A New Semester.
February 3, 2011
As January comes to a close, colleges and universities are opening their doors for the start of the spring semester. This week, we've featured three New England schools that have a lot to offer you in their opening weeks. Come show your appreciation to the faculty, students, and artists that makes these exhibitions possible.
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Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968 at Tufts University Art Gallery
in Medford, Massachusetts through April 3rd
Vacuuming Pop-Art by Martha Rosler,1966-72. Photomontage, 24 x 20 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Inness & Nash, New York.
he spring semester has only just begun and Tufts University
is asking its art students and audience to engage in their critical thinking skills. The Tufts University Art Gallery
is currently showing Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968
, which examines the impact the male-dominated field of Pop art has had on women artists. The exhibit itself asks us to reconsider what we traditionally know as Pop art and to stretch that new definition to include the recovered female artists spotlighted in this show. Seductive Subversion
is filled with loud, blunt works of art that speak to the aesthetics of the very time period in which they were created. Some artists created works with materials like plastics, Plexiglas, and neon in response to the sweeping effects of mass-production on the economy. Other artists honed in on their domesticity and created works utilizing materials and fabrics found in their secluded sphere. If it wasn't the economy or home life that inspired these female artists, then it was pop culture that did the trick. Publicity photos and Hollywood films that targeted male fantasies about female desire were utilized by these women to reconstruct the critical lens through which we view and critique these works. The major, large-scale exhibition is showing in Tufts University Art Gallery's Tisch Family and Koppelman Galleries
and Remis Sculpture Court
now through April 3rd
. In whole, the show features 70 artworks by 22 different artists. An opening reception
will be held on Thursday, February 3rd
from 5:30 - 8pm
. A panel discussion
on "The Legacy of Women Pop Artists" will take place on Thursday, February 24th
from 6 - 8pm
featuring panelists Kalliopi Minoudaki, Catherine Morris, and Idelle Weber. Another pane
l discussion on "International Women's Day Celebration, 'Women.Make.Art'" is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8th
from 6:30 - 8:30pm
and is co-sponsored by the Women's Studies Program, Women's Center, and Africana Center.
Sponsored by: Vessels Gallery, Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, and New Art Center
The Anagama Art of Paul Boucher
February 4 - 27, 2011
Opening First Friday: February 4th, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Visit Vessels on February's First Friday and
with a glass of wine and conversation about fire and clay!
Paul Boucher will be in the gallery to talk about the footprints
of flames and ash which color his work (anagama firing).
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Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery
Opening of Carroll House Gallery at Keene State College
Sculptural Installation by Jarod Charzewski.
t comes as no surprise that most colleges and universities in the New England area have their hands and schedules full for the start of the semester and Keene State College
is no exception. The KSC Art Department
is pleased to announce the opening of its new Carroll House Gallery
. The gallery, located on Main Street between the Historical Society of Cheshire County
and Keene State
's new Alumni Center
, was recently converted from student housing to a handsome, elegant gallery space inviting to both the school and local communities. Carroll House Gallery
was built to be a "teaching gallery," creating opportunities for Keene State
art students to display their work, interact with visiting artists, and learn about gallery management. The focus of the new gallery is to provide a space for samplings of contemporary art. The opening exhibition at the Carroll House
is now showing Earthflow
, the work of artist Jarod Charzewski
has enlisted the help of Keene State
art students in collecting clothing and creating a three-dimensional landscape that speaks to global responsibility. Of this project, Charzewski
says, "through our ever expanding and multiplying landfill sites these new layers will provide us with a planet rich in synthetic nutrients and chemically enhanced goodness." Following the project, all the materials and garments will be donated to a local thrift store. This exhibition offers its audience a new, useful perspective on things considered old and useless. As for other projects and shows, on February 24th
, the Carroll House Gallery will host Family and Friends
, an invitational show of community artists. March 24th
is the date set for a show featuring the work of Connecticut College
sculptor Gregory Bailey
, along with student photography and ceramic art. The first formal Alumni Exhibition
will open on April 21st
and will continue through June 5th
. All Carroll House
events are open to the public. The gallery is open from Wednesday - Saturday, 12-5pm
. For more information on this exciting new location and what it plans to offer, contact the KSC Art Department at 603-358-2040 or visit their website
Inside the Painter's Studio at MassArt
in Boston, Massachusetts through March 2nd
Joe Fig. Inka Essenhigh: August 31, 2006, 2006. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.
he Massachusetts College of Art and Design
, commonly known as MassArt
, is following the impressive trend of a busy spring semester. The Stephen D. Paine Gallery
, on the first floor of South Building, is hosting an exhibition whose name might sound familiar to you. Remember the book, Inside the Painter's Studio
, written by Joe Fig
that was published almost two years ago? If so, then plan to come live in the 241 paged world that Fig creatively established in his book. The exhibition Inside the Painter's Studio
, just like the book, allows viewers to see what goes into the contemporary artistic practice - often times behind closed doors. It was almost a decade ago that Fig
realized his obsession with the daily routines of artists, as he created miniature reproductions of the studios of famous modern painters. This led him to an ongoing project. Fig
began to conduct interviews with artists, using the "Artist's Questionnaire" he created himself, alongside gathering visuals of the physical spaces where the work was done. He would then take this information and set out to create dioramas of the studios using his interview data, image documentation, and the raw impressions he absorbed from being in the workspaces of such talented individuals. This project/exploration has given depth and intimacy to the often-routine tasks involved in creating art. Artwork within the show features Joe Fig and Gregory Amenoff, Ross Bleckner, Chuck Close, Will Cotton, Inka Essenhigh, Eric Fischl, Barnaby Furnas, April Gornik, Jane Hammond, Ryan McGinness, Julie Mehretu, Malcolm Morley, Steve Mumford, Philip Pearlstein, Matthew Ritchie, Alexis Rockman, Dana Schutz, James Siena, Joan Snyder, and Billy Sullivan. Inside the Painter's Studio
will be on view now through March 2nd
. A reception
will be held on Thursday, February 10th
from 6 - 8pm
. Do yourself a favor and come experience this self-made universe by Joe Fig
. It is sure to shed some light and give you a greater appreciation for the artwork you view on a daily basis.
New Art Center
New Art Center presents Artistic Mediums II (January 24-February 25), an
"art and technology" exhibition, features work that explores the artist as
medium - one who channels ideas through the invisible.
Gallery Talk: February 19, 2pm.
Past curator Caleb Neelon speaks on February 10, 7-9pm.
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