Boston is known for its abundance of higher education institutions. As the many local universities reopen in 2016, so do their galleries. Here are five current and upcoming college exhibitions to visit this winter:
November 24, 2015 - February 14, 2016
The University Art Gallery at UMass Dartmouth is currently featuring ConTexts, a series of work by Wendy Wahl made entirely from repurposed encyclopedias. The pages are folded, rolled up, cut, and glued to form landscapes and creatures of shifting textures. Each piece transforms at every angle as the light plays through the thin paper. Catch Wahl’s work before the exhibit ends mid-February.
January 12 - February 7, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 21, 2016; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Opening late January at Carol Schlosberg Gallery, Free Air 4 You features the latest work of Massachusetts-based photographer Remi Thornton. Shot exclusively at night, Thornton’s photographs capture moments of poetic tension suspended in the glow of streetlights. Each image illuminates a small piece of the secrets hidden behind the cloak of night.
January 29 - March 20, 2016
Opening Reception: January 28, 2016; 6 p.m.
In late January, Boston University’s 808 Gallery will present work related to the French installation of South African artist Paul Emmanuel’s evocative series, Lost Men. Lost Men France was a public installation of five large silk banners depicting the artist’s body with the names of French, German, South African, and Allied servicemen imprinted on them. The banners flew in Somme for a summer, and the images of their wear, as well as the drawings, prints, and videos that appear alongside them, explore concepts of loss, remembrance, and male identity.
February 12 – June 5, 2016
The Rose Art Museum presents a retrospective exhibit of Rosalyn Drexler, iconic Pop artist and writer. Drexler has been a prominent figure in the New York art scene for many decades, and her work ranges from collages and large format paintings, to novels and screenplays. Every piece contains commentary of the social climate of the time, touching on weighty issues such as race, gender, and abuse. Opening Valentine’s Day weekend, Who Does She Think She Is? features multidisciplinary pieces that showcase Drexler’s career as an accomplished artist and cultural critic.
February 19, 2016 - April 17, 2016
Opening Reception: February 18, 2016; 6 p.m.
Opening this weekend, I Must First Apologize is an installation in the Hayden and Reference Galleries of MIT’s List Visual Arts Center by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige that examine the history of online spam and scamming. The Beirut and Paris based artists have been collecting materials for this project since 1999, and this exhibition creates a visual narrative that explores the psychological techniques and complex relationships engrained within this cultural phenomenon.