Professor Andrew Tavarelli, who retired in May, received the 2017 Faculty Arts Council Award at the Arts Festival Awards ceremony on April 28th. The award recognizes a faculty member who has made an outstanding contribution to the arts at BC through scholarship, the presentation of artistic work, teaching, and/or community engagement, and is a fitting capstone to Professor Tavarelli's 40-year career at Boston College.
Professor Ben Sloat, as a member of The Uncannyists, will be presenting the exhibitionAbsent at the VanDernoot Gallery at Lesley University. The show will explore the unsettling experience of not finding someone or something present in the usual or expected place. The show opens on May 11, with a reception from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., and will be on view through June 10.
Juror Sarah Kennel, the Byrne Family Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum, chose work by Professor Greer Muldowney for inclusion in the Photographic Resource Center's annual juried exhibitionExposure. Mark Feeney reviewed the exhibition in the May 5 edition of TheBoston Globe, noting how Professor Muldowney's photographs of turbines in familiar and unexpected contexts are examples of "one of the things photography does best: making us see what we see – or think we see – differently." The show is on view through June 10. Above: Greer Muldowney, Medford Middle School (from the series "Urban Turbines," 2010-2016).
The Massachusetts Cultural Council featured in on its ArtSake blog ProfessorDebra Weisberg and the 22-foot long commission she recently completed for Facebook's Cambridge office. In the April 28th post, Professor Weisberg discusses her creative process which, while rooted in drawing, is mutable and improvisational, responding to the context in which the work is being installed. Photo above courtesy of the Facebook Artist in Residence Program.
The Libraries' latest BC Bookmarks post highlights Professor Hartmut Austen's Here r more. Created in collaboration with designer Haynes Riley and author Ruben Nusz, Professor Austen's book is meant to bring to a greater public the art and ideas embodied in the exhibition "Here r more," which was on view at the Good Weather Gallery in North Little Rock, AR from May 13 through June 25, 2016. Above: installation view of "Here r more" at the Good Weather Gallery.
Vinny Roca '17 and Billy Foshay '16 hosted a reception for their exhibition "Boot Dance" at the Carney Gallery on Friday, April 28, in conjunction with the Boston College Arts Festival. The multi-media installation reflected the artists' efforts to "untangle feelings of reality and non-reality and to translate how we slip, deal, and transition back and forth with and between each."
Pulim at Université de Limoges selected Professor Ariel Freiberg's 2015 painting Amnesia for the cover of its newly released book Definitions of Feminine Post Conflict Spaces. Professor Freiberg will be participating inSomerville Open Studios on May 6 and 7. She has a busy summer coming up, with work in shows at the Harmon Gallery in Wellfleet, MA and the Centre d'Art Marnay Art Centre in Marnay sur Seine, France.
At the Arts Festival Awards Ceremony on April 28, Provost David Quigley presented Professor Andrew Tavarelli with the Arts Council Faculty Awardin recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts at Boston College through his 40-year career. Jessica Lu '17 received the Student Award for Studio Art, and Jonah Schumer '17 the Jeffery Howe Art History Award. Arts Council Chair Crystal Tiala also announced that the J. Robert Barth, S.J. Award for Excellence in the Arts will be presented to senior Audra Hampsch at Commencement on May 22nd. At left: Provost David Quigley and Professor Andrew Tavarelli (photo by Andrea Frank).
After receiving her Ph.D in Art History from Duke University in May, Elisabeth Narkin '07 (Art History) will begin a post-doc at Rice University's Humanities Research Center where, in addition to teaching, she'll have the opportunity to transform her dissertation Rearing the Royals: Architecture and the Spatialization of Royal Childhood in France, 1499–1610 into a book. Lis, who graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from BC, has been awarded numerous fellowships during the course of her graduate studies. She is actively involved in the "Visualizing Venice" project, an international collaboration that uses visualization technologies to explore that city's artistic history, and has also served as the Mellon Teaching Fellow at Duke's Nasher Museum of Art.
