artscope magazine
March 12, 2015

Don't worry, we're not intentionally withholding great art shows and news from you—the exhibitions featured below do plenty of that. From sculptures in the gallery and on top of it, to insider perspectives on cultural knowledge, to ellipses at the end of show titles, the artists at work below are certainly prolific at stringing along the suspense, wouldn't you say? In order to know where to look or how to see things, you'll have to attend the shows yourself. Perhaps secrets do make friends? Speaking of friends, here at artscope we managed to score extra tickets to the Society of Arts and Crafts upcoming CraftBoston Spring 2015, and we're looking to share them with pals. The party is happening Friday, March 20, 10am-6pm; Saturday, March 21, 10am-6pm; or Sunday, March 22, 11am-5pm at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. If this sounds like fun to you, send an email to [email protected]. Tickets are first come, first serve!

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Secret Flower Sculptures at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
in Boston, Massachusetts now through September 7

Jean-Michel Othoniel in his studio.

Working with glass connotes timelessness as well as the paradox of fragility and strength—this is the belief of world-renowned glass-sculpting artist Jean-Michel Othoniel and you can see it for yourself today. During his time as an Artist-in-Residence during the summer of 2011 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Othoniel discovered an 18th century book at the Boston Public Library called "The Art of Describing Dance" by Raoul-Auger Feuillet about ballet choreography and performances during Louis XIV's reign in France. The book's drawings inspired him to draw concepts for sculptures, using gold glass, steel and shooting water, and now those concepts have been crafted into an exhibition all their own. In Secret Flower Sculptures, two large sculptures will face one another across the gardens of the museum. Peony of Shame will be suspended from the Hostetter Gallery ceiling. Outdoors and across on the Palace roof, The Rose des Vents (Rose in the Wind) will be a gold aluminum kinetic sculpture made to capture and reflect sunlight in all directions as it turns in the wind. Replicating a compass rose, this sculpture pays homage to the ancient device used to gauge wind direction. Also during his month-long residency at the museum, Othoniel conceptualized a fountain sculpture, Versailles Water Theatre Grove, which will open at the end of this year at the Palace of Versailles. It's the first permanent art installation in Versailles' gardens in 300 years. Anne Hawley, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum's Norma Jean Calderwood Director, said it is gratifying to see Jean-Michel Othoniel come full circle as an Artist-in-Resident whose time at the Gardner lead to a major installation in Versailles and in Boston. "He is an example of how we perpetuate the legacy of our founder, Isabella, by supporting current artists and their work," she said. Secret Flower Sculptures opens today at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum and will run through Monday, September 7. For more information on programs associated with this exhibition, click here.

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Paradise City Arts Festival


- The Boston Globe

Metro Boston's most extraordinary collection of 175 painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, photographers, furniture makers, clothing designers and more - from every corner of America.

Royal Plaza Trade Center - March 20, 21 & 22
181 Boston Post Road West - Marlborough, MA
Minutes from Boston @ I-495 to exit 24B (Route 20W)

Friday 10-5; Saturday 10-6; Sunday 11-5
$13 adults, $11 seniors, $8 students
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North Bennet Street School


Interested in doing what you love every day? Consider one of the eight full-time PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS at North Bennet Street School -- bookbinding, carpentry, cabinet and furniture making, jewelry making,locksmithing, piano technology, preservation carpentry and violin making.
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Lexington Open Studios


May 2 & 3 * 11am - 5 pm

Artists who live, work or are affiliated with the art community in Lexington. Visit Home Studios, Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, 130 Waltham Street and the Community Space at Munroe Center for the Arts, 1403 Massachusetts Avenue.

For Map, Locations & Time see:
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Trustman Art Gallery

300 The Fenway, Boston, MA
(617) 521-2268

April 7: 2-3:15 pm: Music in the Gallery at Simmons College: Penpa Tsering plays Tibetan music. Penpa Tsering's costumed performance features traditional and handmade instruments and song, showcasing his passionate interest in preserving Tibetan culture.

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Beyond the Veil at UMass Lowell
in Lowell, Massachusetts now through March 20

Bullets Revisited #8 by Lalla Essaydi, C-41 print mounted on aluminum.

