Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jim Dow Brings a Sampling of Taco Trucks, Tacquerias, and Carritos to Robert Klein Gallery @ Ars Libri


BOSTON, MA - Looking for restaurant suggestions? Ask photographer and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, professor JIM DOW, whose systematic and thorough search for vernacular subjects has propelled him to take countless road trips through North and South America.

Dow has been documenting Latin American quick food vendors for over ten years. The exhibition Taco Trucks, Tacquerias, and Carritos, which opens at Robert Klein Gallery @ Ars Libri (500 Harrison Ave) on July 10th, will present Dow's photographs of American taco trucks, Mexicantacquerias, and Uruguayan carritos together for the first time. Taken between 2005 and 2015, the series presents a wide variety of Latin American food stands, cultural standbys whose goods are, for many, a daily staple.

Ranging from utilitarian, unadorned carts to trucks laden with neon signs, the establishments in these photographs are run by native Spanish speakers. These businesses are not run by celebrity chefs, they do not follow gastronomic trends, and only a few of them post their locations on Twitter. And it is these qualities that bring Dow's subject matter to life: as he writes in his 2011 book American Studies, these are "mom-and-pop shops, vehicles of dreams, carrying the weight of a whole family's aspirations for financial success."

In Mexico, Uruguay, and Argentina, tacquerias and carritos are largely permanent fixtures: the trucks have flat tires and are functionally stationary, stands are sunk into concrete, and electricity is often drawn from a subversive network of power cords, lines, and wires running up lampposts. In the United States, taco trucks are mobile by definition, their locations strictly regulated and thus dependent on local permits and laws. Dow calls these vehicles "the gastronomic undead, rushing back to their parking lot crypts at the end of each evening."

Taco trucks, Dow has written, "first became popular in the 1970s, coinciding with a mushrooming Mexican population that wanted the same good, cheap street food found everywhere back home." That growing populace now represents, according to Census Bureau estimates for July 1, 2013, 17% of the United States' total population, or roughly 54 million people. With photographs of American taco trucks presented adjacent to their figurative ancestors, the tacquerias of Mexico and carritos of the southern cone of South America, Dow asserts a lineage of tradition that caters to everyone, regardless of race, class, or nationality.
Long-heralded for revealing what author Tom Perrotta calls "the beauty and mystery and sadness hidden beneath the surface of everyday objects and landscape," Dow makes photographs to immortalize people and places that might otherwise go unnoticed. Having studied under HARRY CALLAHAN at Rhode Island School of Design and worked alongside WALKER EVANS, Dow is steeped in the tradition of documentary-style photography. Using an 8 x 10 inch view camera, he turns his lens to roadside signs, buildings, and interiors that feel locked in another era. Dow frankly records the scenes before his camera, avoiding sentiments of nostalgia while paying tribute to his subjects. A former Guggenheim Fellow, Dow has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the LEF Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. His work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the United States Library of Congress, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others.

Jim Dow's Taco Trucks, Tacquerias, and Carritos will open at Robert Klein Gallery @ Ars Libri (500 Harrison Ave) on Friday, July 10th, with an artist's reception from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run through September 12th, 2015.


Taco Trucks, Tacquerias, and Carritos
Robert Klein Gallery @ Ars Libri (500 Harrison Ave)
July 10 - September 12, 2015

Artist's Reception, Friday, July 10th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
RSVP to the Facebook event HERE

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Kid Friendly Arts and Crafters Wanted!

Kid Friendly Arts and Crafters Wanted!
Boston Children’s Museum is seeking kid friendly artists and crafters that live in New England to display and sell their work during their first ever Crafts Fair! Please read the exhibits guide lines to make sure you are a good fit for the fair. Their jury will be reviewing submissions and will be in touch with each artist by July 24th, 2015. There are limited spaces available and they’re looking to have a variety of artists and crafters.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Highland Street Foundation Announces 7th Annual “Free Fun Fridays”

Highland Street Foundation Announces 7th Annual “Free Fun Fridays”

Statewide Program Offers Free Access to 70 Museums and Cultural Institutions Throughout the Summer



(Boston, MA) – The Highland Street Foundation announced its seventh annual “Free Fun Fridays” initiative, a summer program that offers visitors no cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts.  Seventy institutions, from art museums to zoos, will join the program, an increase from the 67 venues that took part in 2014. This summer, for 10 consecutive Fridays — beginning June 26th and continuing through August 28th— seven different venues will welcome visitors, free-of-charge.

The Highland Street Foundation’s ‘Free Fun Fridays’ provides access to the best  exhibits, programs and experiences that the city and the Commonwealth have to offer,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I join the Highland Street Foundation in inviting residents from across Boston and around the state to take advantage of our rich cultural community by participating in ‘Free Fun Fridays.’” 

Since its inception in 2009, “Free Fun Fridays” has drawn more than 800,000 visitors to venues throughout the Commonwealth.  Last year alone, the program reached 150,000 people and according to Executive Director, Blake Jordan, the Highland Street Foundation expects that those numbers will increase again this year with the expansion of the program.

