Events and Exhibitions

Events


Gallery Talk: Contextualizing Self-Portraiture in Carrie Mae Weems's Work

Gallery Talk: Contextualizing Self-Portraiture in Carrie Mae Weems's Work

Sunday, November 4, 2018; 3:00–4:30 p.m.
McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College

The McMullen Museum invites visitors to join Studio Art Professor Karl Baden for a visit to the Museum's fall exhibition "Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement." Professor Baden, who has taken a photograph of himself every day for more than 30 years, will focus on the artist's use of self-portraiture in works displayed in the show as well as in other photographs from Ms. Weems's three-decade career.  He'll also consider the role self-portraiture has played throughout the history of photography. This talk, which is sponsored by the McMullen Museum of Art, is free and open to the public, but the favor of pre-registration is requested: https://goo.gl/GEWg1f. At left: Carrie Mae Weems, If I Ruled the World from Hopes and Dreams: Gestures of Demonstration, 2004, pigment ink print, 38 x 27 in. © Carrie Mae Weems/Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

 


The Annual von Henneberg Lecture in Italian Art: Piranesi's Layers

The Annual von Henneberg Lecture in Italian Art: Piranesi's Layers

Monday, November 12, 2018; 5:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall 101, Boston College

Upon her retirement in 2001 from a long and distinguished teaching career at Boston College, Josephine von Henneberg endowed an annual lecture series that has since brought to B.C. prominent scholars in the history of Italian art. This year, Dr. Heather Hyde Minor, Professor of Art History at the University of Notre Dame, will present “Piranesi’s Layers.” Professor Hyde Minor’s scholarly interests include the city of Rome, the intellectual history of art history, and prints and print culture. Her recent book Piranesi's Lost Words was published by Pennsylvania State University Press in 2015. She is currently serving as director of Notre Dame’s Global Gateway Program in Rome, Italy.

The von Henneberg Lecture and the reception immediately following are free and open to the public. Please RSVP by November 2 (617-552-4295 or elliotj@bc.edu). At left: Giovanni Battista Piranesi, detail of "L'arco gotico," Plate XIV from Carceri d'Invenzioni, 1745-61.

 

Exhibitions


Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement

Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement

McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College
September 10–December 13, 2018

The Art Department's Professor Ash Anderson co-curated with Boston College English Professor Robin Lydenberg this exhibition featuring projects created by photographer and videographer Carrie Mae Weems during the last thirty years. Throughout her career, the artist has used various media to examine history -- specifically, African American history -- critically. The works included in "Strategies of Engagement" were selected for their immersive and participatory nature in order to challenge the viewer to join Weems in her questioning of existing power structures in the realms of race, gender, politics, and identity. The artist will present a lecture, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely," at Boston College on September 10th (see above). At left: Mourning, from the series "Constructing History," 2008 (archival pigment print, 60 x 50"). © Carrie Mae Weems/Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.


Hartmut Austen: Not There, Not Here

Hartmut Austen: Not There, Not Here

McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College
September 10–December 13, 2018

The Art Department's Professor Hartmut Austen describes his paintings as abstract works based on the visible world. He takes as inspiration images that catch his attention, perhaps because of their content or their composition, and transforms these images -- changing colors or shapes, or using composites of multiple images -- into a picture that encapsulates what's important to him at the time that he's creating the work. His intent is to make paintings that are open-ended in meaning, and that create a feeling or memory in the viewer's mind that related to that viewer's experience at a particular moment in time. At left: Untitled, 2016 (acrylic on canvas; 60 x 48").


Art Club Faculty and Staff Art Show

Art Club Faculty and Staff Art Show

Carney Hall First-floor Student Affairs Hallway, Boston College
October 17–November 30, 2018

Faculty and staff artists from all University departments and offices share their work in this annual exhibition sponsored by the Boston College Art Club. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, October 17 from noon until 4pm in Carney 104A. All are invited. At left: Barbara Adams Hebard (Burns Library), Winter Vision (collage).