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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 SEPTEMBER

 

Saturday, September 12: G51 Featured Artist Series - Shasha Dothan

headshot of the artist Shasha Dothan

We want to highlight and showcase the talented artists in our community and across the globe. Shasha Dothan (b. 1987 Tel-Aviv) is a Brooklyn-based artist working with video, installation, poetry and sound. She creates immersive experiences that connect fragments of her personal history with the history of Israel. Dothan received an MFA from University of California Los Angeles (2018), and a BFA from Shenkar College (2013). Exhibitions include the Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan; Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Petah Tikva; Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; Human Resources, Los Angeles just to name a few. She was an artist in residence at Mass Moca, Byrdcliffe and Vermont Studio center. Visit her site to see and read more about her practice. Use this link to join the call on Saturday. A recorded discussion will also live on the BCRC YouTube playlist for later viewing.

 

Monday, September 14: Portfolio Reviews with Maurizzio Hector Pineda

headshot of gallerist maurizzio hector pineda

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 site. To receive a review from Maurizzio, please apply by September 7th. You can access the application here. For frequently asked questions, click here.

We are pleased to announce that Maurizzio Hector Pineda, an emerging curator from El Salvador working in Santa Ana California, will be the guest gallerist to conduct our Portfolio Reviews on September 14th. Some of Maurizzio's most recent work comes from being a curatorial assistant at the Torrance Art Museum and owning a gallery in Long Beach, California. For Peter's full bio, click here.

 

Thursday, September 17: The City by Vincent Valdez Zoom Discussion using Visual Thinking Strategies and out Third Community Conversation To Move Toward Anti-Racism in the Arts with the Artist Impact Coalition from 5-6:30 pm

 detail of the city by vincent valdez

BCRC is proud to host the third conversation to move toward anti-racism with members of the North Adams Artist Impact Coalition. We invite all artists, arts administrators, and members of the Northern Berkshires to participate in this hands-on conversation.

Join us for a conversation about The City by artist, Vincent Valdez. Valdez created this work in 2015 and it is now in the collection of Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas. Use this LINK to register for the event.

We at Gallery 51 are committed to creating safe spaces for discourse and dialogue with, about and through art. If not now, then never will we be able to engage in honest discussion about race and the experience of Black and Brown people in this country. Join us in exploring this piece through the lens of our nation's recent events. Let us use art as the vehicle to create and sustain non-judgmental dialogue with an opportunity to learn from one another's observations. We will be using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) to lead the discussion. Attendees will then split into smaller Zoom “break-out rooms” to discuss personal experiences with observing and interrupting racism and individual actions we can each take toward making the Northern Berkshires a welcome and safe place for all. For those unable to attend the conversation live, the session will be recorded for viewing later on the BCRC YouTube playlist.

Many people who are not of color and who work within the arts express a desire to be anti-racist and move toward systemic and institutional change. Part of the process of becoming anti-racist is to understand how difficult the journey itself is and why. We invite members of the Northern Berkshires’ vibrant arts community to engage in this discussion as a means of understanding the role we all play as the individuals who make up collectives and as the members who both run and support arts organizations that want to bring about positive change. BCRC and AIC recognizes that anti-racism is not easy work, but it is work that must begin with ourselves and must not lose momentum when the news cycle shifts focus. Artists and arts organizations, especially, are well positioned to affect tangible social change, both within and without. We invite you to join us in this call.

 

Thursday, September 24: Discussion between MASS MoCA Curator, Denise Markonish and artists, Adriana Corral and Vincent Valdez from 5 to 6:00 pm EST

headshots of adriana denise and vincent

They will continue and expand upon the discussion they started with MCLA and Williams College students, (on Wednesday, September 16, 2-2:50 pm EST), of the books that have most influenced the artists’ work and what the three are currently reading, related to the topic of immigration, the mortality rate and history of mortality associated with migration over the southern US border. Register for this event using this LINK.

