Mills Gallery Past Exhibitions
REAL/IDEAL: Turning Utopia into Reality PDF Print E-mail

REAL/IDEAL
Image Credit: Beverly Sky, What You Are Looking For Is What Is Looking: Homage to St. Augustine and R. Magritte, 2017; Photo Credit: Steve Dunwell

REAL/IDEAL (Turning Utopia into Reality)
Mills Gallery | July 20–September 17, 2017
Opening Reception Thursday, July 20 | 6–8 pm
Curated by David Guerra

“The essential function of utopia is a critique of what is present.”
—Ernst Bloch (The Utopian Function of Art and Literature: Selected Essays, 1988)

Artists: Leika Akiyama, Aileen O. Erickson, Kate Gilbert, Ruth Ginsberg-Place, Gisela Griffith, Elisa Hamilton, Alex Khomski, Georgina Lewis, Greg Lookerse, Marilyn Mase, Silvi Naçi, Selina Narovlansky, Victor Ortale, Robert Rovenolt, Rani Sarin, Miriam Shenitzer, Beverly Sky, David Addison Small and guest artists Aaron John Bourque, Eleanor Mary Cepko, Ariel Freiberg, Aurélie Galois, Eben Haines, Dylan Hurwitz, Lillian P. H. Kology, Sara Oliver, Alicia Savage and Jeremy J. Starn

In REAL/IDEAL (Turning Utopia into Reality), 28 artists offer multiple ways to approach connections between an image of reality and an imagined reality. Featuring works by artists from Boston Center for the Arts’ Artist Studios Building along with work from 10 guest artists, curator David Guerra, director of A R E A Gallery, presents a show that articulates utopian dreams and illuminates what might be possible.

Among the global scale issues present in the show, the artists approach the rise of religious fundamentalism, consumerism, human environmental interactions, race representations in media and cultural inclusion. At a personal level, the exhibition addresses concerns such as the artist’s legacy, the idea of love, resistance, ways of looking and ideas of identity and gender.

The exhibition itself challenges existing notions of curating in an attempt to reflect on the ideal exhibition. The works, although selected by David Guerra, are ultimately presented by the public who are asked to co-curate, design and share their personal narratives within the space through the gallery’s floor plan and the artwork.

REAL/IDEAL poses a final question: What is utopia: is it happiness, fairness, fulfillment or freedom? In any case, Guerra posits, it should be an imagination of a transformation, turned into attainable possibilities.

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Alida Cervantes

Alida Cervantes: Majas, cambujas y virreinacas | April 14–June 25, 2017

Curated by Candice Ivy, presented in conjunction with Wellesley College’s Alice Cole Fellowship

Opening Reception | Friday, April 14, 2017, 6–8pm

Colonial era women encounter nearly nude men in imaginative and perverse works by Alida Cervantes, which conflate Mexico’s racially and socially charged colonial past with its complex present. In conjunction with the Art Department at Wellesley College, artist/curator Candice Ivy has organized a one-woman exhibition of Mexican contemporary artist, Alida Cervantes. Recipient of the 2014 Wellesley College Alice Cole Fellowship, Cervantes’ work explores the complexity and tension of being a “border” artist, and the constant shifts of social and political lines as she crosses the border daily from San Diego to work in her art studio in Tijuana, Mexico. Cervantes’ rich and provocative paintings, drawings and video work address social hierarchies, gender relations, and the reflexive histories situated within colonial and present-day Mexico, where “sex, love, and emotions both flow and are repressed”. Born in Tijuana and living in San Diego, this will be Cervantes’ first East Coast solo presentation of her work.

Free Public Programs

block-openOpening Reception
Friday, April 14 | 6–8 pm

 

 

block-wkshpAlida Cervantes in conversation with Adriana Zavala.
Friday, April 14 | 5 pm

To read the transcript of this conversation, click here.

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Mills Gallery will close at 3 pm on Thursday, May 18 for a private event.

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“I Dread to Think…”, curated by Liz Blum | January 13–March 19, 2017

In the new Mills Gallery exhibition I Dread To Think…, curator Liz Blum integrates varied reflections on the ambiguous, multifarious emotions and feelings surrounding the state of fear, highlighting aspects of inner paranoia and anxiety as well as pointing to external influences—from political inducements, erosions of privacy and the persuasive media loop that seems to nurture our feeling of being unsafe.

Liz Blum is an independent curator and artist working in Massachusetts. The 13 artists selected for this show are Amy Archambault, Ingrid Burrington, Molly Dilworth, Sandra Erbacher, Will Gill, Susanna Hertrich, Damien Hoar de Galvan, Steve Locke, Nicole Maloof, Lauren McCarthy, Lucas Pope, Alex Preston and Tabitha Soren.

Read the curator's letter here.

Free Public Programs

block-openOpening Reception
Friday, January 13 | 6–8 pm

 

 

block-wkshpCreative Empathy: A Q&A
with artist Susanna Hertrich, designer Mitch Sinclair and curator Liz Blum, presented with support from Goethe-Institut Boston, in connection with current Mills Gallery exhibition I Dread to Think….
Saturday, January 14 | 3–4:30 pm

 
 

block-talkThe Fear Project: Workshop with Open Theatre Project
in connection with current Mills Gallery exhibition I Dread to Think….
Thursday, February 9 | 6:30–8 pm

 

 

I Dread to Think… examines the influence of anxiety, Boston Globe, February 9, 2017

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Fertile Solitude

Fertile Solitude

Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts

October 14–December 18, 2016
Opening Reception Friday, October 14, 6–8pm
Curated by Elizabeth Devlin

ARTISTS Piper Brett, Caleb Cole, Emily Eveleth, Dana Filibert, Cig Harvey, Kyle Hittmeier, Annette Lemieux, Megan and Murray McMillan, Noritaka Minami, Hao Ni, Steven Pestana, Shelley Reed, Erin M. Riley and Sarah Wentworth

Boston, MA—In the rush of everyday life, we occasionally need to hit pause (and reset), but even a moment’s peace can be hard to come by. This frenzy is often furthered by our mutually enabling relationship with technology and a self-inflicted state of constant connectivity. Unwilling to put down our phones to see a sunset, sharing our daily comings and goings with the ghosts in the machine, we self-sabotage our peaceful pursuits and further separate ourselves from ourselves.

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Placemaking Objects PDF Print E-mail

Placemaking Objects

Placemaking Objects:
Artist Studios Building Summer 2016

Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts

July 28–September 25, 2016
Opening Reception Thursday, July 28, 6–8pm
Curated by Jennifer Hall

Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) presents Placemaking Objects: Artist Studios Building Summer 2016. It presents 16 small-scale works, by 16 artists with studios on the BCA campus; artists who work in proximity to each other, yet whose art evidences a divergent range of experiences and outlooks. As exhibition curator Jennifer Hall writes:

The objects in this exhibit hold on to the places from which they came—rubbage from a city street, a mishap from the artist’s studio, a pile of dirt reformed. Some are a site of visual abstraction. Others, the space of a narrative. Certain objects describe a psychological location. Perhaps an emotional situation—trauma, pleasure, or a laughable moment. Each object creates its own enclosure. Each is an isolated shelter of significance.

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