News and Notes from MCC Artist Fellows
MCC Photography Artist Fellows Rania Matar (’07), Amber Davis Tourlentes (’05), Mari Seder (’03), Sarah Malakoff (’01), Leslie Starobin (’95), and Willard Traub (’86) are all on display at the New England Photography Biennial at the Danforth Museum of Art, through October 28.
Several mild-mannered MCC Artist Fellows and Finalists are part of the artist-created Superheroes Project. Hannah Barrett (’04), Jane Marsching (’99, ’03), Andrew Mowbray (’05), Nick Rodrigues (’07), Laurel Sparks (’04), Jeff Warmouth (’05), Rachel Perry Welty (’04), and Deb Todd Wheeler (’03) all shed their secret identities to participate in the Superheroes Project, featured in a Boston Magazine article. An iconic image featuring 18 Boston artists as larger-than-life superheroes will be unveiled at an event at the Mills Gallery on Oct 23.
Maria Luisa Arroyo (Poetry Fellow ’04) is among the poets reading/performing at the Florence Poets Society’s Florence Poetry Outdoor Festival. October 7, 1-4 PM, Look Park, Sanctuary, Northampton. Maria is also the featured poet at Spoken Word Saturdays at the Springfield Library, Central Branch. She reads on Saturday, October 13, 1 PM, Springfield Library.
Alissa Cardone (Choreography Finalist ’02, ’06) will be one of the featured dancers in “Butoh America,” directed by Butoh master Akira Kasai. Boston-based dancer/choreographer Alissa Cardone has been training and performing with Kasai since 2001. The event takes place at the Japan Society in New York City, Thursday, October 25 through Saturday, October 27.
Peter Child’s (Music Composition Fellow ’86, ’89, Finalist ’03) “Triptych,” dedicated to Frank Battisti, Conductor Emeritus of NEC Wind Ensemble, will receive its world premiere by the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble at Jordan Hall in Boston, October 11, 2007, 8 PM. Incidentally, Peter’s new CD “Tableaux: Chamber and Chorale Music of Peter Child” was released by Lorelt (Lontano Records Limited) in the UK. The CD featuring the London-based contemporary music ensemble Lontano, harpsichordist Maggie Cole, and the BBC Singers.
Meryl Cohn’s (Playwriting/New Theater Works ’07) new comedy Reason to Live is the Sixth Annual Women’s Week Production of the New Provincetown Players. Meryl’s a wiz with intelligent, sexy, but majorly damaged characters, and this play about a family wedding on the fritz sounds like big laughs with real humanity. It runs October 6-14, 2007 at the Provincetown Theater.
Timothy Coleman (Crafts Finalist ’07) is exhibiting in the New Hampshire Furniture Masters annual auction. The auction takes place at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on October 21, at 4 PM.
Vico Fabbris (Painting Fellow ’06) presents a slideshow/talk on his series Botanical Unknown, lushly detailed paintings of extinct plants that the artist has, in fact, invented. The presentation is at the Art Institute of Boston on October 26, at 12:30 PM.
Deborah Lake Fortson (Playwriting/New Theater Works Fellow ’05) traveled across the country interviewing social workers and child survivors of sexual trafficking to create her play Body and Sold, which will be read as part of a special benefit for the Brookline Teen Center, on Wednesday, October 3, 6:30-8:30 PM, at the Brookline High School Roberts-Dubbs Auditorium.
Laura Harrington’s (Playwriting/New Theater Works ’97, ’05) new musical Crossing Brooklyn, written with composer Jenny Giering, will be produced by the Transport Group in New York City. Crossing Brooklyn runs October 19-November 18. Check out this great video about the creation of Crossing Brooklyn, created by Broadwayworld.com.
Michael Hoerman (Poetry Fellow ’04) reads his poetry as part of the Kerouac Conference on Beat Literature. The reading, which features Hoerman, Anne Murphy, and Paul Marion, is at 3:30 PM on October 5 at the O’Leary Library at UMass-Lowell. Later in the month, Michael joins poets Robert K. Johnson, John Sturm, and Charles Coe for an annual celebration of the birthday and legacy of e.e. cummings. The reading takes place in Forsyth Chapel at Forest Hills Cemetery on Sunday, October 21, 2 PM.
