5 College Art Exhibits to Check Out This Semester

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:

1.     ConTexts at UMass Dartmouth’s University Art Gallery

            November 24, 2015 - February 14, 2016

Wendy Wahl: ConTexts
Photo Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Art Gallery

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.

2. Free Air 4 You at Montserrat College of Art's Carol Schlosberg Gallery

        January 12 - February 7, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 21, 2016; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Free Air 4 You
Remi Thornton
Digital C-Print, 2015
Image Courtesy of Montserrat College of Art

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.

3.     Remnants at Boston University’s 808 Gallery

            January 29 - March 20, 2016
            Opening Reception: January 28, 2016; 6 p.m.

Image courtesy of Boston University

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.


4.     Rosalyn Drexler: Who Does She Think She Is? at Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum           

          February 12 – June 5, 2016

The Defenders
Rosalyn Drexler, 1963
Image Courtesy or Rosalyn Drexler / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York & Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, NY
Image Source Courtesy of The Rose Art Museum

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.

5.     I Must First Apologize… at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center

            February 19, 2016 - April 17, 2016
           Opening Reception: February 18, 2016; 6 p.m.

Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige,
The Rumor of the World, 2014
Video installation, 23 screens, 100 loudspeakers, 38 HD films variable lengths
Photo courtesy of Villa Arson, Nice, France
Image Courtesy of MIT List Visual Arts Center

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.