“Convergence” Catalog Launch & Artist Signing
June 6, 2013
In a convergence of imagination and civic pride, over two dozen art installations from Boston Sculptors Gallery members will be displayed on The Christian Science Plaza, in Boston, from Wednesday, May 1 to Thursday, October 31, 2013.
On Thursday, June 6, explore the Plaza, be inspired, make connections, meet artists, and be among the first to get a copy of the Convergence exhibition catalog; a compilation of beautiful photographs that chronicle the Boston Sculpture Gallery's first-ever, outdoor exhibition of monumental site-specific artworks.
In the Library at 3 p.m.:
Hear Jen Mergel, Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, talk about the importance of public sculpture and its ability to make a profound impact to a public space, within a community, and on an individual.
On the Plaza at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.:
Exhibiting artists will act as behind-the-scenes tour guides while they discuss the installation and how each sculpture speaks to its architectural surroundings, activates the site that inspired it, and creates a unique destination for the Boston community to see contemporary art.
The Convergence catalog will be for sale for the first time at this event and sculptures will be available for book signings during this reception.
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Gillian Christy, Murray Dewart, Donna Dodson, Rosalyn Driscoll, Laura Evans, Sally S. Fine, Chris Frost, Peter DeCamp Haines, Jim Henderson, Michelle Lougee, Nancy Winship Milliken, Andy Moerlein, Eric Sealine, George Sherwood, Margaret Swan, Marilu Swett, Leslie Wilcox, Joseph Wheelwright, and Andy Zimmermann. For specifics about where their pieces are placed on the Plaza, see the catalog (available starting June 2013).
Boston Sculptors Gallery
The gallery was founded in 1992 by 18 prominent Boston-area artists to present and promote innovative, challenging sculpture and installations. It is the only sculptors’ organization in the country that maintains its own exhibition space. In twenty years the cooperative has held over 227 art shows and supported the work of 58 sculptors with work in 48 U.S. states and 36 foreign countries. Gallery members have received numerous honors including 81 residencies, 315 awards or fellowships, and 134 grants. Members have taught in 70 settings, generated 169 permanent public art works and 308 temporary public artworks, and are included in 1,100 private and public collections. Boston Sculptors Gallery articulates, challenges, and promotes the role of sculpture in the public sphere, in communities, and in the lives of individuals.
The Christian Science Plaza
The Plaza is a 14-acre pedestrian refuge amid the busy traffic patterns of Boston’s urban environment and attracts thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. In the heart of the Plaza sits The Original Mother Church, built in 1894, and its domed extension, built in 1906. The Plaza also includes an arboretum of linden, oak, and honey locust trees, a 686-foot-long reflecting pool, the children’s fountain, and the world-famous Mapparium™, the most popular exhibit at The Mary Baker Eddy Library. The Plaza has been influenced over the past two centuries by several architects, including Chester Lindsay Churchill in the 1930s and the firm of I.M. Pei & Partners and Araldo A. Cossutta, Associated Architects, in the 1970s and is a designated Boston Landmarks Property.
The Christian Science Plaza is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Huntington Avenue, in Boston, MA. Admission to this outdoor exhibition is free, and open to the public from Wednesday, May 1, 2013 to Thursday, October 31, 2013. Exhibition catalogs will be available for purchase after June 6, 2013, from the shops at The Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston.