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Not to burst your bubble but summer, well, it’s over. Many days, there is an undeniable chill in the air and leafy tell-tale signs are falling all around us. The good news is, the photography world is also scrubbing off sunscreen, rubbing sand out of its eyes and gearing up for the fall season. There are lots of exciting exhibits on the horizon for those around Boston this September, from the newly re-opening Panopticon Gallery in Kenmore Square to an event I look forward to every year, the Somerville Toy Camera Festival. So get ready, it’s go time!
Panopticon Gallery – (inside Hotel Commonwealth) This venerable gallery re-opens in its Kenmore Square location under the new ownership of Paul Sneyd (Panopticon Imaging) and directorship of Kat Kiernan (Don’t Take Pictures magazine) with At Sea, a group exhibit celebrating its new voyage. Works by Diana H. Bloomfield, Dan Estabrook, Amy Friend, Jefferson Hayman, Lisa M. Robinson, Andrew Seguin, Stephen Sheffield (above), Agnieszka Sosnowska (Feature Image), and Joni Sternbach unite ancient processes with new vision in their invigorating interpretations of the sea. The exhibit runs from September 6th – October 31st, 2017 with an Opening Reception on Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00pm. For information and directions, go to: https://www.panopticongallery.com/
Pucker Gallery – (240 67 Newbury Street)Newbury Street) A retrospective solo show of photographs by Paul Caponigro features his stunning gelatin silver prints, many from his Redding Woods series in Connecticut from the 1960’s and 1970’s, along with sensuous still-life photographs taken as recently as 2016. The show runs from September 9th – October 22nd, 2017. Meet the artist at an Opening Reception on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 from 3:00 – 6:00pm. For information and directions, go to: http://www.puckergallery.com/upcoming.html
Gallery NAGA – (67 Newbury Street) As surely as a garden tracks the change of seasons, Mary Kocol creates striking images of flora with natural elements in resplendent metaphors for the fragility of life. See her latest photographs in a solo show, The Garden Ephemeral, from September 5th – September 30th, 2017. Join Kocol at the Opening Reception on First Friday, September 8th from 6:00 – 8:00pm. For information, go to: http://www.gallerynaga.com/exhibition/current/
Robert Klein Gallery – (38 Newbury Street) – Sebatiao Salgado makes photographs that jump off the page, whether a majestic iceberg in Antarctica or a flaming Kuwaiti desert. In a solo show that harkens back to Salgado’s origins as a photojournalist, Robert Klein Gallery taps into the fresh relevance of his Middle Eastern work in Kuwait: A Desert on Fire, on exhibit September 5th – November 29th, 2017. This is classic Salgado imagery, as eerie as it is gorgeous. An Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, September 9th from 2:00 – 5:00pm. For information, go to: https://www.robertkleingallery.com/
Krakow Witkin Gallery – (10 Newbury Street) In another art world development, longtime partners Barbara Krakow and Andrew Witkin have formalized their joint efforts with the introduction of their newly named gallery, in the old location. Celebrating both the art and joy of correspondence, they present a group show Post-Card, featuring work by Carl Andre, Eleanor Antin, Hanne Darboven (above), Gilbert & George, and Sherrie Levine, on view from September 16th – November 4th, 2017. For information, go to: https://www.krakowwitkingallery.com/post-card-exhibition-2017
Leica Gallery Boston – (inside Park Plaza Hotel) Renowned French photographer Alain Laboile’s solo show Quotidian (“daily” in French), features B&W photographs of his large, scrambling family as they commune with nature and each other during daily life on their rural farm. While his grittiness and affection share some of the tenor of Sally Mann’s controversial family photographs from 1992, Laboile benefits from Mann’s trailblazing, a seismic cultural shift and his own notably dynamic viewpoint. On view from August 31st – October 29th, 2017, Laboile will be present at the Opening Reception on Thursday, September 21st from 6:00 – 9:00pm, he will give an Artist Talk on Friday, September 22nd from 4:00 – 9:00pm and will host a Leica Akademie Workshop on Saturday, September 23rd from 10 AM to 6 PM. For information, go to: http://leicagalleryboston.com/
