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Unknown Photographer, Portrait of an Old Woman and a Young Boy, c. 1905.

Experiments in Photographic Interpretation 

May 5-17, 2015
Koppelman Gallery

What do you see when you look at this photograph?

The affection between family members?
A glimpse into another time?
The photographic technique?
The beauty of the image?
Someone looking back at you?

The Tufts Museum Studies Program presents its annual experiment in exhibition design. Twelve student curators each created a section of the exhibition based on their personal responses to an image of their choice. The sections express a range of themes, from family to transportation to encounters with nature. The variety of approaches to photographic interpretation captures the personal nature of exhibition planning as both process and product.

SNAPSHOTSSNAPSHOTS: 15 Takes on an Exhibition
May 6-18, 2014
Koppelman Gallery
Opening Reception: May 6, 5:00-7:30pm

In May, students in the Tufts Graduate Program in Museum Studies Exhibition Planning Course will use late nineteenth and early twentieth century photographs of coastal New England to open SNAPSHOTS: 15 Takes on an Exhibition. This show will present several interpretive strategies to examine the art and work of such artists as Nathaniel L. Stebbins, Henry G. Peabody, Baldwin Coolidge, Emma L. Coleman, and Fred Quimby. These pioneering photographers documented years of great social and economic change through a close look at life along the coast from fishermen's shacks to summer hotels. Captured in these images is a glimpse into that past.

The Wonder SmithThe Wonder Smith: Children's Book Illustrations of Boris Artzybasheff 
May 6-19, 2013
Koppelman Gallery
Opening Reception: May 6, 5:30-8pm

Astonishing folk-inspired images from the whimsical children's book illustrations of distinguished artist Boris Artzybasheff (1899-1965) are the subject of the first solo exhibition of these works. The Wonder Smith: Children's Book Illustrations of Boris Artzybasheff features a variety of prints from the Boston Public Library's John D. Merriam Collection. The exhibition introduced visitors to the artist's prolific 20-year career as an illustrator of children's books and will highlight some of his original woodblock engravings. Artzybasheff's innovative, stylized approach reveals a keen ability to translate word into image—a product of his childhood in Russia as well as the cosmopolitan atmosphere of New York City in the early 20th century. Drawing on his experiences in architectural design, his children's book illustrations challenge traditional uses of positive and negative space. Artzybasheff utilized a series of complex techniques to create each work, beginning his sketches in charcoal and combining inkwork, woodcutting, and careful study of both the animate and inanimate forms to bring written narratives to life. Several unpublished images that detail the intricacies of his work are also presented in the exhibition.

Elwyn George GowenElements of Expression: The Art and Design of Elwyn George Gowen
May 3-20, 2012
Koppelman Gallery
Opening Reception: May 3, 5:30-8pm

Elements of Expression presents the breadth of Gowen's career, featuring color theory practices, design work, handicrafts, and landscape paintings. Gowen began his career in early 20th century Boston during a revolutionary reconsideration of western art, craft, and educational practices. His strong command of color and design soon earned him significant appointments in the local arts and crafts community. Despite Gowen's success, a summer excursion in 1931 to the Woodbury School in Ogunquit, Maine, dramatically changed the course of his artistic career. Romanced perhaps by the beauty of the natural landscape, by the community, or the methods and style of Charles Woodbury, Gowen permanently left his design career to study, teach, and paint from nature along the rocky coast of Maine. His steadfast exploration of color theory, design, and the methods and ways of seeing became uniquely his own throughout his progression from student to educator and from designer and craftsman to artist.

