Events and Exhibitions



Music in the Galleries: "César Franck: The Art of Music and the Music of Art" by Jeremiah McGrann
Sunday, November 19, 2017; 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Daley Family Gallery, McMullen Museum, Boston College


Assistant Chair and Professor of Music Jeremiah McGrann will exploring the music of nineteenth-century Belgian composer, pianist, and organist César Franck amongst the works in the exhibition Nature’s Mirror: Reality and Symbol in Belgian Landscape. This event, sponsored by the McMullen Museum, is free and open to the public, but seats are limited. Please RSVP at​ At left:​ Fernand Khnopff, Memory of Bruges. Entrance to the Beguinage, 1904​ (pastel and black chalk on paper, 27 x 43.5 cm​;​ Hearn Family Trust​).​



Beech Trees

Nature's Mirror: Reality and Symbol in Belgian Landscape
McMullen Museum, Boston College
Through December 10, 2017; Museum hours  

Professor Jeffery Howe is the curator of this exhibition that includes early examples of landscape by Netherlandish artists such as Pieter Bruegel and explores how this genre was transformed by Belgian artists -- first, those working in a realist mode in the early and mid-19th century, and later by 20th-century Belgian artists who approached the subject matter in a more subjective and symbolic manner. A catalogue edited by Professor Howe will be available, and the McMullen Museum will offer programming associated with the exhibition throughout the fall. “Nature’s Mirror” will be on view through December 10, 2017.  At left: Léon Spilliaert, Trunks of Beech Trees in Spring, 1945 (watercolor, gouache, and india ink on paper; 61 x 44.5 cm, Hearn Family Trust).

End of the Day

New England Sky: Alston Conley
McMullen Museum, Boston College
Through December 10, 2017; Museum hours  

Professor Alston Conley’s luminous collages posit silhouetted tree forms against lushly painted skies. With their contrast of form and color, these contemplative works revel in both the idiosyncratic “personalities” of the woodland residents and the infinite variety of exquisite stage sets Nature provides for them.  The collages will be on view in the Museum’s atrium through December 10, 2017.  At left: Alston Conley, End of the Day 5 (large), 2011 (oil, acrylic and collage on paper; 28” x 22”).

End of the Day

Being a Changemaker: The Heights and Beyond
O'Neill Library Level One Gallery, Boston College
November 2017

In celebration of International Education Week, the University Libraries and the Office of International Students and Scholars have mounted this exhibition showcasing photos by students, faculty and staff who have
carried the Boston College ideal of “For Others” all around the globe.

At left: Echo Zhuge ‘20, Heading Nowhere. Echo had been working with children of refugees who had migrated to Morocco. While traveling by camel in the vast emptiness of the Sahara Desert, she could begin to fathom the visceral toll of exile experienced by refugees.


Amplified Heart
O'Neill Library Level Three Gallery
Through January 2018; Library hours

Paintings by Professor Ariel Freiberg that place fragments of women's faces – representing idealized beauty as it's typically portrayed in our culture – in abstracted spaces, prompting viewers to engage in different way with these images, and to reconsider their usual response to images intended to produce desire. At left: Ariel Freiberg, Amplified Heart, 2015 (oil on canvas; 48 x 36").


Art Club Faculty Staff Exhibition
Carney First Floor Gallery (Student Programs Hallway), Boston College
October 12 – December 1, 2017; 8:30 am – 6:00 pm daily

Boston College faculty and staff from across the University display their most creative side in this annual exhibition. At left: Barbara Adams Hebard (Burns Library), The End of Time (collage of printed paper exhibited in the 2016 Art Club Faculty Staff Exhibition).

Lisa Esteban

Esteban Lisa: The Abstract Cabinet
McMullen Museum, Boston College
Through December 10, 2017; Museum hours

The Spanish-Argentinian painter Esteban Lisa never exhibited his paintings during his lifetime (1895-1983). The small, abstract works were his private way of attempting to resolve the dialectical relationship among art, philosophy and science, eventually resulting in his theory of “cosmovisión,” a worldview based on Einsteinian and Kantian principles regarding space-time communication. Lisa was as keenly aware of currents in European art as he was of those in science, and these visualizations of his theory show engagement with the work of artists such as Klee and Mondrian. “Esteban Lisa: The Abstract Cabinet,” which will be on view through December 10, 2017, offers the viewer an opportunity learn more about this little-known artist and thinker and enjoy the tangible fruits of one of the 20th century’s most fervent and open minds. At left: Esteban Lisa, Composición, c. 1935 (front) (oil on cardboard; 30 x 23 cm; private collection © Fundación Esteban Lisa).

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Witness to Faith: The Biblical Art of Sadao Watanabe
Theology and Ministry Library, Boston College
October 5 – December 20, 2017; Library hours

A Buddhist convert to Christianity, Sadao Watanabe used the traditional Japanese folk art technique of stencil dying to create religious art that was accessible to a wide audience and appropriate for display in vernacular settings. This exhibition includes over 30 of his works, including the stencil prints, calendars, and Christmas cards he made in the three decades prior to his death in 1996. There will be an opening reception from 4:30 until 6 pm on Thursday, October 5. At left: Sadao Watanabe, Last Supper, 1990 (color stencil on Momogami paper).