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DRAW/Boston on view

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Boston, MA – January 12, 2017 – Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Bakalar & Paine Galleries present DRAW/Boston on view January 23 – March 4, 2017.

DRAW/Boston brings together the private sketches and drawings of over 40 artists from around the world in an exhibition that provides a rare, revealing look into both the drawing process and the artists’ innermost thoughts. DRAW/Boston is the North American debut of the exhibition DRAW curated by Tomas Vu for the Inside-Out Art Museum (IOAM) in Beijing, which features artists such as David Altmejd, Cecily Brown, William Kentridge, LeRoy Neiman, and Kiki Smith. DRAW/Boston will also include work by local artists such as Tory Fair and John Walker and MassArt faculty Stuart Diamond, Nona Hershey, Kofi Kayiga, Peter Wayne Lewis, Fred Liang, Steve Locke ‘01, Kayla Mohammadi, Dean Nimmer (professor emeritus), and Roger Tibbetts.

The exhibition includes an ongoing live-action mural—Demonstration Drawings—by internationally renowned artist Rirkrit Tiravanija that will depict some of the most pressing political topics of our time. Following Tiravanija’s intentions and instructions, MassArt students and selected artists will draw the site-specific piece in the galleries during the opening reception on January 23 and through the early weeks of the exhibition. Using images of recent protests from around the world, artists will create an artwork live before gallery visitors’ eyes—revealing a traditionally private process in an interactive and performative way. On another wall, four international artists as well as two graffiti artists from the east and west coasts of the United States, will also produce a large-scale and site-specific collaborative mural prior to the exhibition opening. 

A former MassArt Graduate Program Director and faculty member who founded the College’s Master Print series, Tomas Vu has strong ties to the New England area. He sees the College as a natural fit for the inaugural DRAW exhibition in America, since MassArt serves as an incubator for tomorrow’s artists and designers. The works in the exhibition are displayed unconventionally, as one might find them in an artist’s studio, and are meant to reveal aspects of the artists’ thinking, a microcosm of their creative mind. Visitors will encounter an unorthodox installation, works from floor to ceiling in multiple groupings and murals spanning a range of scale and size. From experimental works in progress to repetitive renderings and related studies to framed collages and multimedia work, DRAW truly proffers a glimpse into the maker’s process. “I wanted to invite artists to show work that was inspired by this private space, that reveals something essential, that channels a primordial, truthful side of themselves that is in some way revealing and not pasteurized for public consumption,” said Vu. “I like the idea that you’re not looking at a finished product, but you’re looking at the beginning of something.” 

Throughout the duration of the exhibition, the public is invited to attend Drawing Together, a weekly group drawing session in the Galleries during extended evening hours every Wednesday 6-8pm. The drawing nights are free and supplies will be provided. 

Special Events

Opening Reception and Live Drawing
Monday, January 23, 6 – 8pm Free and open to the public

Drawing Together
Every Wednesday evening, January 25 – March 1, 6-8pm
Free and open to the public

You’re invited to a weekly group drawing night in the Galleries. Facilitated by professionals, this is a space to express your emotions through therapeutic drawing. No drawing expertise needed; all are welcome. Supplies provided. 

Family Day
Saturday, February 18, 11am – 4pm
Free and open to the public

Twice a year, visitors of all ages are invited to Family Day at the Galleries. Drop in for fun-filled art making activities, designed and led by MassArt art education students, inspired by the exhibitions on view. Refreshments served.

Plan Your Visit

Monday through Saturday 12 – 6pm
Wednesdays 12 – 8 pm 
(closed Sundays)
Free and open to the public 

MassArt, 621 Huntington Avenue (Avenue of the Arts), Boston 
Enter through the Design and Media Center 

Public Transportation
MBTA Green Line E Train (Longwood Medical Area stop)
Route 39 MBTA bus (Huntington Ave @ Longwood Ave stop)

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