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There are notable shows all over the Boston Metro map this month! Here are our Best Photo Picks for October 2018, listed geographically.
SOWA -Boston’s South End Gallery District
Fountain Street Gallery – At the Edge is a two-woman show including photographer Vicki McKenna, whose platinum/palladium photographs capture the tonal subtleties of transition zones in the natural landscape. Along with the paintings of Cheryl Clinton, the show will be on view through October 28th, 2018. There will be an Opening Reception on First Friday, October 5th, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. For information, go to: http://www.fsfaboston.com/edge/
Kingston Gallery – Nat Martin turns his penchant for transformation and reinvention to photography in New Landscapes in the gallery’s Project Space through October 28th, 2018. There will be an Opening Reception on First Friday, October 5th, 2018 from 5:00 – 8:00pm. For information, go to: http://www.kingstongallery.com/exhibitions/2018/october-nat-martin-new-landscapes.php
Howard Yezerski Gallery – Last chance to see the new abstractions by Amanda Means in her solo show, Folded Refolded Crushed Cracked, on view through Tuesday, October 9th, 2018. The gallery will be open on First Friday! https://www.howardyezerski.com/exhibitions/
Trustman Gallery (at Simmons College) – Vaughn Sills conjures both memory and poetry in True Poems Flee, her photographic memoir created on Prince Edward Island, on view through November 9th, 2018 (Feature Image). There will be an Opening Reception on Thursday, October 18th from 5:00 – 7:00pm and an Artist Talk on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 at 6:00pm. For information, go to: http://www2.simmons.edu/trustman/?_ga=2.66254125.245146159.1538589215-1608753303.1538589215
Panopticon Gallery (inside the Hotel Commonwealth, Kenmore Square) – Seven photographers express at least as many ways to love books in Bibliophile, on view through October 28th, 2018. For my review, go to: https://whatwillyouremember.com/bibliophile-group-photo-show-at-panopticon-gallery-boston/ For information, go to: https://www.panopticongallery.com/bibliophile/
Special Event! Panopticon Gallery will be hosting a book signing party for Boston-based documentary photographer Paris Visone on Wednesday, October 17th from 7:00 – 9:00pm. Visone’s debut book “For Real” (Peanut Press, 2018) presents her intimate portraits of famous musicians, as well as her own family, blurring the lines between private life, fame, and public persona.
Robert Klein Gallery (38 Newbury Street) – In a delightful selection of the fantastical to the mundane, American Structures features the work of eight photographers on view through October 28th, 2018. For my review, go to: https://whatwillyouremember.com/photo-shows-at-robert-klein-gallery-copley-society-of-art-gallery-naga-in-boston/ For information, go to: https://www.robertkleingallery.com/
Brookline Public Library (Second Floor Gallery in Hunneman Hall, Brookline, MA) – In his solo show, Fragments, Boston-based photographer Greg Heins transforms what ordinarily goes unnoticed into captivating images where “the subject is the formal relationships within the finished print.” A selection of his recent photographs will be on view at the Brookline Public Library through November 6th, 2018. For directions, hours and information, go to: https://www.brooklinelibrary.org/events/ongoing-events/exhibits/
Garner Center at the New England School of Photography (NESOP, Waltham, MA) – Part murder-mystery, part memoir, photographer Kristen Powell hunts down her paternal grandfather in Forged Recollections: Uncovering Marty, on view through October 26th, 2018. There will be an Opening Reception on Tuesday, October 16th from 6:00 – 7:30pm. For information, go to: https://www.nesop.edu/events/the-garner-center/forged-recollections-uncovering-marty/
Charles River Museum of Industry (Waltham, MA) – Boston-based photographer Steve Dunwell exhibits his remarkable portraits of some of the last New England textile mill workers in the 1970’s in his solo show, With These Hands, on view through January 24th, 2019. For information, go to: http://www.stevedunwell.com/CRM-site-2.html
Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester, MA) – Three solo shows exploring animals and the different ways we relate to them open on October 18th, 2018: in the Main Gallery, R. J. Kern presents his award-winning The Unchosen Ones and Out To Pasture; in the Griffin Gallery, Kate Breakey, presents her richly embellished photograms in Las Sobras/The Shadows; in the Atelier Gallery, Traer Scott exhibits Natural History, her captivating juxtapositions of taxidermy dioramas and the reflections of the museum visitors who view them. On view through December 2nd, there will be an Opening Reception on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 from 7:00 – 8:30pm and on Friday, October 26th, 2018, RJ Kern will give an Artist Talk at 7:00pm.
The Griffin Museum has a lot of excellent programming this month, from the 2018 Arnold Newman Prize Exhibition (October 9th to 13th, with events on Thursday, October 11th) to the 2018 FOCUS Awards Symposium on Sunday, October 28th, 2018. For more information, go to: https://griffinmuseum.org/
de Cordova Sculpture Park & Museum (Lincoln, MA) – Drawn from deCordova’s permanent collection, Larry Fink: Primal Empathy, focuses on the central role of empathy in Fink’s work. Whether photographing members of elite society or rural farmers, empathy fuels his curiosity about our shared humanity and shapes his decisions for lighting, framing, and positioning his subjects. Organized by Sarah Montross, Associate Curator, with Scout Hutchinson, Curatorial Assistant, the exhibit will be on view from October 19th, 2018 to March 10th, 2019. For information, go to: https://decordova.org/art/exhibition/larry-fink-primal-empathy
Boston Art Book Fair takes place over the weekend of October 12th-14th, 2018, at the Boston Cyclorama in the South End, featuring a ticketed Preview Party Friday night and Free panel discussions, workshops, book signings and more all day Saturday and Sunday! For hours, directions, tickets and more information, go to: http://bostonartbookfair.com/
Feature Image: “Between the Light and Me, 2018” (Detail) by Vaughn Sills (courtesy of the artist).