News and Notes from MCC Artist Fellows
We’re delighted to partner with the Simmons College Trustman Gallery to present the 2007 Photography fellows and finalists in Uncommon Denominator. Works by Ri Anderson, Claire Beckett, David Bookbinder, Stephen DiRado, Barry Goldstein, Adam Lampton, Rania Matar, Anne Rearick, Joshua Winer, and Tom Young will be on exhibit April 28 – May 30. Don’t miss a panel talk with Goldstein, Matar, and Rearick on Tues., April 29, 4:30 – 6 PM, reception to follow.
The New Art Center in Newton presents “On Drawing: Surface, Line, Mark,” which features work by numerous Massachusetts artists exporing drawing in diverse media. Former fellows include Aparna Agrawal (Drawing Fellow ’96), Thaddeus Beal (Drawing Fellow ’96, Painting ’02, ’06), and Maxine Yalovitz-Blankenship (Drawing Fellow ’83).
CRASHarts has commissioned and is presenting the premiere of new works by Boston choreographers Lorraine Chapman The Company (Choreography Fellow ’04) and Kinodance (features Alissa Cardone (Chorography Finalist ’06) at the ICA on April 11th and 12th.
Chrysalis Theatre will perform works by Artistic Director Andrea Hairston (Playwriting/New Theater Works Fellow ’03) and fellow troupe member Pan Morigan (Music Composition Fellow ’07) at Macon State College in Georgia on April 16. Also, “Double Consciousness,” an excerpt from Andrea’s novel Mindscape, will be included in the anthology Afro-Future Females: Black Writers Chart Science Fiction’s Newest New-Wave Trajectory, edited by Marleen Barr, forthcoming from Ohio State University Press, May 2008.
Jane D. Marsching (Photography Finalist ’03) and Deb Todd Wheeler (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’03) are both exhibiting at the Allston Skirt Gallery. Deb Todd Wheeler’s “Consumer Garden” is a selection of photos created in conjunction with her inventive interactive show at “Live Experiments in Human Energy Exchange. In that exhibit (installed at the Gallery at Green Street in JP), Wheeler encouraged visitors to create flora and fauna from colorful plastic shopping bags and wire. The photos at Allston Skirt capture these intriguing and delicate “flowers.” “Consumer Garden” is on exhibit April 4 – May 17, with free public opening receptions on the First Friday in April (April 4, 5-8 PM) and the First Friday in May (May 2, 5-8 PM). Also on view at Allston Skirt is “Jane Marsching: Test Site, Experiments at Blue Hill Observatory,” a solo exhibition of experiments in sound, video, performance, text, kites, and flags from Jane’s time as artist-in-residence at Blue Hill Observatory, Milton, MA this winter 2008.
Michael Hoerman (Poetry Fellow ’04) joins Timothy Gager, Rusty Barnes, and Matt DiGangi for a literary reading at Monet’s Garden Cafe at the Red Brick Gallery in Beverly. The reading takes place Thurs, April 24, 7 PM.
Innovative filmmaker Liza Johnson (Film & Video Finalist ’03, ’07) has a number of exhibitions in the upcoming weeks. Her powerful short film “South of Ten” screens at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on March 28. Here in Massachusetts, “South of Ten” will screen at MASS MoCA in North Adams on April 10. Then, her work will be included in a group show, 2Move:Migratory Aesthetics, at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo (March 27-May 10), the Solstice Gallery in Dublin (opening May 3), and the artspace Belfast Exposed (opening May 3).
Dawn Lundy Martin (Poetry Fellow ’02, ’06) is one of the remarkable writers participating in State of the Art: African-American Poetry Today. Dawn joins chuck d, Elizabeth Alexander, Toi Derricotte, Cornelius Eady, Nikki Giovanni, Major Jackson, Yusef Komunyakaa, Carl Phillips, Quincy Troupe, Sonia Sanchez and Afaa Michael Weaver, reading from and discussing contemporary African-American poetry. The event is at the Metcalf Ballroom, George Sherman Student Union, Boston University, on Wed., April 2, with a 4 PM panel and 6:30 PM reading.
Rania Matar (Photography Fellow ’07) was named as a finalist for the 2008 James and Audrey Foster Prize, a biennial award from the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. Rania’s work will be part of a finalists’ exhibition at the ICA, November 12, 2008 through March 1, 2009. Winner to be announced in January 2009.
Rishi Reddi (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Fellow ’04) has received a 2007 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award for her short story collection Karma and Other Stories. The award is given annually to a New England author or a book with a New England setting. Bravo!
Congratulations to Tom Sleigh (Playwriting/New Theater Works Fellow ’03), who was selected as the 2008 winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award for his book of poems Space Walk. The $100,000 award is one of the largest monetary prizes in the nation for mid-career poets. Tom will be honored at the Tufts Poetry Award ceremony on April 15, 6:30 PM, at the Colburn School’s Thayer Hall in Los Angeles.
Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz (Drawing Finalist ’06) will exhibit her politically-charged paintings in “Surface to Air” at the Howard Yezerski Gallery. The oil paintings use altered surfaces and evocative images inspired by daily news and war photos to explore a world afflicted with violence. The show will run through May 6, 2008.
Sherry Steiner (Playwriting/New Theater Works Finalist ’03, ’07) wrote to let us know about the opening of two galleries in Housatonic, Mass. She opened ARTsModerne in January, exhibiting contemporary and vintage art. Then in March, she opened Le Petit Musee, exhibiting works of art within a former ironing board closet, in the same space as ARTsModerne. Both galleries are open every Saturday from 12-5 PM.
Paul Weiner (Photography Fellow ’05) was awarded first place in the Photo Review’s 23rd International Photography Competition. His flashlight portraits also were shown in the 1212 Gallery’s National Juried Photography Exhibition 2007, Richmond, VA and Project Basho’s ONWARD ’08 national juried exhibition, Philadelphia, PA.