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Contours of Meaning PDF Print E-mail

Contours of Meaning
Lillian P.H. Kology, I Fall To Pieces, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, 2019 (installation view). Courtesy of the artist.

Contours of Meaning
Curated by Jameson Johnson
Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts
August 8–October 6, 2019

Opening Reception | Thursday, August 8, 6–9 pm

Featuring: Leika Akiyama, Lillian P.H. Kology, Georgina Lewis, Allison Maria Rodriguez, Sandrine Schaefer, Miriam Shenitzer, Nate Tucker

Bringing together a group of seven interdisciplinary artists, this exhibition is comprised entirely of site-specific installations that utilize the gallery space to revisit and recontextualize objects that reflect personal practices, narratives and histories. The works presented in this show consider the deeply embedded symbols, images and traces we rely upon to comprehend and navigate the rapidly changing world around us.

Ranging in mediums from sculpture and drawing to video and performance, the installations are not isolated, but rather elicit an interdisciplinary examination of how humans create meaning. A clock transformed into a musical instrument; a toy bathtub cast in resin; the construction of a sacred site; a display of relics. Together, these works invoke a broader examination of accumulation, ancestry, nostalgia and performativity. There is inherent playfulness in situating this work within the context of the gallery walls. Here, the viewer becomes a spectator to memories, experiences or happenings that are not their own, creating a sense of distance while simultaneously inviting interpretation.

Each of the seven artists work within Boston Center for the Arts’ Artist Studio Building. The works in this show were selected and presented collaboratively between curator, Jameson Johnson, and the artists—allowing space for the work to develop upon leaving the studio and entering the gallery. While some bodies of work present fantastical, parafictional or exaggerated narratives, others reveal historical, sacred and personal accounts. To this end, viewers are asked to consider duality and contradictions between the installations in order to understand the complex nature through which we ascribe meaning to objects, spaces and happenings. Considered together, the exhibition posits that meaning might just be situated in the contours of nuance.

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

Read The Boston Globe’s review here.

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

Read Heather Kapplow’s review in Delicious Line.

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

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