Monday, June 20, 2016

“World Peace Mural Tour” Comes to Boston for The 4th of July

East Boston, MA: The World Peace Mural Tour will make its way to Boston for a special 4th of July Independence Day installation of a “Handwritten Mural” by renowned Miami artist, Renda Writer. The artist will install a “World Peace” mural on the main exterior wall of Iglesias Bautista Sendas de Fe in East Boston (316 East Meridian St., Boston, MA 02128) on July 4th, starting at 10am. The mural will include the phrase “WORD PEACE” spray-painted repetitiously, in a patriotic mix of red, white, and blue. For more details, check the World Peace Mural Tour Facebook Event.

Boston is the first stop on the “World Peace Mural Tour.” The five-city tour will make its way to Detroit in late July and will then head back East to create murals in Philadelphia and Washington DC in August and New York in September.

The World Peace Mural Tour is an artistic campaign and an ongoing art installation project aimed at enacting worldwide change through the power of the written word and the energy behind the widely popular and influential medium of public art. More information about the tour can be found at...
www.WorldPeaceMuralTour.com and www.Facebook.com/WorldPeaceMuralTour
World Peace Mural Tour

To date, 5 World Peace Murals have been created as part of the pre-tour campaign and are being actively promoted through the project’s website and social media presence. Info on each one, with video links, listed below, in order of installation.

1. Miami, Florida - Allapattah Middle School 
(Installed on 4/22/16)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFaPL3Y8rdA
2. Fort Lauderdale, Florida - MASS District
(Installed on 5/4/16 – 5/5/16)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFmvAb8F4-U
3. Asheville, North Carolina - South Slope District 
(Installed on 5/18/16)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NaGC9Sb9Ig
4. Jacksonville, Florida - 5 Points District 
(Installed on 5/26/16)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1OFbUA5POQ
5. Miami, Florida - Wynwood Art District 
(Installed on 6/4/16)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8Y2TFZo0Rk

As a self-described “Handwritten Artist,” the creator of the World Peace Mural Tour is Renda Writer, an artist known and praised for creating large scale Handwritten Murals that are consistently popular as viral social media sensations and continually attract mainstream and independent media attention.  

Renda Writer wrote “Black Lives Matter” over 2,000 times, on a 40ft x 40ft wall in Midtown Detroit at N'Namdi Center For Contemporary Art in September of 2015, which landed him an interview on the 5 O’clock News on FOX 2 Detroit.  

View the clip here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBxoWXrzVpM 

The Associated Press also picked up the story and made it into national news. Previously, Renda also gained a sizeable following on social media after writing “Love is a risk. Do it anyway.” almost 500,000 times on a wall in Miami’s famed Miami Wynwood Art District during the immensely popular yearly international art event, Art Basel. 

View a clip of Renda Writer working on the "Love is a risk. Do it anyway" Handwritten Mural Here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xSNXqNKHMA

Renda Writer is being hosted by KC Arts Brokerage, the art agency that arranged the location for the World Peace Mural in Boston. More info at www.KCArtsBrokerage.com 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Sunday, June 5, 2016

All Together Now


All Together Now is a multimedia series curated by Anna Rae, that combines artists from Boston and NYC, and makes space for women, POC, and LGBTQ, in partnership with cis white male allies. The multimedia aspect creates a sensory-rich experience for the audience, and combining artists from NYC and Boston enriches and celebrates our local arts dialogue.

The second show of the series, on June 25 at 9pm at the Lilypad in Inman Square, features Korean-American artists from New York and Boston. Local Boston band Hemway hosts the night for filmmaker and performance actress Hye Yun Park, performance artist and musician Diana Oh, and singer/songwriter Jane Park. “While being Korean-American is not the focus of my art,” says Jane Park, “I find it so inspiring to have found like-minded artists who came from a similar background to my own. It’s such an honor to have a chance to collaborate with them as artists.”

The diversity mission of this series gives artists room to push themselves to be more experimental and collaborative with the audience. Says Anna Rae, “We all know the power and the limitations of our respective arts, and I think there’s a sense of making something more immersive and powerful together.”

