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Cups of Nun Chai
November 9-December 16, 2018
Alana Hunt

Cups of Nun Chai documents a participatory memorial that emerged in response to the 2010 Kashmir protests, in which 118 people were killed. Alana Hunt's serial newspaper memorial documents the 118 cups of nun chai (a salty Kashmiri tea) she shared with people in and around Kashmir in memory of these victims of state violence. This project is produced in collaboration with the Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies at Tufts University.

Violence Transformed: Stand Together
September 29-November 4, 2018
Organized by Carol Daynard DIP '09

Stand Together pairs current and former SMFA at Tufts faculty with their alumni and current students. Both collaboratively produced and individually made pieces will demonstrate the connective power of art and its integral social dynamic.

All Summer in a Day
On view until September 23, 2018
Organized by Mallory A. Ruymann, AG17

All Summer in a Day explores the broad tradition of landscape imagery using objects culled from the Tufts University Permanent Collection. Whether through verbal or visual impressions, artists across time and working in all media distill the landscape into enduring creative utterances. In this era of increasingly vital conversations around land use and environmental health, the artistic endeavor of representing the landscape seems a more essential task than ever.

Sew-cial Activism: The Role of Costuming in Political Movements from the Phrygian Caps to Pussy Hats
April 2018
Curated by Kendra Reddington Bell

Everybody wears clothes and everybody makes choices about the clothes they wear. What happens when our social conscientious informs the clothing choices we make? During the Fall 2017 semester, 10 students discussed, researched and used clothing for social change. Their final projects are documented in this exhibit.

(Curatorial Practice: SMFA Students at Work)

March 2018

A two-part exhibition between SMFA's Mission Hill Gallery and Tufts University's Slater Concourse, Exchange examines the politics of trade, currency, value, substitution connection and colonization as they unfurl through our bodies research independently and collectively.

The question of exchange surfaces through these works, tangibly, invisibly, and intimately, fusing subtle but intense experiences of both relation and tension through matter, space, memory, history, identity, information, and the unknown.

With performances, video, installation, sculpture, drawings and paintings presented between both galleries and a special exhibition of takeaways presented at the Slater Concourse, the class of 2019 is proud to present to you, Exchange.

The Opening Reception of Exchange at MH Gallery will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 5:30-7:30pm.

nARTure. Reshaping eco-art
February 2018
Curated by Silvia Bottinelli

Co-sponsored by Environmental Studies, Tufts Art Gallery, Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE), and Visual and Critical Studies
nARTure investigates the intersection of art and nature through the work of Tufts students. These works address both societal and subjective interactions with the environment such as "Why is 'nature' defined as separate from 'human'? and "How does our understanding of 'nature' change with time?"


How to Draw a Lion
December 2017
John Platt

How to Draw a Lion is an art education program created by SMFA Alum John Platt, to bring hope and raise funds for orphaned children in East Africa. The Small Things is an organization founded by Tufts Alum Bekka Ross Russell which works to build families and futures for orphaned and vulnerable children in Tanzania. In the summer of 2017 these two organizations worked together to bring an extraordinary exhibition of children's art to the Tufts University Art Gallery. All proceeds raised from this exhibition will go to supporting the children from The Small Things!

Pilgrim Father/Illegal Son
October/November 2017
Wen-ti Tsen

Pilgrim Father/Illegal Son is a 2013 bilingual mural exhibition project that brings together the narratives of two immigrants, one of a present-day undocumented Chinese immigrant, and the other of William Bradford, who sailed on the Mayflower in the early 1600s from England and planted the Plymouth Colony in Wampanoag country.

Thanks to the Nat and Martha Knaster Visiting Artist grant, Tsen will work with the Center for the Humanities at Tufts, and the consortium of programs in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora as the Artist in Residence for Fall 2017.

Violence Transformed: Under Siege
September 2017
Violence Transformed is an annual series of visual and performing arts events that celebrate the power of art to confront, challenge and mediate violence. Based primarily in the central and surrounding neighborhoods of Greater Boston, and drawing upon the creative energies of artists throughout New England, Violence Transformed documents the ways in which our diverse communities harness art's potential to effect social change and materially transform our environments.

This exhibition, Under Siege, examines the role of the artist as activist and documentarian and features the work of faculty and alumni of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts.

Tufts Student Art Exhibition
April 1-May 21, 2017
A selection of paintings and drawing from Patrick Carter's studio art classes.

Tufts Collection Spotlight: Cristo and Jeanne-Claude
March 1-30, 2017
This exhibition highlights works by artists Cristo and Jeanne-Claude from the Tufts University Permanent Collection. Curated by Art History graduate student, Mallory Ruymann.

February 6-28, 2017
Wonderland is about the past and the future, about dissolution and transition, about how historical narratives can be found in neglected places. Using the site of the old Wonderland Amusement Park (now a T station and the last stop on the blue line) as a jumping off point, students in the introductory course of the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice of the Institute for Global Leadership explore places many usually drive by but rarely stop to see.

Free for All
January 11-February 3, 2017
The Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice of the Institute for Global Leadership brought six of its students together with six, young professional journalists in India to tell the story of the free medicine scheme.


