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.

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.”

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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.

Rainbow Collapse | January 19, 2018 PDF Print E-mail

Rainbow Collapse

Run of the Mills | Rainbow Collapse

An evening of durational performance, participatory installation and reception with artists Anya Smolnikova and Jared Williams

Ticketed performance
Friday, January 19, 2018 | 7–9 pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA South End Campus

Free gallery hours
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 12–4 pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA South End Campus

Step into a brave new world in Rainbow Collapse, where artists smolnikova + williams imagine how a dystopian utopia might grow from the ashes of a complete societal and environmental collapse. Both darkly foreboding and hopeful at the same time, this self-determined experience features a birch forest, a pyramid of television sets, and an opportunity to read from the book of senses.

Friday evening’s ticketed performance starts with audience exploration of an immersive environment, followed by movement/sound/video by smolnikova + williams, joined by the following collaborators:
Music + Sound | Dr. Bob Singley
Performance | Aram Atamian
Technical Support + special effects | Ilya Smelansky
Dance/Movement | Michael Figueroa, Cullan Powers, Galen Treuer

Read Greg Cook's review on Wonderland here.

Laboratory of Longings: the Experiments of Anu Liu PDF Print E-mail

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Laboratory of Longings: the Experiments of Ani Liu
Run of the Mills

Performance and Reception
Friday, October 6, 2017 | 7–9 pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA South End Campus

Gallery Hours
Saturday, October 7, 2017 | noon–8 pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA South End Campus

Artist Talks
Saturday, October 7, 2017
2 pm | 4 pm | 6 pm

Discover the unexpected in this Run of the Mills with Ani Liu, an artist working at intersection of science and art who uses playful experimentation, intuition and speculative biology to explore being fully human in a technologically-mediated world. Featuring a selection of projects curated by Ethan Vogt and drawn from Liu's time at the MIT Media Lab, you will circulate through interactive and performative stations while enjoying complimentary refreshments at this immersive event that fuses scientific experimentation with sensory expression.

Please be aware this installation includes nudity.

In Kind Sponsors for Run of the Mills | Laboratory of Longings: The Experiments of Ani Liu

Anna Farrington Graphic Arts & Design
Blue Plant Consulting
Corner Stalk Farm
Design Communication Ltd
Home Grown Boston
The New England Carnivorous Plant Society (NECP)

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