art, art history, and film
Professor John Michalczyk will introduce his 2007 film Creating Harmony: The Displaced Persons' Orchestra from St. Ottlien when it is screened at the White Theatre at the Jewish Community Campus in Overland Park, KS on October 6. The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education is presenting the documentary, which follows a Jewish Orchestra formed in a World War II displaced persons camp as it later brought its message of hope and inspiration to fellow survivors and others around the world, in conjunction with a concert and exhibition exploring the role of music during the Holocaust. The Center will screen another documentary directed and produced by Professors John and Susan Michalczyk, Nazi Law: Legally Blind on October 7. Professor John Michalczyk will be present to introduce this film, presented in partnership with the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law, as well.
At the University of Haifa's Documentary Ethics conference last May, Professor John Michalczyk participated in the panel "Ethics in/of/as History." Presenting his paper Documenting the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen: Interviews and Authenticity, Professor Michalczyk discussed two British films – Memory of the Camps (1945/1985) and Night Will Fall (2014) – depicting the liberation of that concentration camp. The conference was dedicated to the memory of Professor Michalczyk's close film collaborator and fellow teacher, the late Fr. Raymond Helmick, SJ.
Juror Katherine French (former Director of Danforth Art and currently Catamount Arts Gallery Director) selected Professor Aileen Callahan’s White Fire (left; mixed media; 20" x 15") for the 17th Annual Frances N. Roddy Competition. The award was established in honor of artist and Concord Art supporter Frances N. Roddy to celebrate the work of regional artists. The exhibition will be on view at Concord Art through October 20.
For the Saturday Evening Girls will open with a reception from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 17th at Drive-By Projects in Watertown, MA. The exhibition will feature the work of five women artists, including Professor Sheila Gallagher, examining their personal immigrant histories. It will be on view through October 29th. At left: Sheila Gallagher, detail of Poppy Gleaming, 2016 (ink on paper).
Photographs by Professor Karl Baden will be included in The Wheels Project 4.0, an exhibition at the Photographic Resource Center in Boston that opens on September 16th. There will be a reception on Thursday, September 22 from 5:30 until 8, and on Wednesday, October 19th, Professor Baden will speak about his career, and specifically his car-related work such as his recent book project, The Americans by Car. "The Wheels Project 4.0" will be on view at the PRC through November 6th.
Leila Amineddoleh, J.D. BC Law School '06 has announced the launching of Amineddoleh & Associates LLC, a firm with expertise in all areas of art-related law, from the acquisition, retention and disposition of cultural works, to intellectual property issues encountered by creators and consumers of artworks. In 2014, Leila, who had taken courses in the Art Department during her time at B.C. Law School, lectured at Boston College on the topic Legal Issues in Art Restitution: Historic Looting, the Monuments Men, and Nazi Looted Art.
Professor Sheila Gallagher was among the artists whose work was selected for the exhibition Overgrowth at the de Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, through September 18th. The show explores the representation of growth, expansion and transformation, as well as the additive process involved in the making of art.
In her Urban Turbines series, Professor Greer Muldowney documents the encroachment of these structures into the coastal New England environment. Gallery Kayafas in Boston will be showing photographs from this series in a solo exhibition that opens with a reception (5:30–8:00 p.m.) on Friday, September 9th. The show will be on view through October 15th, with a second reception on SoWa First Friday, October 7th (again from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m.). Professor Muldowney's work will also be featured in two upcoming group shows: ICONS at the iartcolony in Rockport, MA (opening Saturday, September 7 with a 5:00 p.m. reception, and on view through October), and Power and Politics at the Filter Photo Festival in Chicago from September 16th through October 22nd. Left: Saugus Hill, archival inkjet print from the series "Urban Turbines," begun 2012.
Olivia Natale '14 (Studio Art) was among the artists selected to decorate a piano for this year's edition of Play Me, I'm Yours, a public art event in which 60 decorated pianos will be placed in outdoor spaces around Boston and Cambridge for anyone to play and enjoy. Olivia's piano will be located at 1 Brigham Circle in Mission Hill, Boston starting September 23rd, and available for playing or viewing pleasure through October 10th. At left: Olivia Natale's decorated piano (photo courtesy of Robert Torres for Celebrity Series).
Professor Candice Ivy is the recipient of the 2016 Saint-Gaudens Fellowship, an award presented to an emerging American artist possessing "exceptional talent." Within Above Below the Skin, the site-specific installation Professor Ivy created as part of her fellowship, will open at the Saint Gaudens National Historic Site on September 10, with a reception from 4:30 until 6:00 p.m. (artist talk at 5:00 p.m.). The installation will remain on view through October 31st.
