Thursday, August 28, 2008

Cook, Percival in Chicago

My pal Kari Percival of Boston and I will be presenting “The Hall of Natural and Despicable Wonders” at Green Lantern gallery, 1511 N. Milwaukee Ave., second floor, Chicago, from Sept. 6 to Oct. 4. Opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. If you happen to be in Chicago please come by.

Pictured from top to bottom: Two woodcuts by Kari Percival and then a relief-print banner, comics pages, and a relief-print banner by Greg Cook.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Ron Pownall’s photos of ’68 convention

From my review of Weston photographer Ron Pownall’s exhibit “The Whole World Was Watching: Images from the 1968 Chicago Riots” at Panopticon Gallery in Boston:
It was August 28, 1968, and Ron Pownall could feel the storm brewing as he arrived at a Vietnam War protest during the Democratic Convention in Chicago: “The police were chomping at the bit to bust some butts. It was in the air, palpable tension all day.” That afternoon and night it exploded in what a national commission later declared a “police riot.”

Twenty-five of his photos of that day — 40 years ago today — are on view at Panopticon Gallery in “The Whole World Was Watching.” (The title alludes to the demonstrators’ chanting of “The whole world is watching” as the violence was filmed by television news cameras and broadcast around the world.) The anniversary coincides with this week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver, as we look again to replace a Texas president who led the nation into an ill-considered war.
Read the rest here.

Ron Pownall, “The Whole World Was Watching: Images from the 1968 Chicago Riots,” Panopticon Gallery, Hotel Commonwealth, 502 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Aug. 21 to Oct. 6, 2008.

Pictured from top to bottom: Ron Pownall, “Anti-war protestors confront Illinois National Guardsmen at Grant Park, Chicago, Aug. 28, 1968,” and “Rennie Davis, Vietnam anti-war and SDS leader, injured and bloodied by police during protest rally at Grant Park, Chicago, Aug. 28, 1968.” © Ron Pownall/ Courtesy Panopticon Gallery, Boston.

Danforth and Natick arts center partner

The Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham and The Center for Arts in Natick this morning announced a new partnership in which the institutions will advise each other and could collaborate on exhibitions and performance offerings.

Danforth director Katherine French says details are still being worked out – and much depends on whether the institutions, which are about 4 miles apart, are able to scare up grant funding. At the very least, she says, she will recommend artists who could exhibit at the Natick center, and the Natick center’s director David Lavalley will recommend musicians who could perform in the Danforth’s galleries.

Or it might develop like the Danforth’s longtime partnership with Framingham State College, which is paying to bring artist Faith Ringgold in for a visiting artist talk there timed for the Danforth’s exhibit of her work this fall.

“That’s the kind of thing that could come out of it, and I expect will come out of it, but we’re not there yet,” French says.

And beginning Sept. 1, members of the institutions will receive free admission to the Danforth and discounts on concert and theater tickets at the Natick center.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

“Dead and Gong” at Stairwell

From my review of “Dead and Gong,” on view at Stairwell Gallery in Providence:
“Dead and Gong” is a hodgepodge installation that feels a bit like a teen’s bedroom, the treasure horde of some ancient Latin American crypt, and a squatter’s camp in the woods.

It’s the collective generous, joyful mess of Muffy Brandt and Ali Dennig of Providence, Ryan Riehle and Keith Waters of Boston, and Miles Huston of New York, who all played with the band Dreamhouse at one time or another. And it feels right on.
Read the rest here.

“Dead and Gong,” Stairwell Gallery, 504 Broadway, Providence, Aug. 5 to Sept. 4, 2008.

Photos by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

35th Boston Caribbean Carnival

The 35th annual Boston Caribbean Carnival yesterday as photographed by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research.