Flash of an Instant @ New Art Center

Mark Dorf

Mark Dorf

“Flash of an Instant” opened on April 5th and was co-curated by Caitie Moore and Sarah Pollman. Their proposal for the show was chosen as part of the New Art Center’s Curatorial Opportunity Program. The New Art Center in Newton holds an open call for proposals every year as a wonderful opportunity for artists and curators. The chosen exhibits also foster interaction with the surrounding community through a series of events held in connection with the main exhibit.

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Boston Art Radar April 8 – 14

Tuesday April 8

Artist Talk - The Artist’s Voice: William Kentridge
When: April 8, 7pm
Location: The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA

Thursday April 10

PROCESS: IN MEDIAS RES - INAUGURAL CONFERENCE OF THE GRADUATE PROGRAM IN FILM AND VISUAL STUDIES AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
When: April 10 -12
Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

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Annual Photo Area Exhibition @ SMFA

"Bittersweet Birthday" by Madeline Muhlberg

“Bittersweet Birthday” by Madeline Muhlberg

I always love checking out the Photo Annual at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. I graduated a couple years ago, so the number of faces I recognize is dwindling, but the quality of the work never disappoints. The show starts in the school’s main atrium, ducks into the BAG gallery, and then winds around the corner and down the hallways towards Admissions. With so many photo students showing work, the many photos can’t be contained by on only a few walls. The show doesn’t have an overarching subject, but rather is organized loosely by theme.

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NYC Special: My Whitney Biennial Top 7

Dawoud Bey

Dawoud Bey

I went to a talk by Roberta Smith & Jerry Saltz last month and a cynical audience member asked Jerry Saltz if he thought the Whitney Biennial was even worth while. Jerry Saltz challenged the audience to go the the Biennial and told them that they couldn’t leave the building until they found 7 things that they liked. Although I am far less cynical than the question asker – I go into a show wanting to like the work, rather than the other way around, the Biennial still felt a bit flat to me. The curation leaned more towards the pedagogical, trying to place art in the context of art historical theory, rather than featuring exciting new artists doing new things. Nonetheless, I still had a hard time narrowing it down to only 7.

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