Professor Greer Muldowney's solo show of work from her 6,426 per km2 series will close at Lesley University's Lunder Art Center on September 12th. With these images of the densely populated urban center of Hong Kong, the photographer hopes to inspire viewers to contemplate the idea of "home" in our changing global future. During the summer, Professor Muldowney served as a juror for the Griffin Museum of Photography's John Chervinsky Emerging Photographer Scholarship.
Work by Professor Sammy Chong was selected for inclusion in the Bowery Gallery's "25th Annual Juried Exhibition," which was on display at the New York gallery through August. His work will also be featured in the group show "Alienation: The World as It should be," which opens at the Loading Dock Gallery in Lowell, MA on August 31. "Alienation" will be on view through September 25; there will be a reception for the exhibition on Saturday, September 10 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Above: No MSG, 2016 (mixed media on printed canvas; 36" x 30").
New Studio Art faculty member Professor Hartmut Austen had a solo show at the Good Weather Gallery in Little Rock, AR, early this summer. For Here r more, the artist installed a number of his canvases so as to provide shifting frames of reference for the abstract works, hoping to encourage viewers to slow down and consider the intermingling of pictorial and real space. Artviewer featured the exhibition, and the Good Weather Gallery published a 54-page catalog of Professor Austen's recent works. At left: Windows, 2014.
Professor Aurelia Campbell is a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany during the 2016-2017 academic year. She is currently at work on her forthcoming book Architecture and Empire in the Reign of Yongle, 1402-1424, which will investigate a far-flung network sites constructed under the Yongle emperor of the Ming dynasty.
In 2015 the George Gund Foundation awarded its Annual Report Commission to Professor Lisa Kessler, tasking her with documenting visually the progress of the Cleveland Plan, an ambitious endeavor begun in 2012 to transform that city's schools. An exhibition of the photographs Professor Kessler made for this project will be on display at the Cleveland Public Main Library from September 2 through October 28. The Boston College Libraries are currently showing a wholly different body of work by Professor Kessler in O'Neill's Level Three Gallery. For her Seeing Pink series, the photographer examined the idea and meaning of that color across America. The show is on view through December 2016. Above: Buhrer Dual Language Academy, 2015 (from the George Gund Foundation Annual Report Commission project).
The Great Plains Quarterly featured "Inspired by Plains Indian Drawings: The Mystery of Lieutenant Adolphus von Luettwitz" by Professor Judy Bookbinder as its Summer 2016 issue cover story. In her essay, Professor Bookbinder discusses five "outliers" among the drawings in the Becker Collection, which comprises eyewitness sketches of newsworthy events that the artists sent to Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper in the hope that they would be published. While most of the drawings in the collection were drawn in a fairly conventional way to convey visual information, five drawings by a "1st Lt. Adolphus von Luettwitz" borrow heavily—both in style and use of materials—from the tradition of Native American ledger drawing. Professor Bookbinder examines the circumstances under which von Luettwitz made these drawings, and postulates a theory about why he may have adopted the artistic mode of his Army unit's adversaries in the Plains Indian War.
The Art, Art History, and Film Department is pleased to report that Professor Sammy Chong has been promoted to Assistant Professor of the Practice. Professor Chong joined our department as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2012, and has taught painting classes including "The Art of Portraiture," "Making Art through a Spiritual Lens," and "Courage to Know," as well as Painting I. He also serves as the Faculty Advisor to the Art Club. At left: Sammy Chong, File and Fill, 2016 (mixed media on printed canvas; 36" x 30").
BC Bookmarks featured Professor Richard Blake S.J.'s article about "Citizen Kane" in the August 1 issue of America. On the 75th anniversary of the film's release, Professor Blake notes how the tale of a millionaire manipulator running a populist campaign for the U.S. presidency remains "eerily relevant" today, asking – we imagine with a wink and a shake of the head – if such a phenomenon could come to pass in our own day.
The Ohio State University is welcoming Emily Neumeier '08 (Art History) as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History of Art this fall. During her two-year appointment Emily will be teaching Islamic Art classes. Emily, who served as a Research Collaborator at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence – Max Planck Institute during the spring of 2016, will be receiving her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania in December.
Professor Mary Sherman will be participating in 9e2, a "festival of art, science, and technology," to be held this year in Seattle, October 21 – 29. Over the summer, Professor Sherman taught a new BC course, Berlin: A Case Study for Artistic Transformation and Discovery. Once the course had ended, she received a grant from the Office of International Programs to stay on in Berlin to continue her research on artists working at the intersection of sound and visual art.