Kristen Kieffer (Crafts Finalist ’07) is showing in “The Tea Party Revisited: Focus on Form and Function,” an invitational exhibition highlighting artist-made teapots. On exhibit October 5 – December 31 at P!NCH Gallery in Northampton. Incidentally, Kristen’s own studio show and sale takes place at her studio in Baldwinville October 13 and 14.
Robert Knox’s (Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Finalist ’04) short story “The Man Who Would Be Me” is published in the current issue of uglycousin.com, an intriguing online journal that makes delicious literary lemonade out of work rejected by other publications.
Shirish Korde’s (Music Composition Fellow ’79, ’01, ’07) violin concerto Svara-Yantra will have its US premiere with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, in three different spaces: Mechanic’s Hall in Worcester (Thursday, October 17, 8 PM), Sanders Theatre in Cambridge (Thursday, October 18, 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 21, 3 PM), and Jordan Hall in Boston (Saturday, October 20, 8 PM). Svara-Yantra was the work that garnered Shirish Korde a 2007 Artist Fellowship in Music Composition.
Dorothy Simpson Krause (Drawing Finalist ’04), fresh from exhibits at the John Curtin Gallery in Perth, Australia and the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, is part of the Women Who Travel invitational exhibition, at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, through October 28.
Rania Matar (Photography Fellow ’07) will be the guest lecturer at the Griffin Museum of Photography Senior Sunday Talk. The free eventtakes place at the Griffin Museum of Photography on Sunday, October 14, at 3 PM.
Barbara Moody’s (Drawing Finalist ’04) fascinating drawings of mysterious, intricate piles with hints of obscured – possibly discarded – living beings are on exhibit at Kingston Gallery, October 2-27. Opening reception October 5th, 5-7:30 PM.
Marlo Poras’s (Film & Video Fellow ’05) documentary Run Granny Run, about nonegenarian activist Doris “Granny D” Haddock, will screen at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston at 1:30 PM on October 7. The film will also have its television premiere on HBO on October 18 at 9pm.
Mimi Rabson (Music Composition Fellow ’03) performs on violin, along with Bruno Raberg on bass, in Compositional Improvisations and Improvised Compositions, at the Depot Square Gallery in Lexington. The performance is at 7:30 PM on Oct 19. Mimi also plays with the Really Eclectic String Quartet at First Parish Church in Concord, on Oct 21, 4-6 PM.
Mary Sherman (Painting Finalist ’04) is one of 50 invited artists participating in AmericAura. Three separate works-on-paper exhibits explore notions about progress and development in America. Part I: AmericAura, Augusta Savage Gallery, on exhibit through October 19; Part II: AmericAura, Augusta Savage Gallery, October 26-November 20, Opening Reception, October 26, 5-7 PM; Part III: AmericAura, Hampden Gallery, December 3-12.
Jeff “Jeffu” Warmouth (Sculpture/Installation Finalist ’05) and Ellen Wetmore co-created the installation “Land O’ Lactation,” exhibited through January 13 as part of the DeCordova Museum’s show Trainscape: Installation Art for Model Railroads. Artists’ talk on October 13, 3 PM.
Rachel Perry Welty (Drawing Recipient ’04) has a funky new solo exhibition, called “Harvest,” of drawings created from produce stickers. It’s at the Project Room at Yancey Richardson Gallery in NYC, Through October 27.
Deb Todd Wheeler (Sculpture/Installation Fellow ’03) is one of five American artist featured in “In Situ,” a fascinating exhibit of small metal arts that challenges the notion of what is jewelry. The exhibit is at the Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery at the Mass College of Art, October 15-December 7, 2007. Opening reception is Wednesday, October 24, 5 -7 PM. Deb will also be part of a fascinating symposium called “PARALAX,” about the “apparent displacement or the difference in apparent direction of an object as seen from two different points…” This symposium takes place on Saturday, October 27, 9 AM-5 PM.