Join us for an exciting lecture series with contemporary artists, authors and curators from all over the region! Preregistration is suggested.
Visiting Lecturers include:
Dan Witz / Gallery Work & Street Art / November 20
B.A. Shapiro / Author Event and Book Signing / November 21
Raúl Gonzalez III / Visual Artist / January 22
Maryanne O'Hara / Author Event and Book Signing / February 20
Garth Evans / Sculpture & Works on Paper / March 19
Pedro Alonzo / Freelance Curator / May 28
Raúl Gonzalez III
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 6-7:30pm
Raúl Gonzalez was born in El Paso, Texas and grew up going back and forth between El Paso and Ciudad Juúrez, México. In 2011 Beautiful/Decay in collaboration with Canson awarded him a Wet Paint Grant. In 2009 Gonzalez received an award from the Artadia Foundation for Art and Culture. He was voted Boston's best visual artist for 2010 by readers of The Boston Phoenix. His work has been exhibited widely in the northeast including The Drawing Center in New York, the Aidekman Gallery at Tufts University in Medford, MA and The Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts in Boston, Ogunquit Museum of American Art as well as on the west coast at SCION Installation, San Francisco Art Institute and Self-Help Graphics in Los Angeles.
In 2010 he worked on his first large scale mural sponsored by the Boston Arts Commission installed in the neighborhood of East Boston. Gonzalez is committed to introducing youth to the visual arts and has taught in the education departments of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 2011 Gonzalez collaborated with over 125 kids from all over the city of Boston to create a work titled "and their Families" for the Linde Family Wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Gonzalez lives in Somerville, MA.He is represented by Carroll and Sons, Boston.
Raúl Gonzalez received a Boston Art Award for Critics' Choice for Best Painter in 2009. That same year he also was an Artadia Award Winner.
In 2011, he received a Beautiful/Decay Canson Wet Paint Grant.
Gonzalez's work has been shown in various locations throughout the United States, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, the Scion Art Space in Los Angeles, CA, the Porstmouth Museum of Art in Porstmouth, NH, and Art Basel in Miami, FL.
He was included in the exhibit 75 Artist 75 Years at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, MA in 2011.
Author Event and Book Signing
Author of Cascade, a novel based in central Massachusetts
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6-8pm
Special Admission: $7 nonmembers / Always free for members
Desdemona Hart Spaulding was a Paris-trained, up-and-coming Boston artist when she married in haste and settled in the small, once-fashionable theater town of Cascade to provide a home for her dying father. Now Cascade is on the short list to be flooded to provide water for Boston, and Dez's discontent is complicated by her growing attraction to a fellow artist. When tragic events unfold, Dez is forced to make difficult choices. Must she keep her promises? Is it morally possible to set herself free?
I have lived on this Massachusetts river for most of my adult life, and I feel lucky to have landed on such a restorative shore at an early age. As a young mother caring for a baby born with a complicated, life-threatening illness (cystic fibrosis), I filled a lot of spiral-bound notebooks with a lot of angst while gazing out at this body of water. By my early thirties, in full-fledged, (and thankfully early) mid-life crisis, I sent myself to the MFA program at Emerson College, where I met many of the wonderful people who have enriched and encouraged my writing life to this day.
In the late 1990s, I began to write and publish short stories, as I'd dreamed of doing during those notebook-filling days. I also spent many years as the Associate Fiction Editor for Ploughshares, the award-winning Boston literary journal. My growing story collection was a finalist for awards like the Iowa Short Fiction Awards and the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Some of the stories were anthologized, and I won some grants in Massachusetts (thank you St. Botolph Club and Massachusetts Cultural Council). With my husband Nick, we focused on being present in each day and giving our daughter the best life we possibly could.
Sculpture & Works on Paper
Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 6-7:30pm
Born in Manchester in 1934, Evans studied at the Slade School of Art (1957-60), exhibiting regularly in London from 1962 until 1991. One of Britain's most innovative sculptors-a generation younger than Anthony Caro and coming before the New British Sculptors of the 1980s, which included Richard Deacon as well as Tony Cragg and Richard Wentworth, Evans is known for his use of geometric, asymmetrical forms and a commitment to using everyday materials such as plywood, fibreglass and polythene. Evans influenced a generation of British sculptors not just through his innovative approach to sculpture but also as a teacher at Central St Martin's School of Art.
Influenced early on by American Abstract Expressionism in painting, one of Evans' central preoccupations was how to create sculptural forms that carried no reference to the world. Pieces such as Untitled No. 37 (1967) show how Evans investigated this, working with the then new, versatile and lightweight medium of fibreglass, to depart from the sculptural traditions in bronze inherited from Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
Garth attended the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, London University, in London, England from 1957-1960.
He received various awards internationally including the Arts Council of Great Britain Major Award in 1975, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1986, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in 1996.