Lenscratch Editor Aline Smithson tapped Professor Greer Muldowney to guest curate this month's "States Project" highlighting Massachusetts photographers. On Monday, April 24, Ms. Smithson's interview with Professor Muldowney was the first post in a week-long series. In subsequent posts through the course of the week, Professor Muldowney will write about the Massachusetts artists whose photographic work has "really pricked [her] in the last few years" (scroll to the bottom of each post for links to prior and subsequent posts). Above: Greer Muldowney, View of East Somerville (© Greer Muldowney).
WBUR featured a review of Professor Mark Cooper's exhibition "Uncertainty" in The ARTery on April 13. Critic Greg Cook observed that entering the gallery at Lesley University's Lunder Art Center felt like walking into "an exuberant abstract painting." The show closed on April 15, but Jessica Lu's '17 video will give you some idea of what you missed if you didn't make it to the show.
The Pelham Art Center in Pelham, NY, has announced Professor Sammy Chong as the winner of the 2017 Alexander Rutsch Award. Approximately 400 painters from across the country had entered this biennial competition established in honor of Alexander Rutsch, an artist who had supported the Art Center for over 25 years. The award comprises a cash prize and a solo exhibition at the gallery. “Sammy Chong: The Twelve” will open on May 5 (reception from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.) and remain on view through June 17. Above: Sammy Chong, File and Fill, 2016 (mixed media on printed canvas, 36” x 30”).
On April 10 Vincent Roca ‘17 (Studio Art) presented his project “Giuseppe Lorenzo and His Fantastic Journey” at the annual BC Undergraduate Research Symposium. Last year Vinny became intrigued by drawings that had been bequeathed to his great-grandfather by the latter’s good friend, a Boston artist named Giuseppe Lorenzo. In these drawings, which had been exhibited in a controversial 1889 exhibition at the Boston Atheneum, Mr. Lorenzo claimed to have documented his time in a parallel universe that he called “High Heaven.” Since last summer Vinny has been organizing these drawings and related documentation into the Giuseppe Lorenzo Archive, in an effort to preserve this unique historical record and share it with others via a website. The archive will be on view at this year’s Senior Art Show in Devlin Hall from May 17 - 20. Above: Giuseppe Lorenzo, Bild 4. Interior Detail, 1889 (graphite and watercolor on toned paper).
Nick Capasso, Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum, juried the Cambridge Art Association's 2017 National Prize Show and selected Professor Sammy Chong's 2017 painting TOTEM BUILDER (at left; mixed media on printed canvas) for inclusion in the exhibition, which will be on view from May 18 through June 23 (opening reception 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18).
Street photographer and blogger Blake Andrews has posted his thoughtful and comprehensive interview with Professor Karl Baden. The two discuss the changing nature and ethics of street photograph – resulting from both the ubiquity of cameras (both in the form of smartphones and urban surveillance) and the increasingly paranoid nature of our current day – as well as the role of the photographer in such a context. Professor Baden also reflects upon the photographers who have been most influential in regard to his own work, the reasons he's currently in the process of revisiting work from earlier in his career, and why he feels John Szarkowski's theory about photography being either a mirror of the photographer or a window on the world is a false dichotomy.
Dr. Pablo Boczkowski, Director of the Master of Science in Leadership for Creative Enterprises program at Northwestern University, invited Professor Mary Sherman to Chicago to speak about her experience in art and nonprofit work. Professor Sherman advised students to develop and make use of one’s networks, and to leverage no- and low-cost resources and opportunities when endeavoring to launch a non-profit initiative. She also emphasized that through networking, one can learn about and derive inspiration from the successes others have found in starting their own non-profit projects. Professor Sherman's visit was covered by The Daily Northwestern.
Jessica Lu '17 created a video of Professor Mark Cooper's Uncertainty installation at Lesley University's Lunder Arts Center. The exhibition, which was also covered by The Somerville Times and The Daily Free Press, is on view through April 15.
The Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences has announced its 2017 Scholars, and there are several Art department majors among them. Art History major Jessica Lipton was named as a Dean's Scholar. This program recognizes members of the junior class for their overall academic performance, sense of purpose, co-curricular initiatives and takes into account recommendations of departmental faculty. Sophomore Scholars awards honor students academically in the top four to five percent of that class who have been nominated by their major department. Cecilia Christman (Art History) and Erika Osada (Studio Art) are this year’s Art department Sophomore Scholars.
The Facebook Artist in Residence Program commissioned Professor Debra Weisberg to create an installation for the Facebook Boston office in Cambridge. After making the hand-made paper sculptural elements in her studio, the artist spent nine days in March on-site installing the work. The sculpture emerges from and contrasts with the angularity of the industrial aluminum pipes and ducts, emphasizing its hand-made qualities in opposition to the manufactured surfaces of the office. At left: Debra Weisberg installing her sculpture in the Facebook Boston office (photo courtesy of the Facebook Artist in Residence Program)
In its March issue, Boston Magazine cited Adequate, a 2015 acrylic on wood painting by Tim McCool '10 (Studio Art) as a "Must Buy" at the Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston. Tim is the current Resident Visual Artist at the Boston Center for the Arts, and he will be hosting Celebrate Yourself!: Self-Congratulatory Ceremonial Award Ceremony on the BCA Plaza on Saturday, April 29. From 2:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., you are invited to step onto a podium created by the artist to receive an award (also created by the artist) celebrating your qualities and achievements. This fun event is free and open to the public, so be sure to stop by for this morale-boosting event. Above: Tim McCool, Good Enough Trophy (acrylic on wood panel).
Lorena Turner of New Books in Photography recently interviewed ProfessorKarl Baden for that podcast. Although ostensibly about Professor Baden’s 2016 book The Americans by Car, their interesting discussion is much more wide-ranging and often philosophical, starting with the photographer’s formation and education in that art, his influences, the evolution of his work throughout his career, and even the relationship between pain and humor. Professor Baden also outlines his current projects, including his “re-discovery” and sharing of the photographs he made while on a cross-country trip in 1975, and potential future projects such as investigating the changing nature of street photography in our fraught times.
The Half King in New York City’s Chelsea district will be the venue for Greer Muldowney/Urban Turbines, opening with a reception and 7:00 p.m. artist talk on Sunday, April 2. Since 2012 Professor Greer Muldowney has been documenting the visual incursion of these structures into the New England landscape. Skillfully capturing the often startling juxtapositions of turbines and the older built environment, the photographer encourages us to think about how these structures serve as symbols of a progressive future within a traditional context. The show will be on view through May 20. Above: Greer Muldowney, Government Center, 2015 (from the series Urban Turbines, 2012-2016).
Tashrika Sharma '15 (Studio Art and Math), who received a Fulbright Grant in 2015 to further the study of mathematical visualizations that she had begun in her senior thesis, partnered with Alexander McCargar to create a Fulbright Alumni art show, Perhapsburg. The exhibition in Vienna explored that city "not only as it currently exists but into what it could have been and what it can still become."
Juror David Hilliard selected work by Benjamin Flythe '16 (Art History) for inclusion in Intimate View, an exhibition at the Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions in Boston. Since graduating from BC Ben has had graphic design/marketing internships at the Abigail Ogilvy Gallery in Boston, where he produced print and digital content for the gallery and its exhibitions, and at the advertising agency Hill Holiday, where he worked on a team creating Dunkin Donuts' print campaigns. Ben continues his own creative work as well: his 2016 photograph Samson(above) was included in a group show at the Ogilvy Gallery in December, and sold on the exhibition's opening day. Samson is also one of the works selected for "Intimate View, which will be on view through April 21. There is an opening reception on Thursday, March 30 from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m.
The Brazilian Embassy of Rome recently published Palazzo Pamphilj: Embassy of Brazil in Rome, co-authored by Professor Stephanie Leone. The Palazzo was the subject of Professor Leone’s dissertation and, later, her book The Palazzo Pamphilj in Piazza Navona: Constructing Identity in Early Modern Rome (Brepols Publishers, 2008).
