Spring 2014 Exhibitions Opening Reception
Saturday, March 29, 5pm -7pm
FREE for members / $7 not-yet-members
Celebrate the artists when we honor three new exhibitions on Saturday, March 29: Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty,The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor, and In Transit: Between Image and Object.
RSVP by Friday, March 21 to 413.664.4481 x8157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Painter Darren Waterston's installation Filthy Lucre — the centerpiece of his exhibition Uncertain Beauty — re-imagines James McNeill Whistler's decorative masterpiece Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (1876-77). Fascinated with The Peacock Room both for its lyrical union of painting and architecture and for its dramatic story of patronage and artistic ego, Waterston created an installation that hints at parallels between the excesses and inequities of the Gilded Age (and the European society it mimicked) and the social and economic disparities of our own time.
The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor features works by six artists who emphasize film's unrivaled texture and luminosity, as well as its potential for metaphor. Photochemical film is quickly drifting into obsolescence and few manufacturers and labs produce and print film. Many visual artists who create work for gallery and museum settings remain among the devoted users of 16 mm and 35 mm film formats.
In In Transit: Between Image and Object artists Dike Blair, Hugh Scott-Douglas, and collaborative duo Guyton\Walker explore parallels between the physical movement of artworks and the seemingly limitless circulation of visual information through vivid multimedia installations of shipping crates whose surface has been altered with abstract images and patterns painted, printed, and projected onto the crate surfaces.
Darren Waterston: Uncertain Beauty is supported by Leslie Mason & Thad Meyerriecks, ABC Carpet & Home, Bridget Moore, Ann Hatch, Robin Reed & Lorye George, Federico de Vera, Greg Kucera & Larry Yocom, Cheryl Haines, Kerry Inman & Denby Auble, Kathleen O'Grady, Dave Koz, Kaye Cummings, and Valerie Justin. Additional funding is provided by a grant from the Artist's Resource Trust, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Bonnie Schaefer, the Kevin J. Mossier Foundation, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Home Furnishings, and Gheri Arnold.
The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor exhibition is supported by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
In Transit: Between Image and Object is made possible by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in support of MASS MoCA and the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. Special thanks to the artists; Greene Naftali Gallery, New York; and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco.