Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 7:00p -
Rose Art Museum
415 South Street
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453
Art, Date Idea, Innovation, Meetup, Nightlife, Party, Social Good, University
Join the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University for the opening of this spring's new exhibitions-Jennifer Packer: Tenderheaded, Blueprint for Counter Education, and Praying for Time, selections from the collection at the turn of the millennium. This spring's exhibitions will be on view March 2 - July 8, 2018.
Jennifer Packer: Tenderheaded | Gerald S. and Sandra Fineberg Gallery
Based in observation, improvisation, and memory, this selection of recent work by Jennifer Packer (b. 1984) presents paintings of funerary bouquets and intimate portraits. Pointing to possibilities both fragile and strong, bodily and emotional, her works exhibit a rigorous engagement with art history as well as a highly expressive personal response to how black bodies navigate within the present political landscape.
Packer's figurative paintings are marked by a powerful quietude. Each canvas reads as a self-contained world, its subject emerging from or dissolving into its surroundings. She presents those who sit for her-usually family members and friends- with compassion, foregrounding their individual autonomy and carefully guarding their integrity. The funerary bouquet provides the subject for an ongoing series of paintings that suggest themes of trauma and loss. One of the most striking examples is "Say Her Name," a work that takes its title from the social media movement calling on people to publicize the names of black women killed by police.
Organized by The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago and curated by Solveig Øvstebø, Tenderheaded is Packer's first solo institutional exhibition. The Rose will be the only touring venue for the show.
Blueprint for Counter Education | Mildred S. Lee Gallery
Inaugurated during the volatile and transformative late 1960s, the unconventional publication Blueprint for Counter Education introduced the tools for a radical transformation of liberal arts education. A project of Brandeis Sociology Professor and Chair Maurice Stein and his teaching assistant, Larry Miller, this boxed set of posters and texts encouraged students to shape an educational environment from their own lived experiences, bridging disciplinary divides to create a socially engaged mode of learning. Blueprint's open-ended charts mapped a world of ideas, from the avant-garde to the postmodern, in a form that presaged the Internet, allowing participants to chart multiple courses of thinking and discovery that anticipated the prevalence of search engines, social media, and the quick connection of the hyperlink.
Organized by Caitlin Julia Rubin, Assistant Curator, the exhibition is part of Art + Tech, a citywide collaboration of 14 Boston-area arts organizations initiated by the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston to recognize the outsized role greater Boston has played in the history and development of technology.
Praying for Time | Lower Rose and Foster Galleries
Praying for Time draws from the Rose Art Museum's permanent collection to reflect the diversity of voices and concerns in art produced during the pivotal period of the late '80s through early 2000s. Marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall, the attacks on September 11th, and civil wars, the end of the 20th century can also be viewed as the start of an immense global, social, and digital revolution that forever transformed our world. Featuring work in a variety of media by a roster of international figures, including Matthew Barney, Ellen Gallagher, Nan Goldin, Leon Golub, Mona Hatoum, Tracey Moffatt, Damián Ortega, Andrés Serrano, and Zhang Huan, Praying for Time illuminates this critical period through a selection of highlights from the Rose's deep holdings and recent acquisitions.
Praying for Time is organized by Luis Croquer, Lois and Henry Foster Director and Chief Curator of the Rose Art Museum.