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February 15, 2018 - March 30, 2018

Gallery Hours
M–F, 12pm–6pm
Sat., 12–5pm

Reception: Thursday, February 15th, 5-8pm. Artist’s remarks @ 6pm

The Beast: Herd Mentality
By John Preus

Montserrat is partnering with Chicago-based artist John Preus to build a large-scale beast in Montserrat Gallery that will serve as as a community art space and a multidisciplinary platform for cultural activities. This temporary sculpture/performance pavilion will be a site for a wide range of cultural programs, including concerts, performances, academic talks, poetry readings, writing sessions, conversations, and much more.

In light of the political divisiveness and tragic news that pervades our everyday lives, The Beast, in the form of a bull, will offer a free, accessible space for people to come together to find common ground, particularly across differing ideologies or viewpoints.

Community members are invited to propose programming of their own and to use the space for gatherings like meetings, reading time, yoga practice, conversations across differences, and other endeavors. To propose a program or a group visit, please email Gallery Director Michele L’Heureux at michele.lheureux@montserrat.edu and include a title and short description of the program, as well as proposed date and time.

Artist John Preus will be in the gallery from January 27 through February 14 building The Beast with the help of Montserrat staff, students, and local contractors. Feel free to stop by the gallery during business hours to meet the artist and witness the project unfolding.

Check back often for an updated list of events, photos, and ongoing news about the project.



We Are The Beast, a conversation series exploring the intersections of art and philosophy presented by the Beverly Philosophy Salon and moderated by co-curator Leonie Bradbury.

Session 1: The Space of Art
Montserrat Humanities faculty Kate Farrington in conversation with artist John Preus
Thursday, February 15
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (11:00 for coffee & pastry)

Session 2: The Experience of Art
Artist-Philosopher Dr. Jennifer Hall in conversation with Dr. Vidette Asher, Neuroscience Researcher, Peabody Essex Museum
Thursday, March 1
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (11:00 for coffee & pastry)

Session 3: The Materiality of Art
Artist-Philosopher Dr. Mary Anne Davis in conversation with Jen Mergel, Vice President, Programming, of the Association of Art Museum Curators
Thursday, March 22
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (11:00 for coffee & pastry)

Put a staff member on the spot and ask them ANYTHING about their career; they have one minute to answer the question. Candy Included. Organized by Career Services.
Monday, March 5
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

An Introduction to Relaxation and Mindfulness Techniques
with Montserrat’s Director of Counseling, Janet Dauray, PhD
Learn ways to reduce stress and increase relaxation.
All welcome. No experience necessary.
Tuesday, March 27
11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Cocktail Conversation with poets Liz Bradfield & Colleen Michaels
Hear about the innovative ways these two poets bring poetry and art to the public in unexpected places.
Thursday, March 29
5:00-6:00 p.m.

Live stream of The Beast being built!