Programming

 

Although Gallery 51 doors are closed to the public, we are excited to bring you alternative programming. As we all continue to adapt, this page too will be updated to reflect changes. We thank you for your continuing support and look forward to your participation.

ALL PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


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November

Thursday November 5: Discussion about the MCLA Production, The Race, with Erica, Jeremy, and Alex Lee Reed at 5 pm EST 

MCLA Theatre Logo. It is a blue square with white rectangles inside to give th appearance of theatre seating.

Join Erica, Jeremy, and Alex Lee Reed, for a discussion of MCLA Theatre's first show of the year, The Race. Alex is a Seattle-based director, playwright and actor, and is the co-director for this show. The Race sits at the intersection of the national election and Black Lives Matter movement, and MCLA's production is one of many happening across the country this fall. Use this LINK to register. 

 

Thursday November 12: G51 Featured Artist Series Adriana Corral at 5 pm EST

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Use this LINK to register for the program. A recording of this discussion will also live on the BCRC YouTube playlist for later viewing.

We want to highlight and showcase the talented artists in our community and across the globe. This week's Featured Artist, Adriana Corral received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and completed her BFA at the University of Texas at El Paso. Adriana Corral’s installations, performances, and sculptures embody universal themes of loss, human rights violations, memory, and erased historical narratives. Her practice is rigorous and researched based, often driving her to work within the archives. Experts ranging from historians, librarians, anthropologists, writers, journalists, gender scholars, human rights attorneys, and the victims’ families provide Corral with vital data that aids in the conception of her works. To learn more about Adriana Corral, click here.

 

Monday November 16: Portfolio Reviews with Camilo Alvarez

Headshot of gallerist Camilo Alvarez

Gallery 51 is pleased to offer Portfolio Reviews to practicing artists. Invited gallerists will spend 30 minutes with each artist virtually. They will discuss up to three works selected by the artist. These reviews are geared towards emerging and mid-career/established artists. What to know and how to prepare for the portfolio reviews will be shared later on the BCRC YouTube playlist. 

We are pleased to announce that Camilo Alvarez, Owner, Director and Preparator at Samsøñ formerly Samson Projects, will be the guest gallerist to conduct our Portfolio Reviews in November. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Advisory Board at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and is a Commissioner on the Boston Art Commission. For Camilo's full bio, click here.

Learn more about this month's participating artists:

Ambrose

Devyn Briggs

Joshua Ross

 

Wednesday November 18: Virtual Opening of the 2020 Alumni Art Show at 5 pm EST

  Alumni Art Show Opening Slide

Welcome to MCLA Gallery 51’s curated 2020 Alumni Art Show. The event is co-hosted by the MCLA Alumni Office. The curated works included in the 2020 Alumni Art Show span the practices of fourteen artists who graduated from MCLA between 1971 - 2019. Each artist was invited to submit work for the exhibition, from which Gallery 51 made a final selection of the works included in the show. The exhibition will run from November 18 to December 11, 2020. The link for the exhibition will be provided on November 18th at the opening. 

This exhibit is free and open to the public. Attendees may make a suggested donation of $5 to support The Fund for MCLA by texting FUND4MCLA to 41444 or visiting http://give2.mcla.edu/. Donations support student emergency need, scholarship, and equitable internship access and all gifts are fully tax-deductible. Thank you for joining Gallery 51 and the MCLA Alumni Office in celebrating this talented group of alumni.

Selected artists include: Cara Finch ‘11 • Melyssa Fortini ‘19 • Jennifer (Smith) Huberdeau ‘00 • Alexander Jamal ‘15 • Christina Kelly ‘98 • Makayla-Courtney McGeeney ‘16 • Amy Modesti ‘14 • Bill Righter ‘80 • Theresa M. Terry ‘71 • Stephanie VanBramer ‘14 • Ben Warren ‘11 • Isaac H. Wood ‘17

 

Thursday November 19: Community Conversation To Move Toward Anti-Racism in the Arts with the Artist Impact Coalition from 5-6:30 pm ESTartist impact coalition

Kidspace at MASS MoCA is pleased to host the November edition of Community Conversations on Anti-Racism in the Arts, a monthly program of the North Adams Artist Impact Coalition (AIC). This interactive group discussion will focus on exploring Wendy Red Star's Indian Summer - Four Seasons (2006), currently on view in Kidspace as part of Red Star’s exhibition “Apsáalooke: Children of the Large-Beaked Bird.” The conversation will use MASS MoCA’s signature teaching style, “ArtInSight,” of guided inquiry and a meditation practice; participants will also leave the session with a downloadable “take home” art-making project based on Red Star’s work. 

 

Friday November 20: G51 Featured Artist Series - Tara Sabharwal at 12 pm EST

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A recording of this discussion will also live on the BCRC YouTube playlist for later viewing.

