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Suddenly, it’s November. And none too soon, so we can get this vitriolic Presidential election behind us. Go vote, then take your mind elsewhere with some photographic treats to start off the month in and around Boston. Here are my top picks.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Tufts University Art Gallery – In honor of its 25th anniversary, the Tufts University Art Gallery features Mortal Things: Portraits Look Back and Forth, an exhibition about the changing role of artists and subjects and portraiture as a means for examining individual, social, and institutional identities, on view through December 4, 2016. Although a multi-media exhibit, many illustrious photographers are included, like Elliott Erwitt, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Rachel Perry and Rania Matar, who will be giving a public artist talk “Portraits and Identity” November 1st at 6:30pm. http://artgallery.tufts.edu/exhibitions/2016/mortalThings.htm
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Robert Klein Gallery (Newbury Street) – Celebrated color photographer Alex Webb will be exhibiting his exquisite work, culled from over 30 years of work in Mexico, in conjunction with the his latest Aperture publication, La Calle, on view through December 23, 2016. Opening reception with the artist is November 3rd from 6 to 8pm. Signed copies of La Calle will be available to purchase. https://www.facebook.com/events/1721931804796488/
First Friday in SoWa, November 4, 2016
Carroll & Sons – Photographs from Justin Kimball‘s eloquent series, Elegy, will be on view through December 21, 2016. An opening reception with the artist is November 4th from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Signed copies of Kimball’s book Elegy will be available for purchase. http://www.carrollandsons.net/exhibitions/upcoming.php
Gallery Kayafas – Steve Locke is showing his gut-wrenching series Family Pictures, through November 26, 2016. An opening reception with the artist on November 4th from 5:30 – 8:00pm will leave you speechless, if not crying, but his piercing mixed media installation is too important to miss. http://www.gallerykayafas.com/
Griffin Museum in SoWa – Michael Hintlian‘s The Big Dig displays his adroit and refreshing human angle on this famous Boston project, on view through December 4, 2016. A reception with the artist is November 4th from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Signed copies of Hintlian’s book Digging will be available for purchase. http://www.griffinmuseum.org/blog/the-griffin-museum-at-sowa/
Sunday, November 6, 2016
555 Gallery – Koichiro Kurita‘s solo exhibit Freedom of Spirit, Harmony with Nature features his elegant platinum prints inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau, on view through December 10, 2016. An opening reception with the artist is November 6th from 3:00 – 5:00pm. http://www.555gallery.com/
Just Opened, Off the Beaten Track and Worth the Trip
deCordova Museum (Lincoln, MA) – A dynamic survey of photographs by Edward Steichen, whose innovation as a photographer helped define the breadth of the medium in the twentieth century, drawn primarily from deCordova’s permanent collection, on view through March 26, 2016. http://www.decordova.org/art/exhibition/edward-steichen-twentieth-century-photographer
Harvard University Center for American Political Studies – American History, Re-Visited is a solo exhibit of photographs by Oscar Palacio focusing on the underlying meanings and historical narratives of popular historic sites: “What, when, how, where, why and who a nation chooses to memorialize, are many of the questions I address through my work.” Palacio’s incisive photographs will be on view through March, 2017. http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=cfd0c91a9a61e924d309f8a4b&id=fd35088991&e=91f7fadb95
Feature Image: “Nuevolaredo, Mexico, 1996” (detail) by Alex Webb (courtesy Robert Klein Gallery, Boston).