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Thursday, February 23, 2012


MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
Spring 2012 Monday Nights Lecture Series
Experiments in Thinking, Action, and Form
Monday, March 5, 7p
Re-representations and Simulations
Bruce Yonemoto, Professor of Studio Art in Video, Experimental Media, and Film Theory,
University of California, Irvine
In conversation with Stephen Prina, Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University
Bruce Yonemoto works within the overlapping intersections of art and commerce, and the gallery world and cinema screen. Yonemoto juxtaposes cultural material from different international communities, such as those of the Japanese Americans, Nipo-Brasiliero, Peruvian Quechua and Hollywood communities. The photographic series North South East West focuses on the erased history of American Civil War soldiers of Asian descent. Yonemoto’s collaboration with Dr. Juli Carson deals with the discovery of the real and poetic convergence between two distinct phenomena in Argentina: the site of one of the few growing glaciers in the world and one of the last regions where Lacanian psychoanalysis is practiced. Most recently, Yonemoto’s work was exhibited at the ICC in Tokyo, the Kemper Museum in Kansas City, and the St. Louis Museum of Art.

ACT Cube, Wiesner Building (E15-001)
20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA | MAP

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012


450 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118

(617) 451-3605
Hours: Wed–Sat, 12-5

“No Man’s Land” by Gary Duehr
at Bromfield Gallery in March

The ambiguous territory of modern airports is the subject of Gary Duehr’s photographic installation at Bromfield Gallery, February 29 – March 31. The opening reception is Friday, March 2, from 6-830.

In an installation that includes sculpture, a wall-sized triptych, and photographs on aluminum, “No Man’s Land” explores a limbo that is neither here nor there. The gallery becomes a kind of neutral zone.

In the photographs, the runways' vast expanse is interrupted by mysterious signals and markers, as well as by circus-like caravans of luggage carts. The noses of planes loom against plate glass, which reflects the ubiquitous neon of fast food and luxury shops.

And passengers wait in anonymous gray-carpeted holding areas, surrounded by aluminum panels—as if the whole edifice might suddenly take off.

Images may be viewed at:
Click on “Works on Metal” then on “No Man’s Land.”

In 2007 Gary Duehr was chosen as a Best Emerging Artist in New England by the International Association of Art Critics. In 2003 Duehr received an Artist Grant in photography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and his work has been featured in museums and galleries including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Exit Art, Umbrella Arts, and New York Arts, New York, NY; Gallery Tsubaki, Tokyo, Japan; SKC Gallery, Belgrade, Yugoslavia; and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba. Past awards include grants from the LEF Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.

His public artworks include a photo installation funded by the Visible Republic program of New England Foundation for the Arts, and a commission from the MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority) for a permanent photo installation at North Station.

Friday, February 10, 2012

TED is coming to somerville - March 4, 2012

As many of you know, TEDxSomerville is coming to the Armory on Sunday, March 4th.

The event idea stems from a more nationally known set of TED Talks/videos, which have grown in popularity over the years. TEDx events are more local in nature so this event will center around Somerville and those things that make our city a wonderful place to live. It should be a wonderful event.

The theme this year is "Creative Economy...Sustainable Community" and our speakers (primarily local individuals) will give talks, ranging from 3-24 minutes, throughout the day related to this topic.

Official website: TEDxSomerville

Quick video on what TEDx is: Here is a 4-minute video produced by TED that showcases the remarkable work of TEDx organizers from around the world. It helps give you an understanding of what the events are made of and the powerful messages that often results.

If you are interested in attending, you must apply in advance! You can do so here.

If you know others who may be interested, PLEASE FORWARD this email along. The goal is to sell the 300 tickets to local community members first, before it's opened up to Cambridge/Boston. However, there will be some regional email blasts sent out next week, so now is the time to get your name in. pressure, take a peak at the website. I am REALLY looking forward to this event - it should prove to be an amazing day.

Local innovative thinkers/speakers, cuisine, musicians, and artists...all rolled into one event - how can you go wrong?!

