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Ready for spring? Me, too. I’ve been ready through the entirety of our frigid March in Boston. Like many a New Englander, I’m ever hopeful that April will bring a permanent change in the weather pattern. But never fear, the photography world is charging forward with a great crop of April shows to buoy our spirits. Here are my best picks for the month ahead!
The Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill is exhibiting the work of renowned photomontage artist Fran Forman through May 19th, 2017. At the invitation of Senator Jason Lewis, the Griffin Museum selected Return to the Clouds, a solo show featuring Forman’s entrancing magical realism, conveying threat and hope, captivity and freedom (see above and Feature Image). An Opening Reception will be held in Room 426 of the State House on Thursday, April 27th 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00pm. Due to security concerns, an RSVP is required. For information, go to: http://griffinmuseum.org/show/return-to-the-clouds/
Griffin Museum of Photography satellite gallery in Lafayette City Center Passageway, Downtown Boston is welcoming spring with the group exhibition Aviary jurored by Griffin Museum Executive Director Paula Tognarelli. Sixty-one photographers explore a range of representations of birds, invoking concepts from jubilation to confinement, on view through July 21st, 2017. For information, go to: http://griffinmuseum.org/show/aviary/
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is showing Memory Unearthed:The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross, in conjunction with four complementary exhibits that fill the entire Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art through July 30th, 2017. With over 200 photographs, many taken surreptitiously by Ross under Nazi occupation, this exhibit presents a moving and intimate record from the rare viewpoint of the oppressed. Ross buried his negatives and returned to retrieve over 3000 of them after the war. This comprehensive and multi-faceted exhibit marks the first time Ross’ photographs have been shown in the United States. For information about this exhibit and related programming, go to: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/memory-unearthed
New England School of Photography (NESOP) in Boston’s Kenmore Square is exhibiting Intimate View, a group show of thematic work that reveals a private or intimate perspective on a personal subject, ranging from portraits to landscapes or still-life, jurored by David Hilliard. On view from March 28 – April 21st, 2017, there will be an Opening Reception on Thursday, March 30th from 5:30 – 7:00pm. For information, go to: http://www.nesop.edu/events/the-garner-center/juried-group-show/
Griffin Museum satellite gallery in Boston’s SoWa Arts District will be holding an Artist Reception for Lost Venice, Sarah Hadley’s intimate, dreamlike photographs on Friday, April 7th, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. For information, go to: http://griffinmuseum.org/show/lost-venice/
Gallery Kayafas in SoWa will be hosting an Artists Reception for Caleb Cole’s To Be Seen and Ria Brodell’s Butch Heroes on Friday, April 7th, 2017 from 5:30 – 8:00pm. For information, go to: http://www.gallerykayafas.com/ To read my review of this show, go to: https://whatwillyouremember.com/caleb-cole-to-be-seen-at-gallery-kayafas-boston/
Gallery NAGA in Boston’s Back Bay is hosting Sublimation, Peter Vanderwarker’s ode to winter in Yellowstone National Park. Known for his spectacular architectural photography, Vanderwarker utilizes line and shape in the organic world to create similar illusions of scale and form. There will be an Artist Reception on Friday, April 7th, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. For information, go to: http://www.gallerynaga.com/exhibition/upcoming/
MORE APRIL SHOWS AND EVENTS!
555 Gallery in South Boston is jumping with events this April! Pairings of photography and contemporary furniture from Ouimillie and Camden Hydes, curated by gallery owner Susan Nalband, are the backdrop for a series of Saturday events. Swirl. Sip. Savor. on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00pm will extend the concept of pairing photography and furniture to offerings of creative wine selections by The Maiden restaurant’s owner Jon Parsons, designed to complement the six gallery installations (see above). 555 Gallery photographers will share their personal projects with visitors on two Open Portfolio Days from 2:00 – 5:00pm: Saturday, April 15th features David Mattox, Elliot Schildkrout, Annemarie Whilton, Michael Benari and Neal Rantoul; Saturday, April 29th features Steven Duede, Gail Samuelson, Katherine Gulla and Dorothea Van Camp. The gallery is hosting an Artweek Boston Special Event on Saturday, April 29th for Alice Hargrave, Chicago-based photographer of the sensuous and stunning monograph “Paradise Wavering”. The public is invited to a free Reception at 5:30pm and an Artist’s Talk and Interview (conducted by me, full disclosure) at 6:00pm . Signed copies of Hargrave’s books will be available for purchase. For information and tickets to Swirl. Sip. Savor., go to: http://www.555gallery.com/
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA is featuring Voice of the Woods, a solo exhibition of Koichiro Kurita’s Walden Pond-inspired Calotypes in honor of the 200th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth. Embracing the Thoreau’s Transcendentalist philosophy and employing the slow and mindful Calotype technique developed by his 19th Century contemporary, photographic pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot, Kurita’s handmade images from the series Beyond Spheres reflect on man’s relationship to nature with elegant sensuality. On view from April 6th – May 28th, 2017, there will be an Opening Reception on Sunday, April 9th, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00pm. For information, go to: http://griffinmuseum.org/show/koichiro-kurita/
OF SPECIAL INTEREST!
Digital Silver Imaging (DSI) in Belmont, MA is hosting Documentary Matters, a free program sponsored by Social Documentary Network (SDN) on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 from 6:30 – 9:00pm. Sarah Blesener will present Toy Soldiers, her photographs documenting the rise of nationalism among youth in Russia via Skype from New York. Attendees are invited to share their own work and/or discussion. For information, go to: http://www.socialdocumentary.net/cms/DocumentaryMatters
Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA is exhibiting Respect Existence or Expect Resistance: Civil Rights Era Photographs from the Collection featuring 38 photographs illustrating aspects of the civil rights era in the United States. Works by photographers such as Elliot Erwitt (above), Harry Benson, Bruce Davidson, Dick Durrance II, Robert Frank, Paul Fusco, Danny Lyon, Gordon Parks, Stephen Shames, and Ernest C. Withers will be on view through July 30th, 2017. For information, go to:https://www.andover.edu/Museums/Addison/Exhibitions/CivilRightsPhotos/Pages/default.aspx?in=On+View+Now#3
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine is exhibiting The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum through April 30th, 2017. This exhibition of Wagstaff’s remarkable collection was all the rage when it opened at the Getty in Los Angeles and I caught the excitement when it visited the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT last fall (read my review here: https://whatwillyouremember.com/samuel-wagstaff-collection-of-photographs-at-wadsworth-atheneum-hartford-connecticut/ ). This show is worth a road trip so if you’re anywhere near Portland, you have until the end of the month! For hours, directions and information, go to: http://www.portlandmuseum.org/exhibitions/thrill-chase
South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA will exhibit “Black, White, Monochrome”, a national competition juried by Beth Urdang from April 17 – May 28th, 2017. There will be a free, public Opening Reception on Friday, April 21st, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. For information, go to: http://www.ssac.org/futureexhibitions.asp
The Curated Fridge, Somerville, MA the funky, fun boutique gallery hosted by Yorgos Efthymiadis and judged this spring by Danforth Art Museum’s photography curator, Jessica Roscio, is having its Spring Show Party on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 from 3:00 – 6:00pm! For information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/620750388121609/
Feature Image: “Deer Isle Morning Visit, 2015” (Detail) by Fran Forman (courtesy of the artist and Pucker Gallery, Boston).