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    • 27 Jun 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Abigail Ogilvy Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue #29, Boston
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    One Eye Closed is a solo exhibition of new artwork by Coral Woodbury. Woodbury is internationally known for her series of ink portraits of women artists portrayed on pages torn from exclusionary art histories. Her recent oil paintings remix 500 years of Western art history, opening the book more widely on stories of women in art. The exhibition ranges from paintings inspired by 17th century Dutch florals, a theme deemed “feminine” and thus devalued, to a scene of a 19th century women’s sculpture class featuring a cow rather than a nude model, because women were forbidden from viewing or working from the nude.

    • 5 Sep 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • MFA, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue Boston, Massachusetts 02115
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    Join MA-NMWA for a private tour led by Jennifer M. Swope, David and Roberta Logie Curator of Textiles.

    Born in Hawaii to parents of Okinawan ancestry, Toshiko Takaezu (1922–2011) was a technically masterful and innovative artist best known for her ceramic sculptures, which she treated as abstract paintings in the round. Her gestural style, distinctive palettes, and complex layering of glazes align with the practices of Abstract Expressionists who were her contemporaries. Yet Takaezu added an element of chance as her pieces revealed their final colors only after firing. She often showed her ceramics in groups, sometimes with her equally innovative paintings and textiles, in carefully constructed arrangements that responded to their environments. This exhibition takes inspiration from these displays, tracing Takaezu’s development from potter to multimedia installation artist.

    The MFA holds a significant collection of Takaezu’s pottery—more than 20 examples are featured here alongside loans from private collections. Highlights also include a large-scale weaving—a recent Museum acquisition—and a grouping of works exploring the artist’s cross-cultural interactions with contemporary Japanese ceramicists during her pivotal eight-month trip to Japan in 1955–56. In conjunction with the exhibition, additional displays on the third floor of the MFA’s Art of the Americas Wing and in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art juxtapose Takaezu with two of her friends: the ceramic artist Leza McVey and sculptor Isamu Noguchi.

    We will meet Jennifer Swope in the Sharf Visitors Center at 4:00. 


    • 10 Oct 2024
    • Details to Follow
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    Join MA-NMWA for a visit to the studio of Daniela Rivera, MA-NMWA's New Worlds: Women to Watch 2024 Artist. Born in Santiago, Chile, Daniela Rivera received her BFA from Pontifcia Universidad Católica de Chile in 1996 and her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, Boston in 2006. She is currently an associate professor of Studio Art at Wellesley College. She has exhibited widely in Latin American cities including Santiago, Chile, as well as in the United States. In addition to her work in the National Museum of Women in the Arts' New Worlds exhibition, she has been awarded residencies at Surf Point, Proyecto ACE in Buenos Aires, Vermont Studio Arts Center, and the Skowhegan School of Paintings and Sculpture. And she has been the recipient of notable fellowships and grants including from The Rappaport Prize, Now + There, the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award, VSC, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, The FONDART in Chile, and the Saint Botolph Club foundation Distinguish Artist Award.

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