Under a Dismal Boston Skyline
September 14 - October 28
@ Boston University's Stone Gallery
Under a Dismal Boston Skyline examines the city as witness to intensely concentrated moments of artistic experimentation over the last several decades. The exhibition reexamines a group of practitioners working in the late 1970s and 1980s, collectively known as the Boston School. Considering resonances between this group and other iconoclastic artists working outside of Boston’s culturally conservative mainstream, the exhibition connects the Boston School to other artists in the city who have set their own terms for art, life, and community.
Taking its title from a photograph by the late Boston School artist Mark Morrisroe, Under a Dismal Boston Skyline proposes a loose lineage of artists from the late 1970s to the present, tracing affinities in materials and artistic practices. With a particular focus on photography, video, and performance, the works in the exhibition challenge archetypes of identity, gender, and community. Across the decades, a rapidly changing city, at once dismal and beautiful, hostile and nurturing, cultivated Boston’s counter-cultural underground. Under the city’s skyline, and in different circumstances and time periods, the artists in this exhibition sought to represent their friends, families, haunts, homes, lovers, and selves.
Participating artists are: Bobby Abate, Marilyn Arsem, David Armstrong, Creighton Baxter, Genesis Báez, Melanie Bernier, Dana Clancy, Dead Art Star, Oscar Diaz, Nan Goldin, Candice Camille Jackson, Maura Jasper, Cindy Kleine, Justin Lieberman, Steve Locke, Mark Morrisroe, Cobi Moules, Luther Price, Esther Solondz, Mike and Doug Starn, Gail Thacker, Shellburne Thurber, and Suara Welitoff.
The exhibition is curated by Lynne Cooney, Artistic Director, Boston University Art Galleries, Evan Fiveash Smith, MA Candidate, History of Art and Architecture, Boston University, and Leah Triplett Harrington, Independent curator, writer, and editor.
Thursday, October 18 @ Lilypad, Cambridge MA
w/ Dumb Vision, Request Freebird
Monday, October 29 @ House of Blues Foundation Room, Boston MA
8:30 DJ, 9:30 bands, $zero
Saturday, November 10 @ Burlington VT
Venue and other info TBA