John Brown's Body
September 14 – December 4, 2016

Tufts University has in its permanent collection a marble bust of the late abolitionist John Brown (1800-1859). While the bust stands as a symbol of Brown's ardent fight against slavery and his pivotal role in the events leading to the beginnings of the Civil War, it likewise recognizes the University's connection to the Stearns Estate, from which the bust was originally commissioned and on which the Cousens Gym, Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness Center, and Alumni Fields now rest. Preparing the bust for exhibition necessitates its repair and cleaning. Its restoration and exhibition emphasizes the dramatic story of its original creation and lays claim to a history of abolitionism in the Greater Boston area, which will be elucidated through a supporting exhibition in the Slater Concourse Gallery this fall.

The commission for Brown's bust arrived shortly after the abolitionist's arrest at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia in October 1859. With the support of Medford residents George and Mary Stearns, Brown organized a resistance movement in which he attempted to seize the federal armory and arsenal. His efforts at insurrection failed, however, and he was tried and scheduled for hanging on December 2, 1859. Upon hearing of Brown's impending execution, Mary Stearns commissioned Winchester-based sculptor Edward A. Brackett to form a bust for Brown's memorialization. In order to complete this task and maintain secrecy, Brackett traveled to the prison in Charlestown, West Virginia where Brown was being held, befriended a prison guard, and attained access to Brown's jail cell where measurements and sketches were made. The Stearns officially revealed the marble bust of Brown, with his long beard and assertive gaze, during a New Year's celebration in 1863. Those in attendance included philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet and civil rights activist Julia Ward Howe (who wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic), and Concord Transcendentalists, and authors Bronson and Louis May Alcott. In part a celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation, the gathering further acted as a memorialization of John Brown, whose actions and ideals had helped establish the abolitionist cause.

In anticipation of its inclusion in the fall 2016 exhibition, Edward Brackett's marble bust of John Brown is in a process of restoration. The entirety of the nose and a portion of the right eyebrow, lost through unknown circumstances, have been recreated through a 3D digital scanning process. The recessed surfaces of the nose and eyebrow have been compared with an intact plaster copy loaned from the Boston Athenaeum to create a three-dimensional printed mold. From this positive mold, a new marble nose will be cast and adhered.

John Brown's Body will be on view in the Slater Concourse Gallery concurrent with Mortal Things: Portraits Look Back and Forth from September 14 to December 4, 2016.

Imagination's Labyrinth
June 1 – August 15, 2016
John Galante
Tufts' alumnus

The IGL at 30
April 1 – May 31, 2016
Institute for Global Leadership

Nothing Major
March 1 – March 31, 2016
Adrienne Sacks

Access to Palliative Care and Pain Medications in Kenya
January 18 – February 26, 2016
Students from the Institute for Global Leadership
Sofia Augustine-Adams, Menglan Chen, Kathleen Marchand, Elizabeth Mealey, Nicholas Pfosi, Zhou Zhuangchen


Exhibition of Tufts Permanent Collection Photography
December – January
Curated by Jessica Camhi

The Intimacy of Memory: A Mixed Media Exhibition on Death and Remembrance
November 2015
Curated by Nancy Marks

October 2015
Curated by student in the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practices

Unwavering Truth: Archive Of Our Own
September 2015
Artwork from Nathalie Trytell, Kristina Diaz, Ryan Camarda, Phil Kral, Rachel Mindrup, Anne Noble, Keisha Petrus, Shannon Drummond Wachal, Jessica Cook, Jessica Stone, Leanna Scaglione, Michael Smith, Christina Baldoni, Jacqueline Murphy, and Crystal Voye

Documenting American Ethos in the 1930s: Photographs by Walker Evans and Arthur Rothstein
May 1 – June 30, 2015
Curated by Grace Hoyt

Tufts and SMFA Studio Art Exhibition
March 25 - April 29, 2015
Curated by The Student Advocacy Council

St. Petersburg and Modern Day Russia
February 11 – March 23, 2015
Curated by Zhuangchen Zhou

Hepatitis C: Access to medicine in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
January 10 – February 10, 2015
Curated by Misako Ono


The Personal is Political is Personal
November 1 – December 12, 2014
Curated by Sara Allred

In this exhibition, artists illustrate how personal truths are played out in political/public contexts, and how laws and policy affect their personal lives and the lives of others. Through this work, the artists hope to draw attention to issues they are passionate about by engaging the viewer in a visual exploration of social justice issues.

ARCHEMY: Drawing with chemicals by Dan Jay
September 12 – October 31, 2014
Curated by Dan Jay

ARCHEMY presents works that combine the art in science by applying chemical reactions to generate novel marks on paper. Works utilize rapid supercooling of media by liquid nitrogen, use magnetic fields with iron or sliver chloride precipitation and salt crystallization to form interesting patterns and textures. They utilize the artist's rare combination of a scientific mind with an artist's eye.

The ExCollege 50th Anniversary
April 1-30, 2014
The Tufts University Experimental College celebrates 50 years of innovation in Higher Education.

Tufts and SMFA studio art exhibition
March 3-31, 2014
A selection of multi-media artwork from students of Professor Patrick Carter's Fall 2013 classes.

Bangladesh: Documenting Dhaka
February 10–28, 2014
Tufts students in the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice collaborated with students at the Pathshala Media Institute to document issues facing the rapidly expanding and increasingly stressed megacity of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Documenting Inequity in Greater Boston
January 17 – February 7, 2014
Over the course of five weeks during the fall 2013 semester, the students enrolled in the Program for Narrative and Documentary Studies researched and told stories about inequity in the greater Boston area.


