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In the Words, In the Bones PDF Print E-mail

In the Words, In the Bones

In the Words, In the Bones
Curated by Magdalena Moskalewicz
Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts
May 23–July 21, 2019

Artists Panel | Thursday May 23, 5:30–7 pm
Opening Reception | Thursday, May 23, 7–9 pm

Participating artists: Marina Leybishkis, Nyugen E. Smith, Zsuzsanna Varga-Szegedi

Stories of origin cannot exist without a language to tell them in, without a tongue to carry the words. In the Words, In the Bones is an exhibition about inherited identities as grounded in language and in the body. Three artists with roots in Central Asia (Uzbekistan), Eastern Europe (Hungary) and the Caribbean (Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago) uncover their family histories, examine the contentious heritage of the colonial era and postcommunist ruptures and absences. The stories they inherited are marked with political conflicts and personal loss, but their own gestures are constitutive in nature. Through the use of invented languages, recovered historical records and reconstructed cultural artifacts, the artists create new, empowering narratives of reclamation, revival and growth.

Entry to the gallery is free and open to the public.

Selected as part of The Boston Globe's The Ticket for the week of May 26, 2019.

Read the full Boston Globe review here: Looking into the darkness, at Mills Gallery

Read the Baystate Banner review here: Mills Gallery exhibition explores ancestry in tumultuous histories

Read more about Zsuzsanna Varga-Szegedi’s Lukács in Boston, 2019 here: George Lukács Stature in Tel Aviv

Related events

A Conversation with Zsuzsanna Varga-Szegedi
Mills Gallery
Friday, July 12 | 5:30 pm

Zsuzsanna Varga-Szegedi, Lukács in Boston, 2019
Projection on Mills Gallery
Friday, July 12 and Thursday, July 18 | 8:30 pm

Gallery Talk: Anna Kolesova
Mills Gallery
Wednesday, July 17 | 3 pm

The Skin Has Eyes: Animated Visions PDF Print E-mail

The Skin Has Eyes: Animated Visions

The Skin Has Eyes: Animated Visions
Curated by Maya Erdelyi
Mills Gallery
February 23–April 28, 2019

Opening Reception
Saturday, February 23 | 6–9 pm

Participating artists: Amanda Bonaiuto, Alexandra Borovski, Ernesto Caivano, Eric Dyer, Maya Erdelyi, Jake Fried, Tyler Giordano, Laura Harrison, Gina Kamentsky, Amy Lee Ketchum, Kristina Killar Fellers + Black Math, Hayley Morris and Ashley Wick.

This exhibition highlights contemporary animators who create physical works as part of their practice (both process and product) along with fine artists who experiment with animation. These artists are working across various mediums, including film strips and direct animation, cut-paper stop-motion, sculpture, drawing, painting, zoetropes, traditional animation processes, palimpsests and projections. The skin of the medium becomes alive through animation.

Join us for these events related to the exhibition:

The Skin Has Eyes: Animated Visions is generously sponsored by Stacy Sweeney.

Check out Vimeo’s Staff Pick article on Jake Fried here.

Included in the Boston Globe’s “The Ticket” for February 22, 2019.

Check out the review in The Boston Hassle: WENT THERE: THE SKIN HAS EYES @ BCA

Read Cat McQuaid’s review in the Boston Globe, Animation, with human charm

The Mills Gallery will be closing at 5 pm on Friday, April 26 for a private event.

Coded. PDF Print E-mail


Curated by Alexandria Smith
Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts
Opening Reception | Saturday, November 17 from 6–9 pm
On View | November 17, 2018–January 27, 2019

Join us for the opening of our next show in the Mills Gallery, Coded., curated by Alexandria Smith. Coded. presents color-driven work by artists based in New England. Color is the building block of our aesthetic and psychological experiences and is the most relative medium in art. It has the ability to alter one’s perception of self and the world around us. The eight artists in Coded.—Laylah Ali, Carla Edwards, Alex Jackson, Steve Locke, Simonette Quamina, Kenny Rivero, Jordan Seaberry and Lachell Workman—exhibit a range of artistic, technical and conceptual prowess in their work and use color as a character, a trickster, a device and a provocation.

Click here to read The Boston Globe review from January 2, 2019.

Resistant Currents PDF Print E-mail

Resistant Currents

Resistant Currents
Mills Gallery
July 28–October 14
Opening Reception | July 28, 6:00–9:00

In Resistant Currents, the cruelties of language and symbols are exposed as tools of domination, employed in the physical control of borders and used to coerce assimilation into dominant social groups.

Navigation by moonlight, the etiquette of assimilation, national migration policies, deportation, ICE detention, puns, logos, protest banners, a Queer SWANA electronic zine, and a Dominican barber shop in Somerville are the subjects of works by seven artists resisting various forms of migration restriction.

Exhibition curator Jeannie Simms is an artist exploring language, labor, citizenship and migration. For the past two years, she has worked with a small community in Southern Italy—a major migratory route—that supports the resettlement of recent immigrants. She teaches as part of her broader practice and is Director of Graduate Studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston at Tufts University.

Artists: Daniel Assayag, Anto Astudillo, Layle Omeran, Joe Joe Orangias, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Joanna Tam, Yu-Wen Wu

Selected Media Coverage

'Resistant Currents' At Boston Center For The Arts Explores The Ebb And Flow Of Migration | By Pamela Reynolds | July 27, 2018 | The ARTery

Featured in The Ticket | July 27, 2018 | The Boston Globe

‘Resistant Currents,’ at the Boston Center for the Arts, looks at immigration | By Cate McQuaid | August 22, 2018 | The Boston Globe

Culture Hustlers: Artists Minding Their Business PDF Print E-mail

Image courtesy Derek Erdman
Image courtesy Derek Erdman

Culture Hustlers: Artists Minding Their Business
Lucas Spivey, Invited Curator
February 3–April 8, 2018
The Mills Gallery

Opening Reception February 3 | 6–8 pm

The Mills Gallery will be closed Thursday, March 15 from 6–7:30 pm for a private event.

In Mills Gallery exhibition Culture Hustlers, artist/entrepreneurial arts advisor Lucas Spivey presents an inventive take on commerce and the contemporary American arts landscape by curating a multimedia showcase of inventive arts business models employed by makers working across the United States. The art and design products on view forefront the intimacy and personal touch of the handmade, yet locate themselves squarely in the time- and place-less digital marketplace, engaging the global economy in their endeavor to connect fine art to audience in new ways. Boston Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome back Spivey following his popular Summer 2017 Public Art Residency on the BCA Plaza with the Mobile Incubator—a 1957 Shasta camper trailer turned office—where he held office hours to engage the South End community in questions about the health and happiness of the Boston culture sector.

Artists: Derek Erdman (Chicago, IL), Española Valley Fiber Arts Center (Española, NM), Kristin Farr (San Francisco, CA), Smith Shop (Detroit, MI), Tieton Mosaic (Tieton, WA)

Photo by Melissa Blackall Photography
Photo by Melissa Blackall Photography

Culture Hustlers Pink Slip Party
April 7, 2018 | 5–7 pm
Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts

Do you need a change from your 9–5? Culture Hustlers: Artists Minding Their Own Business is a pop-up shop/exhibition that showcases artists creating new business models across the country. Join curator Lucas Spivey and get inspired at this reception and networking event with other motivated arts professionals.

For more information on Culture Hustlers: Artists Minding Their Business, read the full press release here.

Reviews of Culture Hustlers:

Big Red & Shiny


New England News Collaborative

Boston Art Review

Delicious Line

The Boston Globe

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