The Tufts University Art Galleries at the SMFA is pleased to present New York-based painter Joanne Greenbaum’s debut solo exhibition in New England.
Things We Said Today follows Greenbaum’s prodigious mark-making and uncanny color sensibility across media and surface. Using a language of abstraction that toggles between chaos and order, Greenbaum takes on architecture with a suite of recent, oversized canvases, punctuated by a series of sculptural pen drawings, watercolors, painted ceramics, and artist sketchbooks. In total, Greenbaum’s repetitive gestures and overlaying forms conjure the intensity and immediacy of a racing mind and unspoken thoughts amid the chaos of our time.
Things We Said Today is accompanied by brochure with an essay by Kate McNamara, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions at Otis College of Art and Design.
Jillian Mayer: Slumpies
“Sculptures that work for you,” Slumpies are designed to support visitors’ bodies as they use their portable screens and smartphones. They are a post-posture sculptural solution that leans towards an idea of function, relieving the human form of the duty of supporting its own neck while acknowledging our ever-increasing relationship with mankind's best invention. Mayer will visit SMFA for a public lecture on February 7th and a screening of her ongoing series, Day Off, Thursday February 8th at the Aidekman Arts Center in Medford.
Slumpies is presented as part of a citywide partnership of arts and educational institutions organized to recognize the outsized role greater Boston has played in the history and development of technology. The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston has initiated this partnership to link concurrent exhibitions and programs related to the themes of the exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, on view at the ICA from February 7–May 20, 2018. Information on all the exhibitions and programs can be found at: icaboston.org/aiai.
Documents of Resistance & James McAnally
Artist Response is an ongoing initiative that highlights how artists have used creative strategies to respond to historical and contemporary social crises through direct action, solidarity efforts, and critical reflection. As the ground rapidly shifts below our feet, these artists and projects share alternative narratives of how artists contribute to and are embedded within social movement culture. This first iteration includes a wall installation from Documents of Resistance, a project by Antonio Serna, connecting the present to a history of art and activism by artists of color, and a guest-curated project by critic James McAnally on the new formations of artist-organizing in St Louis in both arts spaces and on the streets.
The SMFA community is welcome to use the Artist Response space for meetings, self-organized programs and resource-sharing. Artist Response continues on Tufts’ Medford campus with a Documents of Resistance installation and a mixtape of creative activist tactics by Houston artist Carrie Schneider at Tufts University Art Galleries Media Wall.
James McAnally will be giving a talk as part of the Spring 2018 Visiting Artist Program on January 30, 2018 at 6 PM, Anderson Auditorium, SMFA.
Visiting Artist Program
The Visiting Artist program brings leading voices in the field of contemporary art to SMFA to share their work. Visitors present public artist talks, as well as give performances and workshops and participate in symposia in dialogue with the SMFA and Tufts community.