Ongoing Exhibit (Until March 14, 2021)
Visionary, mystical, and utopian practices are crucial to New England’s culture, history, and character. From the experimental agrarian communities founded in the 1840s, such as Brook Farm and Fruitlands, to the intersections of spiritualism and experimental psychology at the turn of the 20th century, New England has long developed alternative ways of nurturing community, personal growth, and societal reform. Related artists and writers frequently united their intimate connection to nature with a search for access to alternate dimensions or higher powers.
Grounded in this rich history, this exhibition features original commissions and existing artwork by twelve contemporary artists who are engaged with these themes. Artists include: Gayleen Aiken, Caleb Charland, Anna Craycroft, Angela Dufresne, Sam Durant, Erin Johnson, Josephine Halvorson, Paul Laffoley, Michael Madore, Candice Lin, Tourmaline, and Kim Weston. Bridging past and present, their work will be shown alongside earlier art and artifacts that speak to these enduring qualities of the region and their relevance today.
A fully-illustrated scholarly publication is available for purchase and co-distributed by the MIT Press
Organized by Sarah Montross, Senior Curator.
Major funding for the exhibition is provided by the Luce Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Image Credit: Caleb Charland, A Color Spectrum with the Setting Sun, Bass Harbor, Maine (Color Separation with Three Black and White Paper Negatives), 2019, pigmented ink print, 32 x 40 inches. Collection of the artist.
Caleb Charland, "A Color Spectrum with the Setting Sun", Bass Harbor, Maine (Color Separation with Three Black and White Paper Negatives), 2019, pigmented ink print, 32 x 40 inches. Collection of the artist.
Angela Dufresne, "To Learn is to Forget", 2015, oil on canvas, 4 ½ x 9 feet. Collection of the artist. Photo by Suzan Alzner.
Paul Laffoley, "Alchemy: The Telenomic Process of the Universe", 1973, oil, acrylic, ink, and vinyl lettering on canvas, 73 ½ x 72 ½ inches. Private Collection, Courtesy of Kent Fine Art, New York.
Candice Lin, "La Charada China", 2018, Installation view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Earth, red clay from the Dominican Republic and California, guano, cement, seeds of various plants, grow lights, reflective mylar, wooden and metal armature, soaker hose, pumping system, video, dimensions variable; video duration 13 min 45 sec. Courtesy the artist and François Ghebaly, Los Angeles. Photo by Ian Byers-Gamber.
Sam Durant, "Transcendental (Wheatley's Desk, Emerson's Chair)", 2016, painted wood, 53 3/4 x 34 1/4 x 34 1/2 inches. Collection of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo. Photo by Joshua White.