From These Streets: A Palestinian Refugee Perspective Community
November 1-December 8, 2013
What does it mean to be a photographer rooted in community? This juried exhibition highlights the work of Mohammad Al-Azza, 23, who was born and raised in a Palestinian refugee camp. Al-Azza's work revolves around this community, showcasing its resources and chronicling its conflicts and challenges. This exhibition tells a story about community media, offers an opportunity for cross-cultural collaboration, and shares a perspective on refugee life. Organized by Anthropology Professor Amahl Bishara, in collaboration with students in her seminar Media, the State, and the Senses.

Establishing Identity: The 20th Anniversary of The Tufts University Latino Center
October 1-31, 2013
Founded in 1993 as the Hispanic American Center, this 20th anniversary display documents the rich history, established identity, and traditions the has established by the Latino Center on the Tufts campus. Organized by Ruben Salino Sterns, Director, Latino Center

Combat Paper
September 5-30, 2013
Returning military and civilian participants turn military fatigues into hand-made paper then use it to create works of art that and provide a therapeutic approach to veterans' reintegration into society and address war-time experiences. Organized by Tufts ALLIES, an undergraduate organization dedicated to improving civilian-military relations through joint education, research and training.

Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Tufts University Permanent Art Collection
May 2013
Curated by the Tufts Art History Society, a student club

The Identity of Independence: Outside the Lines
April 2013
Curated by Ramzi Babouder-Matta, Libby Shrober and Allie Lei
Sponsored by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service's Scholars Program

Asian Pacific Roots, American Soil: Photographs by Corky Lee
March 2013
Sponsored by the American Studies Department

Burma: 2012 // [VII: Starved for Attention]
January/February 2013
Sponsored by the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practices, Tufts Institute for Global Leadership


An Archive of Feminism: The 40th Anniversary of The Tufts Women's Center
November 2012
The Women's Center

October 2012
A self-curated exhibition of artworks by students in the BFA/BA combined-degree program of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Water Research in Action: Building Bridges over Troubled Waters
Water: Systems, Science, and Society & The Tufts Institute for the Environment
September 2012

Jumbo Prints: Selections from the Tufts Photo Archives
Summer 2012
Sponsored by Tufts Photography

Visual Discourse: A Somerville Story
April 17 - May 31, 2012
Chelsea Grayson and students from the Somerville High School
Sponsored by the Tisch College Scholars Program

Using imagery to promote social awareness, Chelsea Grayson led a team of students from Somerville High School in identifying issues central to the Somerville community. The photographs presented document the life and challenges of the town and also represent the students' own personalities within the context of the issues they have focused on. Photo documentary techniques transform the camera into a medium for social change.

Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, A Central Celebration
March 6 - April 12, 2012
Organized by Joseph Auner and the graduate students in the Department of Music
Sponsored by the Music Granoff Music Fund

This exhibition celebrates the centennial anniversary of Arnold Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, which premiered in March 1912. A curated collection of high quality reproductions of production sketches and paintings by Schoenberg, musical scores, performance posters, reviews and historic photographs document the rich cultural, historical, social, and political context of this most important and influential work of 20th century music. The exhibition is accompanied by a performance on April 5th.

The Aftermath of Wounded Knee
February 9 - March 1, 2012
Photographers: Chelsea Grayson, Ben Ross, Alisha Sett, Ben Taylor, Katja Torres, & Jonathan Wu
Sponsored by The Institute for Global Leadership / Exposure / The Program For Narrative & Documentary Practice

This is a documentary photography project that focused on the aftermath of Wounded Knee and the return of the Black Hills. The photographs show different facets, both internal and external, of life on the Oglala Nation in South Dakota, specifically the Pine Ridge Reservation. These include the annual Bike Week in Sturgis representing the commercialization of the Black Hills, powwows (large cultural gatherings of various tribal communities in the area) in Pine Ridge, buffalo kills, the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre, the Badlands, and the daily life on the reservation are the visual narratives that we addressed in this project. This is a documentary photography project that focused on the aftermath of Wounded Knee and the return of the Black Hills. The photographs show different facets, both internal and external, of life on the Oglala Nation in South Dakota, specifically the Pine Ridge Reservation. These include the annual Bike Week in Sturgis representing the commercialization of the Black Hills, powwows (large cultural gatherings of various tribal communities in the area) in Pine Ridge, buffalo kills, the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre, the Badlands, and the daily life on the reservation are the visual narratives that we addressed in this project.

Arizona-Mexico Immigration photograph

Arizona | Mexico
Immigration Stories from the US - Mexico Border

January 19 - February 6, 2012
Reception: Friday, January 27, 4-6pm

Photographers: Louise Blavet, Luke Boelitz, Alison Coffey, Amy Connors, Senait Debesu, Chelsea Grayson, Sam James, & Austin Siadak
Sponsored by The Institute for Global Leadership / Exposure / The Program For Narrative & Documentary Practice

In May 2011, Exposure traveled to Tucson Arizona to document illegal immigration issues. With each student tackling a different dimension of the international border, we have together created a narrative that speaks to the complexity of the values, emotions, and experiences that are involved in crossing, patrolling, and living along the line, to some real to others symbolic, that divides Arizona from Mexico.


Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey

Installation Photos of the Shepard Fairey Mural
October 2011
Tufts is one of sixteen sites throughout the Boston area where the artist installed murals in conjunction with his 2009 ICA exhibition entitled Supply and Demand. 

August 2009

Shepard Fairey reinstated the mural in its original location outside the Jumbo Express convenience store at the Tufts University campus center.

You may recognize Shepard Fairey as the artist of the Obama poster that helped galvanize the then-candidate's campaign.

