Past Exhibitions 2014

Stephen D. Paine Gallery

Viewpoints: 20 Years of Adderley features artists who have given the esteemed Adderley Lecture over the past two decades. Established in memory of MassArt painting student Tyrone Maurice Adderley, the lecture series recognizes the achievements of outstanding artists and educators from underrepresented groups. Including numerous perspectives, artistic media, and approaches to contemporary artmaking, this commemorative exhibition presents works ranging from celebrations of the Funk aesthetic to cutting-edge Afrofuturism. Viewpoints brings together a multigenerational group of prominent artists and thinkers and focuses renewed attention on an array of important and topical social issues, from discrimination and the politics of erasure and exclusion to pressing environmental concerns.

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Sandra & David Bakalar Gallery

Excellent Swiss Design features selections from the Design Prize Switzerland, a biennial award that for twelve years has recognized advancements in the areas of communication, fashion, furniture, interior, product, and textile design. This exhibition showcases innovative projects, from laser-engraved textiles to a faucet that reduces water consumption by 90% to a running shoe that reimagines impact through a hollow-core sole. Celebrating ingenuity and sustainability, this exhibition pioneers a new vision for contemporary design. 

This exhibition is held in collaboration with swissnex Boston and is traveling from Dwell on Design LA, America's largest design event curated by editors of Dwell Magazine.

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Stephen D. Paine Gallery

The surface is where the viewer meets the art. Though immediately visible, it is also a liminal space, dividing interior from exterior and obscuring what exists beneath. With this complexity of meaning as a point of departure, Surface brings together seven multidisciplinary artists whose works are diverse in media, content, and approach but who touch on common themes such as impermanence, fragility, and unsatisfied desires. Works range from a superficial vinyl fantasy of faux gallery space or seductive glass wallpaper to a dense field of quilled paper flora or silicone-skinned architectural forms. Whether through painting, sculpture, video, or site-specific installation, the artists explore the boundaries of our dreams and desires - from mundane and consumerist to sublime - and bring them to the surface for contemplation.

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Sandra & David Bakalar Gallery

Through a process of self-scrutiny and introspection, Alison Saar forcefully investigates elements of marginalization and discrimination to present poetic responses as to how these historical burdens can be transformed, and how symbolic atonement, and even some measure of redemption, can be imagined.

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Bakalar and Paine Galleries

The Massachusetts College of Art and Design Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2014 showcases the unique work of selected graduate students who are in their final years of their respective programs as well as candidates for an MFA degree.

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