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Officially, the season changes in March but as any New Englander knows, it’s still winter here. If you’d like to jumpstart springtime, you can travel to another time and place in our galleries and museums. Some are even featuring verdant visions of seasonal rebirth. Get your juices flowing with my Best Photo Picks for Boston and beyond in March 2018!
Panopticon Gallery – Take a breath of fresh air in the group show In The Garden, featuring work by Christine Collins, Beth Dow (above), John Grant, Brenton Hamilton, Cig Harvey (feature image), Joshua White, Wendi Schneider, and David Graham White from March 1st – April 30th, 2018 with an Opening Reception POSTPONED TO March 29th from 6:00 – 8:00pm. For information, go to: https://www.panopticongallery.com/
Griffin Museum at Lafayette City Center – In the group exhibit Tree Talk, a broad spectrum of arboreal images have been organized to flow as a narrative from the beginning to end of the passageway gallery, inviting conversation between works by 66 photographers: Roger Archibald, Frank Armstrong, Craig Becker, Karen Bell, Patricia A. Bender, Anne Berry, Meg Birnbaum, Todd Bradley, Joy Bush, Jessica Chen, Robert Dash, Adam Davies, Adrienne Defendi, L. Aviva Diamond, Barbara Diener, Benjamin Dimmitt, Estelle Disch, Alex Djordjevic, Ken Dreyfack, Mitch Eckert, Carol Erb, Diane Fenster, Kev Filmore, Doug Fogelson, Connie Gardner Rosenthal, Conrad Gees, Linda Haas, Law Hamilton, Charlotta Hauksdottir, Jeanne Hildenbrand, Mark Indig, Carol Isaak, Diana Nicholette Jeon, Doug Johnson, Amy Kanka Valadarsky, Susan Keiser, Sandra Klein, Karen Klinedinst, Brian Kosoff, David Kulik, Susan Lapides, Mark Levinson, Susan Lirakis, Aline Mare, Kevin Miyazaki, Colleen Mullins, Arthur Nager, Bernie Newman, Marcy Palmer, Jane Paradise, Susan Prediger, Paula Riff, Gordon Reynolds, Gail Samuelson, Holly Roberts, Wendi Schneider, Jean Schnell, Tony Schwartz, Sara Silks, Richella Simard, David Whitney, Vicky Stromee, Dawn Watson, Nina Weinberg Doran, Dianne Yudelson and Mike Zeis. On view through May 30th, 2018, for more information, go to: http://griffinmuseum.org/show/tree-talk/
Robert Klein Gallery – Discover the stunning photograms made by visionary artist and MIT professor, Gyorgy Kepes in the 1980’s, on view through March 30th, 2018. This show runs concurrently with shows featuring Kepes’ groundbreaking photography at the MIT Museum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Center for Advanced Visual Studies, which Kepes founded. To read my review of these shows, go to: http://elinspringphotography.com/blog/gyorgy-kepes-retrospective-photography-shows-at-mit-museum-cambridge-robert-klein-gallery-boston/ For more information, go to: https://www.robertkleingallery.com/
Leica Gallery Boston – Leica Gallery Boston in collaboration with Leica Gallery Istanbul presents, for the first time in North America, a video and photographic installation revealing the multiple layers of manhood, The Myth of Men, by award-winning photographer and director Ahmet Polat from March 1st through April 29th 2018. An Opening Reception will be held on March 1st from 6pm to 9pm, followed by an Artist Talk on March 2nd from 5pm to 7pm. Ahmet Polat will also host a Leica Akademie Workshop March 3rd and 4th, 2018 entitled, Reframing the Frame: Reflective Visual Storytelling. For information, go to: http://leicagalleryboston.com/
Trustman Gallery at Simmons College – Edie Bresler’s solo show, Based On A True Story, is a site-specific installation of over 100 contact blue cyanotypes made with strangers (“a community of yes”), together with work that incorporates 19th century anonymous nude photography, digitally manipulated and clothed with embroidery by the artist in a blend of the past, the present and the fantastical. On view from March 19th – April 19th, 2018, there will be an Opening Reception on Thursday, March 22nd from 5:00 – 7:00pm. For information, go to: http://www2.simmons.edu/trustman/
Gallery Kayafas – Don’t miss The State of the Union, a timely and thought-provoking group show featuring the work of Kevin Bubriski, Caleb Cole, Harold Edgerton, Judy Haberl, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Steve Locke and Daniel Ranalli. To read my review, go to: http://elinspringphotography.com/blog/state-of-the-union-group-photo-show-gallery-kayafas-boston/ Several large-scale, mixed media pieces by Frank Egloff (1988-2018) will also be on view in the gallery through March 10, 2018. There will be a Gallery Reception POSTPONED TO Friday, March 9th, 2018 from 5:30 – 8:00pm. Starting on Friday, March 16th, 2018, the gallery will feature two solo shows by photographers assessing the powerful effects of place on its inhabitants: Yoav Horesh’s Serene Oasis and Shawn Bush’s A Golden State. For information, go to: http://www.gallerykayafas.com/