Griffin Museum Satellite Gallery at Lafayette City Center – (Downtown Crossing) In a delightfully mind-bending narrative, 50 photographs trail the length of the LCC passageway gallery, featuring the work of 42 artists who question the ways we measure the world around us, from land to sea, fruit to nuts and every conceivable part of our bodies. The Visual Metric, curated by Griffin Museum director Paula Tognarelli, will be on view until November 7th, 2017, giving you plenty of time to go out of your way for this must-see show. A closing reception with some of the artists will be announced later this fall. For information, go to: http://griffinmuseum.org/show/the-visual-metric/
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – (Huntington Avenue) To celebrate the establishment of an independent Department of Photography at this revered institution, the MFA has reached into its rich archives to present two small, stellar exhibits: Alfred Stieglitz and Modern America, featuring 36 photographs, many of which Stieglitz donated to the MFA in 1924, making it one of the first museums in the US to collect photography as fine art; Charles Sheeler from Doylestown to Detroit presents 40 photographs from three notable series that helped establish Sheeler as a founder of American Modernism, drawn from the exceptional Lane Collection that was donated to the MFA in 2012. Both exhibits will be on view through November 5th, 2017. For information, go to: http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions
SoWa ARTS DISTRICT
Gallery Kayafas – (450 Harrison Avenue) The gallery opens its season with ABRIDGED, a solo show by Robert Richfield. His signature large, multi-panel assemblages transform panoramic landscapes into distinctive optical illusions, with this series focusing on bridges from all over the world. In the Project Gallery, discover an altogether different style of optical illusion in Ourglass, the evocative, distorted imagery by Seth David Rubin, created with handmade lenses and cameras. The exhibits will be on view September 8th – October 14th, 2017, with an Opening Reception on First Friday, September 8th from 5:30 – 8:00pm. For information, go to: http://www.gallerykayafas.com/
Robert Klein Gallery at Ars Libri – (500 Harrison Avenue) Gohar Dashti made an unforgettable impression on Bostonians with her searing photographs of social upheaval in war-torn Iran at the MFA, Boston in 2013. Since then, Dashti has only deepened her impact, cutting to the personal core of societal changes in Iran with theatrically-composed imagery that is equally clever and powerful. See work from three of Dashti’s latest interrelated series in Photos 2017 from September 8th – October 31st, 2017. There will be an Opening Reception with the artist on First Friday, September 8th from 5:30 – 7:30pm. For information, go to: https://www.robertkleingallery.com/
Kingston Gallery – (450 Harrison Avenue) In Fare Well: The Art of Ending, photographer Kathleen Gerdon Archer memorializes lost loved ones in a process referencing the condensation of organic materials by glaciers on the New England shore. By layering seeds, rocks and personal household items into frozen time capsules and photographing the vessels as they melt, Archer reveals the mementos in a colorful and gently evolving, organic tribute. The exhibit is on view August 30th – October 1st, 2017, with an Opening Reception on First Friday, September 8th from 5:00 – 8:00pm. For information, go to: http://www.kingstongallery.com/exhibitions/2017/september-kathleen-gerdon-archer-fare-well.php
The Griffin Museum at SoWa – (530 Harrison Avenue) Through September 12th, you can still see Unscene, featuring the work of Gregory Albertson, Amy Rindskopf and Jane Yudelman in images that evoke scenes that never were, as in Yudelman’s “Uncharted Constellations” (above), in which she digitally transforms the sparkling highlights of day-lit winter snows in northern Maine into imaginary star-filled nightscapes. (http://griffinmuseum.org/show/greg-albertson-amy-rindskopf-jane-yudelman-unscene/) Opening on September 14th, 2017, the solo exhibit Traces features the muted, sensitive photographs of abandoned farm houses by Ellen Toby Slotnick. (http://griffinmuseum.org/upcoming-exhibitions/)
