Spring exhibitions and programs

Spring exhibitions and programs

Tufts University Art Galleries

(1) Harry Dodge, Emergency Weapon #26 (play-doh cups and rebar bender) (detail), 2014. Rebar bender, play-doh containers, spray paint, nails, gaffer tape, urethane resin. Courtesy of the artist. (2) Suara Welitoff, Untitled (Spiral) (still), 2013. Continuously looping videos (silent). Courtesy of the artist and Krakow Witkin Gallery, Boston.

January 16, 2019
Spring exhibitions and programs
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Harry Dodge: Works of Love 
January 17–April 14, 2019
Opening: Thursday, January 17, 6–8pm

Aidekman Arts Center 
40 Talbot Avenue
Medford, MA 

Suara Welitoff: Right Now This Moment
January 23–April 6, 2019
Opening: Wednesday, January 23, 6–8pm

SMFA at Tufts 
230 Fenway
Boston, MA 

Harry Dodge: Works of Love brings sculptures, drawings, and videos by this acclaimed artist to the Aidekman Arts Center for his first exhibition in greater Boston. Dodge’s assemblages are riotous, precarious constructions that revel as much in theoretical ideas about a posthuman future as they do in the ecstasy of the workaday present. In Dodge’s most recent series of sculptures, called Works of Love, aluminum pipes and industrial fittings adjoin to look like alien prosthetics or robot appendages. Paired with drawings and videos from the past five years, these creations suggest unwieldiness: states fluctuating between the analog and digital, alien and earthly, material and virtual, me and you. Works of Love at Tufts University Art Galleries is organized at by Dina Deitsch, Director and Chief Curator. It was first presented in part at JOAN, Los Angeles.

Harry Dodge is a Los Angeles-based artist, writer, and professor at the School of Art at California Institute of the Arts, Program in Art. Dodge received a 2017 Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and has a forthcoming book, My Meteorite (Or, Without the Random There Can Be No New Thing), with Penguin Press. 

At the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts (SMFA at Tufts), the Art Galleries are pleased to present Suara Welitoff: Right Now This Moment. The exhibition features videos by Welitoff spanning 2013 to 2018, including the premiere of three new works. Reworking footage from historic films, television, and the internet, Welitoff appropriates the past to summon an awareness of time as we are living it now. Through her use of continuous loop and slowed motion, she achieves a temporality in which duration is the dominant experience rather than time moving forward, effectively resulting in an endless present. Right Now This Moment is organized by guest curator Susan L. Stoops.

Suara Welitoff lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the recipient the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Rappaport Prize (2012), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2009), and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston Maud Morgan Prize (2002). 

Also on view: 

Artist Response for spring 2019 focuses on poetic and political speech acts with Gabriel Sosa: Let Me Explain To You What This Means (2018), a drawing- and text-based installation, and Zoe Leonard: I want a president (1992) on the exterior of SMFA at Tufts and as a takeaway at Aidekman Art Center, Medford. 

TuftsPUBLIC: Wave Farm continues with installations by sound artists Jeff Thompson, in the SMFA’s Weems Atrium, and Heidi Neilson, with Sonic Planetarium in the Remis Sculpture Court, as well as through the ongoing experimental sound art station SMFA 1630 AM at SMFA Library. 

Visiting Artist Program:
SMFA at Tufts, Boston

Wednesday, February 6, 6pm
Suara Welitoff and Malcolm Turvey on Chantal Akerman’s News From Home (1977)

Wednesday, March 6, 7pm
Harry Dodge and Amy Sillman
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Thursday, March 14, 6pm
Bouchra Khalili

Thursday, March 28, 6pm
Sky Hopinka

Thursday, Friday, April 4 and 5
Wave Farm Presents
With Yvette Janine Jackson + Gregory Whitehead

For a full listing of events, visit our Facebook page.

About Tufts University Art Galleries
Housed within the unique intersection of a research university and an art school, the Tufts University Art Galleries engage with artists, scholars, and works of art to provoke discourse around cultural and social contexts. Through exhibitions, programming, research, and collecting, we create a pedagogical platform for the Tufts community and wider publics.

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