (reception during First Friday event on June 6).
In the May 14th edition of The Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid reviews (third item in article) the Concord Art Association's Personal Terrain, an exhibition that includes work by Professor Mary Armstrong. McQuaid writes that the show's "dreams of place imbue the sites they document with more meaning than a simple roadmap. They're filled with yearning and fulfillment too." "Personal Terrain" is on view through May 18.
Professor Stephanie Leone will be on sabbatical during the 2014-2015 academic year to work on her research project, "The Arts in Rome under Innocent X Pamphilj (1644-1655)." The Renaissance Society of America awarded Professor Leone a grant that will enable her to spend several weeks in Rome this summer to conduct archival research in the Archivio Doria Pamphilj, the Vatican Library, and the Archivio di Stato Rome. Professor Leone will return to Rome for a second research trip in the fall thanks to a Research Incentive Grant from Boston College. She has also been awarded a Visiting Senior Fellowship at the Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, where she will spend two months in residency. And because all that may not be enough to keep her busy, Professor Leone will be participating this June in a "Visualizing Venice" workshop at Venice International University, at which she will learn about digital mapping and its uses for art historical research.
Maggie Mansfield '11 (Art History and Perspectives) received her M.A. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts in New York City in May 2013. While at the Institute, she received a Weinberger Travel Grant that enabled her to travel to Europe to do preliminary research for her thesis, "Ordered Disorder: Dutch Paintings of the Topsy-Turvy World." Maggie is currently Adjunct Professor of Art History at Santa Barbara City College and studying Dutch at UCLA. She has received full funding to pursue her Ph.D. starting this fall at the University of California at Santa Barbara, continuing her focus on 17th-century Dutch art and material culture.
A review of Professor Stephanie Leone's The Pamphilj and the Arts: Patronage and Consumption in Baroque Rome (McMullen Museum of Art, 2011) recently appeared in caa.reviews. The reviewed volume, edited by Dr. Leone, brings together the papers presented at a conference on the topic that was held at Boston College in 2010. Interdisciplinary scholars (art historians, musicologists, historians, philologists, linguists and archivists) assembled to present the fruits of the research inspired by their salon-style conversation, which Dr. Leone had initiated to explore more fully Cardinal Benedetto Pamphilj's important role in the cultural milieu of early 18th-century Rome. The result, according to reviewer Kimberly L. Dennis, is a "vivid portrait of Pamphilj… [that] attests to the contributors' careful mining of the Pampjilj archives and to the flourishing of the arts in the often overlooked late Baroque era."
The Architecture League of New York has selected Benjamin Freyinger A&S '00 and his partner Andrew Holder's firm The LADG as the recipient of the League's 2014 Young Architects Prize. Benjamin was an Art History major and Studio Art minor at B.C.; he received his Masters in Architecture from UCLA in 2005. His partner Andrew is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. In addition to their architectural work, Benjamin and Andrew recently organized In the Garden Grows a Lump: Rare Books on the Picturesque, an exhibition of illustrated manuscripts on the Picturesque movement. The exhibition was on view earlier this year at the Taubman College Gallery at the University of Michigan. The LADG will be exhibiting at the University of Queensland, Australia, in July.
In its April 30th edition, the Santa Fe Reporter profiled Margaret Moore Booker '83, who will receive the Ralph Emerson Twitchell award for her book Southwest Art Defined: An Illustrated Guide (Rio Nuevo Publishers, 2013). This is the second time that Margaret, who was an art history major at B.C., has won this Historical Society of New Mexico award for "an outstanding publication or significant contribution… to the creative arts, as related to New Mexico history." Margaret had also won the award in 2010 for The Santa Fe House (Rizzoli, 2009).
The April issue of The Gavel includes a profile of Professor Karl Baden, focusing on his Every Day project and the media attention it has received in this era of the "selfie." Professor Baden recently marked 25 years of photographing his own face every morning – except one.
