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Sweetness & Light! That’s what I need in these quickly darkening days, marked by one political crisis after another. How about you? November may bring shorter days and colder weather, but if we can tear ourselves away from the parade of horrors in the news, we can treat ourselves instead to the sweet photo exhibits and events in and around Boston. Here are my favorites for the upcoming month.
SOWA – BOSTON’S SOUTH END ARTS DISTRICT
Gallery Kayafas – With both sweetness in Jason DeMarte’s Confected (Feature Image) and light in Bruce Cratsley’s vintage B&W photographs, Intimate Light (above image), Gallery Kayafas is hosting an embarrassment of riches this month. Greg Heins’ recent color series Tokyo/Fragments enchants with sophisticated understatement and its own subtle glow (below). Emerging artist team pwmd literally turns things on their heads with their slanted take on dimensionality in the Project Gallery. The exhibits will be on view November 3rd – December 9th, 2017 with Receptions on First Friday, November 3rd, 2017 and on December 1st, 2017 from 5:30 – 8:00pm. For more information, go to: http://www.gallerykayafas.com/
Ars Libri – Robert Klein Gallery is presenting dual exhibits by the masterful Sebastiao Salgado, with a collection of his iconic photographs and books at Ars Libri in SoWa and the series Kuwait: A Desert on Fire at the Newbury Street Gallery, both on view through November 29th, 2017. There will be an Opening Reception on First Friday, November 3rd, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. For more information, go to: https://www.robertkleingallery.com/
KENMORE SQUARE, BOSTON
Panopticon Gallery – The two-person exhibit Alchemists features the photographs of Amy Friend (above) and Diana H. Bloomfield (below), who transform their images into magical journeys in delightfully unique ways. The exhibit will be on view from November 3rd – December 30th, 2017, with an Opening Reception on Friday, November 10th, 2107 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. For more information, go to: https://www.panopticongallery.com/alchemists/
THE BOSTON BURBS
The Griffin Museum at The Greater Boston Stage Company, Stoneham – In her solo show I Could Not Prove The Years Had Feet, Suzanne Révy shares her visual diary of the perils and poignancy of day to day life as her sons mature and her family evolves. The exhibit will be on view fromNovember 8, 2017 – January 14, 2018. There will be an Opening Reception with the artist on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:00pm. For more information, go to: http://griffinmuseum.org/show/suzanne-revy-not-prove-years-feet/
Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill – The marvelous group show Outspoken: 7 Women Photographers will be at the Hess Gallery from November 4, 2017 – February 10, 2018. There will be an Opening Reception with the artists on Friday, November 10th, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00pm – bring your sons and daughters! For more information, go to: http://www.pmc.edu/upcoming-exhibitions
The James Library and Center for the Arts, Norwell – In a solo show that might be considered a retrospective, except that he’s far too young, the talented Stephen Sheffield shares his elegant B&W photographic parables along with a range of his beautifully crafted mixed media pieces. On view until November 15th, 2017, so hurry. For more information, go to: http://www.jameslibrary.org/special-event/stephen-sheffield/
ROAD TRIPS WORTH TAKING
University of New Hampshire Museum of Art, Durham, NH – A Photographer’s Embrace celebrates Stephen DiRado’s 35-year career with photographs, films and projected images that all bear the intimate signature of this compassionate master photographer. On view through December 15th, 2017 (closed November 22-26). For more information, go to: https://cola.unh.edu/pcac/exhibitions
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine – Nan Goldin, whose harrowing, intimate photographic diary and landmark 1986 book, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency propelled her into the photographic Hall of Fame, has a retrospective solo show on view through December 31st, 2017. For more information, go to:https://www.portlandmuseum.org/exhibitions/nan-goldin
Providence Center for Photographic Arts (PCPA), Providence, Rhode Island – Bill Clark’s solo show Time Lines reflects his intense personal journey over the last year in abstract photographs that range from graceful to dissonant. On view from November 9th – December 2nd, 2017, with an Opening Reception on November 16th, 2017 from 5:00 – 9:00pm. For more information, go to: http://providencephoto.org/
WAIT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
NOTABLE EXHIBITS STILL RUNNING:
Gray Matters at Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
Rediscovering an American Community of Color at Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
Bodies in Water at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
For information about these exhibits, go to: https://whatwillyouremember.com/october-2017-best-photo-picks-and-flashpoint-boston/
György Kepes Photographs: From Berlin to Chicago, 1930-1946 at the MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA
For information about this exhibit (and its upcoming partner show), go to: https://whatwillyouremember.com/september-2017-best-photo-picks-boston-area-exhibits/
Feature Image: “Cowbirds and Cake Sprinkles, 2015” (Detail) from the series Confected by Jason DeMarte (courtesy of the artist and Gallery Kayafas, Boston).