We want to highlight and showcase the talented artists in our community and across the globe. This week's Featured Artist, Tara Sabharwal, was born in India. After studying Painting at M.S University (Baroda, India) she completed her Masters at the Royal College of Art (London, UK), On returning to India,1986-89, she had solo shows in Delhi and Mumbai and returned to UK for three years on fellowships and solo shows. In 1990 Tara visited New York and settled here, while continuing to work and show in the UK and India. Her work is in the collection of the British Museum (London, UK), Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK); DLI Museum (Durham, UK) and in the New York Public Library (NYC, USA); Peabody Essex Museum (Boston, USA); MONA Museum of Nebraskan Art (NE, USA) and the Library of Congress, (Washington D.C, USA). To learn more about her practice, click here

 

December

Thursday December 3: Theatre Thursday, Introduction to Student Directed Theatre Festival with Erica, Jeremy, & Student Directors at 5 pm EST


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The second show of MCLA Theatre's season is Connections: A Festival, and will involve six play-readings across three days. Each of the plays will be directed by a student, an MCLA first. Tune in for a conversation with Erica, Jeremy, and some of the students bringing this project to life. Use this LINK to register. 

 

Thursday December 10: Mass MoCA and BCRC In Session with Nick Cave, Shaun Leonardo, Steve Locke, and Xaviera Simmons at 6 pm EST

in sssion panelistsClick HERE to register.

Presented by MASS MoCA and the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) at MCLA, In Session is a series of four panel discussions on anti-racist work in museums, streamed live on MASS MoCA’s YouTube and Facebook. The first two sessions will invite artists, curators, and arts administrators to discuss how museums and artists represent Black and Brown trauma in artwork, exhibitions, and performances, and navigate the resulting implications and challenges.

Tune in for the first In Session with artists Nick Cave, Shaun Leonardo, Steve Locke, and Xaviera Simmons. The panel will begin with introductory remarks by Dr. Kalima Young, and will be moderated by M. Carmen Lane. To read more about the panelists, click HERE.
Designed to pose more questions than answers, topics for this discussion include: What is trauma and what do we mean when speaking of Black trauma? Who holds permission to use images of violence against Black and Brown bodies? Who grants this permission? What are an art institution’s responsibilities toward audiences when hosting work regarding violence enacted against Black and Brown bodies?

Do any other questions come to mind? Submit your own questions via email to insession@massmoca.org

 

JANUARY

Thursday January 28: A Tourist in Your Own Home Virtual Opening at 5 pm EST

Use this LINK to register for the opening.

A Tourist In Your Own Home is an online exhibition, curated by artist, Shasha Dothan. Along with four artists Dothan invited, who are also immigrants to the United States, they created video works about their 2020 experience. This exhibition looks at each immigrant’s struggle with the notion of home. Is the new country you live in your home? Is the country you were born in your home? Being confined at home for the last few months due to Covid 19, immigrant artists may struggle even more with the questions of displacement. As executive orders are signed, that seem intended to change the lives of immigrants in the US are signed, uncertainty is a common factor in everyday life. The fears and hopes of the immigrant are in question, many not knowing what their future will look like. The questions about home and feeling like you don’t belong become more difficult.

 

February

Thursday February 4: Opening of the Exhibition Hostile Terrain

Hostile Terrain Toe Tags
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Originally scheduled for September 2020, we have postponed the exhibit to February 2021 as a result of COVID-19.

Gallery 51 is honored to partake in this participatory art project sponsored and organized by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a non-profit research-art-education-media collective, directed by anthropologist Jason De León. The exhibition is composed of ~3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. These tags are geolocated on a wall map of the desert showing the exact locations where remains were found. This installation will simultaneously take place at a large number of institutions, both nationally and globally. To learn more about this project, visit their site here.

 

Thursday February 11: Theatre Thursday, Introduction to the Spring Season with Erica and Jeremy at 5 pm EST

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The MCLA Theatre spring shows feature a brand new work, written by faculty and students, and one of Shakespeare's most-beloved comedies. Both will be presented at the end of the semester, over a three-weekend span. Join Erica and Jeremy to hear all about it. Use this LINK to register.

 

Thursday February 18: Gallery 51 Featured Artist Series - Ilana Savdie at 5pm EST

Headshot of artist Ilana Savdie

Use this LINK to register in advance. A recording of this discussion will also live on the BCRC YouTube playlist for later viewing.

We want to highlight and showcase the talented artists in our community and across the globe. This week's Featured Artist, Ilana Savdie, was raised in Barranquilla, Colombia and Miami, FL and is now based in New York. Ilana received her MFA in Painting/Printmaking at Yale University in 2018 and her B.F.A from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008. She has since been included in numerous exhibitions across the globe. Ilana is currently a fellow at NXTHVN in New Haven Connecticut and will be an artist in residence at Palazzo Monti in Brescia, Italy in 2021. To learn more about her practice, click here.  