Tufts' Institute for Global Leaderships 24th Annual EPIIC International Symposium on Global Cities is very proud to have worked with Shepard Fairey in conjunction with his exhibition Supply & Demand at The Institute for Contemporary Art. As the ICA states on their website: "Shepard Fairey has been creating art on the street for 20 years — it is one of the cornerstones of his artistic practice. 

In complement to the exhibition, Fairey has created several outdoor projects throughout Boston and Cambridge." Tufts is one of sixteen sites throughout the Boston area where the artist installed murals in conjunction with his exhibition.

Slater ConcourseSurf and Turf: From the Tufts University Permanent Art Collection
May-September 2011
A selection of outdoor themed works of the land and sea featuring artists such as Walker Evans, Aaron Siskind, Jean-Francois Millet, Elliot Erwit, Michael Jacques, and many more.

Face Value
April 2011
The Face Value exhibit is an effort to help spread awareness of the issue of homelessness that plagues thousands people today in Massachusetts and millions each year in the United States. The exhibit displays the photo portraits of local homeless individuals and families. These individuals are clients of the Somerville Homeless Coalition and with the Coalition's help they are able to live with a roof over their heads as they work to reach a more stable state, allowing them to provide for their own housing. Through seeing the faces of these individuals we hope that you will be able to look past their homelessness and recognize the beauty and humanity of these individuals. Please come and check out this exhibit and we hope that in doing so you will take a few moments to think seriously about the issue of homelessness and the thousands of lives that it affects.
- The Face Value Team: Alyssa, Groom, Anna & Maya

African Divas: Paintings by Margaret Rose Vendryes March 1-March 31, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, March 4, 2011, Artist Talk 6PM, Tour and Reception 7â€"8PM
Special Reception and Walkthrough of the exhibit: Sunday, March 20, 2011, 1-3PM
Sponsored by: The Africana Center at Tufts University
Co-sponsored by: Africa and the New World, American Studies, Art History, AS&E Diversity Fund, Women's Center

The construction of female identities changes across race and place along with all of our other intersecting identities, but regardless, the U.S. (and most of the world's) gaze and focus is always on the female body itself; not the artist, not the person. The African Divas series examines the identities and new levels of power afforded to female artists of African descent and the impact of their packaging for public consumption on their lives. This exhibit asks its viewer to think about our cultural standards of beauty; how these standards apply or are different across race; and by using ancestral masks to cover the face of the subjects, makes explicit the dissection of black female body and the invisibility of women of African descent in our consumer culture. Vendryes is a Jamaican-American artist, art historian, and curator. She has done extensive research and writing on American art, most notably her recent monograph on the late sculptor Richmond Barthé. This is Vendryes's debut solo painting exhibition introducing her in-progress series of masked portraits of popular women singers of African descent found on their LP covers.

EXPOSURE/Aftermath Workshop: Houston
February 4-28, 2011
In August 2010, eight [EXPOSURE] members participated in a documentary photography workshop in Houston's Third Ward. Under the mentorship of Sara Terry, founder of the Aftermath Project, and Jeff Jacobsen, Aftermath Project grant winner. The workshop sought to explore one of America's most defining aftermaths â€" that of slavery, the Civil War, and the Civil Rights movement â€" and the effect these events continue to have on our country today. The workshop did not seek easy answers to the question of race relations today. The intent, beyond experience with the practice of documentary photography, was to spark conversation about a subject that rarely engages blacks and whites in dialogue. [EXPOSURE] students worked in collaboration with high school photography students at Yates High School in Houston's Third Ward to pursue stories that became deeply personal and meaningful for all involved.

EXPOSURE/VII Workshop: Hue, Vietnam
January 17-February 4, 2011
In July 2010, seven [EXPOSURE] members participated in a photojournalism workshop in Hue, Vietnam. Under the mentorship of Gary Knight, founding member of VII Photo Agency and Mort Rosenblum, former editor of the International Herald Tribune and long-time AP correspondent, workshop participants sought to capture facets of contemporary life in Vietnam's old imperial capital. The stories they produced demonstrate the richness and complexities of life in and around Hue.


Through Veterans' Eyes: The Iraq and Afghanistan Experience
November 2010
Organized by Larry Minear.
In May 2010, Potomac Books will publish Through Veterans' Eyes: The Iraq and Afghanistan Experience.The book is based on research conducted by Larry Minear in collaboration with Tufts' Feinstein International Center. Minear, a staff member of the Center since 2000, retired from the Center in 2006. The research is based on interviews of U.S. military personnel who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the materials used are drawn from the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress; others are excerpted from interviews conducted by Minear himself. In all, commentary by some 200 veterans is woven together to present a consolidated narrative conveying the experience in the soldiers' own words. In addition to excerpts from interviews, the book contains photographs from the Library of Congress collection taken by a dozen veterans themselves. The photographs present a vivid picture, in color, of the dangers confronted by U.S. troops and of individual military personnel themselves.

Frank Paulin (American) and Danny Lyon (American)
Black and white photos from 1933-1978 (Lyon) and 1951-1960 (Paulin)
September/October 2010

February 2008
For summer 2010, the Tufts University Art Gallery has mounted two photography portfolios by Philip Jameson and Frank Paulin that were recently donated to the Tufts University Permanent Art Collection. 