Juror Sandra Phillips, Curator Emeritus of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, selected work by Professor Greer Muldowney for inclusion in the Photograph Center Northwest’s 21st Juried Photography Exhibition, which opens on March 27. The show will be on view through June 11 at PCNW in Seattle. There will be a reception at the gallery at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13. Above: Greer Muldowney, Cranston, View of the Providence Waste Water Facility (from the series Urban Turbines, 2012-2016).
Professor Stephanie Leone is a co-organizer of Histories Built, Carved, and Written: A Symposium in Honor of Tod A. Marder. This event at the Zimmerli Museum in New Brunswick, NJ on April 7 will honor Dr. Marder, Distinguished Professor of Renaissance & Baroque Architecture at Rutgers University, on the occasion of his retirement from active teaching. Professor Leone, who studied with Professor Marder, also brought him to BC in 2004 to present “Missionary Science/Heiroglyphic Art: Bernini, Kircher, and the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Rome” as the second annual Josephine von Henneberg Lecture in Italian Art.
Marilyn Schairer interviewed Professor Karl Baden for WGBH's Morning Edition on March 24. Professor Baden discussed what he has learned during the course of his Every Dayproject, which recently marked a milestone with the photographer having taken a simple photo of himself every day for the past 30 years.
Professor Mark Cooper's installation Uncertainty opened at Lesley University's Roberts Gallery in Cambridge on March 18. The interactive work includes sculpture, ceramics, painting, architectural elements, textiles, and other media. The artist intends for these elements to be in conversation with one another, and to serve as visual signifiers and catalysts for viewers to find meaning. Uncertainty will be on view through April 15; there will be an artist's reception on Thursday, March 30 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.; the exhibition remains on view through April 15.
Facebook named Professor Debra Weisberg as one of its Artists in Residence, commissioning her to create a work for the Facebook office in Cambridge; she recently completed installation of the 18-foot-long wall sculpture she conceived for the space. Professor Weisberg also has work in the group show Abstract Systems, opening March 21 at the Wedeman Gallery at Lasell College in Newton, MA. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, March 23 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. The show, which features work by artists who make use a specific type of system (i.e., biology, mapping, technology) to create abstract art, will be up through April 12.
Tim McCool '10 (Studio Art) is keeping busy this spring. Not only is he the season's Artist Resident at the Boston Center for the Arts, but he'll also be teaching Abstract Painting at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education; Collage, Beginner's Drawing, and Abstract Painting at the Brookline Center for Adult Education; and Collage and Experimental Drawingat the MFA. Tim invites you to join him for one or more of these courses – if you can keep up with him!
On Monday, March 13, Professor John Michalczyk participated in a panel discussion, "The White Rose: Invoking Moral Courage and Resistance” at BC’s Theology and Ministry Library. The event marked the opening of White Rose: Student Resistance to Hitler (1942-43), an exhibition sponsored by the BC Libraries in collaboration with the Consulate General of Germany to New England. The Heights reviewed the exhibition in its March 23rd edition. Professor Michalczyk, who learned about the movement in the course of his research into and film work on Nazi atrocities, is quoted on the ongoing historical resonance and importance of social justice movements such as the White Rose.
Caleb Griego '18, The Heights' Arts and Review Editor, reviewed Professor Sammy Chong's exhibition Minos: Tribulations of a Fantastical (Or Not) Creature for the March 16 edition of the newspaper, calling the series of drawings "a stunning display that challenges viewers to look deeper into the consequences of social convention and their ultimate end." The show will be on view in the O'Neill Library Third-floor Gallery through May.
The Art and Art History department of Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, is hosting Professor Hartmut Austen on March 16 and 17. On Thursday, Professor Austen will speak about how he employs a camera in his artistic process, and the role the momentary observations fixed by the photographic images play in his slow process of painted image development. On Friday, Professor Austen will visit students in their studio art classes. At left: Hartmut Austen, Shed, 2016 (oil on linen).
