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MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Winter/Spring Preview 2018


Shantell Martin in Gallery 360. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Shantell Martin
January 9 – March 12
Northeastern University
Gallery 360

Martin's stream-of-consciousness drawings are on full display, roaming across 14 color-washed canvases—a marked departure from her typical monochromatic linework and performative drawing.

John Richey, Untitled. (Actual Facts), ink on paper postcard, unique variant of 5, +2 APs, 4 x 6 inches

What Can I Say?
January 10 – March 3
Montserrat College of Art
301 Gallery

Coming on the heels of a year that shook our notion of truth and facts, in which statements could be spoken and later denied, and words became malleable, slippery things, the nine artists featured in this exhibition employ language in their work to re-examine the power embedded in words.

Ivan Argote, “Turistas (Christopher Pointing Out the South, At Bogota)” (2012), chromogenic color print, 43 1/4 x 43 1/4 in (courtesy of the artist and Perrotin)

A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas
January 16 – April 15
Tufts University Art Galleries
Aidekman Arts Center

Opening Thursday, January 18, 5-7 pm

Traveling from the Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles, this exhibition brings together important emerging artists from the United States and Latin America, such as recent Whitney Biennial participants Postcommodity collective.

Screening of Postcommodity’s "Through the Repellent Fence" & Q+A with members of Postcommodity
Thursday, April 5, 6:30 pm - 09:30 pm
SMFA at Tufts, Anderson Auditorium

Performances: Creighton Baxter at Castledrone

Last two performances:
Thursday, January 18, 7-9 pm
Saturday, January 20, 5-7 pm

After a successful Kickstarter last December, Castledrone brought LA-based Creighton Baxter for a month long-residency in their Hyde Park space. Don’t miss the last two performances!

Berenice Abbott, Jane Heap, 1923

HARD: Subversive Representation
January 22 – March 9
University of Massachusetts Boston
University Hall Gallery

A dynamic group exhibition highlighting different approaches to representing the female subject, exclusively through the artworks of self-identifying female artists.

Artists include: Berenice Abbott, Ruth Bernhard, Joan E. Biren, Ianna Books, Furen Di, Diana Davies, Samantha Fields, Ariel Basson Freiberg, Janet Loren Hill, Christie Neptune, Betty Tompkins, Anabel Vazquez-Rodriguez, Del La Grace Volcano, Summer Wheat, Muholi Zanele

Yun-Fei Ji, The Staging Area, 2016, Ink and watercolor on Xian paper, 13 1/2 x 49 in.

Convergence: Anila Quayyum Agha, Lalla Essaydi, Yun-Fei Ji, and Fred Han Chang Liang
January 27 – July 31
Addison Gallery of American Art

In connection with the museum’s Mark Tobey retrospective, Convergence features four contemporary artists who blend the traditions and techniques of both Eastern and Western art practices into their work.

Katherine Hubbard + MPA, Untitled, 2010, Unique photo print, 4×6 inches. Courtesy the artists and Higher Pictures, New York.

Forms & Alterations
February 2 – March 25
Boston University
808 Gallery

Opening February 2, 6-8 pm
with Fashion Performance by Qwear

The cliche is that the “clothes make the man.” This show looks at artists hoping to explode such notions by highlighting artists working in between fine art and experimental fashion to question gender and identity.

Film Screening: Oufitumentary
Outfitumentary by K8 Hardy, followed by Q&A with the artist.
Wednesday, February 7, 7:00 PM
Brattle Theatre

Camille Henrot, Grosse Fatigue (still), 2013, Video (color, sound; 13:00 minutes). Courtesy the artist, Silex Films, and kamel mennour, Paris © ADAGP Camille Henrot

Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today
February 7 – May 20
ICA Boston

An all-star roster of contemporary artists will be presented to take on the mammoth task of thinking about how art has been changed by the Internet. Camille Henrot’s masterpiece Grosse Fatigue is alone worth the price of admission (pictured above). The show is also the organizing force around art/tech exhibitions and programs that will take place throughout the city.

