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All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds
Wifredo Lam: Le Sombre
Malembo, Dieu de carrefour, 1943
(Rudman Collection; c2014
Artists Rights Society [ARS],
New York/ADAGP, Paris)

Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds
August 30 – December 14, 2014
McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College
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This retrospective exhibition of the work of the Cuban artist Wifredo Lam (1902-82) will present it in the context of established artistic movements of the twentieth century, and demonstrate how the artist blurred the boundaries of these movements and incorporated influences from literature and religion to create a truly global and original oeuvre. An accompanying catalogue includes essays by Elizabeth T. Goizueta, the curator of the exhibition, as well as Professor Claude Cernuschi. Organized by the McMullen Museum, and underwritten by Boston College and the Museum's Patrons, the exhibition will travel to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in February 2015.
Boston, Globe, August 28 | Cuban Art News, August 26 | Arteinformado Magazine (in Spanish, with video) | BC Chronicle | Boston College Magazine | New York Times | Boston Globe, September 7 | The Heights | Boston Globe, September 14 (Sebastian Smee review of exhibition) | Metrowest Daily News | Curator Elizabeth Goizueta interviewed on Open Studio with Jared Bowen


Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire
August 22, 2014 – January 4, 2014
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
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For this exhibition, co-organizers Professor Gail Hoffman of Boston College's Classical Studies and Fine Arts departments and Lisa R. Brody of the Yale University Art Gallery brought together objects from the farthest reaches of the Roman Empire to examine the interaction between local traditions and imperial culture. Co-sponsored by Boston College, the exhibition will open at the McMullen Museum on February 14, 2015.

The September 1 edition of ArtDaily featured an overview of the exhibition, with commentary by the curators.


Sammy Chong: [in]terim
September 1 – October 31, 2014; reception Sunday, October 5 from noon until 2:00 pm.
Carney Gallery, Fine Arts Center, Regis College, Weston, MA
Professor Sammy Chong's current work consists of paintings on multiple layers of plexiglass, which he uses to metaphorically connote the "invisible filters that mediate our social behaviors and interactions," encouraging viewers "to reflect upon the multiple levels of meaning often overlooked as we navigate an increasingly complex modern world" (artist's quotes from a recent profile in 365 Artists 365 Days).


Presenting cultures without borders: Artwork by Natalie Blardony, A&S '15
October 1 – October 31, 2014
Level One Gallery, O'Neill Library, Library Hours
Photographs demonstrating the linkage of cultures – in this case, Latin American and Filipino – through food. A Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibit sponsored by the Thea Bowman AHANA International Multicultural Center at BC Student Affairs, and the Boston College Libraries.


Ordering the Unknown: The European Mapping Tradition from 1600 to 1860
Stokes Hall, 3rd Floor South

Curated by the students in last spring's "Early Maps and Distant Places" class in the History Department, this exhibit explores how European cartographers of the early modern era used maps to organize, classify and lay claim to parts of the world imperfectly known to them. As in other courses in the "Making History Public" series, students met at the Burns Library, using that collection's resources to investigate a historical topic. High quality reproductions of materials from the Burns Library, and student-authored exhibit text about those items, comprise the exhibition.

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