In the first All Together Now, the way the artists engaged with the audience and each other at the Lilypad was inspiring. The Grownup Noise opened with their trio of guitar, cello, and drums. Video artist Jeremy Stamas followed with a piece of untouched, ten-year old film for the first time. New York performance artist Crichton Atkinson transformed the Lily Pad into the Church of Time, preaching to an orange-masked congregation engulfed in black light. The night proceeded with live music by the melody-driven rock of Hemway. Jenee Halstead closed with her rock band and ethereal vocals.

To read more about the All Together Now multi-media series, and purchase tickets, please go to alltogetherbos.com. Advance tickets are recommended as the Lilypad’s capacity is limited.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Tara Ozella - Boston Artist You Should Know

Mass Art alum, Tara Ozella aka Nefertara, has been creating one-of-a-kind crowns and fashion accessories over the past 10 years. Some of her most extravagant fashion pieces have been worn by legendary music celebrities and published in an array of international fashion magazines. PM Tara for custom inquiries at Facebook.com/theChurchofVanityYou can also purchase some of Tara's original art in her etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChurchofVanity.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

“THE WOVEN ARC”: ETHELBERT COOPER GALLERY’S FIRST SUMMER SHOW

“THE WOVEN ARC”: ETHELBERT COOPER GALLERY’S FIRST SUMMER SHOW PLAYS WITH THE COMMON ELELMENTS OF TEXT, TEXILES, SCULPTURES, AND MORE

Works by El Anatsui, Grace Ndiritu, Lina Viktor join pieces from permanent collection

Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art presents THE WOVEN ARC, curated by Gallery Director Vera Ingrid Grant, with a special installation of legacy textiles and hats by David Adjaye. 

The exhibition is inspired by recent acquisitions to the galley’s permanent collection and examines the points of relationship between them, revealed in the aesthetics of surface, text and texture. The installation features an array of sculptures, paintings, conceptual art pieces, print works and legacy textiles that Grant describes as “creating a visual dialogue within the exhibit space.” Four works from the Cooper Gallery’s growing permanent collection are part of THE WOVEN ARC, which runs from May 20 through July 16, 2016. A public opening reception begins at 6 PM on May 19. 

The exhibition includes work from Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui (a 2015 recipient of the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement), American conceptual artist Glenn Ligon, Namibian woodcutter John Muafangejo, Kenyan mixed-media artist Grace Ndirituand four pieces from British-Liberian conceptual artist Lina Viktor. Pieces from the Cooper Gallery’s permanent collection include a “Soundsuit” from visual and performance artist Nick Cave, “Six by Six” – a painting by mixed-media artist Peter Sacks from his “Aftermath” series, and a “Food Faerie” sculpture by British-Nigerian contemporary artist Yinka ShonibareThe exhibition also includes a special installation of legacy textiles and hats from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum selected by architect David Adjaye. Additional loans come from The Bronx Museum of the Arts and Jack Shainman Gallery.

“Together these works weave a narrative about social legacies that African and African American artists express and critique with evolving strategies.” Grant says. “Some of the pieces work as critical social metaphors; they all inspire discourse and spin fresh tales.”

The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery102 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM. More information about THE WOVEN ARC, including public programming events, is available online at http://www.coopergalleryhc.org/.

The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery for African & African-American Art is a free-to-the-public gallery highlighting contemporary art in exhibitions and installations complemented by free public programming.  Part of the acclaimed Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, and housed in a space designed by prominent British architect David Adjaye, the Cooper Gallery showcases diverse cultures, archives and historical traditions. Its programming offers local engagements, workshops, artist talks, academic symposia, and lectures.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

On the Periphery – the Edge of Sight

On the Periphery – the Edge of Sight

Art by Rebecca Rose Greene

A Curated Exhibition By Kerri McGill & Ivor Scott
Opening Thursday, 6-8pm, May 5th 2016

767 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA
May 5 - 29

"When we focus on an object, a path, a goal, we lose our peripheral vision.
It’s a necessary blindness that provides assistance in concentration.