Behind the Lens: Women in Photography opens March 16 (reception from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.) at the Providence Center for Photographic Arts, and includes work by Professor Greer Muldowney. Presented in conjunction with Women's History Month, the exhibition aims to demonstrate how female photographers equal their male counterparts in the innovative ways they tell stories visually. It will be on view through April 15. At left: Greer Muldowney, Tsuen King (from the series 6,426 per km2, 2010-2011).
InDepthNH featured an interview with Professor Debra Weisberg about her new installation Cannot Be Determined in Words, which is on view at Southern New Hampshire State University's McIninch Art Gallery through April 2. Another article about the work – and the artist – appeared in nhmagazine.com.
Professor Lara Ayad will present "Homegrown Heroes: Painting Peasant Masculinity at the Agricultural Museum in Cairo, 1937" on March 27 as part of Boston University's Walter Rodney Lecture Series. Her talk, which is free and open to the public, begins at 12:20 p.m. at B.U.'s African Studies Center, 232 Bay State Road, room 505, Boston.
The Boston Globe profiled Kathryn Riley ’16 (Studio Art minor) in its weekly “My Instagram” column on Sunday, March 12. The article describes the almost accidental way in which Kathryn discovered photography during her junior year at BC and how she's drawn to photographing people who are reacting to and interacting with an event rather than focusing on the event itself. Above: Kathryn Riley, Urban Heaven, 2015. You can see more of Kathryn's work on Instagram @k__h__r.
Dreamscapes is an exhibition of landscapes by two artists – one of those artists being Professor Mary Armstrong – at the Cross MacKenzie Gallery in Washington, D.C. Professor Armstrong's masterful and moody paintings of water and sky will be on view through April 6 along with Phillip Adams's quirky drawings of manmade intrusions in rugged natural surroundings. At left: Mary Armstrong, The Bay, 2016.
Professor Greer Muldowney, who founded Undergraduate Photography Now, is busy with preparations for the fifth iteration of this annual showcase of the best photographic work by juniors and seniors enrolled in photography programs at New England colleges. She is also serving as a juror for Photoville Fence, a large-scale outdoor photographic exhibition that will be returning to Boston this coming fall.
The celebration of the 30th anniversary of Professor Karl Baden's Every Day project continued with a live interview on the March 6th edition of NECN's The Take with Sue O'Connell. Professor Baden's milestone also caught the eye of NBC's The Today Show. Sean Hennessey of University Communications interviewed the photographer for the March 2nd issue of the Boston College Chronicle, and Jacqueline Terasconi '19 profiled him for The Gavel.
PDNedu, published by the PHOTO+ Group, selected Professor Greer Muldowney as its Star Teacher in the magazine's Spring 2017 issue. In the article, Professor Muldowney discusses the "silos" that exist in the world of photographic education, and her efforts to break down barriers that keep students at different types of institutions (i.e., art schools vs. liberal arts colleges) from participating fully in the local and national photographic scene. Professor Muldowney also makes note of the part her teaching role plays in the professional success she's achieved with her own work: "If you are getting a student to express something, it will help you do it too." Photo ©Louie Despres
The Hygiene Museum in Dresden, German, has acquired Professor Karl Baden's time-lapse video First Son of a First Son (2014). The museum's permanent exhibit, "Human Adventure," explores the body and health topics. Professor Baden's work is installed in a section entitled "Living Longer." At left: a still from the video.
The newest edition of the BC Libraries’ Faculty Publication Highlightsfeatures Professor Hartmut Austen discussing Here r more, an artist's book published in conjunction with a solo show of his work last summer at Good Weather Gallery in Arkansas. In the interview, Professor Austen talks about the process of creating this book and how it differed from his usual artistic process, as well as why he was interested in pursuing the book project. He also touches upon his artistic influences, his practice, how he characterizes his own work, and the process of interrogation that he hopes his paintings inspire in viewers. Download Here r more (pdf).