Teaching for America, Teaching for New Orleans: The Role of Teach for America in the Rebirth of New Orleans
May 2010
EXHIBITORS: Amy Bean Erin Gelgoot Louise Head Sarah Heath-Howe Claire Heinegg Hannah Tadley
Special Thanks to: Mary Eisenberg Calvin Gidney Heidi Given Alonso Nichols Lisa Schlakman Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development Teach for America

CORN: Farming in Central Mexico and the American Midwest
April 2010
Photography by Nora Chovanec
Writing and Interviews by Kate Berson
7,000 years ago Mexican farmers domesticated the maize plant, turning if from a simple grass into an edible grain. Blossoming over thousands of years, the corn industry now produces 880 million tons of the crop yearly and is surrounded by issues of employment, migration, trade, economic instability, nutrition, and environmental sustainability. Working in Central Mexico and the American Midwest, photographer Nora Chovanec and writer Kate Berson recorded the daily lives of corn farmers and created a body of work that is, perhaps, food for thought.

Who We Love: Older Lesbians and Gay Men on Life, Aging and Love
March 2010
Presented by Greta Cottington with Dr. Jennifer Burtner
This Senior Honors Thesis and exhibition explore the experience of aging as a gay or lesbian (GL) person by collecting oral histories about love, identity and personal relationships. These first-hand accounts also grant a special perspective on social services and organizing by representing older GL as individuals with tremendously complex life histories. The elders' personal histories provide an intimate look into the rich experience of a community that is too often silenced. We are at a pivotal moment in gay history, when many important legal decisions, particularly those related to marriage rights and benefits, are being crafted. The project is designed to highlight the lives of people who are impacted by social policies that they may not have a voice in creating or changing. The exhibition, which includes photographs, personal mementos and narratives, provides a unique opportunity to discuss elder GLBT issue and create dialogue between generations, bringing a conversation about aging and love to a college environment.

EXPOSURE/Aftermath Workshop: Ajmer, India January/February 2010
In August, 2008, ten [EXPOSURE] students traveled to Ajmer, India, in the province of Rajasthan, to explore the ongoing aftermath of the bitter conflicts that arose when the country was partitioned in 1947. The subcontinent, which had previously been whole under the imperial rule of the British, was split into India & Pakistan in 1947, with Bangladesh splitting off from Pakistan in 1971. These divisions sparked forced migration, rioting and religious violence between the region's Muslims and Hindus.

Constructing La Belle Epoque: Historical Documentation in the Search for Utopia, 1886-1936
December 2009 - January 2010
By Benjamin J. Sacks and Dr. Jennifer Burtner
Sponsored by the Dean of Undergraduate Education and the Department of Anthropology, Tufts University. In collaboration with the Harvard University Archives and the Town of Brookline, New Hampshire.

Utopias are dangerous. They are the destructors of nations and the poison of nationalism, an excuse for genocidal repression and the implementation of eugenics. Yet their very conceptualization is enough to catalyze the advancement of the arts and sciences, the rise and fall of empires, and to satiate our desires to reach for the sky. Utopias are constructs of our imagination. In them, anything is possible, all of our hopes and dreams are realized, and threats to our existence, let alone our happiness, are quietly and effectively suppressed. Globalization was—and remains—the search for improvement, for betterment. These two narratives typified, rather than epitomized social exploration in the West in the formative decades immediately before and after the First World War. For rural America the search for utopia was both philosophical and commercial; the Transcendentalists redefined the power and knowledge of the individual, spurring the intellectual growth and influence of rural New England. Urban Americans too reaped the benefits of Globalization. Their motives, however, were as much to shape the hierarchy of power as to increase social mobility and the advancement of knowledge. Constructing la Belle époque: Historical Documentation in the Search for Utopia 1886-1936 examines two previously neglected case studies that typify both the hopes and aspirations of America in the formative decades around the First World War, as well as the excesses and discriminatory beliefs that pervaded American culture.


Tejiendo los lienzos del desarrollo: Peace and Development in a Tumultuous Guatemala
October 2009
Thirteen years since the signing of the Peace Accords, Guatemala and her people continue to face unfathomable obstacles in becoming a peaceful, progressing nation. Although the internal conflict officially lasted 36 years (1960-1996), the socioeconomic issues magnified during the conflict were in no way resolved at its end. The families and friends of hundreds of thousands of Guatemalans, mostly indigenous, who were killed during this time, strove to find ways to survive and progress. The rise, fall, and restructuring of the tourist industry from the late '70s to the early '90s brought international attention to the issue. Both overseas and domestic groups began to study and collaborate with affected individuals, a process which in turn begun to create a sense of international solidarity.

In contrast to much of the verbiage coming from anthropological works that discuss this post-conflict era as a time to "reweave" the social fabric, we must begin to view development as an opportunity to weave something entirely new, appropriate to the current context of the Guatemalan people. In a country where true national peace has not existed within recorded history, it is improper to concentrate on reestablishing pre-conflict circumstances, when those were so far from the ideal. Much like the lienzos(cloth panels) woven to make huipiles (Guatemalan blouses unique to each region), development must occur piece by piece using available local resources to meet the needs of each individual community.

"Tejiendo los Lienzos del desarrollo" (Weaving the Fabric of Development) displays two separate yet cohesive narratives, highlighting past and present projects that promote sustainable development in Guatemala. Dr. Jennifer Burtner shares her doctoral fieldwork as she explores the reaction of different sectors within the tourism industry during the critical period of post-conflict reconstruction (1988-2004).