The Times of Israel extensively quotes Professor Sheila Blair in an article about a forthcoming exhibition at the Smithsonian. "The Art of the Qur'an" will open at the Washington museum on October 15, bringing some of the finest examples of the book to the United States for the first time. Professor Blair hopes that show will provide an opportunity for today's Americans, weary of news of terrorism and bombings, to associate "something positive" and "glorious" with Muslim culture. In conjunction with the exhibition, Professor Blair will be speaking at a conference, "The Word Illuminated: Form and Function of Qur'anic Manuscripts," to be held December 1 – 3, delivering a talk entitled "Grandeur and Gold: Qur'an Codices for Sultan Uljaytu and the Ilkhanid court." Above: a folio from an Abbasid period (10th century) Qur'an from the Near East (ink, gold and color on parchment: Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Istanbul).
Double Remembrance, an essay by BC's Charles Seelig Chair of Philosophy Richard Kearney, appeared in the July 1st edition of the Los Angeles Review of Books. Professor Sheila Gallagher, who collaborated with Professor Kearney to create the multimedia performance Twinsome Minds, provided visual works to accompany the essay. Both Professor Kearney's essay and "Twinsome Minds" use criss-crossing narratives to poetically examine this year's "double remembrance" in Ireland: the centenary of both the Easter Rising (against Britain) and World War I's Battle of the Somme, in which Irish soldiers fought, wearing British uniforms, against the Germans. Above: Sheila Gallagher, still from the animation Poppies created for "Twinsome Minds," 2015.
For an independent project during the spring of his senior year, Studio Art minor Billy Foshay '16 worked with the MCAS's web services team to create a directory of BC Studio Art students, both past and present. The directory, arranged in descending order of graduation year, includes an example of each artist's work and a link to his or her website. Alumni and current students are encouraged to submit their information and photos for inclusion in the directory.
The University Library's BC Bookmarks, which features literary news from the Boston College Community, highlighted Professor Andrew Tavarelli's latest book Star Fragments, a novel lavishly illustrated with watercolors inspired by the artist's journey's in Bali and Southeast Asia.
The Art, Art History, and Film Department is very pleased to report that the University has promoted both Karl Baden and Alston Conley to the position of Associate Professor of the Practice of Studio Art.
Molly Phelps '14 (Art History), who received in May her M.A. in Art History from Case Western Reserve University, reports that she was awarded one of the University's Eva L. Pancoast Memorial Fellowships, which she is using this summer to attend a four-week intensive Dutch language program at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands. In August Molly will present her Master's qualifying paper "Realized Intentions: Technique and Transformation in Rembrandt's The Meeting of Christ with Martha and Mary after the Death of Lazarus in the Cleveland Museum of Art" at the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference's annual conference in Bruges, Belgium. Upon her return stateside Molly will begin a Curatorial Fellowship at the Sharon, MA field operations office of the Trustees of Reservations, where she will be inventorying objects from the organization's historic homes in Massachusetts and playing a role in the re-visioning and reorganization of collection storage.
Film Studies major Jonathan Wong '17 is among these students describing the role of the arts at BC in this new video released by the University's Advancement office.
Surface Appeal: Material Perception, an exhibition featuring four wall sculptures by Professor Debra Weisberg, opened at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, MA on June 29. At a gallery event on July 24, musician Ken Field collaborated with Professor Weisberg, performing improvisational jazz amplifying the tactile and visceral nature and meditative qualities of her work (at left). The exhibition remains on view through July 31.
Professor Mark Cooper collaborated with students from the Gardner Pilot Academy to create the mural "I Am, We Are" across from Fenway Park. The project was in partnership with Arts Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK), which helps provide arts education in schools where it's not currently funded. The Bay State Banner covered Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's unveiling of the mural on June 14, and the following evening the Red Sox featured the mural on the Jumbotron at Fenway Park.
Emily Neumeier '08 (Art History) won the 2016 Keepers Preservation Education Fund Fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians. The award supports the attendance of a graduate student in Historic Preservation at the SAH Annual International Conference, which this year was held in Pasadena/Los Angeles in April. Emily is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a historian of Islamic art and architecture, in the process of completing her dissertation "A Theater of Fortune and Triumph: Ali Pasha of Ioannina and the Architectural Transformation of the Ottoman Provinces (1788-1822)."