It is the responsibility of the artist, to pay heed, see deeply, and respond thoughtfully with skill. The artist picks through layers of reality and identity with an awareness of how one informs the other. The artwork offers the impetus for deeper understanding of the world we inhabit.

This exhibit displays art that creates a dynamic visual dialogue and a space that fosters expansive thought. It encourages the viewer to re-inform active sight, to see deeply."

Gallery hours after opening are Sat & Sun 12-6pm


Artists


Ktron
Ivor Scott
Dinora Justice
Sasha Parfenova
Ruth Rosner
C.D.Schoto
Tricia Neumyer
Travis Moonschein
Rich Sepulveda
Rebecca Rose Greene
Kerri McGill
Pecan

Memory Matrix at MIT


Cambridge, MA (May 2, 2016) – In conjunction with the centennial celebration of MIT’s move from Boston to Cambridge – running from Apr 23 to May 7 - the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) is hosting five guided tours of the Memory Matrix project led by the artist and MIT Assistant Professor Azra Aksamija and invites the public to participate. Created through collaborative and transdisciplinary efforts, this public space installation explores how art and cultural heritage can play a role in promoting greater sensitivity to loss in other countries. At this very moment, our history is being rewritten through the destruction and looting of cultural heritage in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and other regions that are currently suffering acute conflict and crisis. Culture has become a central target of war and conflict because cultural heritage is often powerful evidence of our (co)existence. With this monument-in-the-making, Aksamija and her collaborators are exploring how communities threatened by war can document their material and immaterial heritage as indestructible evidence.
The monument itself is made of border fences carrying over 20,000 small fluorescent Plexiglas elements or “pixels.” These elements are laser cut with holes outlining vanished and threatened heritage from different parts of the world. Each pixel also bears a code that is linked to the project website and databank. The larger matrix of pixels reveals an image of the recently destroyed Arch of Triumph from the ancient city of Palmyra (Syria), made visible through the movement of light and wind. Palmyra is one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world and was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Memory Matrix’s collaborative making process, which involves students from across the campus and beyond, directly references MIT founder William Barton Roger’s vision of hands-on collaboration. It is also inspired by the ethos and tireless peace advocacy of MIT’s 13th President Jeremy Wiesner, after whom the building E15 is named. More than an art installation, the Memory Matrix is a solidarity-building and educational enterprise, and an attempt to seed support for Syrian refugees.
The project was conceived by ACT Assistant Professor Azra Aksamija and is co-developed and produced with the help of a diverse range of partners within the MIT community and participants from the Maker Faire in Cairo and Syrian refugee camps in Jordan

Participate and create new pixels: http://www.memorymatrix.org/


Thursday, April 28, 2016

South End Open Market at INK BLOCK

Who doesn’t LOVE Sunday Funday complete with Boston's favorite food trucks like The Bacon Truck , Roxys Grilled Cheese topped off with some delicious Union Square Donuts? Find it all and more at this years South End Open Market in a NEW Location at Ink Block . New England's largest bizarre kicks off this Sunday, May 1st!
·       The South End Open Market @ Ink Block’s 2016 season runs Sundays from May 1st to October 30th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
·       The Market is located at 375 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End – this is the lot on Traveler Street between Harrison Avenue and Washington Street.
·       Traveler Street will be closed between Harrison Avenue and Washington Street on Sundays in order to accommodate the Market and make for a more enjoyable experience for visitors.
·       The South End Open Market @ Ink Block is easily accessible via the Red, Orange and Silver MBTA lines.
The best resources for real time information about The Market are the market’s website and various social channels:
·       Twitter: @seopenmarket
·       Instagram: @southendopenmarket

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Cyclorama Show: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA, Boston

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) and Tufts University celebrate the work of graduating Master of Fine Arts students with a large-scale exhibition in the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts May 17–20, 2016. Working in a range of media and methods, 59 SMFA MFA students will showcase their thesis projects in film, video, painting, performance, sculpture, photography, installation, drawing, and more. Admission to the exhibition and related events is free.

