Past Gertrude's Artist Salons
Nancy Hart | June 2, 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Thursday, June 2: A Deep Read | The Murmuring of the Artistic Multitude: Global Art, Memory and Post Fordism by Pascal Gielen

Salon conversation hosted by Nancy Hart

Thursday, June 2 2016 | 6:30-8pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA
Free and Open to the Public

Nancy Hart, Vert, 2015
Image: Nancy Hart, Vert, 2015, installation detail, green plastic bags

Join us on June 2 for a salon conversation led by Nancy Hart, based on close reading of an essay from The Murmuring of the Artistic Multitude: Global Art, Memory and Post Fordism, by Pascal Gielen (Antennae // Valiz, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2010).

Together in a dialog with others, we will explore various intersections that claim engagement in our current artistic practices. In a slow read of the chosen “text”, written from critical motivation, this open session will not be preconceived but will be defined by the parameters of the participants.

The goal of this shared public reading in a “relational aesthetic” situation, a term coined by Nicolas Bourriaud in his 1998 book to refer to artistic practices that extend into a realm that includes the whole of human relations and their social context, is to see what it might reveal about what we do [as creative makers] that is an engagement with a neo-liberal market economy.

About our host: Nancy Hart is a recent graduate from the Art Institute of Boston’s MFA Low Residency program, the last class before its demise. The dismantling of the 100 year old historical institution has informed her critical view of art discourse and the situational platform of its professional reverberations.

Hart has a BFA from Tufts/The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and MFA from AIB. Originally a self taught a painter, she now illuminates and charts her current interests and explorations in ephemeral sculptural installation. As an avid reader and font of ideas, she claims “The Studio Mind”, her MFA thesis as her methodological pathway. She has a natural inclination to absorb, connect and hybridize myriad cultural productions such as painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, film, fashion, print matter and food.

 
James Montford | May 5, 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Microaggressions, art and you

Salon conversation hosted by James Montford

Thursday, May 5, 2016 | 6:30-8pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA
Free and Open to the Public

James Montford, Black Indian performance

Adrian Piper, My Calling (Card) #1 (detail), 1986

Microagression: a subtle but offensive comment or action directed at a minority or other nondominant group that is often unintentional or unconsciously reinforces a stereotype: microaggressions such as "I don't see you as black."

Join us on May 5 when artist James Montford hosts a Gertrude's conversation to explore the methodologies around navigating an art community that supports a patronage of sometimes inclusion. We will examine institutional structures that should speak more clearly about these matters, talk about how artist/citizens can impact art, race and activism, and discuss taking action to challenge racial biases in art history and broader cultural canons today.

images: above, James Montford, Black Indian performance; below, Adrian Piper, My Calling (Card) #1 (detail), 1986

 
Kat Bossi and Tamara Al-Mashouk | March 19, 2016 PDF Print E-mail

A Brief History of Video Art

Salon conversation hosted by Kat Bossi and Tamara Al-Mashouk
Thursday, March 10, 2016 | 6:30-8pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA
Free and Open to the Public

What is video art, anyway? This session will focus on the rapidly expanding genre of video. We'll start by viewing a few excerpts of video art from the past and present, after which we will open the floor for other participants in the conversation to share their own videos. Please come with a favorite video or two in mind so that we can view and discuss it together (we can queue it up as long as it's online). This can be any kind of video: a music video, a cat video on YouTube, or a piece of video art you might see in a gallery. We would like this to be an open discussion, but also hope to explore a few key ideas, including what exactly we like about watching videos, how recent technology has changed the art form, and what the future of video art might look like.

About our hosts: Kat Bossi and Tamara Al-Mashouk are second year MFA candidates at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. They work primarily in video and co-produce exhibitions and events together. Bossi is a Somerville native whose work explores the performance of gender, sexuality, and identity on the internet. Al-Mashouk uses video to find new perspectives on various subjects, from the body to her life growing up in Bahrain.

Image is a still from Ann Hirsch video, "caRoline+outKAST" from her channel scandalishious on YouTube.

 
Camilø Álvårez | January 28, 2016 PDF Print E-mail

The Spanish Black Atlantic: Strains in Contemporary Art, Part 2

Thursday, January 28, 2016 | 6:30–8pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA
Free and open to the public

Salon conversation hosted by Camilø Álvårez

Join us on Thursday, January 28 in the BCA’s Mills Gallery when Boston gallerist Camilø Álvårez continues his investigation of the subject of the Spanish Black Atlantic and its relevance for contemporary challenges to traditions and conventions of white supremacy in the art world.

The Spanish Black Atlantic: Strains in Contemporary Art, Part 1

Thursday, December 17, 2015 | 6:30–8pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA
Free and open to the public

Salon conversation hosted by Camilø Álvårez

Join us on Thursday, December 17 in the BCA’s Mills Gallery when Boston gallerist Camilø Álvårez explores the subject of the Spanish Black Atlantic and its relevance for contemporary challenges to traditions and conventions of white supremacy in the art world during Gertrude's Artists Salon.

Steve Locke
Image credit: Steve Locke, Untitled (Family-red), 12 x 16 inches, edition of 10, plus 2 artist's proofs

Álvårez considers this topic as expressed in contemporary art that references and addresses the socio-political context and intense cultural background of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Haiti, and uses it as a jumping off point for a discussion that will delve into the past as well as focusing on the current working methods and practices of artists focused on issues of colonial and post-colonial oppression. We’ll open up conversation on a range of subjects including the dearth of people of color as curators in the US and recent activism aimed at discriminatory art practices at US institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Artists and art enthusiasts are encouraged to join the conversation. Suggested reading in advance of meeting: The Yams, On the Whitney and White Supremacy by Ben Davis.

Camilø Álvårez is the Owner/Director/Curator/Preparator of Samsøñ in Boston.

 
Resa Blatman |October 21, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Artists in Unusual Places

gertrudes resa blatman
Image: Resa Blatman 2015

Hosted by Resa Blatman
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 | 6:30 - 8pm
Mills Gallery
Free and open to the public

Earlier this year, artist Resa Blatman traveled up the west coast of Svalbard, Norway to the Arctic Circle on an antique tall ship with 28 poets, writers, dancers, video artists, photographers, installation and fine artists. This experience influenced her work and thought processes, as well as her awareness of environmental and cultural realities such as the effects of our plastic usage on the landscape, and the mark that our warming climate is making on the great and beautiful glaciers of the north.

Join us on Wednesday, October 21st in the BCA’s Mills Gallery when Resa Blatman hosts an informal discussion inviting artists and art enthusiasts to talk about their experiences and ideas on the subject of Artists in Unusual Places. Participants are invited to send up to two jpegs reflecting their own experiences, to be discussed during the evening as time permits. Email JPEGs to Randi Hopkins at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Topics from our host:
I'd like to talk about how political themes influence our work—I'm not a "political" artist, but I think it's interesting to note how our political environment influences an artist's work, and I'd be very delighted to hear from the audience about the topics that influence them. And I'm always eager to talk about climate change, even though I'm not a professional on the topic.

Brief bio:
Resa Blatman received an MFA in painting from Boston University in 2006, and a BFA in graphic design from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1995. She taught graphic design at MassArt from 1997-2012. Resa has received several grants and awards, including the Arctic Circle Residency, June 2015. Resa is currently working on a permanent 30 foot wall installation/commission for North Hill in Needham, MA, and will be heading to the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, Georgia in September 2015 to exhibit her "Gaia, Part 2" installation for 10 months. More info at Resa Blatman's website.

 
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