Elisabeth Narkin '07 (Art History and French) received the 2016 Carter Manny Award for doctoral dissertation research from the Graham Foundation for her project Rearing the Royals: Architecture and the Spatialization of Royal Childhood in France, 1499–1610. Lis is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and reports "the work I do now owes so much to BC's art history faculty." In 2015 she was the recipient of a fellowship from the Centre de Recherche du château de Versailles. Lis received her M.A. in Art History from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, in 2009.
The Boston Center for the Arts has selected Tim McCool '10 (Studio Art) as its Spring 2017 Artist Resident. For his project Tim will develop a series of public programs to bring people together in a congratulatory event that will celebrate unconventional qualities and achievements self-designated by the participants. In the more immediate future, Tim will be participating in The Shrug Show at Dorchester Art Project. There will be an opening reception for this exhibition, which examines the cultural presence of the shrug emoticon, on Friday, June 17 from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. The show will be on view through July 9. Above: Tim McCool, Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh), 2016 (acrylic on wood panel).
I Am, We Are, a mural showcasing students' exploration of their identities, will be unveiled in the Fenway on Tuesday, June 14. Students from Allston's Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston worked with Professor Mark Cooper to create the mural, a project of Boston's Art Resource Collaborative for Kids (ARCK).
Whitcher Projects in Inglewood, CA held an opening reception for Interior, an installation by Gretchen Andrus Andrews '10 (CSOM, Studio Art minor) on June 11. The work explores the interiority of each individual's experience in life, and the potential of art to permit us to glimpse what exists outside of ourselves.
Blogger Elin Spring interviewed Professor Karl Baden about his new book The Americans by Car, in which the photographer juxtaposes his own photographs with those of Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander. The result pays tribute to the enduring influence of these two iconic 20th century photographers, and, at the same time, provides wry commentary on our changing culture.
An opening reception will be held from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 at Whitcher Projects in Inglewood, CA for Interior, a new installation by Gretchen Andrus Andrews '10 (CSOM; Studio Art minor).
USA Today's Cincinnati.com profiled Moby-Dick expert Professor Robert K. Wallace of Northern Kentucky University, outlining his role in bringing the "landmark art exhibition" Adrift in the Wonderworld: Women Make Meaning of Moby-Dick to fruition at the Marta Hewett Gallery in the Pendleton Arts Center in Cincinnati. The exhibition, which features work by Professor Aileen Callahan, has been extended through June 11. At left: Aileen Callahan, The Split of Plummeting Scales, 2016 (charcoal and chalk; 24" x 17").
The Art, Art History, and Film Department is delighted to welcome Hartmut Austen to our faculty! Professor Austen will be teaching classes in our Studio Art program starting this fall. After completing his Meisterschüler degree (M.F.A. equivalent) at the Hochschule der Künste (University of the Arts) Berlin in 1997, the painter moved to the U.S. and began his teaching career. Currently at the University of Minnesota, Professor Austen looks forward to coming to BC "prepared to contribute through artistic research, teaching, practice, and collaboration to the mission" of BC's Art Department. Professor Austen's work has been exhibited internationally.
BC Bookmarks, which highlights literary news from the Boston College community, featured Professors Jonathan Bloom's and Sheila Blair's latest book Waterscapes: Islamic Architecture and Art from Doris Duke's Shangri La. The beautifully illustrated volume explores Duke's ocean front estate in Honolulu, where she was able to combine her interest in Islamic art and architecture with her love of the water. Professors Blair and Bloom are the curators of an exhibition about Shangri La on view at Rough Point (Duke's former home in Newport, RI) through November 6, 2016.
Gretchen Andrus Andrews '10 (CSOM; Studio Art minor) writes from London, where she is currently in residency at the arebyte gallery. Gretchen is working on a project entitled How To How To How To in which she's exploring, through animated gifs, what can and cannot be learned through YouTube. The project will be featured in an exhibition at the gallery in the fall of 2016. In the meantime she'll be participating in The Internet Yami-Ichi, at the Tate Modern May 20-22, an event at which 20 international artists use digital and net-based means to explore the potential of online art in real life. On Thursday, July 7, Gretchen will perform Relocate, Resume, Repeat. The artist will pack up the contents of her current studio and move it to a new one in Queen's Yard. The piece dramatizes the displacement of artists working in East London and is meant to refocus the conversation onto the displacement of the physical objects with which the artists work.