In conjunction with their course "Islamic Spain/al-Andalus: Word, Monument, and Image," Professors Pamela Berger and Dana Sajdi (BC History Department) presented a lecture and recital by the Camerata Mediterranea on April 28. Because musical traditions in the East have been passed along orally, with little written documentation, styles and works have evolved over the centuries. The scholar-musicians of Camerata Mediterranea strive to "reconstruct" the music of Morocco and Algeria to more closely reflect how it was traditionally played.
In its April 28th edition, The Heights reviewed film major Katlyn Prentice '14's Mile 21, an account of how the Boston Marathon bombings affected BC students – both those who ran and those who didn't. The documentary short premiered during the Boston College Arts Festival on April 25.
Katherine French, Director of DanforthArt in Framingham and juror for the museum's upcoming exhibition "Community of Artists," has selected Professor Aileen Callahan's work Back Skin Torque for inclusion in that show, which will run from June 8 through August 3.
Professor Greer Muldowney was a juror and curator for this year's Annual College Student Exhibition, held in conjunction with Flash Forward Boston, an international photography festival. The student showcase is on view at 530 Harrison Avenue in Boston's South End from April 25 through May 10.
In his April 17th review, Boston Globe photography critic Mark Feeney praised Professor Lisa Kessler's solo show In the Pink at DanforthArt in Framingham, MA. For Smithsonian.com, Erin Corneliussen explored with the artist the conception and realization of this project, which is on view through June 15.
What constitutes "authenticity" in a photographic print? And what happens when the artist's conception of "authenticity" conflicts with that of the art market? These were just two of the intriguing questions raised by photograph conservator Paul Messier's April 23rd talk "Materials and Techniques of Man Ray's Le Violon d'Ingres," in which he described the process of determining a date for a particular print of this icon of Surrealist photography. The lecture was sponsored by T. K. McClintock and the McMullen Museum of Art in conjunction with the Museum's exhibition Paris Night & Day: Photography Between the Wars, on view through June 8.
A solo exhibition of Professor Karl Baden's recent work opened at the Miller-Yezerski Gallery in Boston on Friday, April 18. The photographs in Roadside Attraction present wry visual riddles about "life between the dashboard and the cupholders." The exhibition will be on view through May 20.
Professor Mary Armstrong is among the artists whose work was selected for inclusion in Personal Terrain: Contemporary Mapping. The exhibition, at the Concord Art Association through May 18, explores some of the ways in which artists use the concept of mapping to create visualizations of a more personal approach to understanding the world around us.
Professor Karl Baden has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Practice in Photography in the Fine Arts Department. Professor Baden currently teaches popular photography and "Art and Digital Technology" courses, and has received widespread critical acclaim for his body of work, including his Covering Photography and Every Day (recently featured on New England Cable News and dozens of other media outlets) projects.
Leila Amineddoleh, J.D. Boston College Law School and specialist in art, cultural heritage and intellectual property law, presented "Legal Issues in Art Restitution: Historic Looting, the Monuments Men, and Nazi Looted Art," a lecture in which she examined the hurdles—legal and otherwise—faced by rightful owners seeking to reclaim stolen works of art. The April 14 event was sponsored by the Institute for Liberal Arts, the Fine Arts Department, and the B.C. Law School, and was presented in conjunction with this semester's "Loot" course being taught by Professors Stephanie Leone and Nancy Netzer. A video of the lecture is available online.
On April 15, Professor Sheila Gallagher led a "Go Back to College Class" for B.C. Alumni. In "Stalking the Muse: 11 Things You Learn in Art Class," Professor Gallagher explored the subjects of creativity and inspiration through the lens of contemporary art, and demonstrated the process of how artists move from inspiration to manifestation. The class was sponsored by the Boston College Alumni Association.
Art History major Molly Phelps '14 was selected to present her paper "Rembrandt's Minerva of 1635: Myth and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age" at the Visual Culture Consortium's 6th Annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on April 12.
