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MassArt Bakalar & Paine Galleries Present Selections

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Anjali Srinivasan. quiver bowl {eggshell series}, 2010

On view September 25 – December 2, 2017
Free and open to the public

Boston, MA – August 29, 2017 – Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s (MassArt) Bakalar & Paine Galleries present Selections, on view September 25 – December 2, 2017. MassArt faculty are accomplished working artists and designers who are also dedicated to educating the next generation of leaders in the field. The perennial exhibition, Selections, showcases the current work of faculty who are newly hired or returning from sabbatical. Exploring aesthetic, sociopolitical, cultural, and design issues, 14 members of the MassArt faculty exhibit their work this season: Nancy Aleo ’79, Jarrett Min Davis, Taylor Davis, Paul Hajian, Nona Hershey, Marc Holland ’00, Adriana Katzew, Daniel Rowe ’07, Tamara M. Roy, Ben Ryterband, Gretchen Skogerson, Anjali Srinivasan, Keith Morris Washington ’93, and Soon-Mi Yoo M’99. Discover new bodies of work and experimentation in different media from a wide array of disciplines. The following artists demonstrate the range of work visitors to Selections will experience this fall.

Architect Tamara M. Roy draws inspiration for her building projects from diverse sources, from African-American quilt traditions and native flora to the latest technology. For the award-winning Tree House, MassArt’s iconic residence hall that opened in 2012, Roy looked to art history to design the tower that evokes Gustav Klimt’s Tree of Life painting from 1909.

Through her latest work, New York-based video and installation artist Gretchen Skogerson deals with the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. Skogerson challenges viewers to confront this pressing social issue of our time through her thought-provoking piece, Even-Steven, a sculptural weapon that aims a barrel at both the target and the shooter.

In her recent series REDGREENBLACKWHITES Taylor Davis explores visual and semantic contrasts. By pairing two patterned canvases painted with red, green, black, and white hung askew, she plays with signifiers of stop and go, yes and no, on and off, day and night, black and white. Through abstraction she looks at the complexity of balance in relation to form and color.

After preparing for a year, Nancy Aleo went on a guided vision quest in Chiapas, Mexico. Her mixed media work—drawings using red cochineal ink (derived from beetles) on Mexican amate bark paper paired with hand-formed earthenware bowls—evolved from her experience with Mayan shamanic traditions. Each piece depicts a direction—north, south, east, west, and center—with imagery drawn from her search such as insects, plants and footprints.  

(Left): Nancy Aleo. From the series Sound Drawing, 2017. 3B pencil on paper. Courtesy of the artist.
(Middle): Daniel Rowe. Central Square (still), 2017. Digital animation. Courtesy of the artist.
(Right): Taylor Davis. Movile #2, 2017. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.

Special Events

Opening Reception
Monday, September 25, 6-8pm
Free and open to the public

Drawing Together
Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm
October 11 – November 15, 2017

Join us on Wednesday nights for drop-in drawing in the galleries! Sessions are facilitated by professional artists and educators, taking inspiration from the exhibitions on view and encouraging visitors to create collaboratively. Free and open to the public, with drawing materials provided. No previous art experience required. 

Family Day
Saturday, October 14, 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 12:00-6:00pm
Wednesdays 12:00-8:00pm
(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)


About the Bakalar & Paine Galleries and the UNBOUND Campaign

A venue for national and international contemporary art, the Bakalar & Paine Galleries is MassArt’s professionally curated gallery space on campus, featuring thought-provoking exhibitions of work by the world’s most influential, established and emerging artists of our time. As the largest free contemporary art space in New England, the Bakalar & Paine Galleries is a vital cultural resource for the College, the Greater Boston area, and beyond. Exhibitions are curated to represent a variety of disciplines to serve as a teaching space for MassArt students as well as an inspirational, educational resource for the public. In addition to its exhibitions, the Galleries produce numerous free public programs throughout the year including Family Days, receptions, and lectures. Recent exhibitions have featured contemporary artists and designers such as Matthew Brandt, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Mona Hatoum, William Kentridge, Jim Lambie, Maya Lin, Zandra Rhodes and Alison Saar.

In May 2016, MassArt officially kicked off the public phase of UNBOUND: Campaign for the Bakalar & Paine Galleries with a $1 million gift from Pace Gallery founder and MassArt alumnus Arne Glimcher (BA’60, Painting). To date, MassArt has raised $8.2 million towards the $12 million total for the project. UNBOUND will fund a transformative revitalization of the 8,000 square foot, three-floor gallery space. Campaign funds will support restoration and preservation within the historic galleries that occupy one of the original campus buildings. Renovations will allow for improved public access with a visible street-side front entrance on Huntington Avenue, new climate and relative humidity control systems that will allow for year-round programming, an elevator, new curatorial offices, a new gallery education room, an expanded preparatory workshop, and visitor amenities. designLAB Architects and Dimeo Construction have been selected for the project.

About Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is one of the top colleges of its kind in the United States. Founded in 1873, MassArt has a legacy of leadership as the only freestanding public college of art and design in the country and the nation’s first art school to grant a degree. The College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in art, design, and art education, all taught by world-class faculty. MassArt is also home to the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, the largest free contemporary art space in New England, professionally curated to enrich the academic curriculum and make contemporary art an accessible experience for all. Among MassArt’s most accomplished alumni are designer Brian Collins, art dealer Arne Glimcher, Oscar-winning set designer Nancy Haigh, visual artist and composer Christian Marclay, Project Runway Season 15 winner Erin Robertson, interior and lifestyle designer Kelly Wearstler, and photographer William Wegman. For more information, visit Follow MassArt on social media: TwitterInstagramFacebook, and LinkedIn.

Media Contact

Susie Stockwell, Director of Communications • 617.879.7066

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