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Go & See: Tuesday 21 – Monday 27 January

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Every week, BR&S picks out a series of gallery events, screenings, exhibitions, performances. Here are our choices for you to go & see:

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Thursday January 23

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 Fenway, Boston
Lecture: Daniel Schacter: The Seven Sins of Memory
"Memory is often accurate, but it is also prone to various kinds of errors. Daniel Schacter proposes that memory errors can be classified into seven fundamental categories or "sins": transience, absentmindedness, blocking, misattribution, suggestibility, bias, and persistence. Much has been learned about each of the seven sins, especially as a result of research that has combined the methods of psychology and neuroscience. This presentation will review the current understanding of several of the memory sins, and consider recently emerging evidence for the idea that they can be conceived of as byproducts of otherwise adaptive features of memory." [Source]
7pm / $15: Adults, $12: Seniors, $5: Students | Reserve online

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Saturday January 25

Boston Public Library's Central Library, 700 Boylston Street, Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston
Arts and Culture Transition Team Public Hearing
"Do you want to help make Boston a municipal arts leader? Come share your ideas with the Mayor Marty Walsh’s Arts and Culture Transition Team" [Source]
9:30-11:30am / Free

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Saturday January 25

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA
Art Writing Tactics
"2013 deCordova Biennial artists Dushko Petrovich and Roger White with Boston-area art critics to discuss current art writing tactics. As publishers of the contemporary art journal Paper Monument and residents of New England, Petovich and White are invested in the literary contributions of the art world. " [Source]
Guest speakers:
Stephanie Cardon, editor at Big Red and Shiny
Steve Locke, artist and Assistant Professor at MassArt
Lori Cole, Charlotte Zysman Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and Lecturer in Fine Arts at Brandeis University
Jenn Liese, Director of the Writing Center at Rhode Island School of Design
2—3 pm / Free with admission

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Friday January 24

Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Avenue #37, Boston
Geoff Hargadon, Warhol Coming Soon
Remi Thornton, Jesus Coming Soon
Opening Reception: Friday January 24
Free

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Tuesday January 21 — Saturday March 22*


Alejandro Cartagena, Car Poolers

Photographic Resource Center, PRC Gallery, 832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
2014 Leopold Godowsky, Jr. Color Photography Awards
Opening Reception: Thursday February 13, 6-7:30pm
Suggested Donation: $3

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Tuesday January 21 - Sunday February 23*

MIT List Visual Arts Center, Bakalar Gallery, 20 Ames Street Building E15, Cambridge
List Projects: Kambui Olujimi
Artist Talk: Friday January 24
6pm / Free

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Thursday January 23 — Sunday March 30*


Cullen Washington Jr., Caped Crusader, 2011, acrylic paint, paper, tarp and canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

Boston University, 808 Gallery, 808 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
Cullen Washington Jr.: The Land Before Words
"In his first solo exhibition in Boston, Cullen Washington Jr. presents large-scale paintings that employ strategies of collage and assemblage, incorporating found objects, discarded materials, and scraps from the studio floor. Washington’s unprimed and unstretched canvases, which he attaches directly to the wall and in some cases the floor, structure the formal language of abstraction through references to grids, patterns and internal rhythms." [Source]
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 23
6-8 pm / Free

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Paul Mpagi Sepuya, excerpts from Studio Wall, April 12, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.

Boston University, 808 Gallery, 808 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
The Lightning Speed of the Present
"This group exhibition explores the ephemeral transformation of experience into histories, memories and narratives. The exhibition considers the transient nature of experience—individual and collective—and the multiple ways our various experiences are recorded, translated, interpreted, described, transcribed, fragmented and ultimately visualized through form and material. Featured artists include Ben Berlow, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Georgina Lewis, Danica Phelps, Jacolby Satterwhite, Sandrine Schaefer, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Rachel Perry Welty, and August Ventimiglia.
Performances:
"Accumulation is a series of performance events will take place every Wednesday at 7 pm during the exhibition. All evidence from the artists’ actions are left behind, challenging the following artists to incorporate these remnants into their own work. Any materials that come into the space remain until the exhibition closes." Created and curated by Sandrine Schaefer."
Wednesday January 29: Sandrine Schaefer
Wednesday February 5: Philip Fryer
Wednesday February 12: Kelly Hunter & Dan DeRosato
Wednesday February 19: Shannon Cochrane & Márcio Carvalho
Wednesday February 26: Shannon Cochrane & Márcio Carvalho
Wednesday March 5: Mehdi-Georges Lahlou
Wednesday March 19: Jeffery Byrd
Wednesday March 26: Creighton Baxter
Book Project:
"An auxiliary project of the exhibition, nine custom-printed books are produced for the exhibition’s nine artists. Composed of Wikipedia articles selected by the artists, these volumes shed light on the ideas and artifacts that they accumulate in their individual practices. Organized by Evan Smith."
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Wednesday January 29*


Tea bowl with impression of a leaf, Southern Song dynasty, 12th—13th centuries. Jizhou ware; stoneware, Museum of Fine Arts, 50.2014

MFA Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Onto Objects: Performances by Patty Chang & Jeffrey Gibson
"Onto Objects is a one-day exhibition featuring new performance artworks by Patty Chang and Jeffrey Gibson. In their performances, each artist engages with objects they selected from the MFA’s encyclopedic collection. They project their personal experiences and associations onto art historical research and dialogues they shared with curators. Together, these performances emphasize individual narrative over institutional voice, the fluidity of history over singular interpretations, and the animation of objects over static presentations. By layering their own readings and relationships onto the Museum context, Chang and Gibson recast objects and images as receptacles for individuals’ stories.

7-7:30pm, Gallery 328 - In Timeline 1.29.14, 2014, Gibson choreographs a conversation between himself, a bowl and a painting by Jackson Pollock, and an ancient bowl from the ancestral Pueblo culture. He invites an art critic/cultural theorist to play the role of a therapist who moderates the session. Gibson approaches these works as personified objects that serve as lenses for history, confronting his complex relationship to Pollock as a pervasive figure in Western art. The performance draws from research on spiritualism and struggle in Pollock’s life, and from Gibson’s personal experience as a Native American artist. Their dialogue contrasts Pollock’s legacy of unbound expression with Gibson’s navigation of tradition and experimentation in his own art.

7:45-8:30pm, Gallery 285 - In Flash Burn in Uzbekistan, 2014, Chang builds a story using images, language, objects, and her body—set within a period room that evokes a home from the Ming Dynasty (1368—1644). Her narrative lives somewhere between personal memories, archival research, and the present moment, fusing the ancient and the contemporary through her presence. To create this work, Chang collaborated with curators to research and reflect on objects in the MFA’s vast Asian holdings. Their conversations highlight emotional attachments, individual associations, scholarship, conservation, and other modes of representation that are layered onto objects. From this mix, Chang employs the body as another archive for information that reactivates Museum space, making it feel "lived in." [Source]
Free (Wednesday nights after 4pm admission is by voluntary contribution)

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