Thursday, February 09, 2012


The Somerville Arts Council announces the ArtBeat Talent call and Craft Vendor application.
Download here:

ArtBeat will be on July 20 & 21.

The 2012 theme is Migration.

Migration evokes many ideas: movement, immigration, Monarch butterflies fluttering en masse and New England snowbirds heading to Florida’s balmy shores. We encourage artists to explore migration in various ways. Visual artists might explore how forms morph and move—like atoms within a molecule, for example. Dancers might explore flight patterns of migratory birds. Other ideas include an interactive map project in which Somervillians trace their migratory route to Somerville. Migration also can be explored from environmental, geo-political and inter-galactic angles. We look forward to your creative interpretations of this year’s theme!

Gregory Jenkins
Executive Director
Somerville Arts Council
617.625.6600 ext. 2985
City of Somerville
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone


Please join us for the following exhibition and opening reception on
Saturday, Feb. 11, from 1-3 p.m..

Robin Bowman: It’s Complicated: The American Teenager
February 5 – February 25, 2012

Robin Bowman, an award winning Brooklyn, NY based artist will show her
black and white photographs at the Arts at the Armory Gallery this
month. This series, “It’s Complicated: The American Teenager,”
reflects Bowman’s 5-year journey traveling across the country
photographing teenage America. During this time she photographed over
400 teens using a Polaroid camera that gave her both a positive and a
negative. She used the positive to show the teens and gain their
trust. These powerful photographs give us a glimpse into their daily

This journey resulted in the publication of a book, “It’s Complicated:
The American Teenager” (Umbrage, Nov. 2007), which combines both
photography and candid interviews of the teens. The book won the Best
Photography Book of the 2008 Independent Book Publishers Awards and
was named as one of the top ten books for young people by the YALSA, a
division of the American Library Association.

Bowman is a 2005 W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fellow. She has worked as a
Freelance photographer for such publications as the Berlin Journal,
Fortune, Life, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Time,
People, and U.S. News and World Report. She is the recipient of two
International Photography Awards for the American Teenager project,
including first place in the People/Culture category and second place
in the Fine Art/ Documentary category. Her photographs are part of the
International Polaroid Collection.

This exhibit opened February 5 and a reception for the artist will be
held on Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 1-3 p.m.

For further information please contact Michelle Fiorenza at or visit our website at

Free parking is available behind the Amory at 191 Highland Avenue,
Somerville, MA.
Public transportation to the Armory is accessible on the 88 and 90 bus
lines. The Armory is located about a 15 minute walk from Davis or
Porter Squares. Bike parking also available.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012


MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
Spring 2012 Monday Nights Lecture Series
Experiments in Thinking, Action, and Form
Monday, February 13, 7 PM
What Do Artists Know?
Contemporary Responses to the Deskilling of Art
Michael Corris, Professor/Chair of Studio Art, Southern Methodist University, Dallas
Some contemporary art is profoundly engaged with the world in ways that go beyond interpretation. We seem to be in the midst of a cultural moment where the instrumentalization of art has never been more widely accepted among artists. Whether such artistic practices seek to work across disciplines like science or sociology, or aim to intervene positively in the social and cultural life of communities, the artists involved may be said to hold in common the belief that there is a real advantage that flows from the fact that they come to the scene as artists. We are familiar with the notion of the artist as a problem-solver. But what of other, more contentious knowledge claims? Michael Corris is an artist and writer on art whose work is most closely identified with the critical practices and attitudes of Conceptual art; specifically, with the work of the collective, Art & Language.

