Welcome to the Tufts University Art Galleries, located in the Aidekman Arts Center on the university’s main Medford campus and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts (SMFA at Tufts) in Boston. The Art Galleries engage with artists, scholars, and works of art to provoke conversation around today’s pressing cultural and social issues. Through exhibitions and programming focused on contemporary art, alongside broader research and collecting, we provide a pedagogical space for the Tufts community and wider publics.
The Art Galleries oversee the exhibition spaces in the Shirley and Alex Aidekman Arts Center in Medford, the galleries and public programs at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts in Boston, and Tufts University’s Permanent and Public Art Collection. We present up to four major exhibitions per semester, including one-person and group exhibitions, centered on contemporary topics. In addition, we produce two ongoing curatorial initiatives—Artist Response and TuftsPUBLIC—that explore political and public artistic practices in ancillary spaces in the Aidekman Arts Center and SMFA building. The Art Galleries install and maintain the Permanent and Public Art Collection throughout Tufts’s four campuses and work closely with faculty and students to develop curricular exhibitions for public spaces throughout the Medford and SMFA at Tufts campuses. Each spring in conjunction with commencement, our galleries in Medford and Boston showcase the thesis work of graduate and undergraduate SMFA at Tufts students.
A cornerstone of our public programs is the Visiting Artist Program at the SMFA at Tufts, which brings leading voices in the field of contemporary art to share their work, with free and public lectures at the SMFA at Tufts campus and related venues. Visitors present public artist talks, as well as give performances and workshops and participate in symposia in dialogue with the SMFA at Tufts and Tufts community. Recent visitors have included Carolina Caycedo, Harry Dodge, Sky Hopinka, Arthur Jafa, Fred Moten, Sondra Perry, Aki Sasamoto, Amy Sillman, Cecilia Vicuña, Carmen Winant, and many others.