In connection with his course "Holocaust and the Arts," Professor John Michalczyk organized Arresting Children: Biblical Allusion, Modern Iconography, and the Witness of Samuel Bak. Dr. Danna Nolan Fewell of Drew University and Dr. Gary A. Phillips of Wabash College spoke at this April 7 forum sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program.
Witold von Henneberg, husband of Professor Emeritus Josephine von Henneberg, died on April 2, following a long illness. After her retirement in 2001, Professor von Henneberg and her husband moved to Davis, CA, where Professor von Henneberg continues to pursue her research and writing on Italian Renaissance art. Professor von Henneberg and her husband, an architect, were married 62 years ago.
Art History majors Annie McEwen and Molly Phelps (both A&S '14) presented papers at the 2014 BCTalks annual showcase on April 8. Annie's talk was entitled Baroque Art: Meaning and Relativity (video available online); Molly's Rembrandt's Minerva of 1635: Myth and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age.
Professor John Michalczyk participated in a panel discussion Norwegian Teachers' Resistance to Nazi Occupation at Trinity Chapel on BC's Newton campus on April 9. The evening began with a live performance of an oratorio describing how 10,000 Norwegian teachers stopped Hitler from putting Nazi textbooks in their schools. The Fine Arts Department co-sponsored the event along with the Woods College of Advancing Studies; the Laura and Lorenz Reibling Foundation; the Jacques Salmanowitz Program; the Faith Peace and Justice Program; and Veterans for Peace.
Professor Lisa Kessler presented an artist talk at the opening of her solo show In the Pink at DanforthArt in Framingham, MA, where the exhibition will be on view through June 15. The April edition of the DanforthArt Newsletter includes a profile of the photographer.
Professor John Michalczyk participated in a panel discussion preceding an April 6 screening of the 1928 silent movie masterpiece "La passion de Jeanne d'Arc" at St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill. The screening, sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Boston College, featured musical accompaniment by organist Peter Krasinski and the Seraphim Singers.
Dr. Aurelia Campbell has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Asian Art in the Fine Arts Department. Dr. Campbell, currently at Smith College, will be teaching classes at BC starting in the fall semester of 2014. On March 17, Dr. Campbell lectured at BC on "Architecture and the Imperial Image: A Case at the Sino-Tibetan Frontier."
An article in the March 27th edition of The Heights describes the inception of Exposure Media Group, a five-person film production house launched by students Max Prio '16 and Billy Foshay '16. Max and Billy are both students in the Carroll School of Management. But Max, whose father is a freelance film director, has long-standing interest and experience in film; last fall, he was part of a team that received a $10,000 grant from Hyundai to produce a short film on BC football. And Billy is a photographer and graphic designer who also takes classes in the Fine Arts Department. The company's first project, which was completed within a week, was a much-viewed video promoting tickets for the Annual Showdown at BC. In a column in the same edition of The Heights, Arts and Review Editor John Wiley lauds Max and Billy's ingenuity in putting together a startup using the skills they had learned and the talent that they found in the Fine Arts Department, and muses about the fruitful collaborations that could result if more entrepreneurs followed their example by being more open to the ideas artists could bring to their endeavors.
PDN (Photo District News) selected Professor Greer Muldowney as one of its 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch in 2014.
The Harry G. Friedman Society sponsored Professor Pamela Berger's lecture "The Dome of the Rock as Image of the Ancient Temple in Jewish Art" at the Jewish Museum in New York on March 23.
In the March 24th edition of The Heights, Michelle Tomassi '15 outlines some of the potential future venues for the display of student and faculty artwork in light of the recent closure of the Bapst Art Gallery. An editorial in the same edition of the paper emphasizes the student and public enthusiasm for the visual arts at Boston College, and the importance of permanent exhibition spaces on campus.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council featured work by 2013 Artist Fellowship awardees Professors Karl Baden and Greer Muldowney in its Photography Finalist Exhibition at the New Art Center in Newton from February 28 through March 23. Art critic Cate McQuaid profiled Greer Muldowney in the February 15th edition of the Boston Globe.
