Selected by Kate McNamara, Director and Chief Curator of the Boston University Art Gallery
July 17-August 30, 2014
Reception and Poetry Reading: Thursday, July 31, 6:30-9pm
The artists selected for folk display arrestingly personal, surprising, and humorous works that are thoughtfully textured, both physically and conceptually. They speak about people and family, customs and culture, belief, tradition, life, and lore. Much of the work reflects upon the imprint made by culture and community on ones’ artistic voice and vision. Featuring colorful characters, powerful visual storytelling, and new takes on traditional craft and folk art techniques, folk is a vibrant collection of contemporary work.
folk explores how art, music, storytelling, and popular culture play into our understanding of this familiar term. The many thematic threads found in folk tie into Gallery 263’s dual identity as both a gallery and cultural center. In addition to exhibitions and residencies, our space at 263 Pearl Street is alive with concerts, theater, poetry readings, film screenings, yoga, artist talks, dinner and dance parties, and even the occasional wedding. folk visually represents a little bit of each facet of the word, and speaks to the accessibility of Gallery 263 for artists and community members alike.
Gallery 263 is grateful for Kate McNamara’s guidance and support in the selection of the artwork for folk. McNamara is the Director and Chief Curator of the Boston University Art Gallery, as well as a co-founder of Cleopatra’s, a Brooklyn-based project space. She received her M.A. at The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a B.A. with a Curatorial Concentration from Hampshire College, MA. McNamara has held curatorial positions at MoMA PS1, New York; AIR Antwerpen, Belgium; and Participant, INC., New York.
folk includes work by the following artists:
Judy Belben / Susan Berger / Meg Birnbaum / Kaca Bradonjic / Katy Bratun / Emily Broderick / Charlotte Dunn / Tatiana Flis / Sharon Freed / Lauren Gillette / Ania Gruca / Richard Haskins / Sylvia Jeffries / Ellen Kaspern / Emily Manning-Mingle / Kelly McQuilkin / Stacy Mohammed / James Nutter / Rachel Rampleman / Scott Ruescher / Lorraine Sullivan / Kara Waxman / Timothy Wilson / Sara Zielinski