Pop-Up Art: Catch Them If You Can

Walking through the city streets on a Saturday afternoon, you might come across a small pop of color in an unexpected corner. Pop-up art is a phenomenon spreading throughout the country, and Boston is no exception.  It comes in the form of short gallery events, public art, and artisan markets.

Pop-up events are quick, one to three day events that give attendees a small taste of the culture available in their city. What began as primarily a retail trend has now expanded into the creative world. It can come in the form of art, design, fashion, music performances, and even food. The purpose is to exhibit the most talent with the lowest time commitment for both organizers and participants. The result makes products and experiences accessible to people who might not normally seek them out. As February winds down and we move into spring, more and more of these events will appear as the city wakes up from its winter slumber.

As pop-up culture gains momentum, more organizations have committed themselves to the form.

Darkroom Boston is an initiative founded by David Guerra that hosts pop-up photography shows around the city, affordable photography by emerging artists displayed on portable screens. It’s next show, dates TBA, will be The Suitcase Show BOG-BOS, featuring photographers from Bogota, Columbia.

Closed Doors  at The Armory Photo courtesy of Darkroom Boston

Closed Doors at The Armory
Photo courtesy of Darkroom Boston

Lesley University College of Art and Design, as a part of the Cambridge Arts Association 2016 Emerging Artists Series, has the LUCAD pop-up series, which showcases its students’ work through pop-up shows throughout the semester. Their next show is from February 26 – 27, 2016 at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery.

Lesley University College of Art and Design Image courtesy of Bruner/Cott Architects and Planners

Lesley University College of Art and Design
Image courtesy of Bruner/Cott Architects and Planners

POP Allston is pop-up space in Allston founded by artist collective, The IND!V!DUALS, that hosts different types of community pop-up events. They regularly feature an indoor skate park with lessons, yoga sessions, and a DIY bike shop. Upcoming in March, they will be hosting a vintage flea, Boston Bizarre Oddity Market.

Image courtesy of Pop Allston

Image courtesy of Pop Allston

Feminist Fiber Art is a diverse community arts group that focuses on women artists working with fiber art, that do empowering traveling art shows and events around Boston.

Image courtesy of  Tufts Observer

Image courtesy of Tufts Observer

Pop-up art shows are happening in SoWa too, with Gallery Kayafas hosting a pop up show,  “Small Motors”, in the last two days of February. The show will feature over forty artists, including a special performance by “Guardians of the Secret”.

Image courtesy of On the Grid

Image courtesy of On the Grid

Make sure to keep an eye out for future pop-up events around Boston as the weather starts to warm up. And if you don’t already, follow us on Twitter so we can share events and news with you on Boston arts.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016: Puloma Ghosh

6 Art Instagrams You Should Be Following

Instagram is a fantastic resource to keep yourself constantly updated on the art scene. Here are six Instagrams we love:

1. @ArtCube

An excellent source for new contemporary artists, ArtCube will keep you updated on emerging artists, and what you can look forward to at upcoming art fairs.



2. @DarkroomBoston

Darkroom is a Boston organization dedicated to making photography accessible and affordable, showcasing pop-up photography exhibits all over Boston. Their Instagram is a wonderful collection of contemporary photography, as well as a way to keep an eye out for where Darkroom exhibits will be popping up next.



3. @Drawbertson

Fine artist and dad, Donald Robertson will keep you entertained with great photos of his in-progress and completed work, as well as his adorable twin boys getting into mischief.  #BuyThemNothing!


4. @LeonKeer

Leon Keer’s street art brings the 2D medium right into the third dimension, using perspective to create paintings that literally pop out of the street. His Instagram is a great way to do a double take while scrolling down your feed.



5. @Natalia_Wrobel_Art

Natalia Wrobel's Instagram is a beautiful peek into the life of a Boston-area painter. This Cambridge-based artist presents a great mix of studio, gallery, and fun, and gives us a sneak peek at what we have to look forward to in her April duo show.


6. A tie between @MFABoston and @ICABoston

If you’re looking for contemporary art in the Boston area, the ICA and MFA should absolutely be on your follow list. Their Instagram accounts keep up-to-date on the work they’re featuring, including snapshots of exhibits and studio visits with their artists. 


And if you’re not following us already, be sure to keep updated with @AbigailOgilvy on Instagram!



Wednesday, February 3, 2016: Puloma Ghosh