Figure/Ground + Matt Murphy – Joint Reception!

September 1, 2017

September 6, 2017
5:00–8:00 pm
Montserrat Gallery
Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery

Join us for the joint reception of two fabulous exhibitions.

Figure/Ground Contemporary figurative painting is more relevant than ever, as artists portray people engaged with the salient issues of our time—including race, sexuality, violence, migration, and privacy. What does it mean to be human as our relationship to our bodies, to nature, and to society evolves?.

Eight artists working in the figurative tradition explore the body from a wide range of angles and in an array of mediums—including printmaking, painting, animation, photography, collage, sculpture, and drawing. Their work engages with the history of figurative art and also sheds light on both current and timeless notions of humanity.


Matt Murphy: Freedom of Assembly is a solo exhibition by Boston-based artist Matt Murphy. Murphy’s site-specific installation of meticulously constructed shaped canvases and drawing evokes maps or blueprints that have been erased and redrawn repeatedly, highlighting the artist’s persistent investigation of composition, color, and form.

This exhibition presents a single painting made from 20 shaped canvases on a single wall, along with one of several process drawings that informed the painting. The painting was created in response to the specific proportion of the wall: 335 inches by 114 inches.