Markham Starr, Capturing Community

Capturing Community: Farming, Fishing, and Canning in New England
May 10 to May 22, 2011
Koppelman Gallery
Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 10, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Artists' Talk: Tuesday, May 10, 6:00 pm

Explore three traditional New England industries and their decline in the exhibition Capturing Community: Farming, Fishing, and Canning in New England. Black-and-white photographs by Starr document dairy farming in Connecticut, trap fishing off the coast of Rhode Island, and the now-closed Stinson Seafood Cannery in Maine. The photographs portray not only the daily mechanics of work in three industries, but also the relationships and traditions that made them important in the lives of those who work there and to the region as a whole. Various economic and legislative pressures have contributed to the decline of these traditional New England livelihoods and Starr's photographs capture what may by the last vestiges of once-booming industries.

Motivated by a desire to document slices of New England life before they're gone, Starr spends time getting to know his subjects and their daily routines - from sardine packers whose decades-long friendships help them work together faster and more efficiently, to close-knit dairy farming communities connected by family ties and common business interests, to trap fishermen following in the wake of generations-old traditions. "In fifty or a hundred years people will want to see how these fishermen worked, how sardines were canned, or what dairy farms looked like. Having the images out there is a way of helping these traditions survive," Starr says. "I want to show that these are things worth saving."

May 11 to July 11, 2010
Koppelman Gallery 
Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 11, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Hours from May 11 through May 23: Tues-Sun, 11am to 5pm; Thur until 8pm
Hours from May 23 through July 11: Sat and Sun 12-5pm

Press release for this exhibition >

From the Boston Public Library Print Department, these rarely exhibited works include pieces by Ernst Barlach, Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Lyonel Feininger, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Oscar Kokoshka, Kathe Kollwitz, Herman Max Pechstein and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff.

An Artist's Sense of Place: The Watercolors of Gertrude Beals Bourne (1868-1962) 
May 7  -  August 2, 2009
Koppelman Gallery 
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 7, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Hours from May 7 through May 24: Tues-Sun, 11am to 5pm; Thur until 8pm
Hours from May 25 through August 2: Sat and Sun 12-5pm

Press release for this exhibition >

Born on Beacon Hill, Bourne grew up in the Back Bay and New York and began her career as a painter in the 1890s. In 1904 she married the architect Frank A. Bourne, and the couple moved to 130 Mount Vernon Street-known as "Sunflower Castle." Frank helped to found the Beacon Hill Association, Gertrude founded the Beacon Hill Garden Club, and the couple is credited with re-gentrifying Beacon Hill in the first two decades of the twentieth century. Among their friends were artists Laura Coombs Hills, Maurice Prendergast, his brother Charles Prendergast, and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. After Frank A. Bourne died in 1936, Gertrude continued to paint and exhibit until shortly before her death in 1962. Her work was shown at such venues as the Boston Art Club, the New York Watercolor Club, the American Watercolor Society, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the National Gallery of Art.

Jackie Ferrara: Imaginary Spaces / Realized Places
May 3  - May 20, 2007
Koppelman Gallery
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Jackie Ferrara: Imaginary Spaces / Realized Places provides insight into the creative process of the artist chosen for the University's first public art commission—the transformation of the Tisch Library rooftop plaza. It offers a thematic examination of her body of work, with five sculptures on loan from local collections and a multi-mediapresentation of her completed public art commissions from around the United States. It follows Ferrara's artistic process as she moves from "structure" to "space" to "place," from methodical drawings to sculpture to large-scale public art. Her imaginary spaces, influenced by such sources as science fiction, allegory, and mathematical patterns, take on physical form in her precise geometric structures.

From Eastport to Rockport: the Lithographs of Stow Wengenroth
May 4 - May 21, 2006
Koppelman Gallery
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 4, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Presented in cooperation with the Boston Public Library.

From Eastport to Rockbort: the Lithographs of Stow Wengenroth (1906-1978) features a broad selection of New England coastal prints by one of America's greatest 20th century lithographers. Stow Wengenroth had a passion for the New England coast, and this exhibition follows his work along the coast and throughout his career. It also includes a rarely seen video of the artist, an overview of the lithographic process, and preliminary studies that the artist used for planning his compositions.