Friday, May 07, 2010

Dodge plans NYC gallery

With Judi Rotenberg Gallery on Boston's Newbury Street scheduled to close on June 19, the gallery's director Kristen Dodge now says she plans to open her own Dodge Gallery on New York's Lower East Side this September.

Dodge, who has worked at Rotenberg for six years, says, "The core of the roster will be Boston artists who are exhibiting in New York for the first time." She plans for her first solo artist show this fall to feature Dave Cole of Providence.

Patton Hindle, Rotenberg's gallery manager, plans to work for Dodge in New York, where Dodge says she'll manage "artist relations, press outreach, general gallery morale, and occasional fashion tips."

Dumont leaving Montserrat gallery

Shana Dumont, assistant director and assistant curator of Montserrat College of Art's gallery in Beverly, Massachusetts, since August 2005, will be leaving in June. Dumont says she's moving to North Carolina to pursue a doctoral degree in art history.

Among the exhibits Dumont organized at Montserrat are "Merging Influence: Eastern Elements in New American Art" in 2007, "Many Kinds of Nothing" in 2008, "Fixed Chaos" in 2009, and "The Morning Exciting," which opens at Montserrat this fall.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Slade named curator at Photo Resource Center

George Slade has been named program manager and curator at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. He is expected to begin work there on May 17, replacing Jason Landry, who is leaving to run the Boston photo gallery Panopticon.

Slade was artistic director of the Minnesota Center for Photography in Minneapolis from 2003 to 2008, organizing a retrospective of Jerome Liebling of Amherst and the exhibit "Three Gorges," which surveying work by 22 Chinese, European, and North American photographers documenting China's Three Gorges Dam. He served as an adjunct assistant curator of photographs at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts in 2008. And from 1998 to 2008, he was director of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Photographers Program, which makes four $25,000 awards to Minnesota photographers annually.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Allison named curator at Brown's Bell Gallery

Maya Allison has been named curator at Brown University's Bell Gallery. She is expected to begin work on June 1, according to Bell Director Jo-Ann Conklin.

The position has been open since curator Vesela Sretenovic left in 2008. The gallery was close to hiring a new curator when the university instituted a hiring freeze that November. But as the school is preparing its budget for the next school year, it has decided to fill the curator post, Conklin says.

Allison had launched her own curatorial venture, Maya Allison Projects, after the closing in February of 5 Traverse Gallery in Providence, where she had been co-director since November 2008. Her background also includes organizing the annual Pixilerations new media festival in Providence and three years as contemporary art curatorial assistant at the RISD Museum.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Art of the Aquapocalypse

Update: Adam Gaffin of Universal Hub has unveiled another Aquapocalypse design (above), now available on T-shirts, mousepads and mugs (which we think is a particularly nice touch since, uh, you're not supposed to drink the water – and thus coffee or tea – in greater Boston right now). This new design by Holly Gordon is quite catchy, but we must say it lacks a certain je ne sais quoi of Aquapocalypse classic (below).

We salute Boston blogger Adam Gaffin of UniversalHub for his great community service in creating the above souvenir/artwork to commemorate the 2010 Boston Aquapocalypse. Buy one now, they're only a bit less rare than clean drinking water in greater Boston.

If you've seen other great – or even not so great – Aquapocalypse art, please let us know.