"2015 marks the most extensive ‘Free Fun Fridays’ yet and we are pleased to welcome new venues to this summer’s program,” said Jordan.  “This signature program reflects the Highland Street Foundation’s longtime commitment to enriching the lives of kids and families by providing easy access to the very best cultural offerings in Massachusetts.”

Each year, Highland Street Foundation grants help participating venues in every corner of the state open their doors for free.  In the past seven years, the “Free Fun Fridays” program has represented an investment of nearly $4 million in the Commonwealth’s vibrant cultural community.  ‘Free Fun Fridays’ is one of many programs created and supported by the Highland Street Foundation to increase access and opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts.

“Peabody Essex Museum is proud to partner with the Highland Street Foundation in its efforts to showcase the Bay State’s diverse cultural venues and promote our wide-ranging missions,” said Dan Monroe, Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Director and CEO of the Peabody Essex Museum.   “Through this essential program, visitors have access to the fine and performing arts, historic homes, lush gardens, environmental centers and top museums.  Equally important, ‘Free Fun Fridays’ helps introduce the cultural community to a set of new and diverse audiences.”

This year, some of the program’s favorite sites, including the Boston Children’s Museum, Tanglewood, and the ICA, are joined by new venues like the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Old Sturbridge Village and the recently opened Edward M. Kennedy Institute.  A complete list of all participating venues and dates is below.

To learn more about the “Free Fun Fridays,” and the Highland Street Foundation, visit
www.highlandstreet.org and connect on facebook.com/HighlandStreet and Twitter @HighlandStreet.

The following institutions are participating in upcoming “Free Fun Fridays” 2015:

July 17
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)
Sports Museum (Boston)
Cape Ann Museum (Gloucester)
Children’s Museum in Easton (Easton)
Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg)
Larz Anderson Auto Museum (Brookline)
Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston)

July 24
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (Boston)
Edward Gorey House (Yarmouth Port)
Battleship Cove (Fall River)
Fruitlands Museum (Harvard)
Garden in the Woods (Framingham)
Pilgrim Hall Museum (Plymouth)
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (Boston)

July 31
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (Boston)
Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis)
American Textile History Museum (Lowell)
Eric Carle Museum (Amherst)
Museum of Russian Icons (Clinton)
Sandwich Glass Museum (Sandwich)
Wenham Museum (Wenham)

August 7
Boston Harbor Island Alliance (Boston)
Worcester Historical Museum (Worcester)
Concord Museum (Concord)
Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield)
Rose Kennedy Greenway Carousel (Boston)
Springfield Museums (Springfield)
Old State House (Boston)

August 14
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Boston)
Cape Cod Children’s Museum (Mashpee)
Historic Deerfield (Deerfield)
Children’s Museum of Fall River (Fall River)
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington)
Clark Art Institute (Williamstown)
USS Constitution Museum (Charlestown)

August 21
Franklin Park Zoo (Dorchester)
Freedom Trail Foundation (Boston)
Emily Dickinson Museum (Amherst)
Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford)
Discovery Museums (Acton)
Museum of African American History (Boston)
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Beckett)

August 28
Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge)
Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth)
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster)
EcoTarium (Worcester)
Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton)
Griffin Photography Museum (Winchester)
MASS MoCA (North Adams)

About Highland Street Foundation:
Since 1989, the Highland Street Foundation has worked to enrich the lives of children and families in Massachusetts by donating more than $160 million to worthy nonprofit organizations. From its support of the TADpole playground in Boston Common, to providing tickets to local sporting events to local nonprofits, to building capacity and providing technical assistance to hundreds of nonprofit organizations, the foundation is dedicated to expanding opportunities for families in Massachusetts and beyond. This year marks the seventh anniversary of “Free Fun Fridays” and a record- breaking 70 venues will participate, with seven cultural venues in Massachusetts open free-of-charge every Friday for 10 weeks this summer. Over the past six summers more than 800,000 visitors have enjoyed the “Free Fun Fridays” program.

Monday, June 1, 2015

The National Poster Retrospecticus is Back! - Featuring Works by Local Poster Legend Dan McCarthy

Boston area native Dan McCarthy is putting a massive body of his poster work on display for a limited time. 

Come scope out over 300 posters that span the past 10 years of Dan's printmaking and illustration career. You'll find old gig posters and Dan's entire print club series that he started in 2005 while living in Jamaica Plain.

As a bonus, a condensed version of The National Poster Retrospecticus will be on display during the reception.

Come celebrate 10 years of radness with one of the most prolific poster artists in the Boston Area. 

Where: Bakalar & Paine Galleries
Cost: Free
Produced by: The National Poster Retrospecticus
Hosted by: MassArt + Bakalar & Paine Galleries
Internet: http://danmccarthy.org/ + http://nprshow.com/

6/11/15
6pm-10pm
Mass Art
621 Huntington Ave
Boston MA

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