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May, finally! With promised flowers and all. As with every spring bloom in Boston, there’s lots going on photographically. So let’s get right to it. Here are my Best Photo Picks for May 2017, from Maine to Cape Cod.
THURSDAY, MAY 4TH, 2017
Photographic Resource Center (PRC), Boston is hosting EXPOSURE 2017, one of Boston’s favorite annual exhibits, juried this year by Sarah Kennel, Byrne Family Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. The photographs of fourteen national artists will be on view from April 28th – June 10th, 2017, during the last show in the PRC’s current space. There is a public opening reception on Thursday, May 4th, from 5:00 – 8:00pm. For more information, go to: http://www.bu.edu/prc/schedule.htm
Robert Klein Gallery, Newbury Street, Boston is hosting a solo show of Olivia Parker’s recent work in progress, Vanishing In Plain Sight, in which she luminously ponders the disorientation that her husband experienced as he declined with Alzheimer’s Disease (Feature Image and above). On view May 4th – June 24th, 2017. There will be a public reception with the artist and Sarah Kennel, Byrne Family Curator of Photography at Peabody Essex Museum on Thursday, May 4th from 6:00 – 8:00pm. For more information, go to: https://www.robertkleingallery.com/
Leica Gallery, Boston is hosting The Sea, a solo exhibit of EJ Camp’s medium format photographs capturing the reflections and textures of both tranquil and turbulent waters off Long Island. On view May 4 – June 27, 2017. There will be a public Artist Talk at 4:00pm followed by an opening reception from 6:00 – 9:00pm on Thursday, May 4th, 2017. For more information, go to: http://leicagalleryboston.com/
Garner Center at New England School of Photography (NESOP), Boston is exhibiting Revisiting Rockwell, Chicago photographer Maggie Meiner’s comically provocative photographic interpretation of some of Norman Rockwell’s most beloved American scenarios. On view April 24 – May 26, 2017. There will be an artist’s reception for the public on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00pm. for more information, go to: http://www.nesop.edu/events/the-garner-center/maggie-meiners/
FIRST FRIDAY, MAY 5TH, 2017
Gallery Kayafas, SoWa Arts District, Boston is exhibiting Caleb Charland’s solo show Under the Arc of the Sky, a delightfully diverse photographic exploration into the ideas of energy, motion and time, made visible through traditional techniques such as photograms and cyanotypes. On view April 14 – May 20, 2017. There will be a public Artist’s Reception on First Friday May 5th, 2017, from 5:30 – 8:00pm. For more information, go to: http://www.gallerykayafas.com/
Robert Klein Gallery at Ars Libri, SoWa Arts District, Boston is exhibiting Looking At Looking, a special selection of the masterworks displayed at its booth (my favorite) in the recent AIPAD Photography Show in NYC! Featuring portraits by Irving Penn (above), Diane Arbus, August Sander, W. Eugene Smith, Brassai and others, along with distinguished contemporary photographers, it’s a feast for the eyes. There will be a First Friday public reception on May 5th, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. For more information, go to: https://www.robertkleingallery.com/
Kingston Gallery, SoWa Arts District, Boston is presenting Mary Lang’s solo show Wonderland: Landscape Photographs, a psychological trompe l’oeil set with intriguing hints, asking the viewer to distinguish between reality and halcyon model railroad scenarios. On view May 3 – May 28, 2017. There will be a First Friday public reception with the artist on May 5th, 2017 from 5:30 – 8:00pm. For more information, go to: http://www.kingstongallery.com/exhibitions/2017/may-mary-lang-wonderland.php
Miller Yezerski Gallery, SoWa Arts District, Boston is featuring Arctic Abrasions, the photographically based multi-media work of Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz, on view through May 23rd, 2017. For more information, go to: http://www.milleryezerskigallery.com/exhibition/arctic-abrasions/
SATURDAY, MAY 6TH, 2017
Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA presents Contrasts:Varying Visions from Six Master Photographers, curated by Wheaton College Professor of Art Andrew Howard. Photographs by Fran Forman, Cig Harvey, Andy Howard, Lou Jones, Sean Kernan and Karen Rosenthal (above) offer a juxtaposition of contrasting styles and techniques in contemporary photography. On view May 4 – June 25, 2017. There will be a public opening reception on Saturday, May 6th, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00pm as part of the ArtSpring Cape Cod Festival. For more information, go to: http://www.ccmoa.org/upcoming-exhibitions
OF SPECIAL NOTE!
Scollay Square Gallery, Boston City Hall is presenting Stare: Greater Boston Photographers, a group exhibit curated by Karen Haas, Lane Collection Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. On view May 18 – June 27, 2017. There will be a public opening reception with artists and the curator on Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00pm.
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine is presenting Artist’s Choice: Photographs from the Judy Glickman Lauder Collection, a selection “unified by virtue of her interest in the way that photography is closely linked to the human condition in the modern area.” On view through July 23rd, 2017. The acclaimed fine art photographer Joyce Tenneson will be giving an artist talk about the collection on Friday May 12th, 2017 at 6:00pm. For more information, go to: https://www.portlandmuseum.org/exhibitions/artists-choice-0
Feature Image: “Be, 2016” (detail) from the series Vanishing In Plain Sight by Olivia Parker (courtesy of the artist and Robert Klein Gallery, Boston).