Dr. Burtner's narrative transitions into the current work of BUILD (Building Understanding through International Learning and Development), a student-led initiative of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University founded in 2002. BUILD seeks to educate and immerse students in the theory and practice of sustainable development by partnering with rural communities in the developing world to research and implement sustainable initiatives for human, social, and economic development.

This exhibition is the result of a joint student-faculty effort borne out of the combined efforts of Guatemalan student, Sasha de Beausset, and Dr. Jennifer Burtner both of the Tufts University Department of Anthropology. The aim of the exhibition is to use art as an expression of the complexity of post-conflict reconstruction, and to reach out to organizations interested in collaborating with BUILD.

Alain Eschenlauer's Rorschach's Insects
June and July 2009
Alain Eschenlauer is a young artist who lives and works in Strasbourg, France. His work is mostly inspired by Nature and its variations. In this exhibit, he presents artworks juxtaposing entomologically precise drawings of insects and symmetrical inkblots reminiscent of the Rorschach's tests. Oscillating between figuration and abstraction, between zoological truth and psychiatric suggestion, the artist invites us to have a new vision of the insects and our surrounding world. The multiple facets of our complex relationships to these creatures are also illustrated by texts presenting the point of view of various people (geneticist, entomologist, psychiatrist, pest controller, Zoological Museum curator, children, etc).
This exhibit is made possible thanks to the support of the Boston-Strasbourg Sister City Association, the Consulat de France in Boston and the Strasbourg's city hall.

"Keep the Fire Burning; Explorations of a Modern Chickasaw Identity"
May 2009
Presented by Kristen Dorsey for the Slater Concourse Gallery. Through jewelry, sculpture, and video, the exhibit traces Dorsey's development as an artist and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. Dorsey will exhibit ten small metal pieces in addition to a steel wall sculpture,two video shorts, and a video projection. Dorsey is completing her fifth year in a five year combined degree program with Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Journey From Lascaux: From Nature to Man
Paintings by David Burtner; presented by Jennifer Burtner (Lecturer, Tufts Anthropology Department)

April 2009
During the 1980s my father would take me on long hikes through the natural rock formations west of our El Paso home. Sitting in the shade of the rock overhangs, the only cool place in miles of desert all around, he would explain how for hundreds of years this natural spring surrounded by rocks had been used as watering places and the basis of trade routes for the indigenous peoples who lived there and the European and Latin American settlers who followed them. Our house in El Paso was filled with my father's paintings, reflecting the colors of the water, stone, animals and humans of these landscapes, both in their historic and contemporary iterations. The earliest of these works were burnt brown, orange and mustard toned abstractions, inspired by the indigenous pictographs of the American West and of the extensive Paleolithic paintings found in France during the Second World War in Lascaux. The more recent pieces were lighter, brighter large-scale figures of men and women in flight, dancing, running, soaring, and ultimately falling back to earth. These paintings and the images, forms, histories and myths that they are informed by and illustrate became the backdrop of my intellectual life. They join two life-times - my father's and mine - spent in museums, studios, natural heritage sites and in environmental and human rights activism. They are the illustrations which today are the core of my ethnographic work and which I use to teach my Tufts and SMFA students about discursive analysis (narrative and textual construction and deconstruction), aesthetics, and the use of visual images and symbols â€" which are so key in linking the fine arts to the social sciences. As such they are teaching tools for another generation of academics, artists, and activists - who we hope will take a moment to sit, pause and be inspired. - Jennifer Burtner

Men anpil, chay pa lou:
With many hands, the burden is light
RESPE: Ayiti

March 2009
Men anpil, chay pa lou: With many hands, the burden is light is a representation of RESPE: Ayiti's collaborative research and participation within the rural Haitian community of Balan for the past year and a half. The exhibition includes photographs, written research, local artists' paintings, and a social map, amongst many other works.

Photojournalism Workshop June 2008 | Siem Reap, Cambodia

February 2009
Last summer, Exposure and the Institute for Global Leadership brought a group of eleven students together to research and document contemporary issues in Siem Reap, Cambodia, under the mentorship of VII Photoagency's Gary Knight and renowned journalist Mort Rosenblum. In the 12th century, Cambodia's borders held the Khmer empire, the center of Southeast Asian civilization. 700 years of power struggles between regional, religious and imperial factions followed. In 1972, Cambodia was ravaged by the communist Khmer Rouge regime. Millions of Cambodians died in the Killing Fields and the harsh conditions that followed as the regime tried to recreate a utopian, traditional way of life in Cambodia. Today, Siem Reap is a modern city. Following the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime and the death of its leader Pol Pot, Siem Reap has experienced a 2500% increase in tourism, and along with it, dramatic economic and cultural change. The legacy of Cambodia's violent past still remains, but today's Siem Reap is a city of people working fiercely to thrive in the present.

An Aftermath Project Workshop: August 21-28, 2008 in Gulu, Northern Uganda

January 2009
In August 2008, the [Exposure]/Aftermath Project workshop in Northern Uganda brought together six Tufts University students and one University of Delhi student to focus on the aftermath of the conflict in northern Uganda. Since the mid-1980s, the Lord's Resistance Army has terrorized the people of northern Uganda, and their tactics of brutality and intimidation have killed and maimed many. The group's trademark tactic is the kidnap and impressment of children into the Army. Today, a ceasefire holds off further violence in the north, but the LRA continues to wreak havoc in neighboring countries in its search for food, supplies, and survival. Working in tandem with rehabilitated former members of the Lord's Resistance Army, the students each pursued a unique documentary project that illustrates an aspect of life in northern Uganda today.

