I had the opportunity to be a part of a great show called “Interface” this past weekend. “Interface” was curated by Elaine Sun, a student at Tufts University and current intern at the Samsøn Projects Gallery. The show features artworks that use both new and traditional media to explore the nature of relationships in the Post-Digital Age. The show opened at 4 Warner St in Somerville on May 3rd and is on view by appointment this week.
Check out my converge of Undergraduate Photography Now! (Part 2), a part of the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Festival. You can read all about it Here on the Boston Hassle.
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.
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.
I bounced down to NYC for a couple of days this week, so I’m bringing you a few NYC Special Posts!
I hit up some galleries in Chelsea on Tuesday, here are some highlights:
I swung by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) just as Grad Open Studios was wrapping up, but I had enough time to peak into a few studios and snap a few pics of work that caught my eye. Here are just a few glimpses into the vibrant life of MFA students at the SMFA:
Friday night found me hopping shows once again. I started at the Howard Art Project for the opening of Recto Verso and then headed over to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts to check out Grad Open Studios.
Recto Verso, curated by Charlie Crowell, demands that the viewer take on different perspectives when viewing the show. Sculptures divide up the gallery space into unusual shapes.
I had an awesome time at the opening reception of “Fun-A-Day” this past Friday. I learned about Fun-A-Day last year when I attended the 2013 pop-up show (Read my write-up Here) and this year I created my own project. Wendi Wing started the Boston branch of Fun-A-Day as a way to meet fellow artists when she first moved to Boston. Fun-A-Day takes place every January when when artists are invited to pick a fun creative project that they work on for the duration of the month. Over several years, the project has evolved and grown in scale, with the current exhibition including the projects of 29 different artists. Continue reading
The cold weather didn’t deter visitors of First Fridays over at the SOWA galleries at 450 Harrison St.