Since 1988, Garth has been on faculty at The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture in New York and since 1995, Garth has been on the Board of Governors for The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.
He has been invited to lecture at an extensive list of universities including Cardiff College of Art in South Wales, National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI, and Yale University in New Haven, CT.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 6-7:30pm
Pedro Alonzo is a freelance curator who has worked extensively in Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. From 1996-2002 he was an adjunct curator at the Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee, where he curated a series of exhibitions of artists from the Carribean and Mexico. He was also involved as a guest curator at Estacion Tijuana in Mexico. Alonzo has developed projects and organized exhibitions with many artists including: Miguel Calderon, Quisqueya Enriquez, Rineke Dijkstra, FAILE, Meshac Gaba, Rivane Neuenschwander, IÃ±igo Manglano-Ovalle, Chuck Ramirez, Paula Santiago, Dan Graham and Marcos Ramirez "Erre".
Most recently he curated a major street art exhibition, "Spank the Monkey", as well as "Freakshow" at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England and "Generations UsA" at the Pinchuk Arte Centre in Kiev, Ukraine. He is now working on a book for the German publisher Die Gestalen Verlag and a large scale group exhibition in his home town at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Since late 2007 he has been based in Boston, MA.
Alonzo has organized numerous exhibitions of contemporary art and culture, including Viva la Revolución: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape (2010) at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Dr. Lakra (2010) at the ICA/Boston; and Generations UsA (2007) at the Pinchuk Arte Centre in Kiev, Ukraine.
He co-curated Spank the Monkey (2006) at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England and Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand (2009) at the ICA/Boston.
Alonzo has developed projects and organized exhibitions with many artists including Miguel Calderon, Quisqueya Enriquez, Rineke Dijkstra, FAILE, Rivane Neuenschwander, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Paula Santiago, Dan Graham and Marcos Ramirez "Erre".
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the Instituto Technologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico in 1995.
Gallery Work & Street Art
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 6-7:30pm
Dan Witz (born 1957) is a Brooklyn, NY based street artist and realist painter. He grew up in Chicago, IL, and graduated in 1981 from Cooper Union, on New York City's Lower East Side. Witz, consistently active since the late 1970s, is one of the pioneers of the street art movement.
Dan Witz's paintings have been shown in galleries throughout the US and Europe. In June 2010 a monograph, "Dan Witz. In Plain View. 30 Years of Artworks Illegal and Otherwise", was published by Ginkgo press.
Dan Witz received a National Endowment of the Arts grant, in 1983, and fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, in 1992 and 2000.
In 1983 Dan Witz's first book, "The Birds of Manhattan" was published by Skinny Books. His second book, In Plain View, was released in June 2010, by Gingko Press. In September 2010, Gingko Press will release "Hummingbirds, 2011".
The work of Dan Witz has appeared in Juxtapoz, Time, Arts Magazine, New York Magazine, Sites, Public Art Review, The New York Times, The Daily News, Newsday, The New Yorker, Harpers, and Adbusters. Dan was an early and frequent contributor to the definitive street art website and blog, the Wooster Collective .
Witz's work can be seen in the 2010 Banksy film, Exit Through the Gift Shop. In 2006 the Lou Auguste documentary, Open Air, featured the studios and methods of Dan Witz as well as five other American street artists: Faile, Skewville, Mike De Foe, Espo, and Tiki Jay. His work was also featured in the 2005 film, To Be Seen, by Alice Arnold.
Dan Witz paintings have been shown in galleries worldwide; including: Jonathan LeVine Gallery, in Chelsea, New York; Stolen Space Gallery, London, England; Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Addict Galley, Paris, France; White Walls, San Francisco, and DFN Gallery New York.
Author Event and Book Signing
Author of The New York Times bestseller The Art Forger
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 6-8pm
Special Admission: $7 nonmembers / Always free for members
The Art Forger
In the early morning hours of March 18, 1990, two men dressed as police officers bound and gagged two guards at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, and stole thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million. Despite thousands of hours of police work and a $5 million reward, the artwork has never been recovered. Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there's more to this crime than meets the eye.
I am the author of six novels (The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless and Shattered Echoes), four screenplays (Blind Spot, The Lost Coven, Borderline and Shattered Echoes) and the non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze. In my previous career incarnations, I have directed research projects for a residential substance abuse facility, worked as a systems analyst/statistician, headed the Boston office of a software development firm, and served as an adjunct professor teaching sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University. I like being a novelist the best.
I began my writing career when I quit my high-pressure job after the birth of my second child. Nervous about what to do next, I said to my mother, "If I'm not playing at being superwoman anymore, I don't know who I am." My mother answered with the question: "If you had one year to live, how would you want to spend it?" The answer: write a novel and spend more time with my children. And that's exactly what I did. Smart mother.