On March 21, Professor Debra Weisberg presented a lecture "Material Drawing: Exploration and Connectivity" as part of the "Computation" lecture series at MIT's School of Architecture and Planning.
In the March 19th edition of the Boston Globe, art critic Cate McQuaid reviews "BRINK v1," a group exhibition at the Boston Center for the Arts' Mills Gallery. McQuaid characterizes Professor Georgie Friedman's video "Snow Study III," a meditation on the dance of snowflakes against a dark sky, as the "still center" of a show in which the artists attempt to capture visually the fleeting moments that coalesce into our lives.
Professor Ash Anderson presented "Inverting Paris: Photographic Innovation Between the Wars" on March 17 at Boston College. In this lecture, Professor and exhibition curator Anderson discussed how the photographers represented in Paris Night & Day inverted traditional photographic techniques and framing to invent new visions of Paris and new conceptions of photography as an art form.
On March 10, Professor Pamela Berger presented her paper "Stars and Bones: Revisiting Ezekiel's Visions" at Boston College's 2014 Corcoran Chair International Conference, "Jews, Christians & Visuality: New Approaches."
Molly Phelps A&S '14 will present her paper "Rembrandt's Minerva of 1635: Myth and Politics in the Dutch Golden Age" at the Visual Culture Consortium's Undergraduate Art History Symposium. This annual showcase of the best undergraduate art historical research from across New England will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on April 12.
Tim McCool A&S '12 Studio Art, opened a solo show, You will love this some day at the McGladrey Art Gallery in the Bentley University Library in Waltham. Art critic Cate McQuaid highlighted the exhibition as a week ahead item in the March 12 edition of The Boston Globe. Dina Deitsch, the Curator of Contemporary Art at the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, has selected one of Tim's paintings for inclusion in a group show, "Massachusetts," at Gallery 263 in Cambridge; the show will run from March 20 through April 12. The Pavement Coffee House in Newbury Street in Boston displayed some of Tim's paintings in February and early March.
As he begins his 28th year of photographing his face daily, Professor Karl Baden was interviewed by WBZ-TV and WCVB News about his Every Day project. A slideshow on the WCVB website provides an "insider view" of the photographer's daily ritual. In light of the current selfie craze, the "Every Day" project has received a great deal of recent press; Professor Baden recommends this PBS News Hour article as one of the most thoughtful. Photographs from "Every Day" serve as the basis for one of the assignments in Professor Baden's "Art & Digital Technology" class, for which he gives each student the photograph of his own face that corresponds to the student's date of birth. Each student then alters the image to imbue it with visual and conceptual relevance to the day of the student's date of birth. An exhibition featuring the products of this year's assignment was on display in the O'Neill Level One Gallery through the month of February.
Soo Jun Rhee A&S '17 interviewed Professor Katherine Nahum for a feature article about Boston College's architecture in the February 17 edition of The Heights.
Photography Professor Lisa Kessler's Seeing Pink is the inaugural exhibition at the newly renovated Hammond Hall Art Gallery at Fitchburg State University. Professor Kessler's documentary photographs explore the psychological and cultural implications of the ways in which individuals and society use and view color – in this case, pink. The show, on view through March 28, was previewed in the February 4 edition of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
Arcadia Press recently published Professor Timothy Orwig's Cape Cod Canal, surveying – with the help of historic photographs – the history and construction of this engineering marvel.
Professor Toni Pepe Dan has been appointed to the Malden Cultural Council, one of Massachusetts's 329 Local Cultural Councils that distribute through a grant process funds supporting community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities.
Two new works from Professor Karl Baden's series "Rising" are included in Humble Arts Foundation's online exhibition Tough Turf, which explores new directions in street photography.
Curator Lexi Lee Sullivan selected Professor Georgie Friedman's work for inclusion in BRINK v1, an exhibition exploring ideas of itinerancy in contemporary photography. The show at the Boston Center for the Arts is on view through April 13.