The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA

Public reception + Performances | May 20, 7:30–10 pm
Hours | May 17–1911 am–7 pm; May 20, 11 am–5 pm

Related Events
MFA Graduate Thesis Screening | May 4, 5:30 pm
Alfond Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
A diverse and dynamic meeting ground of moving image art from select 2016 graduating Master of Fine Arts students featuring Tamara Al-Mashouk, Kat Bossi, Kaeley Boyle, Soyoon Cha, Furen Dai, Artie Mejia, Maryam Safajoo, The Safarani Sisters, Caleb Smith, Gabriel Sosa, and Yang Yang. Admission to the screening is free, but visitors must obtain a free ticket from an MFA kiosk or ticket desk.

“Graduating Students +Award Recipients” | April 28–May 21, 2016
Grossman Gallery, SMFA
Includes Robert Solomon’s MFA thesis exhibition.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Animating Great TV Commercials - The Olive Jar Panel at the Armory

Animators and Artists, we have a great one this month!
At risk of sounding like a listicle website…do you remember the 80s and 90s? When television was full of insane commercials and slightly-unsettling interstitials featuring squishy, oddball characters? We'll help you remember at this awesome event at the Armory! Between 1984 and 2001, Olive Jar Animation created stop-motion, cartoon, and mixed-media work for dozens of commercials and branding campaigns, including many you saw on MTV and Nickelodeon. This panel includes influential creators, Mark Frizzell, Bryan Papciak, Sarah Goodman, Gabriel Polonsky, and Miriam Tendler, telling us what it was like to be a part of that late-20th-century era of animation experimentation. This is an exclusive opportunity to relive some of Boston’s animation history that you won’t want to miss!

AniMAtic Boston also provides a great chance to meet other talented members of the Boston animation community, chat about what’s going on in the industry, what you’re inspired by, and anything else on your mind.

April 19th, Doors open at 7pm, Talk starts at 7:30pm

Event is open to all, with a suggested donation of $5. Beer and wine will be available, and there’s a cafe right downstairs if you want to grab a meal and bring it up.

Believe it or not, there’s parking too! A free parking lot located behind the Armory.

Monday, April 11, 2016

TRACKSMITH UNVEILS 2016 BOSTON MARATHON RUNNER’S LOUNGE & SHOWROOM, FEATURING NEW SPRING COLLECTION & BOBBI GIBB ART GALLERY

TRACKSMITH UNVEILS 2016 BOSTON MARATHON RUNNER’S LOUNGE & SHOWROOM, FEATURING NEW SPRING COLLECTION & BOBBI GIBB ART GALLERY
In honor of the 120th Boston Marathon, performance running brand Tracksmith will open a Runner’s Lounge and Showroom on the race course at 899 Boylston Street. Offering the best in style and culture for the competitive runner, the Runner’s Lounge and Showroom will showcase the brand’s latest spring collection and feature an art gallery of work by Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb, who in 1966 became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. The gallery will be the first public display of Gibb’s art and will explore the story of her historic 1966 run.  

The brand’s Runner’s Lounge and Showroom is part of Jamestown’s Run Boston Shop Boston project aiming to give the international running community a taste of Boston area athletic wear brands. Opening Wednesday, April 6th, the showroom will feature:

Tracksmith Running Apparel

From the brand’s Van Cortlandt singlets and Harrier tees, to new releases like the Magnolia and Waban shorts, Tracksmith’s latest spring collection will be available for runners to browse and purchase. Alongside new spring apparel, qualified runners will be able to collect and register for their exclusive Boston Qualifier singlet. In addition, Tracksmith will host “Tee shirt and Beer” events throughout the month of April, where runners can select from exclusive graphics and have their Grayboy tees and tanks live silk-screened on site while sipping a brew in the racer’s lounge.

