Friday, January 28, 2011

Presentation at the IFA/NYU-Frick Collection, History of Art Symposium

I am thrilled to announce that my presentation was selected to represent Boston University's History of Art and Architecture department at the IFA/NYU-Frick symposium for Art History graduate students, jointly sponsored by the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University and the Frick Collection. I will present a version of my paper on artists' viewsheds that I wrote for Professor Keith Morgan's seminar. The paper is titled "Institutionalizing the Artist's View: The Viewsheds of Frederic Edwin Church and Winslow Homer." If you'd like to know more about viewsheds, here is a very short intro.

The symposium will be held April 15-16, 2011. They just posted this year's schedule; you can browse the program here.

ABOVE: a photograph from my visit to Olana

Monday, January 17, 2011

Exhibition overview: Traces at PAAM

It's always wonderful when photographers are not only great artists, but great people too. I was delighted to show Dan Ranalli's work in the 2004 PRC exhibition, Concerning the Spiritual in Photography. Since I am also a huge fan of his other series, I was excited when Dan asked me to curate a solo show of his work for the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.

For this exhibition, I wanted to focus on Dan's wonderful environmental work and, in particular, feature work that was created on the Cape. The gallery itself became a site-specific offering (and for two pieces, Dan wrote the accompanying text directly on the walls). The result was Traces: Daniel Ranalli, Cape Work 1987-2007 (October 15, 2010 - January 16, 2011). All told, the exhibition took about a year to plan and also included the organizing and writing of a catalog to accompany the show. The experience was great and the exhibition was very well received. The show received excellent press: Cate McQuaid penned a super review for the Boston Globe and Dan was interviewed for BU Today as well as Art New England.

The opening weekend couldn't have been more perfect.
Dan and Tabitha (also an amazing person and artist) graciously let us stay with them at their beautiful place in Wellfleet. The opening was well attended and I met many fascinating people. At an afterparty, the good conversations continued and we were able to celebrate Liz Unterman's birthday as well. The next day, we went for a hike and explored a gorgeous beach in the clear, bright October sun. The Cape is delightful in the fall!

Above and below are installation shots of the gallery. Overall, I am thrilled with the quiet, meditative space we created and how it all turned out!

Click on the above image, then click again, for a closer view

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Back to blogging, hopefully, and "This is your brain on grad school, Number II"

I've been a bad blogger. Such is life as a PhD student. I thought I'd do an update of my "brain on post-its" post/pic from the end of last year as a placeholder. The above pile represents my post-its from circa 40+ books and countless articles from last semester.

Before things get too crazy in my last semester of coursework, I hope to provide a few short updates on life and the following projects: the SPE-NE conference at RISD, the show Traces that I curated at PAAM, the essay I wrote for Sandi Haber Fifield's forthcoming book,
Between Planting and Picking (Charta, 2011), and anything else that comes to mind.

Until then, enjoy the pretty colors!