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Harry Dodge: Works of Love

January 17 – April 14, 2019
Tisch Family Gallery

*Opening Reception: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Featuring a reading by Harry Dodge

Harry Dodge: Works of Love features a selection of recent sculptures, drawings, and videos that revel as much in theoretical ideas about a posthuman future as they do in the ecstasy of the workaday present. Dodge's riotous, precarious (and often funny) creations suggest unwieldiness—states fluctuating between analog and digital, alien and earthly, material and virtual, me and you.

These "works of love" reflect Dodge's evolving interest in the fast-moving, ethically charged field of robotics and machine intelligence as it interweaves with questions of desirous matter and intersubjectivity, or what French poet and philosopher Édouard Glissant called "consenting not to be a single being."

A 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, Harry Dodge is permanent faculty of the School of Art at California Institute of the Arts, Program in Art. Harry Dodge: Works of Love at Tufts University Art Galleries is accompanied by a brochure featuring a new text by Fred Moten and an interview with Dodge and Dina Deitsch, Tufts University Art Galleries Director and Chief Curator. The exhibition was first presented in part at JOAN, Los Angeles, in 2018.

About the Artist:

Since the early 1990s, Dodge has been a pioneer in video, sculpture, drawing, performance, screenwriting, film, and DIY community-making. Dodge holds an MFA from Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College and is permanent faculty of the School of Art at California Institute of the Arts, Program in Art.

Exhibition-related public programs [ Full calendar ]
All programs are located in the galleries and are open and free to all

Tisch Family Gallery
Lunchtime Talk: Algorithms and/as Culture
With Nick Seaver, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Science, Technology and Science at Tufts University

The algorithms that shape culture, filtering what we see and hear, are often understood as inhuman forces. Explore how these systems, from music recommenders to personalized newsfeeds, are full of people who impart their own points of view on the software they build.

Tisch Family Gallery
Gallery Tour with Harry Dodge

Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Beckwith Lecture with Harry Dodge and Amy Sillman
In conjunction with the exhibition Harry Dodge: Works of Love, Los Angeles-based artist and writer Harry Dodge joins painter Amy Sillman in a public conversation for the Annual Beckwith Lecture, established in 1978 by Leo and Betty Beckwith to bring curators and cultural thinkers of national and international stature to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts.

This lecture is at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and is free and open to all.

Amy Sillman was born in 1955 in Detroit, Michigan, and currently lives and works in New York. Sillman is known primarily as a painter whose work is fundamentally engaged with drawing, but with many adjacent interests including animation, writing, the comic, the poetic, color, time, and form. Her work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at institutions in the USA and internationally, and is represented in New York by Gladstone Gallery.

Tisch Family Gallery
Lunchtime Talk: A poetry reading of The Lone Acceptable Application of Daylight
With Natalie Shapero, Professor of the Practice, Department of English at Tufts University

Natalie holds degrees in creative writing and in law, and has worked as a litigation fellow with Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, the Kenyon Review, and the Center for the Humanities at Tufts.