Griffin Museum at SOWA – In his solo show Seeking Glory, Edward Boches’ photographs from city gyms, especially in the old mill towns north of Boston, delve into the ways the boxing gym promises a way up for some and a way out for others, celebrating the strength and courage it takes to be a boxer. On view February 7, 2018 – March 30, 2018, a Reception will be POSTPONED TO March 9th, 2018 from 6-8pm. For information, go to: http://griffinmuseum.org/show/edward-boches-seeking-glory/
MIT Museum – The first of a two-part retrospective, György Kepes Photographs: From Berlin to Chicago, 1930-1946 features rare and never-before-seen photographs that span more than four decades of the artist’s creative practice and puts the his work into historical context, on view only through March 5th, 2018. Coming next, György Kepes Photographs: The MIT Years, 1946-1974 (March 16 – August 2018) will concentrate on the body of work he created while working at MIT. For a more intimate viewing experience, see the concurrent Kepes solo show at Robert Klein Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston through March 31st, 2018 (listed above). For my review, go to: http://elinspringphotography.com/blog/gyorgy-kepes-retrospective-photography-shows-at-mit-museum-cambridge-robert-klein-gallery-boston/ For information about the MIT shows, go to: https://mitmuseum.mit.edu/exhibition/kepes
The Cooper Gallery at Harvard University – The spring 2018 exhibition features an interpretive version of the remarkable installation by guest curator Awam Ampka, ReSignifications, originally presented in 2015 at New York University’s Villa La Pietra in Florence, Italy as part of “Black Portraiture[s] II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories.” On view through May 5th, 2018. For information, go to: http://www.coopergalleryhc.org/
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA – With impressionistic layering, Wendi Schneider seeks serenity amidst chaos in her series States of Grace, on view in the Griffin Gallery from March 6th – April 10th, 2018. Wendi will give an informal Artist’s Talk on Thursday, March 8th at 6:15pm, followed by an Opening Reception for all shows at the museum from 7:00 – 8:30pm. For information, go to: http://griffinmuseum.org/show/states-of-grace/ Also featured this month, the Davis Orton Gallery 8th Annual Self-Published Photobook Show, featuring 42 books selected by Karen Davis and Paula Tognarelli. For information, go to: http://griffinmuseum.org/show/davis-orton-gallery-8th-annual-self-published-photobook-show/
Griffin Museum at Greater Boston Stage Company, Stoneham, MA – Into The Moon’s Room, Rebecca Biddle Moseman’s entrancing solo exhibit, features moody, mysterious B&W photographs that weave the tale of “a boy’s honor and oath to his deceased aunt to carry on the story they created and threaded together about a black bird, and the moon.” On view in the Griffin Museum’s atelier gallery at the Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham, MA from January 18th – April 1st, 2018. A reception will be held on March 29, 2018 from 6:30-8pm. For information, go to: http://griffinmuseum.org/show/into-the-moons-room/
New England School of Photography (NESOP), Waltham, MA – In her solo show Trace, Alyssa Minahan utilizes photographic materials like analog film and unfixed gelatin silver paper in non-traditional ways, creating whispering, ethereal images that mirror complex emotions surrounding her sons’ fleeting childhood and encroaching adolescence. On view February 13th – March 16th, 2018. To read Suzanne’s review, go to: http://elinspringphotography.com/blog/alyssa-minahan-trace-at-nesop-garner-center-gallery-waltham-ma/ For information, go to: https://www.nesop.edu/events/the-garner-center/trace/
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA – The iconic painter Georgia O’Keeffe became the most photographed artist in the United States, beginning with over 300 images made by her photographer husband Alfred Stieglitz. See over 100 portraits of the artist by the most celebrated photographers of her time, integrated with her artwork and clothing in the mesmerizing “Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style”, on view through April 1st, 2018. For more information, go to: https://www.pem.org/exhibitions/georgia-okeeffe-art-image-style To read my review of this superb show, go to: http://elinspringphotography.com/blog/georgia-okeeffe-art-image-style-at-peabody-essex-museum-salem-ma/
Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT – The 2018 Open Juried Exhibition, juried by Shane Lavalette (Director, Light Work) features work from 29 artists from 13 US states and 2 countries. Festivities and food will be abundance and the winner of the VCP Solo-Exhibition Award will be announced at their Opening Reception on Friday, March 2nd from 5:30 to 8:30pm. For information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/334955370326673/
Newport Art Museum, Newport, R.I. – Curator Francine Weiss brings two exciting, photography-laden shows to Newport! In a solo show of her ongoing series Beautiful Boy, Lissa Rivera creates luscious photographs of her muse and romantic partner in fantasy scenes exploring themes of gender identity that deftly reference cinema, art history and culture. The group show Domestic Affairs: Domesticity, Identity and the Home is a multiple-media installation including the satirically engaging photography of Nancy Grace Horton and Nadine Boughton and quietly contemplative composite imagery by Astrid Reischwitz. On view through May 20th, 2018 (Rivera) and May 6th, 2018 (Domestic Affairs). To read my review, go to: http://elinspringphotography.com/blog/lissa-rivera-beautiful-boy-and-domestic-affairs-group-show-at-newport-art-museum-in-ri/ For information, go to: http://www.newportartmuseum.org/Exhibitions/Now-on-View
Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, R.I. (formerly PCPA) – The terrifically empowering group show Outspoken features photographs by Nadine Boughton, Blake Fitch (above), Nancy Grace Horton, Marky Kauffmann, Tira Khan, Rania Matar and Emily Schiffer. On view from Thursday March 15th – April 13th, 2018, there will be an Opening Reception on March 15th, 2018 from 5:00 – 9:00pm. For information, go to: https://www.riphotocenter.org/outspoken/
EVENTS OF NOTE!
In conjunction with Tree Talk and Tree Talk On-line exhibitions, The Griffin Museum is pleased to host Bruce Myren to talk about his work “The Washington Elm and the Fate of Elms” on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 from 7:00 – 8:30pm. For information, go to: http://griffinmuseum.org/event/artist-talk-bruce-myren/
The New England School of Photography has opened its Call for Entries to the 2nd Annual Juried Group Show (the 1st in its new digs in Waltham, MA) on the theme This American Landscape, guest juried by Jim Dow! Entry deadline is March 29th, 2018. For information, go to: https://www.nesop.edu/events/the-garner-center/juried-group-show/
The Photographic Resource Center has just announced its Call for Entries for EXPOSURE 2018, the 22 Annual PRC Juried Exhibition. Juried this year by Christopher Rauschenberg, the show will take place at Lesley University’s VanDernoot Gallery from July 11th- August 18th, 2018. The deadline for submissions is April 8th, 2018. For information, go to: https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=5184
The Curated Fridge announces its Call for Entries for their Spring 2018 show. Francine Weiss, Senior Curator at the Newport Art Museum in R.I. is juror for this open theme exhibit. As always, there is no fee to enter and your submissions must be postmarked by March 31st, 2018. For information, go to: http://www.thecuratedfridge.com/Call-for-Entree
Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center will be hosting a Panel Discussion of photographer and Visiting Scholar Lora Brody’s The Reunion Project at Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 from 12:30 – 2:00pm. For information, go to: http://www.brandeis.edu/events/academic.html?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D126797451
As the Reunion Project moves into its fourth year and into senior centers, assisted living facilities and memory care units, this panel, made up of facility administrators, an expert on ageism, and women who have taken part in the Reunion Project, will examine the way the Project has impacted the lives of its participants and discuss how it has helped to redefine the place of senior women within their communities.
Presenters: Ginny Mazur, Community Partnership Director Goddard House, Ruthann Dobek, Director Brookline Senior Center, Margaret Morganroth Gullette, author Ending Ageism, Suzy Geers, Community Relations Specialist, The Overlook Communities.
Feature Image: “The Orchard, 2013” (Detail) by Cig Harvey (courtesy of the artist and Robert Klein Gallery, Boston).