Montserrat Gallery’s Summer Pop-Up Series

June 25, 2015

This summer, the Montserrat Galleries hosted a series of “pop-up” exhibitions, a short term event format that has gained in popularity in recent years. Designed to bring people together and known for their energetic atmosphere. Every week features a new theme and a range of related events and a closing reception.

June 1-5 “Reliquary: An Exhibition of Performance and It’s Remains” 

Curated by Kirk Snow, Reliquary is an exhibition of performance and its remains. The focus is not just on the performing body, but on how this body marks, changes, and affects objects and spaces. Conversely, these bodies gain new meaning through their relationship with materials and space, a relationship that shifts once these bodies leave the boundaries of the gallery. In the end, Reliquary is an exhibition about time and change, and the ways in which our actions leave traces that weave together the present and past.

Public Performances:
Garett Yahn- June 1, 3-7pm
Joanna Tam- June 2, 5-7pm
Michelle Lacombe, June 3, 6-7pm
Tony Schwensen- June 4, 12-8pm
Reception: Thursday, June 4, 7–9pm

Garrett Yahn

Tony Schwensen

Joanna Tam

Michelle Lacombe
June 8-12 “NO SHAKE, NOT HERE” Curated by Robert Moeller

The second installment of Pop-Ups, NO SHAKE, NOT HERE is part of an ongoing series of pop-up exhibitions curated by artist and critic, Robert Moeller.

Participating Artists: Geoff Hargadon, Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Devon Clapp, Maggie Jensen, Anthony Palocci Jr, Sarah Krizon, Kristine Roan, Zachary Naylor, Frank Egloff, Emily Varley, Kevin Lucey, Caroline Bagenal, Mary Bucci McCoy, Masako Kamiya, Raul Gonzalez, DEAD ART STAR, Maria Molteni, Pat Falco, Gianah Burney, Colleen Kiely, Genesis Báez, Sarah Graziano, Elaine Bay, Franklin Evans

Reception: Thursday, June 11, 7-9pm

June 15-19 “XUBDUED Light” Curated by Ethan Berry

The third Pop-Ups installment is a curated series of twenty screenings organized by artist, film maker, and Montserrat faculty member, Ethan Berry. Xubdued Light features a variety of films from the AgX Boston Film Collective. The films from the AgX collective represent a variety of approaches to the film material and the film form. Berry has chosen work that he feels, “represent some of the different approaches to film that encompass and typify contemporary experimental film making.; Found Film and Collage, Camera-less Films, Visual Essays and Journals, and Documents.” This series will contain work in Super-8, 16mm silent and sound, digital video and projection/performance. Berry is an artist and film maker and faculty member at Montserrat College of Art where he coordinates a Capstone Seminar and teaches film and photography. This screening series is part of a larger project which involves researching film collectives both in the US and worldwide. This is the first screening representing the recently formed Boston film collective called AgX.

Nightly film screenings, 4:30pm & 7:30pm
Performance by Laura Ryan: Thursday, June 17, 4:30pm
Reception: Thursday, June 17, 7-9pm

June 22- June 26 “Field Days: New Craft Artists in Action (NCAA)

Curated by Pam Campanaro, this pop-up focuses on the intersection between contemporary art and sports. New Craft Artists in Action (NCAA) is a craftivist project that addresses public space, diversity, collaboration, feminism, and interdisciplinary learning. For Field Days, NCAA will turn the gallery interior into an track and field facility; equipped with faux blacktop and astroturf. During weeklong public events, audience members will be participatory “athletes”, invited to knit and crochet to build proactive, inclusive relationships between artists, athletes and neighbors. Participating NCAA Members: Maria Molteni, Team Captain (Boston, MA), Andrea Sherrill Evans, Knitting Guru and Instructor (Boston, MA) and Taylor McVay, Crochet Historian and Instructor (Boston, MA).

Reception: Thursday, June 25, 4-6pm


Photo Cred: Mel Powsner ’17