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If you thought September’s photographic offerings were plentiful, fasten your seat belt. October is even richer with exhibits, artist talks and events of all shapes and sizes that ignite in one fiery word: FlashPoint! Boston’s first homegrown photography festival launches its inaugural run tomorrow, October 6th, with First Friday receptions in Boston’s SoWa arts district and culminates on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 with the FOCUS Awards ceremony at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. A lot is happening in between those two dates and even beyond, some of which require registration and/or ticketing. Plan ahead so you don’t miss out! For a complete listing of the activities and exhibits, go to: https://www.flashpointboston.org/
There will be an opening reception for Gray Matters at the Griffin Museum on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Preceding the opening, there will be a gallery walk with the artists at 5:45 PM. For more information, go to: http://griffinmuseum.org/show/francie-bishop-good-sandra-klein-marina-font-and-colleen-woolpert-gray-matters/
AND DON’T FORGET!
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – Two exceptional photography exhibits are on view, only through November 5th, 2017: Alfred Stieglitz and Modern America (see my review: http://elinspringphotography.com/blog/alfred-stieglitz-and-modern-america-at-mfa-boston/ ) and Charles Sheeler from Doylestown to Detroit (see my review: http://elinspringphotography.com/blog/charles-sheeler-from-doylestown-to-detroit-photographs-and-film-short-at-mfa-boston/ ). For more information about these exhibits, go to: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions?gclid=CLOC5Ja92dYCFciIswodgKUA5A
Although Boston is undoubtedly still the hub of the universe, there are some other great photography exhibits this month outside the city that I’d like to highlight.
Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, MA) – Traveling photographer William Bullard left behind a trove of over 5,400 glass negatives at the time of his death in 1918. Among these negatives are over 230 portraits of African Americans and Native Americans mostly from the Beaver Brook community in Worcester, Massachusetts. Rediscovering an American Community of Color features eighty of these unprinted and heretofore unpublished photographs that otherwise may have been lost to history. Bullard identified over 80% of his sitters in his logbook, making this collection an especially rare photographic record of people of color taken before World War I and enabling both specific stories and a wider historical context regarding race, migration, immigration, and the creation of community. The exhibit will run from October 14, 2017 – February 25, 2018. For more information, go to: http://www.worcesterart.org/exhibitions/william-bullard/
deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum (Lincoln, MA) – Bodies In Water, drawn from deCordova’s permanent collection, captures the myriad ways photographers have explored the human body in relation to water, contrasting its fluidity with the physicality of flesh in textured and metaphoric imagery. Organized by Koch Curatorial Fellow Martina Tanga, the artists in this exhibition include David Armstrong, Shimon Attie, Karl Baden, Stephan Brigidi, Paul D’Amato, Susan Derges, Chris Enos, Dore Gardner, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Russel Hart, David Hilliard, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Mary Mattingly, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, John O’Reilly, Melissa Ann Pinney, and Edward Weston. The exhibit will run from October 6th, 2017 – March 11, 2018. For more information, go to: https://decordova.org/art/exhibition/bodies-water
Providence Center for Photographic Arts (Providence, R.I.) – The 4th Open Call Exhibition was jurored this year by Julie Grahame, publisher of aCurator.com online photography magazine and features exceptional imagery from photographers across the country, on view from October 12th – November 3rd, 2017. There will be an artists’ reception on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 from 5:00 – 9:00pm. For more information, go to: http://providencephoto.org/4th-open-call-exhibit-jurored-julie-grahame/
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For a complete listing of all programming associated with FlashPoint Boston, go to: https://www.flashpointboston.org/