Screening + Conversation: Lynn Hershman Leeson
Thursday, February 8, 6 pm
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

Conversation: Trevor Paglen and Jimena Canales
Thursday, March 1, 7 pm
ICA Boston

Artist Talk: Dara Birnbaum
Thursday, March 29, 6 pm
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

Neil Leonard, Stephen Vitiello & Scanner: Sounding the Cloud
Friday, February 23, 8 pm

Annie Dorsen: The Great Outdoors
Saturday, March 24, 2 pm
Saturday, March 24, 4 pm
Sunday, March 25, 2 pm

Ryan McNamara: MEƎM 4 BOSTON: A Story Ballet about the Internet
Friday, May 18, 9 pm
Saturday, May 19, 6:30 pm
Saturday, May 19, 8:30 pm

Performance by Laurie Anderson
All the Things I Lost in the Flood
February 7, 7-9:30 pm
Boston University
Tsai Performance Center

Nothing else needs to be said other than LAURIE ANDERSON!

Takahiko Limura, TV for TV, 1983, Two identical TV monitors face to face, Dimensions variable, Courtesy the artist and Microscope Gallery

Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995
February 8 – April 15
MIT List Visual Arts Center

Opening February 7, 6-8 pm

A prequel of sorts to Art in the Age of the Internet, this show presents artists who were concerned with the medium of television and created monitor-based sculptural works. The exhibition offers a historical look at an often overlooked moment in video art before large-scale, cinematic installation takes over.

Panel discussion featuring David A. Ross, Tony Oursler, Sondra Perry
MIT List Visual Arts Center
Thursday, April 5, 6-7:30 pm

Hans Uhlmann, Male Head | Männlicher Kopf, 1942. Steel sheet. Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, FrK 4237/1995.
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Photo: Jürgen Diemer.

Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55
February 9 – June 3
Harvard Art Museums

Opening February 8, 5-9 pm

The exhibition focuses on the artistic landscape in a post-World War II Germany, examining “the role of the creative individual living under totalitarianism and in its wake.” Inventur includes work by nearly 50 German artists, pulling both from the Museums’ extensive collection and public and private collections, with many of the pieces never before exhibited outside of Germany.

M. Victor Leventritt Lecture -- Konrad Klapheck
Harvard Art Museums32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
February 8, 6 pm, Menschel Hall, Lower Level

Fragment: A Museum’s Mid-century Legacy
February 13 – June 10
Wellesley College
Davis Museum

Opening Tuesday, February 13 pm 5:30-9 pm

A fairly standard historical show using a museum collection may be a surprising pick, but it seems like it could be an interesting window into how we as a culture came to aestheticize the fragments left behind by past civilizations.

Andrew Mowbray, Falsetto, tyvek, thread, 81″ x 73″ 2015

Stitch: Syntax / Action / Reaction
February 16 – March 24
The New Art Center in Newton

Opening Friday, February 16, 6-8 pm

Curators Jessica Burko and Samantha Fields have assembled artists working across media and scale to investigate cloth as a material recording, and the stitch as an action, technology, and craft.

Curated by Jessica Burko and Samantha Fields
Featuring: Samantha Bates, Sarah Meyers Brent, Merill Comeau, Angela U. Drakeford, Samantha Fields, Erica Jaquith, Judith Leemann, Michelle Lougee, Victoria Marsh, Maria Molteni, Andrew Mowbray, NCAA, Bob Oppenheim, Destiny Palmer, and Noél Puéllo

T. C. Cannon (1946–1978, Caddo/Kiowa), Collector #3, 1974. Acrylic and oil on canvas. Private collection. © 2017 Estate of T. C. Cannon. Photo by Tim Nightswander/Imaging4Art.

T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America
March 3 - June 10, 2018
Peabody Essex Museum

This traveling exhibition, the first of its kind since 1990, showcases the bold and vibrant work of twentieth-century Native American artist T.C. Cannon. The show includes almost ninety works created before the artist’s untimely death at age thirty-one in 1978, including paintings, poetry, and musical recordings that channel the political and social climate of America in the 1960s and 1970s.

Arthur Jafa, Love is the Message, The Message is Death (still), 2016. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York/Rome © Arthur Jafa

Arthur Jafa in conversation with Christina Sharpe
Wednesday, March 28, 6:30 pm
SMFA at Tufts’ Beckwith Lecture
At the MFA Boston

A chance to hear Arthur Jafa speak ahead of the opening of his important video installation, Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death, at the ICA.


These listings were compiled by Big Red & Shiny's editorial team.


About Author

Joshua Fischer is a curator and writer. He recently moved to Boston from Houston, Texas, where he worked at Rice University Art Gallery and specialized in commissioning site-specific installations.