ACT Cube, Wiesner Building (E15-001)
20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA

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Monday, February 06, 2012


Please Be Invited to the Artists’ Reception at the Bunker Hill Community College ART GALLERY

Thursday, February 9th, at 6p.m. for
Young, Gifted, & Black
A group exhibition of Massachusetts/Boston Area African American Artists under 40
Including the art work of:

Rashelle Brown Adam Bullock Tatia Cynae Bebe Broxton Kaia Niambi Finn Elisa Hamilton Stephen Hamilton Jennifer Hughes Karmimadeebora McMillan
Tasha Miller Destiny Palmer Jamaal Sheats Germaine Spruill Jamal Thorne Travis Watson Gaylyn Weekes Alison Wells Jae Williams… and others

Refreshments served, live musical, spoken-word and dance performances by:
Troy ELECTRIK KIDD Durden and the INCREDIBLES, U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo, Ms. TOYA TIFFANY,
and student members of the BHCC Learning Community Common Interest performance group TAKE A BOW.
Art supply give-away from Blick Art Materials.

Bunker Hill Community College ART GALLERY is Free, Handicapped Accessible & Open to the Public.
We are Located at the Community College STOP on the MBTA Orange Line.


Somerville artist Rajiv Ramaiah's subway-map inspired work is on display now through February 28th at the Porter Sq. Starbucks on Somerville Ave.

Check it out next time you're getting your caffeine fix!

Friday, February 03, 2012



SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 5-7 p.m.
1 Fitchburg Street

Artists: Sandra Allik, Sherry Autor, Bill Chisholm, Michael Crockett, Lois Fiore, Cynthia Frost, Lou Gippetti, Cynthia Maurice, Susan Schmidt, David Sholl.

For more information, please contact Debra Olin, Brickbottom Gallery Coordinator at 617-625-4962


Come by WSAC this Saturday from 6-9 PM for the opening of our latest show, Natural Abundance.


For Immediate Release

Washington Street Art Center
321 Washington Street
Somerville, ma. 02139

The Washington Street Art Center presents the opening of
Natural Abundance, an examination of Pattern, Preservation and Permanence. A
Group show of three Artists: Kat Ely,
Leah Meleski, and Monique Rancourt.

Opening Reception: Saturday February 4, 2012, 6-9pm

On View February 4 - 29 2012, Saturdays 12-4pm, and by appointment

This exhibition is the work of three artists:

Kat Ely’s sculpture captures the essence of the artifact and the environment from
which it was found. She uses the
permanence of glass and metal to juxtapose the temporal quality of these
objects. Each piece is a reliquary, in which she
attempts to illustrate the sacredness of the natural world by housing, protecting
and showcasing the things most people
ignore and overlook. Kat is the 2011 recipient of the NICHE Award currently
Working and Living in Boston Massachusetts.

Leah Meleski is a Contemporary Jewelry Artist aiming to create objects that
synthesize nature directly onto the body.
She is preoccupied with ideas of how one’s body can form the jewelry rather
than using a general structure for everyone.
One’s body contour is an integral way to incorporate perceptions from nature:
She can alter and integrate ideas about
impermanence, permanence, growth, decay and preservation. Leah Creates her
Jewelry in her home studio located in
Jamaica plain and Works as an Art teacher in the Wellesley school system.

Monique Rancourt is a Contemporary Jewelry Artist Creating wearable sculpture
that is inspired by historical references
specifically traditional body adornment of the pacific Islands and Africa. Keeping
these traditions in Mind Monique Pushes
the limits of Traditional metalsmithing and Jewelry techniques exploring Form,
Pattern, and texture from nature. Monique
Currently spends much of her time participating in fine Craft Fairs across the
country creating works and teaching in her
studio at the Washington Street Art Center in Somerville, Mass.

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The Washington Street Art Center houses Gallery 321, hosts studio space for
more that twenty visual artists, and
presents exhibitions, concerts, film series and other art initiatives. The center
participates in Somerville Open Studios
each May and an annual open studios in December.

The Washington Street Art Center is between Union Square and Beacon Street, a
five minute walk from Union Square
and a ten minute walk from Harvard Square (two blocks from Beacon Street). The
Center is near or on the following bus

routes: 83,85,86,87,91 and CT2. Parking is free and ample.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012


SLAM, in Davis Sq. Somerville, MA, is in its 3rd year and offers local artists a place to show and sell their work, as well as an opportunity for local residents to find a wide variety of art and handmade goods in one location. All media considered. Exhibit fee.


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