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Spencer Finch: Wind (Through Emily Dickinson's Window)
Spencer Finch: Wind (Through Emily Dickinson's Window) May 24 - September 9, 2019 Location: UMass Dartmouth Gallery 244, Star Store Campus, 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA This exhibition introduces the work by well-known New York City based artist Spencer Finch to New Bedford audiences. His piece Wind (through Emily Dickinson's window, August 14, 2012, 3:22pm) is a re-creation of a summer breeze blowing through the window in the poet Emily Dickinson's bedroom in Amherst that the artist measured with an anemometer on site. Spencer Finch's watercolor drawings are based on videos of falling leaves whose paths he had traced. After the artist made the video recording, he collected leaves from under the tree and matched those colors with the watercolor. He says, "What I especially like about it is that the twists of the watercolor line as it gets thicker and thinner refer to the rotation and movement of the leaf as it descends from the tree." Spencer Finch is known to explore these kind of elusive and sensory experiences through his work-- from the color of a sunset outside of his motel room to the light in a Turner painting, using both a scientific approach to gathering data and a true poetic sensibility. Spencer Finch (born 1962, New Haven, Connecticut) has exhibited extensively, both in the US and internationally. He has a BA in comparative literature from Hamilton College and an MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Recent major projects include Fifteen Stones (Ry?an-ji), an intervention in the International Pavilion at the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona, Spain (2018); A Cloud Index, a site-specific commission for the new Elizabeth line station at Paddington in London (2018); Lost Man Creek, his project with the Public Art Fund, Brooklyn, NY (2016-2018); Trying To Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning, a special commission for the 9/11 Memorial, New York, NY (2014); and A Certain Slant of Light, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY (2014). Significant solo exhibitions include Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT (2018-2019); MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2017); Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL (2017); Seattle Museum of Art, WA (2017); Turner Contemporary, Margate, United Kingdom (2014); Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, RI (2012); Art Institute of Chicago, IL (2011); Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA (2011); Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, MA (2011); Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2010); Frac des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France (2010); Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2009) and MASS MocA, North Adams, MA (2007). Finch was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, the 2008 Turin Triennale and the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). His work can be found in collections including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia; Kemper Museum of Art, St Louis, MO; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Spencer Finch lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. ?

When: May 24, 2019 12am to Sep 9, 2019 12am in New Bedford, MA

Renee Piechocki, Brandon Forrest Frederick

Renee Piechocki, Brandon Forrest Frederick ? May 24 - September 9, 2019 Location: Bubbler Gallery, Star Store Campus The video stations above the water fountains, so called "bubbler" are presenting the work by Brandon Forrest Frederick and Renee Piechocki. Brandon Forrest Frederick 's 2017 video, Yard Maintenance / Perpetual Motion , is inspired by witnessing the futility of using a leaf blower on a windy day, this video references the human desire to structure uncontrollable forces. Brandon Forrest Frederick is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and organizer based in Kansas City, Missouri. His work explores many relational aspects to living in a capitalistic and consumption based society. In using images, videos, sculptures, and found objects he looks to reveal poetic and poignant moments within the everyday and provide a new sense of agency in the act of disruption. To that effect he uses humor, performative gestures, models of reproduction, image making, community collaboration, and moments of civic imagination, organization, and reinterpretation. Each of these points of interaction facilitate a multi-faceted approach to dealing with the inequities of our current situation while learning to cope within the peculiar humor of it all. Renee Piechocki 's 2019 video and stop motion animation Between Forest and Cabin , was developed during an artist residency on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Alone in a cabin in the woods for two weeks, she spent time listening and watching, recording sounds and images in the forest. The artist states that "the video captures changes in the wind, light, and my comfort level." In addition to her studio practice, Renee Piechocki is engaged with collaborative projects as an artist and public art consultant. She is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Hunter College with a degree in Studio Art.

When: May 24, 2019 12am to Sep 9, 2019 12am in New Bedford, MA

Light Society: Whispers

Light Society: Whispers Thursdays, AHA! Night, 6-8 pm on June 13, July 11 & August 8 Location: Star Store Campus Lecture Hall Whispers is a video-documentation of 2018 mixed-media installation of Canadian-based Light Society that explores the potential of spiritual practices and esoteric modalities as re-imagined through the use of contemporary technologies. The installation presented through this video documentation is conceived as both supernatural experience and mind and body training session exploring the boundaries of elemental sensation. The piece exists in two states: wind therapy session and an ambient rest period. Developing a hypnotic build and an overwhelming amplitude of strength, Whispers exists in the space between fear and enchantment, invoking the power of the invisible. Light Society is a collaboration between artists Aliya Orr and Sakchin Bessette exploring the intersections of art, science, and mysticism. Conceived as a series of extended experiments across a diverse range of media including sculpture, photography, installation, video, and performance, their work seeks to generate meaningful engagements with altered states of consciousness, perception, and the magic of the everyday. Orr's and Bessette's public projects and gallery works have been shown across North America, Europe, and Asia. Their installation Whispers premiered in June 2018 at the International Digital Art Biennial, Montreal.

When: Jun 13, 2019 12am to Aug 8, 2019 12am in New Bedford, MA

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About New Bedford, MA
The City of New Bedford was founded as a town in 1787 and again later in 1847 as a city. Located in Bristol County New Bedford was once known as the whaling capitol of the world.

A vast amount of history is within the city for example there are the Art Museum, Fire Museum as well as the Museum of Modern Heritage and the Whaling National Historic Park.

It was not to long ago that the city was named one of the top ten "Green Cities" in the country. All year round the city has festivals for numerous occasions and from the lovely parks to the spectacular ocean beaches. New Bedford is a place everyone should visit and want to live.