The staff of the William Morris Hunt Memorial Library collaborates with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts to host exhibitions 2-3 times a year.
REDACTED: The Work of Allie Bartlett
September 12–December 12, 2019
"REDACTED" investigates the prioritization and organization of information within data collections. Bartlett’s interdisciplinary drawing research focuses on the use of reference images, the inheritance of the artist and how they are impacted by the curatorial decisions made by such institutions. The library will be showing mix-media works on paper, artist books, and a jewelry series based upon the collection of the William Morris Hunt Memorial Library and the archives of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.
Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez—Trópico Amargo
June 6 - September 5, 2019
Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez is a visual artist, curator, and cultural project organizer based in Providence, Rhode Island; Boston, Massachusetts; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Vázquez Rodríguez studied painting at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras and photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. Vázquez Rodríguez is currently the exhibition curator at Leica Gallery Boston and on the Board of Directors for the Dirt Palace Public Projects in Providence. Exhibition organized by Paul McAlpine.
Carlisle Isley SELF-EROSION
March 20- May 20, 2019
For me, creating work is about my experiences and what I take in. Every artist finds a point in her own work where she finally has to call it quits and present it to her community. It’s frustrating when we think a piece is done but then we realize that it is still a work in progress. It’s an intimate act when an artist puts paintbrush to canvas, but it becomes an even more intimate act when we start mixing mediums. As a visual artist, I try to integrate one material with another that might not fit or belong together. When we work with our hands, there is always a probability of failure. Most artists accept failure as a challenge, as a starting point for an art object that is worthy of its creator and its spectators, for a work to be acknowledged that has captured a moment with perfect clarity, abstracted language and that has communicated a message.
Inas Al-soqi DISPLACED TRANSLATIONS
September 7th through December 7th, 2018
The role of the artist is often the one of the outsider, just on the fringes of society, looking in. Half-Palestinian, half-Romanian artist Inas Al-soqi has claimed this role with conviction, filling her collages with the kind of political satire unique to someone with the perspective of a permanent foreigner. Sometimes confronting, sometimes uncomfortable, always intriguing, Inas’ work is that of an astute observer, willing to point out the flaws of societies past and present.
SUE YANG : MEMORY
September 14th - December 20th, 2017
Memory is defined by its elusive, fragile and often imprecise nature.
It is at once fleeting and ever present for all of us.
The material: "memory threads" are made from dyed and twisted tissue -
they suggest how memory can easily dissolve and tatter.
ALOHA: SURF'S UP IN THE LIBRARY
September 30th - November 18th, 2016
September 24th - December 18th, 2015
Untitled (Where is Wilderness II)
Hand-cut paper amd mylar, entomology pins, mat board
BOB WILSON'S (MOSTLY) PLASTIC, (SOMEWHAT) FANTASTIC CHEAP CAMERA FILM PHOTO SHO
July 9th - September 18th, 2015
Today, these very basic type of plastic cameras made in the late 1940s through the 1970s are sometimes referred to as junk or toy cameras. Most really started out life as simple inexpensive cameras that a family might have around the house to take on vacation or to a day at the beach for some quick and easy photos of the children and family. Some were certainly made for young beginners, yet are still capable of making a nice photo. It can be quite a surprise what the results may be. Bob Wilson
ALEX BOROVSKI - NX Vol. 1
March 4th through 30th, 2016
NX Vol. 1 showcases four MFA candidates at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts; Devki Modi, Thomas Jennings, Isabel Beavers and Graham Yeager. The work in this exhibition explores various intersections between art making and the library as a site for knowledge acquisition/distribution, cultural translation, and individualdiscovery. Works include a book and sound installation by Devki Modi, paintings and video installation by Thomas Jennings, interactive installation by Isabel Beavers and live performances by Graham Yeager.