Photography blogger Elin Spring selected Thermographs 1976, a solo show of early-career photographs by Professor Karl Baden, as one of her March Top Photography Show Picks. The show will be on view at the Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston's South End through March 14.
Drawings by Professor Aileen Callahan and retired Professor John Steczynski will be paired for the exhibition "Crucifixion Meditations" at Loyola University of Chicago's Cudahy Library from March 5 through April 15. At left: Aileen Callahan, Profile (charcoal)
Mary Sherman: What if You Could Hear a Painting was recently published by Goldsmiths Press and MIT Press. Lanfranco Aceti of Boston University edited this catalog surveying the artist’s work. Although painting is always the driving force for Professor Mary Sherman, her approach also incorporates sculpture, installation, performance, and sound to explore painting’s mysteries and possibilities.
Professors Sheila Gallagher of the Art department and Richard Kearney of the Philosophy department were the keynote speakers at Gonzaga University's Philosophy Graduate Student Conference on January 29. Frequent collaborators, the two presented "God Making, Art Making," a talk about the relation between art and our understanding of divinity.
Sigh-Fi, an exhibition at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, retrofits a typical gallery space to manipulate relationships between architectural volume and contemporary art. The show includes work by ProfessorHartmut Austen, including Cyprus, 2016 (at left; oil on linen). Sigh-Fi is on view at the University's Gallery I through March 3.
The Hippo, New Hampshire's largest circulation weekday publication, previewed ProfessorDeb Weisberg's installation Cannot Be Determined in Advance, which opened February 23 at the McIninch Art Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University. The article describes how, by incorporating music into the installation, Professor Weisberg hopes to encourage visitors to experience the visual work in the same way they experience music – that is, by bypassing the “thinking about it” stage. Cannot Be Determined in Advance will be on view through April 2nd.
Studio Art major Jordan Barros '18 has work on display in the Level One Gallery in O'Neill Library as part of BC's Black History Month program. The marker drawings in My Black is Beautiful celebrate the widely varied ways in which individuals make their marks upon the world. The show will remain on view through the end of February. At left: Jordan Barros, Angela.
A Biology major and Environmental Studies minor while he was at BC, Alex Krowiak '15 also took a photography class with Professor Lisa Kessler.Alex now works as a photographer, incorporating his interest in the environment to tell important stories visually. His new home, Catalina Island in California, doesn't benefit from the melting Sierra Nevada snow that has alleviated the drought in other parts of the state. Alex documented the effects of the ongoing severe dry conditions for a photo essay that caught the attention of the New York Times's Mike McPhate, who puts out the NYT's California Today newsletter. The full version of the photo essay appears in Water Deeply, a digital media project dedicated to covering California's water crisis. Above: one of Alex's photographs showing exposed, dried out ground on Catalina Island.
On February 23, 1987 Professor Karl Baden took the first of the photographic self-portraits that would come to comprise his Every Dayproject, for which he has made a simple, black-and-white photograph of himself in the same neutral pose every day (except one) since then. On February 23, 2017 the Associated Press ran a story about the Every Dayproject on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of that first photo. The story was picked up by print and broadcast media worldwide, including ABC Newsand Britain's The Daily Mail. Above: 2.21.17.
Brian Retchless '07 (Film Studies) received the 2017 Writers Guild of American Award for On-Air Promotion at the WGA's award ceremony on February 19. The award recognized Brian's exemplary work on promotions for numerous CBS television shows including Supergirl, Scorpion, Hawaii 5-0, and The Good Wife. After graduating from BC Brian worked for a year as a production coordinator at WGBH before moving to Los Angeles in late 2008. Thanks to connections he had made at BC, he landed a job at CBS where he first edited online videos for the CBS EyeLab before getting promoted in 2010 to "On-Air Writer/Producer." His position involves writing and editing weekly promos for primetime CBS shows. In 2013 he received a Promax Gold Award for his work on launching the drama series Elementary. Brian has also produced a couple of short films with Dan Milano '06, who also studied Film at BC. In his spare time Brian has traveled in various parts of the world, performed on an improv team, learned to meditate, and pursued his interest in L.A. history. Above: Brian and a co-worker at the February 19 WGA awards ceremony.
McMullen Museum Student Ambassadors Ellen Hill '17 and Fay Hubregsen '17 interviewed Professor Andrew Tavarelli last fall when "Global Convergences," an exhibition of some of his recent work, was on view at the Museum. In a wide-ranging discussion, Professor Tavarelli talked about his work and how it and the process of making it have changed over his 50-year-plus career, as well as why he'd choose a seal (the marine mammal) as the symbol on his own coat-of-arms. Podcast on Soundcloud. At left: Andrew Tavarelli, Double Falls, 2012 (acrylic on canvas).
Public Domains, an exhibition at the Chazan Gallery in Providence, features work by Professor Sammy Chong. The show, which examines our contemporary experience of public spaces and our relationship to the others in those spaces, will be on view through March 8. At left: Sammy Chong,Golden Calf, 2012.
On February 16, at an intriguingly named session entitled Flesh at the 2017 College Art Association in New York City, Professor Claude Cernuschi presented Wifredo Lam’s "The Jungle": Decolonization and the Slave Body. Professor Cernuschi's talk examined how the historical context of Cuba, the philosophical precepts Santerian religion, the poetics of Negritude writers and the revaluation of African forms by Picasso and other modernists impacted Lam. Considering these influences, Professor Cernuschi proposed a new interpretation of the Cuban painter's most celebrated work, The Jungle, as a counter vision to the way the slave plantation regiments nature and exploits human beings: by depicting a fusion of the slave body with nature, Lam suggests a connection of that body with a supernatural domain that transcends Western domination and racial prejudice.
Professor Mary Sherman served as a panelist for "Grants and Artists in Residences: Where to Find Them/How to Win Them" at Lesley University's Lunder Art Center in Cambridge on February 15. The event was sponsored by the New England chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers along with Lesley University, Bob Korn Imaging, and ThinkTank Photo.
Tim McCool '10 (Studio Art) is the spring 2017 Artist Resident at the Boston Center for the Arts. For his first event he'll be leading a Trophy Collage Workshop in which participants will create awards for themselves or for someone else in their lives who deserves acknowledgement. The event will be held at the Mill Gallery at 551 Tremont St. from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 15. At left: Tim McCool, detail of Not Yet, 2016 installation at the Proof Gallery in Boston.
Professor Debra Weisberg’s newest installation, Cannot Be Determined in Advance, will be presented by the McIninch Art Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University starting February 23. The work incorporates a multi-channel soundscape by composer and saxophonist Ken Field. There will be an opening reception and artist talk on Thursday, February 23 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., and the exhibition will be on view through April 2.
Joining the artists' group The Lenny Collective for their appearance at Lilypad in Cambridge on February 4, Professor Sheila Gallagher created live projections during the group's performance.
"Karl Baden: Thermographs, 1976" opens Friday, February 10 at the Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston's South End. Professor Baden recently rediscovered these photographs from early in his career. In them, he had applied analog photo-manipulation techniques in-camera, transforming the subject matter by stripping it to essential forms and paring it down to grainy blocks of light and dark, resulting in an otherworldly and mysterious quality. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, February 11 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., with an artist talk at 4:00 p.m. A 32-page illustrated catalog accompanies the exhibition, which will be on view through March 14. Above, Karl Baden, Thermograph No. 1, 1976 (vintage gelatin silver print; 14" x 11").
Professor Claude Cernuschi's essay “Fragmented Body and Fragmented Self: The Theme of Exile in the Neo-Surrealist Works of Rafael Soriano [El cuerpo y el yo fragmentados: el tema del exilio en las obras neosurrealistas de Rafael Soriano]” was published in the catalog for the McMullen Museum's current exhibition Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic (Goizueta, Elizabeth (ed.) Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic (Chestnut Hill, MA: McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 2017, pp. 35-73).