Somerville Toy Camera Festival – (3 Locations) Somerville’s 5th annual city-wide celebration of lo-fi photography runs from September 8th – September 30th, 2017 and I, for one, won’t miss it! Featuring creatively captured and produced imagery from pinhole cameras to Holgas and beyond, I look forward to this display of imaginative photography all year long. Michael Kirchoff, this year’s esteemed juror, selected 86 photographs to be displayed across 3 venues, with Opening Receptions at the Nave Annex on Friday, September 8th from 6:00 – 8:00pm, at the Nave Gallery on Saturday, September 9th from 3:00 – 5:00pm and at Washington Street Art on Saturday, September 9th from 7:00 – 9:00pm. For information and directions, go to: http://www.somervilletoycamera.org/exhibitions/
Toy Camera Workshop with Bill Franson – (Davis Square, Somerville) Back by popular demand! Join photographer, educator, and 5-time Somerville Toy Camera Festival exhibiting artist Bill Franson for a hands-on lo-fi photography workshop. Saturday, September 16th from 10:00am – 1;00pm and free to you adventurers, but registration is required: http://www.somervilletoycamera.org/festival-events/2017/9/16/toy-camera-workshop-with-bill-franson
MIT Museum – (Cambridge, MA) The first of two sequential exhibits, Gyorgy Kepes Photographs marks the 50 year anniversary of the founding of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT in 1968, a program in visual design initiated by the deservedly celebrated artist and educator Kepes when he joined the School of Architecture and Planning in 1947. Featuring rare and never-before-seen photographs, György Kepes Photographs: From Berlin to Chicago, 1930-1946 (September 21, 2017 – March 5 2018) will focus on his time in Europe and Chicago; and György Kepes Photographs: The MIT Years, 1946-1974 (March 16 – August 2018) will concentrate on the body of work he created while working at MIT. Opening on September 21st, 2017, for information, go to: https://mitmuseum.mit.edu/exhibition/kepes
Griffin Museum of Photography – (Winchester, MA) The inaugural winner and finalists for the 2016 John Chervinsky Emerging Photographer Scholarship Award will be on view September 7th – October 1st, 2017. Scholarship Award winner Tricia Gahagan’s solo exhibit, 11:11 Mirroring Consciousness, shown in the Griffin Gallery, explores the introspective significance of moments we ordinarily breeze by and contemplates how the world mirrors our own inner state (http://griffinmuseum.org/show/tricia-gahagan-mirroring-consciousness/). Scholarship Award finalists Vanessa Filley, Ville Kansanen, Wen Hang Lin, Katie Mack, Tiziana Rozzo, and Rebecca L. Webb are exhibiting in the Atelier Gallery during the same period (http://griffinmuseum.org/show/john-chervinsky-scholarship-award-finalists-2016/). An Opening Reception with many of the artists will take place on Thursday, September 7th from 6:30 – 8:30pm.
The Griffin Museum at Greater Boston Stage Company – (Stoneham, MA) In the tragic wake of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Rachel Loischild’s timely solo exhibit, Not as of Yet: Stories of Aftermath and the Unknown, explores ideas of literal aftermaths alongside surreal images of unknown circumstances, their ambiguous nature inviting our own serenity or anxieties. On view through October 31st, 2017, there will be a Reception on Thursday, September 28th from 6:30 – 8:00pm. For information, go to: http://griffinmuseum.org/show/rachel-loischild-not-as-of-yet-stories-of-aftermath-and-the-unknown/
Machines With Magnets – (Pawtucket, RI) Rhode Island photographers Eileen McCarney Muldoon, Cindy Horovitz Wilson, David Pinkham and David DeMelim compare and contrast their imagery in Four Americans in Cuba, on exhibit from September 15th – October 20th, 2017, with an Opening Reception on Friday, September 15th from 5:00 – 9:00pm accompanied by prohibition-era Cuban drinks. For information and directions, go to: http://www.machineswithmagnets.com/venue-about
Providence Center for Photographic Arts – (Providence, RI) If you missed the boisterous solo exhibits Honor Thy Mother by Rocio de Alba and Personalities by Gary Beeber at the Griffin Museum this summer, here’s your chance to catch them! Read my review, if you want to why you should: https://whatwillyouremember.com/gary-beeber-personalities-rocio-de-alba-honor-thy-mother-at-griffin-museum-ma/ The shows will be on view September 14th – October 6th, 2017 with an Opening Reception on Thursday, September 21st from 5:00 – 9:00pm. For information, go to: http://providencephoto.org/photography-by-gary-beeber-and-rocio-de-alba/
Feature Image: “Self Portrait, Pulling Nets, Neskaupsstadur, Iceland, 2014” (Detail) by Agnieszka Sosnowska (courtesy of the artist and Panopticon Gallery, Boston).