Tracksmith aims to honor and steward the history and culture of competitive running. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of her race, Tracksmith has designed the Bobbi, a women’s training short inspired by the pair Gibb wore in 1966, reimagined through a 21st-century performance lens. The shorts will be available for purchase online and in the showroom. Along with the Bobbi shorts, the brand has crafted an anniversary-edition reprint of Gibb’s 2008 book To Boston with Love, which will be available for sale, with all proceeds benefiting the Bobbi Gibb Marathon Sculpture Project, Gibb’s campaign to create and place a life-size sculpture of a female runner on the Boston course.

Race Exhibits
In the years following her marathon performances, Gibb has honed her skills as an artist and sculptor - notably sculpting three bronze statuettes awarded to the first three finishers at the women’s U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 1984. In celebration of Gibb’s 1966 race and her creativity as an artist, Tracksmith worked closely with Gibb to curate the first-ever public exhibition of her paintings and sculptures. Through the gallery, which will tell the story of her 1966 race alongside her work, runners can draw inspiration for their own races -  Boston or otherwise.

Race Culture Events
Throughout April and in the lead up to the Marathon, Tracksmith will host events celebrating the race and its competitors. From book signings to race challenges and group runs, Tracksmith’s runner’s lounge and showroom will serve as a home base for runners looking to indulge in the Marathon’s history, icons and culture. This will include a release party for the fourth issue of METER magazine, a print quarterly that explores the modern competitive running lifestyle and book signing for  author Jen A. Miller’s memoir, Running: A Love Story.  For more information on events and programming - visit the runner’s lounge and showroom at 899 Boylston Street or follow the brand on Twitter (@Trackmsith), Facebook.com/TracksmithRunning and Instagram (@TracksmithRunning).

About Tracksmith
Tracksmith crafts performance apparel, inspiring publications and distinct experiences so that runners can indulge in the sport’s rich culture. Everything we create is intended to inspire and satisfy the competitive runner. Headquartered at the halfway point of the Boston Marathon, we were founded on the belief that the richest rewards in running are only found through racing.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

ART IS MY LIFE - DOCU-SERIES DIRECTED BY BOSTON FILMMAKER FARAD ROBERSON

"Art Is My Life" is an exclusive new docu-series directed by Boston Filmmaker Farad Roberson. The series features some of the most interesting and talented artists from the Boston Area. The most recent episodes introduce artists Brian Hart, Julia Csekö and Allan Dygon as they tell their stories of how they became an artist and what inspires their unique style. (See links below to watch an episode!)


Links to Docu-series: 

Episode 2 (pt1):  https://vimeo.com/136878653
Episode 2 (pt2):  https://vimeo.com/137439739

Thursday, February 18, 2016

CUBA DIVERSIDAD - A Photographic Journey

The Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery at Bunker Hill Community College presents:
CUBA
DIVERSIDAD
A Photographic Journey

Featuring:
Gloretta Baynes, Lou Jones and Don West

with guest photographers:
Jonathan Hansen, Linda Hirsch, John Kennard, Arthur Newberg, Barbara Trachtenberg and Peg Tuitt

February 15 through April 4, 2016

Artists Reception 
Thursday, February 18, 2016 • 6 p.m.

Gallery Talk 
Thursday, March 10, 2016 • 1 p.m. 

CUBA : An Evening of Words and Music (Readers Sought on a theme of CUBA)
Thursday, March 3, 2016 • 6 p.m. 

The Mary L. Fifield Art Gallery at Bunker Hill Community College is free and open to the public.
Gallery hours: M/W/F 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; T/Th 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
250 New Rutherford Ave., Boston, MA  02129-2925

Friday, January 29, 2016

Grab a Fellow Artist and Collaborate!

Arts at the Amory are taking submissions for their exciting "Collaborative Sketch Show"! This show will be a great experience for artists of all ages to share their skills with other artists and exhibit their work. The deadline for submission is February 10th and the exhibit will run through the month of March in the Armory Cafe.
This exhibit is unique because it will focus on the collaborative aspect of the art work, so artists who plan on participating in this show must find a partner to work with. Submission guidelines and information about the exhibit can be found on  website http://artsatthearmory.org/exhibit/

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