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded TransCultural Exchange $15,000 to support the creation of a free, online archive of its 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Expanding Worlds. Professor Mary Sherman (left) founded TransCultural Exchange in 1989, and currently serves as the Executive Director of the non-profit organization, whose mission is to foster a greater understanding of world cultures through artist exchanges, large-scale global projects and educational programming. In 2016 the organization's biennial conference was held in Boston and drew over 600 attendees and 150 speakers from all over the world.
The Heights selected Film Studies minor Cai Thomas '16 as one of the recipients of this year's Momentum awards, which recognize individuals and organizations the newspaper's staff feels "have significantly shaped Boston College in the past school year." The profile of Cai in the May 5th edition describes how she has jumped at every opportunity offered her – and created her own opportunities – to pursue her passion for social justice filmmaking during her years at Boston College. As the subject of the Art Department's Spring 2016 student profile, Cai wrote about her experience in the Film Studies program.
Catherine McAnulty '16 (Studio Art) has been elected to the honor society Phi Beta Kappa. A painter, Catherine studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London during her junior year. She is minoring in Medical Humanities, and considering careers in both fields. The Phi Beta Kappa initiation ceremony will be held in Robsham Theater at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 22. It's free and open to all, and there will be a reception afterwards.
"Adrift in the Wonder World: Women Make Meaning of Moby-Dick," an exhibition at the Marta Hewett Gallery in Cincinnati, features work by Professor Aileen Callahan. The show will be on view through May 30, 2016. At left: Aileen Callahan, In the Wake of the Skin, 2015 (charcoal and mixed media; 24 x 17").
Becky Reilly '19 reviewed "Art & Digital Technology" for the May 5 edition of The Heights. This annual exhibition features selected student projects from Professor Karl Baden's course of that name, in which students learn to use Photoshop and Illustrator software to creatively combine text and image. Becky observes that the "mash-ups," which combine two or more images from pop culture and other sources, "[challenge] our understandings of objects and urges us to internalize multiple interpretations." Art & Digital Technology will be on view in O'Neill Library's Level One Gallery through May 16. Above: Work by Maria Mantica '16.
Professor Georgie Friedman, who was named one of three City of Boston Artists-in-Residence earlier this year, will be part of a discussion with fellow Artists-in-Residence L’Merchie Frazier and Shaw Pong Liu at Boston City Hall on Thursday, May 5 at noon. The panelists will speak about their plans to bring art to the neighborhoods of the city. Boston Art Commission Director Karin Goodfellow will moderate the panel, which is free and open to the public.
Tim McCool '10 (Studio Art) has a busy couple of weeks ahead. On Friday, May 6, he's participating in a pop-up art show, Barry's Shop, inspired by Claes Oldenburg's "Store" project." Tim will be at the shop at 267 Western Avenue in Allston from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. On Saturday, May 7, there will be an opening reception from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. for Downward Spiral: Zines Today, an exhibition at the Distillery Gallery in South Boston that features some of Tim's work; the show will be on view through June 4. And on Saturday, May 14, Tim's artwork will be included in projections onto the walls of the Brewery Complex at 30 Germania Street in Jamaica Plain, at a JP Arts Council event highlighting the music, food, art and, of course, beverages of the neighborhood. The party starts at 7:00 p.m. At left: a t-shirt designed by Tim McCool, an example of the artist's wares that will be available at Barry's Shop.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will screen Nazi Law: Legally Blind, a new documentary by Professors Susan Michalczyk (Honors Program) and John Michalczyk on Saturday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. The film chronicles the dismantling of constitutional law in post-WWI Germany, and the rise of the totalitarian system that followed, allowing the Nazi party to manipulate German law to serve their agenda. A panel discussion featuring the filmmakers will follow the screening.
Seniors Emily Sadeghian, Adriano Sarro, and Oscar Rodriguez recently premiered their film "Laboratorio Artistico de San Agustin (LASA)," a documentary about an innovative Cuban contemporary art program. For an article in the April 28th edition of The Heights, Associate Art & Review Editor Caleb Griego discussed with the filmmakers their journey to Cuba, and some of the obstacles they encountered in making the documentary. "Laboratorio Artistico de San Agustin (LASA)" was created with assistance from the Jacques Salmanowitz Program.
Professor Greer Muldowney will be moderating Art/Document: Contemporary Documentary Practices, a panel discussion addressing the concerns and strategies of contemporary documentary practices in photography today. The event, sponsored by Lesley University, takes place at the Lunder Arts Center in Cambridge, MA on Tuesday, May 3 from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. "Art/Document" is part of the Flash Forward Festival, which is highlighting New England and international photography. Sponsored by the Magenta Foundation, the festival runs through May 8, with events at various Boston-area venues.
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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