The Newton Free Library is seeking proposals of two-dimensional, original work by local artists for July-December 2020 shows. Exhibiting policy at newtonfreelibrary.net under the About tab. Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019 at 12 noon. Questions? Contact Ellen at email@example.com or call 617-796-1410.
“Conditions of Faith” presents seascapes and landscapes painted by Mary Armstrong over the last seven years. Nature and memory inspire her layered, complex compositions. Oil and wax depict forces of nature, both imagined and real, in the seascapes. For Armstrong, roiling currents, sunlit estuaries, and particularly rising waves are “a perfect visual metaphor for change, both desired and feared, destructive and regenerative, personal and political.”
Her desert landscapes illustrate the mountain ranges of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California, where the artist has visited since the early 1990s. In these oil pastels Armstrong replaces tumultuous Maine waters with swirling clouds over the Borrego Valley, capturing the shifting relationship between earth and sky.
Mary Armstrong taught painting in Boston College’s Department of Art, Art History, and Film from 1989 to 2019. She divides her time between Georgetown, Maine and Newton, Massachusetts and exhibits throughout the United States.
“Conditions of Faith” is accompanied by an e-book with contributions from the artist and Suzette McAvoy, executive director and chief curator at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine.
The first monographic examination of William Trost Richards’s (1833–1905) art in Boston, this exhibition explores the artist’s career from his earliest sketches and exemplary Pre-Raphaelite technique of the 1860s, to his late masterful seascapes and landscapes. Richards’s landscapes in particular come to light within the context of the nineteenth century’s burgeoning appreciation for the environment. The exhibition reveals how Richards’s works manifest the Romantics’ hieroglyphic interpretation of nature, a metaphor embraced by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, and reflect nascent scientific discoveries of contemporary geologists who revolutionized understanding of evolution and history.
“William Trost Richards: Hieroglyphs of Landscape” features more than 180 oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and sketchbooks, including many seldom-seen works owned by descendants of the artist. Other outstanding contributions come from Bowdoin College Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum; Davis Museum at Wellesley College; Mark Twain House & Museum; McMullen Museum of Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Nantucket Historical Association; Newport Art Museum; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; William Vareika Fine Arts; and many private collectors.
An accompanying scholarly catalogue, edited by Jeffery Howe, contains essays by Ethan F. Baxter, Rebecca Bedell, Linda S. Ferber, Howe, and James D. Wallace. The writers probe the artist’s background and psychology, illuminating links between his works and the artistic, geologic, and philosophical currents of his era.
Organized by the McMullen Museum, “William Trost Richards: Hieroglyphs of Landscape” has been curated by Jeffery Howe and underwritten by Boston College with major support from the Patrons of the McMullen Museum and Mary Ann and Vincent Q. Giffuni.
Department Chair of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Professor of Geology at Boston College Ethan Baxter will take visitors through “William Trost Richards: Hieroglyphs of Landscape” to focus on the rocks prevalent in Richards’s works and what they reveal about the landscapes they are captured within.
Free; open to the public; prior registration requested at https://tinyurl.com/y5y6445w.
The McMullen Museum is excited to welcome Boston College Professor and Department Chair of Earth and Environmental Sciences Ethan Baxter for a kids and families workshop focused on the geology present in “William Trost Richards: Hieroglyphs of Landscape.” Prof. Baxter will offer a tour through the exhibition, paying particular attention to various kinds of rocks. Kids and chaperones will be able to look closely at rock specimens that correspond to those in the paintings and learn the story behind their formation.
Kids and Families workshops are free and open to the public. Due to a limited number of seats, we require prior registration at https://cutt.ly/0wyEBiy.
In conjunction with “Alen MacWeeney and a Century of New York Street Photography”, Professor of Photography Karl Baden with the ILA presents a panel discussion: “When Everyone Has a Camera: Street Photography, the Right to Free Expression, and the Right to Privacy in the Internet Age”.
Because street photography occurs in a public space it has been protected as a right to free expression under the US Constitution’s First Amendment. The digital revolution of the past three decades, social media, the ubiquitous smartphone, and increasingly high resolution, affordable surveillance cameras, however, have blurred the line between public and private spaces. Suspicion and resistance by the general public has grown to being photographed by a random individual, especially without permission. At the same time, particularly in urban environments, the public is constantly on camera, surveilled by governmental and corporate entities, from body cams on a police officer’s lapels to satellite cameras powerful enough to read license plates. It is these paradoxical issues that the panel and exhibition seek to highlight and debate.
Free; please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/y3fy5gq3.
Into the Collection offers visitors an opportunity to view and learn more about various objects from the McMullen Museum’s permanent collection. Assistant Director Diana Larsen, with the help of the Museum’s Student Ambassadors, will present on a series of nineteenth-century landscape paintings, including new acquisitions now on view in the museum’s adjacent first-floor meeting rooms. Visitors are invited to learn from Museum staff, ask questions, and share their own knowledge and observations.