 

Saturday, September 26: G51 Featured Artist Series - Conrad Egyir

headshot of the artist conrad egyir

We want to highlight and showcase the talented artists in our community and across the globe. Conrad Egyir’s work borrows from Afrocentric folklore that is rooted in political and religious erudition. He creates narrative paintings that focus on subjects from the Afro-diaspora who interact with identical versions of themselves. Concurrently they take on multiple staged roles as both an antagonist and a protagonist, a friend and foe, or a noble and a commoner as a tool that behooves the viewer to step into the multiple incarnations of each subject, in reverence of a collective human spirit. Egyir’s materials include oil, acrylic, glitter, Plexiglas, wood and found fabric flowers. Conrad Egyir (b. 1989, Ghana; lives and works in Detroit) has an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work has been featured in group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Cranbrook Art Museum (Bloomfield Hills, MI) and Grand Rapids Art Museum (MI). Paintings have been acquired by the Rennie Collection (Vancouver, BC), the Jimenez-Colon Collection (Puerto Rico) and the Cranbrook Art Museum (MI). Visit his site to see and read more about his practice. Use this link to join the call on Saturday. A recorded discussion will also live on the BCRC YouTube playlist for later viewing.

 

October

Saturday, October 10: G51 Featured Artist Series - O.M. France Viana at 12 pm EST

headshot od the artist o.f. france viana

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. O.M. France Viana is a multimedia artist, working in photography, painting, collage, video, performance and installation. Her artworks interrogate the semiotics of color, spirituality and consciousness, and Filipino American and Venezuelan identity. She holds an MFA in Studio Art and a BA in Art History from Mills College, Oakland. Born in Manila, Philippines, she studied art in Switzerland and Spain before moving to California. She founded the Diviana Gallery, the first gallery entirely dedicated to fine art photography in Manila. She has exhibited and performed at the Asia Society of Houston, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, ProArts Gallery, Minnesota St. Projects, Gallery 6/67, Mills Museum, SOMArts, Roots Division, Kearny St. Workshop, Embark Gallery, SFAI Diego Rivera Gallery and guest curated exhibitions at the Dominican University Gallery. Active in the Asian American community, she is an arts and culture board member for SOMA Pilipinas, former board member of the Center for Asian American Media, board member of Philippine International Aid and received a “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S.” award from the Filipina Women’s Network. Visit O.M. France's site to see and read more about her practice.

 

Saturday October 17: G51 Featured Artist Series - Vincent Valdez at 12 pm EST

headshot of the artist vincent valdez in his studio

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, Vincent Valdez, grew up in San Antonio and demonstrated talent for drawing at an early age. As a young muralist, he began exploring imagery that pertained to social/political statements. Vincent received a full scholarship to The Rhode Island School of Design where he earned his BFA in 2000. In 2004 at age 26, Stations, Valdez’s suite of monumental charcoal drawings, was shown at the McNay Museum in Texas. He was the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at the McNay. Exhibition venues include: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Snite Museum of Art, The Frye Museum, The Mexican Museum of National Art ,Chicago, The Parsons Museum in Paris, The El Paso Museum of Art, OSDE Buenos Aires, The Laguna Art Museum and others. Learn more about Vincent here.

 

Thursday October 29: G51 Artist Talk - Trinh Mai from 5 to 6:30 pm EST

headshot of the artist trinh mai

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


Trinh will discuss concept development, inspiration, how projects can inform each other, ephemera and materials and how they help in storytelling, and share some developing projects that will be on display in Hostile Terrains 94. Trinh Mai is a second generation Vietnamese American visual artist who examines the refugee and immigrant experience, then and now. Through a vast breath of media, she helps tell the stories of we, the enduring People, while focusing on our witnessing of war, the wounds we’ve survived, our collective need to heal, and the custodial responsibility to which we are heirs. To read more aabout Trinh and her practice, click here

 

November

Saturday November 14 : G51 Featured Artist Series - Tara Sabharwal at 12 pm EST

headshot of the artist Tara

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, 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

 

Saturday November 21: G51 Featured Artist Series Adriana Corral -  at 12 pm EST

headshot of adriana corral in grey scale

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 PasoAdriana 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.