 

Thursday February 25: Gallery 51 Featured Artist Series - Papay Solomon at 5pm EST

Headshot of the artist Papay Solomon                                                                            Image by Puspa Lohmeyer

Use this LINK to register in advance. A recording of this discussion will also live on the BCRC YouTube playlist for later viewing.

We want to highlight and showcase the talented artists in our community and across the globe. This week's Featured Artist, Papay Solomon is a Phoenix-based painter and Liberian war refugee. Papay Solomon lives in the space between two worlds, the world of his adopted home in America and that of his African heritage. His work boldly attempts to reconcile the two into a cohesive whole, with an artistic vision tempered by his formal education in the West and at the same time wildly alive with the indelible imprint of his home country. Known for his paintings of fellow members of the African diaspora, Solomon uses the vocabulary of classical works of art with a modern spin. To see more of his work, click here.  

 

 

March

Thursday March 3: Theatre Thursday, Program Discussion with Erica, Jeremy, and Special Guest at 5 pm EST

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Erica and Jeremy will be joined by Sara Katzoff, adjunct instructor and devisor/playwright/director of one of our two spring show pal-imp-sest: 2021 remixes. Sara, a longtime Berkshire fixture in avant garde theatre-making, will chat with us about how she has partnered with the students to create a brand-new play out of whole cloth, for and about the MCLA student body. Use this LINK to register. 

 

Thursday March 11: Gallery 51 Featured Artist Series - Galia Linn at 5pm EST

headshot of artist Galia Linn

Use this LINK to register. A recording of this discussion will also live on the BCRC YouTube playlist for later viewing.

We want to highlight and showcase the talented artists in our community and across the globe. This week's Featured Artist, Galia Linn, is a sculptor and site-specific installation artist living and working in Los Angeles. Linn constructs relationships between subject, object and their environments by creating elemental tensions; a delicate balance between the mediums’ limits and Linn’s exploration with life’s imperfections. Galia Linn has shown nationally and internationally, and is part of numerous private collections in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Paris, Brussels and Tel Aviv.  She is also the founder of Blue Roof Studios in Los Angeles California. For Galia's full biography, click here. To learn more about her practice, click here

 

APRIL

Thursday April 1: Theatre Thursday, Discussion about the MCLA production of Midsummer Nights Dreams with Erica, Jeremy, and Special Guest at 5 pm EST

MCLA theatre production still from A Midsummer Night's Dream

For our final "Theatre Thursday," David Lane will join Erica and Jeremy to discuss his production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. David is an adjunct instructor, and is a master mask-maker and puppeteer, and will share with us how his experience in multiple story-telling modes has shaped this production of Shakespeare's great play. Use this LINK to register. 

 

Thursday April 8: Gallery 51 Featured Artist Series- Matt Manalo at 5 pm EST

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Use this LINK to register. A recording of this discussion will also live on the BCRC YouTube playlist for later viewing.

We want to highlight and showcase the talented artists in our community and across the globe. This week's Featured Artist, Matt Manalo, is an artist and community organizer. He was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and has called Houston, Texas home since 2004. He received his BFA in Painting at the University of Houston. He runs a community-based alternative art space called the Alief Art House and founded Filipinx Artists of Houston. Matt Manalo creates work which involves elements of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. Being a first generation immigrant, Manalo discusses his experiences navigating around the physical and social structures of society while exploring social issues like erasure, colorism, and colonial mentality in his work. Click HERE to learn more about Matt's practice.

 

Thursday April 22: Gallery 51 Featured Artist Series - Alan Nakagawa at 5 pm EST

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Use this LINK to register. A recording of this discussion will also live on the BCRC YouTube playlist for later viewing.

We want to highlight and showcase the talented artists in our community and across the globe. This week's Featured Artist, Alan Nakagawa, is an interdisciplinary artist primarily working with sound and occasionally incorporating video, sculpture, drawing, painting, performance, food and most recently perfumes. He has combined his passion for audio recording, visual arts, archiving, hidden cultural memory and the mechanism of listening; a robust and eclectic art career. Nakagawa has been the Artist in Resident for the Pasadena Buddhist Temple through Side Street Projects since 2019. Nakagawa was the first Creative Catalyst Artist in Resident for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. He has presented his work at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, the Orange County Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is a recipient of two Art Matters grants, City of Los Angeles Artist Fellowship, California Community Foundation Mid-Career Artist Fellowship and a Monbusho Scholarship. He received a Masters of Fine Arts from University of California Irvine and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Otis/ Parsons School of Art and Design. To learn more about Alan's practice, click HERE