Immigrant City: Then and Now
November/December 2008
As the discourse surrounding immigration in the United States today focuses heavily on policy, legislation, and politics, we far too often overlook the humanity at its essence. Thirty percent of Somerville residents were born outside the U.S. Nearly 2/3 speak a language other than English in their homes. But our neighbors in this Immigrant City are not statistics-each has a face and a story. Immigrant City: Then and Now resonates strongly with Tufts' emphasis on creating active change in the community and this exhibition, sponsored by the Tufts Anthropology Department in conjuncition with the Welcome Project of Somerville, exposes students to a critical cross-cultural experience happening just down the hill.


One Day: Photographic Representations of Childhood in China and Ukraine
October 2008
The overarching goal of this exhibit is to have an impact on the lives of orphans by raising awareness and informing the Tufts community about ways to help. Orphan children are the world's most vulnerable citizens. Although the problem of orphans exists in all countries, children in third-world countries fare the worst. To care for them, their governments rely on institutions such as orphanages, which are deemed one of the most deleterious settings for a growing child. With this in mind, we decided to form a student group that would act to create public awareness and activism at Tufts to improve the lives of orphans. 

Rich Turk's Vacation Pictures Scenic and Wildlife Photography
September 2008
To celebrate his 20th anniversary as a member of the Tufts Human Resources Department, Rich Turk will be exhibiting photographs of birds, wild animals, and landscapes he's seen while on vacation from his day job. The photographer was born and raised in New York City and never saw a bird (other than a pigeon) or explored a rural area until he reached his late thirties. Most of the digital inkjet prints on exhibit were taken in the Florida Everglades, New England, Canada's Maritime provinces and the 20 or so zoos he's visited. Turk's "vacation pictures" are his appreciation of the "humanity" he sees in in all living creatures, and of places where man-made objects blend in seamlessly with their natural surroundings.
Public Reception will be held on Friday, September 12th from 5pm to 8pm.

Academics & Artists: Tufts Womens' Written and Visual Work
May 2008
a project by Roxanne Samer (J'08). This show is meant to illustrate the diversity of Tufts' women's experiences and is inspired by the influx of writing and art on women's subjectivity that first occurred in the 1970s.

Part & Parcel
April 2008
A project of the Tufts/SMFA Combined Degree Program

Images of Asian America at Tufts University
March 2008
Sponsored by Asian American Alliance at Tufts, in conjunction with the 25th Anniversary of the Asian American Center

[EXPOSURE] Images from the Field IV: Global Poverty and Inequality
VII Photo Agency, Images from the Field IV: Global Poverty and Inequality
February 2008

Argentina: from the ruins of the dirty war
EXPOSURE-VII Photo Agency Workshop in Argentina / Winter 2006
January 2008
Led by Gary Knight and Mort Rosenblum, the EXPOSURE-VII Photo Agency Workshop in Argentina consisted of eight Tufts students and one Tufts staff member. In January 2006, the participants of this weeklong workshop traveled to Buenos Aires to work on photo essays with topics ranging from the city police force to the Las Madras - the mothers whose loved ones were disappeared during the Dirty War - to the impact of tourism.


Miguel Luciano: Cuando las Gallinas Mean (When Hens Pee)
October 20 - December 30, 2007
The Tufts Americann Studies Program presents Art at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, an artist-in-residence program funded by the Nat R. and Martha Knaster Charitable Trust. Additional funding provided by the Tufts University Arts, Sciences, & Engineering Diversity Fund, the Latino Studies Program, the Art History Department, and the Latino Center. Miguel Luciano was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and currently lives in New York. His work engages in the playful and sometimes painful exchanges between Puerto Rico and the U.S., questioning a colonial relationship that persists to the present day and problematizing the racialized spaces between the two culture. Through his interactive pieces and teh public workshops in which he creates them, Luciano explores how colonial subordination is extended through globalization as communities have shifted gears from a production based society to one that is ground in consumption.

Rising Tide, Sinking Nation: The Effects of Global Warming on Kiribati
September 1 - October 15, 2007
The Republic of Kiribati, population 100,000, is spread across 33 coral atolls and is sinking. Two 2007 Tufts graduates have traveled to Kiribati this summer as winners of the United Davis World College Fund's "Project for Peace," and they have taken video and photographic documentation of this visit. The Slater exhibition will be a collaborative showcase of this footage with educational information on global warming. The goal is to encourage a human connection and facilitate a cultural exchange between Tufts and Kiribati.

Bridging Connections, Building Community: Children's Art from Tufts-Medford Arts Outreach
June/July 2007
This exhibit documents and displays the process by which children make art, and the resulting art produced by children 7-9 in an eight-week community arts program. This exhibit motivaltes and affirms local children's art experiences outside of school, and encourages them to develop meaningful, ongoing relationships with materials, tools, and ideas.

The Architecture of Art:
May 2007
François De Costerd, Daniel Goldman, Kathy Kissik, Lisa Reindorf, Juni Van Dyke, Michelle Widmer-Schultz
The artists construct their art with architectural elements and imagery, utilizing architecture as a vehicle for expression on the environment and our place within it. The media represented in this exhibition include painting, photography, and assemblage.

