Past Gertrude's Artist Salons
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.

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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

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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.

 
James Montford | June 11, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

montford melissa blackallYou and Identity in Art

Hosted by James Montford
Thursday, June 11 | 6:30-8pm
Mills Gallery
Free and open to the public

How have you come to understand facets of your own identity, including gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality – and what role has art played in this process?

Do you address identity in your art?

How do images affect the ways you identify yourself, and how you see yourself in relation to others?

Describe a time when you felt painfully aware or uncomfortable in your identity.

Describe a situation when you realized you felt vulnerable because of your identity.

Describe a time when you felt powerful because of your identity.

How do you feel about national protests around race, poverty and power in America today?

Join us on Thursday, June 11th in the BCA’s Mills Gallery when James Montford hosts a discussion inviting artists and art enthusiasts to talk about their experiences and ideas on the subject of Identity in Art.

Image: James Montford in his studio, Melissa Blackall Photography 2015

 
James Leonard | April 2, 2015 PDF Print E-mail

james leonard sd book spreadImpermanence and the Future Foretold

Thursday, April 2 | 6:30-8:00pm
Salon conversation hosted by James Leonard
Free and open to the public

Seeking a deeper relationship with divinatory traditions? Need your fortune told?  Join us for a conversation on impermanence and our relationship to the future as Gertrude's contemplates the mysteries of WHAT COMES NEXT? hosted by current BCA Artist Resident James Leonard.

GERTRUDE'S artists' salon at the BCA's Mills Gallery welcomes spring with a conversation hosted by Brooklyn-based artist James Leonard, who will share brief excerpts from prior works unSuicide Note and The Winter Codex followed by a reading from his newly released book Seeking Diviners. The book chronicles Leonard's probings of foresight, including saturating multiple Brooklyn neighborhoods with street fliers seeking contact with diviners comfortable discussing the end of the world. Learn more about James Leonard

Drop by to share your thoughts, speak your mind, hang out, listen in and/or learn a few things.

Hoping to see you soon!

Image: Michael Duva

 
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