Past Gertrude's Artist Salons
Art Writing Panel Part 2 with Big Red & Shiny | May 17, 2018 PDF Print E-mail

Gertrude’s Artists Salon | Art Writing, Part 2: Changing Landscape of Arts Writing
Co-hosted with Big Red & Shiny
Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts
Thursday, May 17 | 6–7:30 pm

“How have reviews—the foundational form of art writing—evolved with technological shifts over the last few decades?”

This panel will focus on who reads art writing and how readers engage. Arts writing has experienced a major shift in audience and dissemination since the age of the internet. It has become an open playing field, no longer only accessible to the writers and art critics of major publications. Since this cultural shift, new grassroots publications have eschewed print media and opted to only exist online. This has resulted in a new community where individuals play multiple or hybrid roles, including those of art writer, artist and curator. How do publications approach dissemination via the internet? This panel will look at questions including “How do arts publications create open, safe virtual spaces that encourage healthy, diverse dialogues while also resisting defamatory or false responses?”

Moderator
Joshua Fischer is an independent curator and writer living in the Boston, Massachusetts area. He recently moved to Boston from Houston, Texas, where he worked at Rice University Art Gallery and curated site-specific installations. He currently contributes to Big Red & Shiny, an online publication focusing on the Boston and greater New England arts.

Panelists
Heather Kapplow is a Boston-based conceptual artist and freelance writer/media producer. Kapplow’s writing has appeared in Big Red & Shiny, ArtDependence, DigBoston, Globe Media’s BDCWire; and WBUR’s ARTery. Kapplow is also a regular contributor to Hyperallergic and Delicious Line. More information available at: www.heatherkapplow.com.

Tamar Avishai is a Somerville-based art historian and independent radio producer. She is the one-woman band behind The Lonely Palette, the podcast that aims to return art history to the masses, one object at a time. In the two years since its launch, The Lonely Palette has been written-up in WIRED, The Boston Globe, Salon, Hyperallergic, and was one of Paste’s 50 Best Podcasts of 2017. It has also aired on PRX, the CBC, and NPR. She is an adjunct lecturer at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and picks a banjo in her spare time.

Rebecca Uchill is an art historian, independent curator, and Editor of Art Journal Open, an independently-edited, open-access, peer-reviewed affiliate of the College Art Association’s Art Journal. She is a full-time member of the faculty at UMass Dartmouth in the Department of Art Education, Art History & Media Studies, and a lecturer in History, Theory and Criticism of Art in the Department of Architecture at MIT. An updated, limited-run version of her Random Exhibition Title Generator is presently on view in the exhibition “States of Change” at the Wassaic Project.

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Art Writing Panel with Big Red & Shiny | April 3, 2018 PDF Print E-mail

Gertrude’s Artists Salon | Art Writing, Part 1: What is art writing today?
Co-hosted with Big Red & Shiny
Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts
Tuesday, April 3 | 6–8 pm

Panel 1: What is art writing today?
“Art writing" is broadly defined as writing about the arts. But is it criticism, journalism or research? What are its uses: assessment, promotion or community-building? In 2018, arts writers are grappling with these questions in the midst of transforming platforms and audiences. Each publication has a different approach to geographical location, audience and kinds of coverage. And each writer has a different relationship to the field as well, coming to their writing through the lens of curator, artist, critic, art historian, journalist or some combination. This panel will discuss the varied forms and purposes of art criticism with respect to their own arts writing practice. The intention of this discussion is to explore the way contrasting publications deal with questions that concern the art world, large and small.

Join us for a wide-ranging, salon-style conversation with:

Moderator Leah Triplett Harrington is a Boston-based writer and independent curator specializing in modern and contemporary art. She serves as senior editor of Big Red & Shiny and is a founding editor of The Rib.

Panelists:

Jameson Johnson is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Boston Art Review, a new online and print publication that is committed to facilitating discourse about contemporary art in Boston and beyond.

