A woman in a torn gauze dress crouches at center, holding an axe. Around her, the room is a clutter of objects: A flock of birds flying out of a hole in the floor and roosting on the limbs of a tree emerging from the colorful fleur de lis wallpaper; a tiny rocking horse; a rabbit; a birdcage; an overturned chair; a hornet’s nest; candles, tattered books with broken bindings, animal horns, clumps of dug-up roots. Dorothy O’Connor’s photograph “Passage” is rich with details; the eye is drawn everywhere, almost all at once. (To read more, pick up a copy of our latest issue! Find a pick-up location near you or Subscribe Here.) … [Read more...] about UNIQUE & WIDELY DIVERGENT: THE GRIFFIN BRINGS THOUGHT-PROVOKING WONDER BACK TO PHOTOGRAPHY
Erin Corrales-Diaz, curator of the “The Iconic Jersey: Baseball x Fashion” exhibition now on view at the Worcester Art Museum, grew up outside of Seattle, Washington, where her father would bring her to watch the Seattle Mariners baseball team during the days of Ken Griffey, Jr. and Edgar Martinez. While her passion for the sport declined over the years (“I’m now a fair-weather fan,” she admitted), it was reignited when she began her search for materials for this show which ranges from the sport’s early years to today, when every person can wear a jersey as a fashion statement. “Now I’m a rejuvenated baseball fan. It brought me back and I realized it was so long ago I went to those games. My father’s so excited (to come to the opening).” While curating a show based around baseball might seem a million miles away from her regular work compiling collections by current artists … [Read more...] about FASHION TRENDSETTERS: DESIGNERS STEAL HOME AT WAM’S ICONIC JERSEY EXHIBITION
Traditionally, the Cambridge Art Association’s annual Emerging Artists Exhibition is an invaluable way for new artists to introduce themselves to the Greater Boston art community and for galleries and collectors to see what new and innovative work is being created by New England-based emerging artists of all ages. This year’s exhibition was juried by painter Erika b Hess, creator of the “I Like Your Work” podcast, now in its third season, that is dedicated to “supporting artists, creating community and providing opportunities and resources” with Hess interviewing creatives, visiting them in their studios and with the reopening of galleries and museums, exploring exhibitions. (To read more, pick up a copy of our latest issue! Find a pick-up location near you or Subscribe Here.) … [Read more...] about RE-EMERGING TOGETHER: ARTISTS, AUDIENCE REUNITES AT CAMBRIDGE ART ASSOCIATION
For Americans of European descent, the deep dive to understand the First Peoples of the Americas demands a deeper sense of history and time than we live with day-to-day. Jeffrey Gibson’s hollow, 21-foot-high ziggurat, encamped for the year on a grassy plain below the castle at the deCordova Museum, is here to acquaint us with our ignorance. A nearby sign pronounces a truth dating from 1492: “You are Standing on Native Land.” Gibson, a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee, has chosen the shape of a stepped pyramid to quote the giant, 100-foot-high earthwork hand-built by his Indigenous forebears at Cahokia, in what is now southern Illinois. This great city of the ancient Mississippian civilization scattered along the great river’s Midwestern tributaries, was larger than the Paris of its time. It hosted ritual gatherings, collected tribute and staged … [Read more...] about A GENEROUS PATTERN OF COLLABORATION: GIBSON USES DECORDOVA EXHIBITION AS LIVING BILLBOARD
The scale of the Amazon Rainforest is mind boggling on many levels, from its two million square mile circumference to its extraordinarily rich plant and animal life. Kate Dzikiewicz, who has put her curatorial hat on for this far-reaching exhibition at the Bruce Museum, zeros in on “many of the largest, the most dangerous, most beautiful, and most delicate plants and animals known to humankind.” (To read more, pick up a copy of our latest issue! Find a pick-up location near you or Subscribe Here.) … [Read more...] about NATURE’S WONDERS, MAGNIFIED: CAN THE BRUCE HELP SAVE THE AMAZON RAINFOREST?
Even before one arrives at Cold Hollow Sculpture Park in Enosburg, the Vermont landscape of lush curving hills, verdant canopies of maple, aspen and wild cherry trees and the scent of a passing summer shower awaken the senses to an intense connection with the environment. Then, another turn of the road, and a colorful steel structure becomes visible, emerging from the hill, announcing itself and inviting the visitor to enter the realm — a 45-acre expanse that is home to nearly 70 monumental steel sculptures by renowned artist David Stromeyer. (To read more, pick up a copy of our latest issue! Find a pick-up location near you or Subscribe Here.) … [Read more...] about FIFTY YEARS IN THE MAKING: DAVID STROMEYER’S COLD HOLLOW SCULPTURE PARADISE