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Artist Residency: Michaelada Think Tank

Presented By: Michaelada Think Tank

Running September 7-15 in the Holzwasser Gallery, in conjunction with Color:Coded.

September 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM

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Opening Reception: Color:Coded

Color:Coded, on view September 15 through October 21 in the Main Gallery
Curated by:
Michael Covello Odalla and Alison Terndrup
Featuring: Alison Chen, Zhiwan Cheung, Michael Covello Odalla, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Kalup Linzy, Noelle Mason, Desiree Moore, Beth Plakidas, Elizabeth Schneider, Saya Woolfalk, and Michelada Think Tank

Color theory provides a formal set of guidelines for making and interpreting art. The interplay of paint hues on a canvas or the precise calibration of projected color in digital works can shape the mood of – and ultimately a viewer’s encounter with – a work of art. Yet our experience of color is often translated through complex, culturally and socially defined networks. How does color enable us to express our own personal and group identities within these networks? What does the popular use of artificial binaries – such as black/white or pink/blue – ultimately say about our society?

Many of the artists in this exhibition use such color “codes” to raise deeper questions regarding individual and group identities. Their work explores the connections between aesthetic accomplishment and poetic, philosophical, and political messages. Video artist Alison Chen ties color relationships to ideals of femininity, social conditioning, and idealized romance through subtle cues such as nail polish. In his video “Conversations Wit De Churen: As Da Art World Might Turn,” video and performance artist Kalup Linzy explores melodramatic storylines and humorous scenarios akin to TV soap operas. Fictional artist characters compete for opportunities, exploring and upending stereotypes regarding sexuality, race, gender, and cultural identity through costumes, music, video and sound editing, and voice dubbing.

September 15, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Opening Reception: Wen-hao Tien; Weed Out

Wen-hao Tien: Weed Out
September 22 – October 19, 2017 in the Holzwasser Gallery
Reception: Friday, September 22, 6-8PM

What is a weed? If someone wants it, is it still a weed? This exhibition contemplates the idea of “wanted and unwanted” through an investigation of weeds in an urban environment. NAC faculty and enthusiastic urban gardener, Wen-hao Tien, has spent countless hours looking for the traces of wilderness in the city; weeds breaking through the sidewalks and manicured gardens of her community – the surprising gifts of nature. Tien delves into our conceptions of “native”, “hybridized”, and “invasive”, in both visual and linguistic explorations of our treatment of plants. Through her photographs, drawings, prints, and cultivated curation of weeds, we begin to see the beauty that is in the eye of the beholder.

September 22, 2017 from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM

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Artist Talk: Beth Plakidas

October 5, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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Opening Reception: 2017 Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellows

The Mass Cultural Council and the New Art Center join together to present the 2017 Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellows Invitational in Photography, Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. By bringing together Artist Fellows from different disciplines, the exhibition will demonstrate the inventiveness and vitality of today’s Massachusetts contemporary artists and photographers.

October 27, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Opening Reception: Jeanne Gugino & Meirav Zaks-Zilberman

Jeanne Gugino & Meirav Zaks-Zilberman
On View: October 27 – November 30, 2017 in the Holzwasser Gallery
Reception: Friday, October 27, 6-8PM

The two painters in this exhibition both convey poetic insight into the ways we experience the world around us through making art. Taking inspiration from nature, history, and culture, NAC faculty member Jeanne Gugino uses layers of translucent color to achieve an expressive depth in her abstract watercolors. NAC and SMFA student Meirav Zaks-Zilberman, drawing on her background as a dancer and a scientist, discovers the beauty within moving bodies, by exploring the interactions with light, form, and energy in her oil on canvas paintings.

October 27, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Newton Art Association Reception & Holiday Sale

Newton Art Association James King Bonnar Exhibtion
On View: December 8, 2017 - January 2, 2018
Opening Reception & Holiday Sale: Friday, December 8, 6-8PM

The Newton Art Association (NAA) and the New Art Center present the NAA 2017 James King Bonnar exhibition, showcasing the work of over eighty Newton artists in a variety of media. Join us as we celebrate the winners of this year’s Bonnar Awards. Looking for a truly special gift this year? Enjoy browsing a selection of work by local artists, priced at $200 or less, at the NAA Holiday Sale where you will find art for all the loved ones on your list.

December 8, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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Opening Reception: Grey & Leslie Held

Grey & Leslie Held
On View: December 8, 2017 – January 4, 2018 in the Holzwasser Gallery
Reception: Friday, December 8, 6-8PM

This exhibition features fabric collages made collaboratively by Grey Held, Collaborative Drawing instructor at NAC, and his wife Leslie Held, an award winning theatrical costume designer. Leslie’s collection of fabric scraps, ribbons, and salvaged sections of embroideries are the basic materials Grey and Leslie use to construct their various fabric collages, each with its own color palette and emotional temperature. The pair describe their work as something that emerges and evolves through the process of collaboration; they never know how a piece will turn out, but must surrender to the collaborative process that has its own trajectory, its own unfolding story.

December 8, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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