Norma Jean Calderwood University Professors of Islamic and Asian Art Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom traveled to Iran in February to receive the World Book of the Year Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran for their work editing The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture. In an interview conducted by the Iran Book News Agency, Professors Blair and Bloom discuss the methodology they employed to compile the encyclopedia, and their hope that their "layman's" approach will help make this fascinating subject more accessible to a greater readership.
The Proof Gallery in South Boston invited Professor Georgie Friedman to contribute work to their annual Boston Does Boston exhibit. A February 4 review in the Boston Globe called Professor Friedman's video "Glacial Melt" "hypnotic."
Associate Professor Stephanie Leone has published the article, "Prince Giovanni Battista Pamphilj (1648–1709) and the Display of Art in the Palazzo al Collegio Romano, Rome," in the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome (vol. 58), and she will present the paper, "Luca Signorelli's Coriolanus fresco (1509) from Palazzo Petrucci, Siena: from 'singular' to 'commodity' and back again," at the Renaissance Society of America conference in New York in March 2014.
Two of Professor Aileen Callahan’s works were selected for inclusion in the exhibition Expressive Voice: Brought to Light at the University of New Hampshire Museum of Art in Durham, New Hampshire. The show runs through March 30, 2014.
Professor Karl Baden's work is included in the group show 2014 Wheels Project at the Lincoln Art Project in Waltham, MA. The exhibition was selected as a Week Ahead: Arts item in the February 6 edition of the Boston Globe. An article in the January 27 edition of The Heights includes an overview of the exhibition as well as a profile of Professor Baden, highlighting his ongoing Every Day project.
Professor Ash Anderson curated the photography exhibition Paris Night & Day, which was on view at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College from February 15 through June 8. The exhibition highlighted 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. Students in Professor Anderson's fall semester class "Photography in Paris 1900-1945" contributed label texts to the exhibition, which received rave reviews in The Boston Globe and the Metrowest Daily News, as well as other media outlets.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council selected Professors Karl Baden and Greer Muldowney as 2013 Artist Fellowship awardees. Works by Professors Baden, Muldowney, and the other 11 Fellows will comprise an exhibition opening at the New Art Center in Newton on February 28.
The January 27 edition of The Heights features an interview with Katlyn Prentice A&S '14, a Film Studies major who serves as a teaching assistant and mentor for the department's Filmmaking 1 course. Previously, Katlyn had received an undergraduate research fellowship to work with Professor John Michalczyk on his documentary film work.
Fairfield University's DiMenna-Nyselius Library presents Crucifixion Meditations, an exhibition of drawings by Professors John Stecynski (retired) and Aileen Callahan. The exhibition will remain on view through May 31.
Professor Stephanie Leone reviewed Dorothy Metzger Habel's new book "When All of Rome Was Under Construction": The Building Process in Baroque Rome in the January 2, 2014 edition of caa.reviews.
The Boston College Association for Retired Faculty selected retired Professor of Photography Charles Meyer as one of their 2013-14 grant recipients. Professor Meyer will apply the grant towards production of the book The Aftermath of Conflict: Photographs from the Balkans, Kosovo, South Africa, and Northern Ireland.
Alston Conley: Paintings & Constructions opened December 6 at the Rhodes Arts Center Gallery at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. The exhibition, on view through January 24, 2014, features this studio professor's recent work, in which he superimposes intricate silhouettes of trees and other landscape elements against glowing, painted skyscapes. At left: End of the Day Blue Orange, 2012.
The "Names" column in the December 15 edition of the Boston Sunday Globe featured a photograph of Professor and McMullen Museum of Art Director Nancy Netzer. Professor Netzer is shown accepting from Steven Rockefeller Jr. a donation to the Museum—an etching by Albrecht Dürer. Mr. Rockefeller and his wife, Kimberly, presented the print in honor of their sons, Steven III (BC '09) and Christian, who graduated from BC this December. BC News Release
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