This past winter, we did a preview for the spring semester's most exciting new exhibitions. Now we are emerging on the beginning of the fall semester, and perhaps one of the most exciting seasons for the arts, with galleries all over the city waking from their summer slumbers to present compelling new work.
Boston's many acclaimed institutions are no exception. Here are 8 exhibitions opening at some of the country's best campus galleries and museums:
August 11 – October 23, 2016
This unique exhibition presents a 30-year retrospective of work by designer Ralph Pucci, curated by the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). Pucci's work is both innovative and influential in the fashion retail industry, reflecting social and cultural trends in body image, fashion, and individual identity. The exhibition illuminates an aspect of the New York City fashion business not often addressed in the fine art setting, but which is essential to the industry.
September 10 – November 19, 2016
In a retrospective that spans all three of Lesley University's art galleries, this retrospective showcases work by legendary American photographer, Irving Penn. This is the first retrospective of Penn's work in over 20 years, and includes 140 photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's permanent collection. Penn's photography examined the cultural significance of personal and public style, using outward appearance to reach for the deeper significance of human experience.
September 11 – December 11, 2016
Sarah Sze combines sculpture, installation, and painting in large-scale architectural landscapes from the scenes and objects of everyday life. Sze works with a variety of materials ranging from found objects to handmade sculpture, to living plants. For this exhibition, she will create a new, site-specific installation in the Lois Foster Wing of the Rose Art Museum.
The opening reception for this exhibition will be on Sunday, September 11th, from 5 - 9 p.m.
September 14 – December 4, 2016
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Tufts University Art Gallery will present an exhibition addressing the changing role of portraiture in examining individual, social, and institutional identities, and the varying concepts of gaze used in observing it. It will draw from Tufts University's permanent art collection and contemporary art exhibition history, with nearly 100 works in a variety of media. The 50 artists featured will span from the mid-nineteenth century to present day, nearly all concerned with the human figure.
September 19 – December 3, 2016
Encircling the World is a multidisciplinary exhibition featuring 14 international artists, whose work visualizes scientific inquiry. Datasets and natural phenomena are interpreted in unique, aesthetically stimulating methods. Each artist investigates scientific practice, and materializes its discoveries in unique ways. The work featured is both inventive and compelling, and a testament to the intersection between science and art, logical and beautiful, in their dedication to imagination.
There will be a reception for the exhibition on Monday, September 19th, from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
September 28 2016 – December 18, 2016
The Davis Museum will present the first retrospective of the work of notable postwar female photographer, Charlotte Brooks. Despite being pigeonholed with assignments which primarily featured domestic subjects, Brooks' photojournalism used the opportunity to cover concerns of civil liberties and women's rights. This exhibition consists primarily of Brooks' work at Look magazine, which featured her best-known work, and where she was one of only a handful of women who ever hired.
There will be a curatorial gallery talk with exhibition curator, Ileana Selejan on Tuesday, October 4th, at 4 p.m. at the Davis Galleries.
October 14, 2016 – January 8, 2017
This solo exhibition will present three major, interlocking projects by LA artist Edgar Arceneaux, whose work spans from installation and sculpture to drawing and photography. The work in this exhibition all reflect on history and remembrance, especially that of African-Americans, and how social and cultural narratives transform with time. This exhibition will be premiering a brand new installation, Until, Until, Until (2016), which will examine Broadway artist Ben Vereen's controversial performance during Regan's 1981 inauguration.
November 4, 2016 – April 9, 2017
The Materiality of Mourning will be an exhibition of recent work by Doris Salcedo, a Bogotá-based artist whose sculptures and installations honor the victims of political violence in Columbia and beyond. A Flor de Piel (2013), a large-scale tapestry made of thousands of preserved red rose petals meant to be a shroud for a nurse who was tortured to death in the Columbian War. It will be shown publicly for the first time in this exhibition, along with several additional objects and a collection of Salcedo's small sculptures.
There will be an opening celebration for this exhibition on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 6 - 7:30 p.m., including a discussion between Doris Salcedo and Elaine Scarry, the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value at Harvard, as well as a Q&A with the artist.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016: Puloma Ghosh