Jamilee Lacy is Director and Curator of Providence College Galleries and Collections. She curates and writes about contemporary art, design and literature as they intersect and relate to urbanism, networks and intermediality. In addition to exhibition catalogs and academic volumes, she has written for Flash Art, Umelec Magazine, Art 21 Magazine and Art in America and is the former managing editor of Bad at Sports in Chicago.

Cate McQuaid has been an art critic for the Boston Globe for 20 years. Her work has also appeared in Art New England, Architecture Boston and WBUR’s The ARTery.

Juan Obando is an artist whose work focuses on the critical intervention of social circuits through the orchestration of temporary situations and the manipulation of vestiges found in contemporary digital culture. These experiments are often directed towards the production of video-performances, installations and experimental publications—using social phenomena as raw material and humor as a catalyst in highlighting systemic ironies and contradictions.

Check out Big Red & Shiny’s wrap up here, or watch their video of this Gertrude’s below.

 
Silvi Naçi with Jimena Bermejo | June 22, 2017 PDF Print E-mail

Jimena Bermejo, Mojada, 2008
Jimena Bermejo, Mojada, 2008

STAND UP: Women* You Should Know
Salon conversation hosted by Silvi Naçi with Jimena Bermejo

Thursday, June 22, 2017 | 6:30–8 pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA South End Campus
Free and Open to the Public

STAND UP: Women* You Should Know is Silvi Naçi’s interview and lecture series program where women* of various marginalized cultures come together to share conversations about artistic processes, education, community, and contemporary art practices.

We conclude the third season of Gertrude’s Artists Salon with Silvi Naçi in conversation with Jimena Bermejo. We will be exploring the interdependent themes of belonging, immigration, borders and human relationships in regards to dance and performance art. With a background in dance and theater, Bermejo’s practice centers on creating intimate relationships with audience members by inviting them to be more physically engaged in her work.

“My artistic practice includes deep conversations on identity, race, power, boundaries and human physicality and behavior. Memories and music inspire my work. The movement is developed from a foundation of broad ideas leading to accepting and exploring themes and intersections.”—Bermejo

Jimena Bermejo is a multidisciplinary artist focusing on movement and performance. She sees her body as a tool to create a dynamic and intimate relationship with an audience. She elicits a combination of physical and emotional engagement in pieces woven from memories, music, social issues and human relationships. Recently, Jimena has shown her work at Le Lieu in Quebec, 808 Gallery in Boston, Mobius Gallery, Green Street Studios and The Dance Complex in Cambridge. She has also shown at the ArtBeat and SomDance Festivals in Somerville. Jimena is currently a member of Mobius Artists Group and Caitlin Corbett Dance She holds an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Studio for Interrelated Media and a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory and currently, she is faculty at Berklee College of Music, The College of The Holy Cross in Worcester, Boston Arts Academy and The Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

To learn more about Jimena’s work, please visit: www.jimenabermejo.com

About Silvi Naçi
Naçi’s work investigates identity, family dynamics, cultural identity, sex, class and the consequences of patriarchal power. Naçi, who was born and raised in Albania (a former communist country), engages in the dialectic between the aesthetically beautiful and historical genealogy as well as identity and socio-political structures. Her work is deeply rooted in feminist ideas, family structures and historical and contemporary social constructs. Naçi works with performance, photography, video, drawing and found historical imagery.

Women*: We welcome anyone who identifies as cisgender, genderqueer, trans women, femmes, & non-binary people.

 
Silvi Naçi with Furen Dai | March 9, 2017 PDF Print E-mail

Image- Furen Dai, Language Product, 2016, 16 x 20 inches
Image: Furen Dai, Language Product, 2016, 16 x 20 inches

STAND UP: Women* You Should Know
Salon conversation hosted by Silvi Naçi with Furen Dai

Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 6:30–8 pm
Mills Gallery at BCA
Free and Open to the Public

We continue the third season of Gertrude’s Artists Salon with a conversation on the topic STAND UP: Women* You Should Know hosted by Silvi Naçi in conversation with video performance artist, sculptor and linguist Furen Dai. In this conversation we will be exploring the interdependent themes of language and cultural politics and class, in regards to economic conditions and performance art. With a background in linguistic study, and working as interpreter for several years in China, Dai’s practice centers on language and the culture built through it, reflecting on various forms of interpretation. In her previous work as interpreter, Dai was often in a position between two cultures attempting to examine where these two cultures met, overlap and where they differentiate. However, in her artistic practice, her voice as artist, as individual comes through in the interpretation of image making and documentation of both traditional and contemporary cultures in China, and ultimately giving voice to the women in the cultures she emphasizes in her work.

