September 13, 2012
It's that time of year when everyone's gearing up for something: a new semester, a new exhibition, a new season. In this blast, two universities are opening the school year with strong exhibitions that will continue to make loud statements as the season progresses. The Art Complex Museum has something special for a fall exhibition, packed with energy and theory that will keep refreshing itself. All in all, these featured shows have artwork that will get you thinking this season, and maybe even get you doing. Also, don't forget to check out our blog on the artscope website. It is equipped with updated headlines and rotating featured content -- a great way to stay connected to art and culture news in between artscope issues and email blasts! Online advertising is now also available on the blog as well.
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Massachusetts Avenue Storefront Art Project by AIB at Lesley University
in Cambridge, Massachusetts September 16th through October 13th
Homage to Kollwitz by Betti Pettinati Longinotti, MFA in Visual Art from AIB, 2012.
he folks at the Art Institute of Boston
(AIB) at Lesley University
have had a busy year, with celebrating their 100th anniversary and getting ready to move the school from Boston to Cambridge. Even with their hands full, the faculty artists, student artists, and alumni artists of the AIB at Lesley University
have managed to come up with a clever fall exhibition. Massachusetts Avenue Storefront Art Project
is a unique storefront window exhibit that will include the work of more than 50 artists displayed in 22 storefront windows between Porter and Harvard Squares in Cambridge. All it takes is an open mind and a ten-minute stroll down Massachusetts Avenue to experience this exhibit. "We're thrilled to be sharing the work of our students and faculty with the entire community, especially as a truly open gallery through such a vibrant neighborhood," said Stan Trecker
, Dean of AIB. "As plans move forward to bring the energy of AIB to Cambridge - the students, faculty, and year-round programming - we thought it fitting to begin celebrating 100 years of art making in the community where we'll learn, experience, and make art for the next 100 years." The generous response and support for this project from local business owners reminds us just how privileged we are to have support for the arts in our area. "As a member of the Porter Square business community, we're proud to play a role in creating a walkable exhibit for those that live or shop along Massachusetts Avenue," said Simon Shapiro, owner of TAGS Hardware, one of the participating businesses. "Porter square has a great tradition of supporting the arts, and this is a terrific way to introduce people to the artists of AIB. We're looking forward to their being an active member of the community." Massachusetts Avenue Storefront Art Project
will be on view from Sunday, September 16th through Saturday, October 13th
. Some participating stores and businesses to keep in mind include TAGS Hardware
, Floyd's 99 Barbershop
, Irish Imports
, Joie de Vivre
, Raspberry Beret
, Sudo Shoes
, as well as Lesley's University Hall
properties and Gravestar
Sponsored by: North Bennet Street School, New Repertory Theatre, Fountain Street Fine Art and Todd James Gallery
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New Repertory Theatre
THE KITE RUNNER, the epic drama about friendship, betrayal and redemption,
based on the best-selling novel, showing through September 20, at New Repertory
ArsenalCenter for the Arts, Watertown. Free parking. ArtScope readers enjoy
$7 off tickets by using code "RISING" at 617-923-8487 or
Fountain Street Fine Art
September 6-30, 2012
Artist Talk: Saturday, September 22, 3pm
The artists have exhibited both nationally and internationally, but viewers closer to home might not be familiar with their art. Individually, their expressions are diverse; together, their innovative energy fuels the creative spirit of this community.
See more images from the show here
Locally produced and supported art!
59 Fountain Street
Framingham MA 01702
Food-Water-Life/Lucy + Jorge Orta at Tufts University Art Gallery
in Medford, Massachusetts now through December 16th
OrtaWater-Fluvial Intervention Unit, 2005, Canadian maple wood canoe, steel structure, glass shelves, copper and plastic tubes, gloves, 4 buckets,
4 crates, 4 water drums, 2 water tanks, 2 light projectors, 4 flasks, copper tubes and taps, audio mp3, speakers, 24 OrtaWater bottles, 102 ½ x 200
¾ x 47 ¼ inches.
any facets of contemporary art are meant to move us into action. The sculptures, installations, drawings and video by the French wife-husband duo, Lucy and Jorge Orta
, show us just how literally we can take the word "move". Their works of art, like many today, explore major concerns of our century: biodiversity, environmental conditions, climate change and exchange among peoples. Remaining loyal to the concept and practice of social sculpture, the Ortas
make sure their works are true to their function: assemblages that are the platform for the preparation of food, mechanisms that actually purify water, and elements created for a 2007 expedition to Antarctica that are part of an effort to amend the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These works stand as "metaphors-in-action," works that perform the tasks of which they are emblematic. It is this very ability to function that moves
us to awareness and action, putting these works of art in a discourse all their own. Working in partnership since 2005, Lucy and Jorge Orta
create, produce, and assemble their artworks and large installations together with a team of artists, designers, architects, and craftspeople. They stage on-location workshops, ephemeral interventions, residencies, and master classes, which explore the crucial themes of the contemporary world: the community, autonomy, dwelling, migration, sustainable development and recycling. Food-Water-Life/Lucy + Jorge Orta
is on view at the Tufts University Art Gallery now through Sunday, December 16th
. The following public events and workshops are being held in conjunction with this exhibition: "Urban Homesteading Workshop" on Tuesday, October 11th
where you will learn to make your own non-toxic cleaning products; "Pickling Workshop" on Tuesday, October 16th
where every participant will leave with a jar of pickled vegetables; "Urban Foraging Walking Tour" on Saturday, October 27th
where you will learn to forage plants on the Tufts Medford campus; and "Lucy Orta Lecture" on Tuesday, October 30th
in Alfond Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Self/Fabricated at Art Complex Museum
in Duxbury, Massachusetts September 23rd through January 13th
Pretending to Know by Candice Smith Corby, 2008, gouache on found napkin.
ven with today's progress in the deconstruction of gender roles and stereotypes, we still find themes of domesticity and entrapment very much alive in cloth as a material. Self/Fabricated
, opening at the Art Complex Museum
in Duxbury, Massachusetts, pays respect to these inherent notions and tries, simultaneously, to transcend them. In addition to painting, drawing, and printmaking, the artwork in this exhibition incorporates a range of needlework techniques such as beading, embroidery, sewing, quilting, and stitching, including punch work, pulled thread and a variety of historical stitching techniques. Each artist pays tribute to acts of domesticity as they respond to the stitching and marks found on these cloths, wondering about the women who made them and attempting to find a universal resonance through their new embellishments. Like the piece featured above, their works explore avenues of autobiography through themes of body, home, relations and the functional vs. the decorative and the overlap between. So while the artists' creations act as mirrors of themselves, they also act as windows into the trappings involved in domestic duty. The featured artists of Self/Fabricated
are Ilona Anderson
, David Curcio
, Wylie Garcia
, Jan Johnson
, Joetta Maue
, Candice Smith Corby
and Leslie Schomp
. The exhibition will be on view the Art Complex Museum Sunday, September 23rd through Sunday, January 13th, 2013
. Come see the array of found handkerchiefs, tea-towels, table-runners, doilies, quilts and samplers at the opening reception
on Sunday, September 23rd
Todd James Gallery
September 9 - October 1
Known for the explosive and dynamic style of her earlier work, Luppi uses here an understated but deeply felt palette to explore shorescapes and sand patterns.
Luppi's early roots lie in Abstract Expressionism. She worked for many years at the Art Student's League in New York City, where her mentors were Knox Martin, William Scharf, a close friend and associate of Mark Rothko, and Larry Poons, all nationally recognized artists. She has exhibited in many galleries and other venues. Her work can be seen
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