Africa Goal
April 2007
A photographic exhibition chronicling nine students with diverse backgrounds and lines of work driving two cars from Kenya across Southern Africa to the West Coast of Namibia and back again. Every evening throughout the duration of the World Cup 2006, with the help of Digital Satellite Television and a projector, they screened games live at different points along their route down the southern half of the continent. Before every live game they screened AIDS & HIV awareness videos supplied by UN-AIDS and when possible, by local NGO's dealing with the matter. Culturally sensitive, the videos shown varied depending on the countries and viewers.

March 2007

The Tufts Anthropology Department is pleased to announce two concurrent exhibitions on display from March 5-March 30, 2007
From Yucuaiquin to Somerville: El Baile de los Negritos, about the cultural heritage of the hundreds of people from the city of Yucuaiquin, El Salvador who are currently living in the Somerville area.
Catch the Land: Memory and Longing in Sudanese Refugee Art, organized by the Brandeis University Department of Anthropology. The artists featured come from Dinka and Nuer communities in Sudan that have been violently displaced by the war.

The Institute for Global Leadership is pleased to announce the [EXPOSURE] Alumni Exhibition: Global Crises.
January and February 2007
On display from January 22-February 26, 2007, the exhibition showcases photographs of humanitarian and environmental crises from around the world. The photographs are by Tufts alumni Matthew Edmundson (Tufts'05, EPIIC'04, EXPOSURE'04-05) and Jacob Silberberg (Tufts'02, EPIIC'01, TILIP'02). Their work—from the current war in Iraq to the struggle in Kashmir to the recent civil war in Ivory Coast — depicts conflict situations, the failure of local and global governance, and the struggle for power in unstable regions of the world.

This exhibition is in collaboration with the 2007 EPIIC Symposium Global Crises: Governance and Intervention, March 1-4, 2007. EPIIC and [EXPOSURE] are programs of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University. For more information please visit or call the IGL at 617.627.3314.


Opening Doors: Art and Autism
November and December 2006
A project of the Boston Higashi School
Public Opening Reception: Friday, November 3, 6:30-8:30pm with a live performance by the Boston Higashi School Jazz Band.

Documenting Asia: 19th Century Travel Photography
October 2006
Curated by the Tufts University Art Gallery

Youth-Art-in-Action: Public Art/Public Action
September 2006
a project of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Ya Me Estoy Quitando El Miedo ("I'm Not Afraid Anymore")
June-August 2006
Presented by Jenny Lederer (LA'05)

Year of the Goat: A Photographic Journey Through America's Growing Goat Industry
May 2006
Presented by Karl Schatz (A'92); visit

Remembrance and Hope: A Student Expression of Human Rights
April 2006
Presented by Tufts University Hillel Center

Body Image: Animus & Ardor
March 2006
Presented by Tufts University Health Services
This exhibition is comprised of juried works of artists from Tufts University, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and communities beyond. The Tufts University Health Services strives to provide the Tufts community with relevant and meaningful venues to address many different healt issues. Body Image: Animus & Ardor is here to recognize National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. At Tufts University, like colleges around the country, countless students contend with difficult and often dangerous eating disorders behind closed doors.

Kim Berman // Resistance and Renewal:
Selected works from 1986 to 2006
Reception: Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Kim Berman was born in Johannesburg in 1960 and is an EPIIC ('86) and Tufts MFA ('89) alumna. One of the most respected artists in South Africa, Ms. Berman's work reflects political and social issues from pre and post Apartheid to the current AIDS pandemic. Formerly an ANC activist, Ms. Berman founded three seminal projects for art and social transformation: Artist Proof Studio (1992), Paper Prayers Campaign (1996), and Phumani Paper (2000). Her work has been exhibited throughout Europe and North America and her specific work concerned with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was selected to hang in the Constitutional Court in South Africa. She is the recipient of a 2006 EPIIC Distinguished Alumni Award.
In collaboration with the 2005-06 EPIIC Symposium: "The Politics of Fear" and the Institute for Global Leadership.

January 2006
A selection of photographs from workshops conducted by acclaimed VII Photo Agency photographers in Bali and Kosovo. During the summer of 2005, eight Tufts EXPOSURE students traveled to Kosovo with Gary Knight and three EXPOSURE students traveled to Bali to work with John Stanmyer. The Bali photographic collection focused on spirituality and modernization while the Kosovo collection explores many facets of post -war Kosovar society.
EXPOSURE is a center for photojournalism, documentary studies, and human rights at Tufts University and is a program of the Institute for Global Leadership.


Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation
October-December 2005
Civil War Photographs from the Medford Historical Society, in association with the Tisch Library exhibition that examines President Lincoln's efforts toward the abolition of slavery during the Civil War.

Fusion Prints: Gotham
September 2005
Gotham by Jan Lourie and Joan Firestone is the result of a unique application of computer-manipulated photography to the architecture and architectural detail of New York City.

Samantha Simpson
Summer 2005
Samantha Simpson's mural explores the way that certain kinds of visual pleasure have been historically associated with lack of power. Characters often negotiate the balance between ornamentation and marginalization.

May 2005
With P.T. Barnum's purchase of Jumbo the Elephant from the London Zoo in 1882, Jumbomania came to describe the craze for all things "Jumbo." This exhibition draws on the Tufts digital collections and archives, and the Ringling Museum.

The Women's Caucus for Art - Boston Chapter
March 2005
The Women's Caucus for Art responds to Girl Culture


A Lens Toward Peace: An Expression of Religious Serenity & Harmony
November - December 2004
A Lens Toward Peace is an exhibition compiled using work by students from across all religious backgrounds. Each piece was created as a symbol representing the artist's thoughts on religious peace and harmony through art.