Furen Dai is a multimedia artists based in Boston, Massachusetts, working mostly in video, performance, sculptural installation as well as painting. Dai has presented exhibitions nationally and to a wide range of audience internationally in Italy, Argentina, Russia, China, Vietnam, Spain and more. She holds a Masters in Fine Art from The Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (Boston, Massachusetts) and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Art, a Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurial Management from Boston University School of Management (Boston, Massachusetts), and a Bachelor of Russian from Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beijing, China). Forthcoming, Dai is part of the Listhús residency program in Iceland, along with presenting her work in numerous group exhibitions. She is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow at School of The Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.

To learn more about Furen’s work, please visit furendai.squarespace.com.

About Silvi Naçi
Naçi’s work investigates identity, family dynamics, cultural identity, sex, class and the consequences of patriarchal power. Naçi, who was born and raised in Albania (a former communist country), engages in the dialectic between the aesthetically beautiful and historical genealogy as well as identity and socio-political structures. Her work is deeply rooted in feminist ideas, family structures and historical and contemporary social constructs. Naçi works with performance, photography, video, drawing and found historical imagery.

 
Silvi Naçi with Dell M. Hamilton | December 8, 2016 PDF Print E-mail

STAND UP: Women You Should Know
Salon conversation hosted by Silvi Naçi with Dell M. Hamilton

Thursday, December 8, 2016 | 6:30–8pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA
Free and Open to the Public

Dell M. Hamilton, 'Reina #6'
Dell M. Hamilton, Reina #6, from the series Fallen Angels: Making Sense out of Nothing

We’re kicking off the third season of Gertrude’s Artists Salon with a conversation on the topic “STAND UP: Women You Should Know” hosted by Silvi Naçi in conversation with interdisciplinary artist, writer and curator Dell M. Hamilton. We need YOU to add your voice to a wide-ranging evening discussing interdependent themes of photography, performance and persona in relationship to identity, class and gender roles in contemporary art.

The artist lounge and lab at the Mills is the site of informal, artist-generated/artist-hosted conversations. Join us for idle conversation, heated exchange and the sporadic, sometimes-thematic exploration of ideas that grow out of and into art.

About Silvi Naçi: Naçi’s work investigates identity, family dynamics, cultural identity, sex, class and the consequences of patriarchal power. Naçi, who was born and raised in Albania (a former communist country), engages in the dialectic between the aesthetically beautiful and historical genealogy as well as identity and socio-political structures. Her work is deeply rooted in feminist ideas, family structures and historical and contemporary social constructs. Naçi works with photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, found historical imagery, collage, video and performance.

About Dell M. Hamilton: Hamilton’s work draws not only on the historical conventions of photography and performance art, but also on the history of black theater, the written and oral traditions of black and Latina women writers and the contradiction and exuberance of drag performance. Her latest series, Fallen Angels: Making Sense Out of Nothing, investigates the relationship between persona, performance and photography through the conflation of characters inspired by Central American folklore, personal memory and family history.

Dell’s artist talks, solo performances, scholarly lectures, and collaborative performances have been presented to a wide variety of audiences in Boston and New York as well as in France, Italy and Chile. Born in Spanish Harlem (New York City), and with ancestral roots in Belize, Honduras and the Caribbean, her practice wrestles with the social and geopolitical constructions of memory, gender, race, language and history through the mediums of photography, video, drawing, installation and performance.

To learn more about Dell’s work, please visit www.dellmhamilton.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @dellmhamilton

 
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