Past Run of the Mills

Boston Center for the Arts hosts Run of the Mills, a series of intermittent, short duration exhibitions, performances and events of all stripes in which the BCA’s Mills Gallery is given over to our creative colleagues to explore art that defies categorization.

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Lavender | May 11, 2019 PDF Print E-mail

Run of the Mills | Lavender
Audrey Harrer
Mills Gallery
Saturday, May 11 | 8–10 pm

Audrey Harrer’s Lavender is a cross-modal musical performance that celebrates how experience shapes and guides us—the feeling of soft linen, the slam of a door, a party, an ending, the smell of a perfume. In this multi-sensory work, customized refreshments, soundscapes, cinematic projections, and a “Sensory Program” provide a backdrop to mirrored pairs of performers—Harrer on harp/vocals/electronics with cellist Jesse Christeson, complimented by dancers Kristin Wagner and Tony Guglietti. A prologue will be performed by writer/humorist Jeannie Greeley.

Audrey Harrer is an alt-chamber composer/vocalist/harpist. She collaborates with chamber groups, experiments with music technologists, and performs nationally in rock clubs, recital halls and galleries. She finds clever ways to connect lyric and gesture and is particularly interested in the space where music and drama collide.

Adobo-Fish-Sauce | February 2019 PDF Print E-mail

Photo by Carlie Febo

Curated by Anthony Febo and Ricky Orng
The Mills Gallery
February 2019

A Puerto Rican and Cambodian walk into a kitchen. The kitchen is your heart. The food is made with food. The food is sometimes poems. Either way you are fed. Adobo-Fish-Sauce is an active choice to celebrate in the face of bitterness. It is responding to “Go back to where you come from!” by bringing where they come from right to you. The show fuses spoken word, cooking, music, crying and laughing to create a one of a kind experience that can’t be found in any restaurant, open mic or art gallery.

Curators Anthony Febo and Ricky Orng will bring Adobo-Fish-Sauce to the Mills Gallery for live-in/work-in sessions during the day and performances at night. They will curate their space to be a work/live studio that gallery attendees may watch and interact with them and the space. By the end of their residency, they will have performed their show, facilitated a series of talk backs that they are calling House Warmings, and will have written and produced a whole new show that they will debut on their final night.

Adobo-Fish-Sauce will spend their residency exploring themes such as making home, creating space for healing and forgiveness and finding joy. |

The Weight of Inheritance | October 26, 2018 PDF Print E-mail

Photo by Gonzalo Tejada

The Weight of Inheritance
Lisa Crossman
The Mills Gallery
October 26, 2018

Inheritance is defined by what one receives—be it a “gift,” a “burden” or both—depending on the context. Inheritance is commonly used to refer to monetary or physical property that is passed from one generation to the next, as well as the physical attributes and genetic qualities received from one’s parents.

The Weight of Inheritance brings together four artists to explore, through performance art, the concept of inheritance as it relates to gender, class, race, ethnicity, and how these classifications fit within cultural and economic structures (e.g., art history, history, capitalism, politics). With an emphasis on process, guest artists will collectively and individually consider how the body, movement and objects carry the weight of inheritance. The centrality of the body in performance art makes it a key form through which to critically engage the idea of inheritance.

Each artist’s diverse practice and formative perspectives will enhance the address of “inheritance” and its “weight.”

Interstellar Sanctuary | April 21, 2018 PDF Print E-mail

image by James Ellis Coleman

Interstellar Sanctuary
Multimedia Performance and Exhibition with Reception
Organized by Anna Wexler and Jesseca Ferguson
Mills Gallery
Saturday April 21, 2018 | 4–10 pm | $5

Participating/Performing Artists: James Ellis Coleman, Jesseca Ferguson, Dell M. Hamilton, Elisa H. Hamilton, Mari Novotny-Jones, Mark Pevsner, John Powell and Anna Wexler

Pack your bags for a cosmic journey as eight artists imagine a healing and visionary site for contemplating earth’s challenges—particularly climate change—in this immersive multi-disciplinary experience. Motivated by the poetry of possibility, some of these artists explore the profundity and darkness of this theme, while others have a more whimsical touch. Some artists focus on the concept of a journey away from earth, while others emphasize what is left here or what may await us elsewhere.

Chart your own course to the stars! In this participatory experience, you will have the opportunity to create an artist book to log your journey, explore the historical impact of plantation slavery on today’s intertwined climate and migrant crises, contemplate vast cosmic space through durational performance evoking the disappearance of Voyagers 1 and 2, hear original music based on the poetry of Emily Dickinson, interact with a human-alien dating coordinator, pose questions about interstellar travel, and see Interstellar Sanctuary illuminated with the lights of the firmament.

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