Yannick Franck interviewed Professor Mary Sherman for the Fall 2016 issue of Flux News(page 19; in French). Professor Sherman discusses her role as the President of TransCultural Exchange, an organization she founded in the late 1980s with the intent of fostering international connections among artists. TCE's signature event is a biennial conference, last held in Boston in 2016 and attended by more than 600 people from all over the world.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council has named Professor Mark Cooper(left) as one of its 2017 Fellows in the category of Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. Professor Sheila Gallagher was named a Finalist in the same category. The program recognizes exceptional work by Massachusetts artists, awarding Fellows $12,000 and Finalists $1000 unrestricted grants for artists to promote the further development of their talents.
For the exhibition Post-Election, organizers Kristen Dodge and Kate Gilmore invited artists to submit responses to events since last November 8. They received work from an overwhelming 170 artists, including Professor Sheila Gallagher, whose piece Smoke Flag (at left; smoke on paper, 2017) is included in the exhibition, on view through March 5 at September Gallery in Hudson, NY.
Professor Greer Muldowney's photograph Lai Chi Kok (at left; from her 2010-2011 series 6,426 per km2, depicting apartment buildings in Hong Kong) is among the works selected for inclusion in an exhibition exploring the concept of Space and how society inhabits it. Sponsored by the Griffin Museum of Photography, the show is installed in the Lafayette City Center Passageway connecting Macy’s and the Hyatt Regency Hotel on the Avenue de Lafayette in downtown Boston. It will be on view through March 7.
In the "Welcome Additions" feature of its January 19th edition, The Boston College Chronicle spotlighted Professor Sammy Chong, who was recently promoted to Assistant Professor of the Practice—Art, Art History, and Film Studies.
Julia Hopkins '19 reviewed "Silver and Ink," an exhibition of work by students in ProfessorGreer Muldowney's fall Photo II class, for the January 23rd edition of The Heights. The show, which Julia called "a stunning display of student creativity," remains on view in the Carney Gallery (Carney 203) through January 30.
The January 19th edition of The Heights featured an article about Professor Gautam Chopra’s forthcoming film Licorice. For this unconventional coming-of-age story, Professor Chopra employs stories about very specific events in a girl’s life to address the very universal challenge of figuring out “who one is.” Professor Joe LaRocca served as the film's Assistant Director.
Guest Curator Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez selected work by ProfessorSammy Chong for inclusion in Inter-Dimensional Ports of Whatsoever, opening January 26 at the Gallery at Atlantic Wharf in Boston. Presented by the Fort Point Arts Community, the exhibition brings together works in various media that use both representational and abstract means of referencing "the inter-dimensions through migration, sci-fi, post-apocalyptic and inner cosmos points of departure." There will be an opening reception for the show from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on January 26, and a closing event (featuring talks by the curator and some of the artists, as well as several performances) from 2:00-7:00 p.m. on March 25. Above: Sammy Chong, Totem Builder, 2017 (mixed media on printed canvas).
The January 5th edition of The Boston Globe featured an article about Juno the cat, who tumbled out James Norton's car as it traveled on Interstate 93 on Christmas Day. Nine days later, thanks to the creative search methods employed by Norton and his girlfriend, Erin McCutcheon '05 (Art History and English Literature; Studio Art minor), electrical crews performing maintenance identified as Juno the cat they found crouched and hiding on an 80-foot-high steel girder under the highway in Charlestown. Erin is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the joint Latin American Studies and Art History program at Tulane University, and teaching at Tufts University.
Professor Aileen Callahan's work Core of the Fire, 2016 (at left; acrylic and charcoal) was selected by juror Andrea Rosen (Curator, Fleming Museum of Art) for inclusion in the show Arts Connect @ Catamount Arts. The show opens on January 14 at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, VT (reception at 5:00 p.m.), and will be on view through March 12.
"Portrait of the Self," an exhibition at Camera Commons in Dover, NH, will feature Professor Karl Baden's 2014 video First Son of a First Son. The show, which opens with a reception from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, will be on view through April 9. At left: still from First Son of a First Son.