Insider and outsider perspectives are coupled in the current exhibition at University Gallery, presented by the UMass Lowell Art Department. Beyond the Veil features the photography of internationally-exhibited artist Lalla Essaydi. The focus of Essaydi's work explores the complexities of Arab female identity, both from an insider's experience of her own Moroccan childhood, and with the outsider perspective of a Western trained artist. This dual perspective allows her to explore the physical and psychological spaces of the veil, the harem and the odalisque with a non-essentializing gaze, disrupting the notions of what it is to be both Arabic and female. Of her work, Essaydi said, "Through these images I am able to suggest the complexity of the Arab female identity, as I have known it, and the tension between hierarchy and fluidity at the heart of Arab culture." Essaydi's large format C-41 prints are part of a collaborative performance project that takes place in her childhood home in Morocco with female friends and family members as partners. Together with the artist, these women use calligraphy, bullet casings, henna, their bodies and their gaze to subvert traditional and imposed notions of gender, ethnicity and identity. Essaydi says by reclaiming the tradition of calligraphy and interweaving it with the conventionally feminine art of henna, she has been able to express and perhaps dissolve the contradictions she has witnessed at work within her culture: between hierarchy and fluidity, public and private space, the richness and confining aspects of Islamic traditions. Lalla Essaydi: Beyond the Veil is on view now through Friday, March 20 in University Gallery at Mahoney Hall, UMass Lowell. The exhibition was curated by Associate Professor Ellen Wetmor. All works on view in this exhibit are displayed courtesy of the Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston.

Two Exhibitions at Kingston Gallery
in Boston, Massachusetts now through March 29

       Chevron by Julie Graham, mixed media on canvas on panel, 2014.

Last week, Kingston Gallery previewed its two exhibitions for the month of March. In the main and center galleries, Julie Graham's If it's not one thing... is taking place. Her featured mixed media works on canvas have extended edges, both literally and figuratively, sometimes with added dimension or an unraveling canvas. Graham constructs relationships with paint and materials to create improbable combinations and possibilities for colors and textures to randomly collide, forming odd relationships. The artist favors color combinations that are not intentionally designed and materials that are used solely out of functional need. Commenting on her thematic process, Graham says, "We never know what's around the next corner, what will happen or what we'll see. I'm always excited by the potential, which is sometimes disquieting, sometimes incomprehensible, and so often thrilling." If it's not one thing... is Graham's first solo exhibition with the gallery. Showing concurrently with Julie Graham is Joetta Maue, whose solo exhibition, in transition..., is on view in the members' gallery. With daily life as her muse, Maue's diptychs demonstrate the visual relationship she creates between a space that represents someone coming to the end of life while the other is at the beginning. Her graphite drawings allow her to zoom in on the importance of the small, possibly insignificant objects of daily life, focusing on their texture, tones and detail, abstracting their meaning and role while simultaneously elevating and transcending them. When explaining her transition, Maue said, "After spending years on a body of work, I felt as if I had nowhere to go...I turned my eyes away from those relationships that had so long inspired me, toward the objects that surrounded me. The objects were real, solid, reliable, less malleable, less fleeting, tangible markers of this moment in life." These everyday objects became her anchor, the things that rooted Maue in her state of transition as an artist, and a human. Both exhibitions, If it's not one thing... and in transition..., are on view now through Sunday, March 29 at Kingston Gallery. Come see why they both end in ellipses and what it is these artists might be omitting.

Handel and Haydn Society


Enhanced by interactive media, H+H's extensive archives will be on view at the BPL Central Branch at Copley Square. Presented in partnership with the Freedom Trail Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the exhibition will explore H+H's 200-year history through the lens of classical music in America.
Free admission.

Handel and Haydn Society
Box office hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm

Celebrity Series of Boston


Celebrity Series of Boston presents a new concert experience: Stave Sessions

March 15, Banda Magda | Opening: Chorobop
March 17, Gabriel Kahane | Opening: Kate Davis
March 18, Roomful of Teeth
March 19, Ben Sollee and Becca Stevens Band
March 20, Brooklyn Rider
March 21, Third Coast Percussion
Tickets: $20 & $35 at
Doors and bar open 45 minutes before each set

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