Slater Concourse Archive
nARTure. Reshaping eco-art
Curated by Silvia Bottinelli
Co-sponsored by Environmental Studies, Tufts Art Gallery, Tufts Institute
of the Environment (TIE), and Visual and Critical Studies
nARTure investigates the intersection of art and nature through the work of Tufts
students. These works address both societal and subjective interactions with the
environment such as "Why is 'nature' defined as separate from 'human'? and
"How does our understanding of 'nature' change with time?"
(Curatorial Practice: SMFA Students at Work)
A two-part exhibition between SMFA's Mission Hill Gallery and Tufts University's
Slater Concourse, Exchange examines the politics of trade, currency, value,
substitution connection and colonization as they unfurl through our bodies research
independently and collectively.
The question of exchange surfaces through these works, tangibly, invisibly, and intimately,
fusing subtle but intense experiences of both relation and tension through matter,
space, memory, history, identity, information, and the unknown.
With performances, video, installation, sculpture, drawings and paintings presented
between both galleries and a special exhibition of takeaways presented at the
Slater Concourse, the class of 2019 is proud to present to you, Exchange.
The Opening Reception of Exchange at MH Gallery will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 5:30-7:30pm.
How to Draw a Lion
How to Draw a Lion is an art education program created by SMFA Alum John Platt, to bring hope
and raise funds for orphaned children in East Africa. The Small Things is an organization
founded by Tufts Alum Bekka Ross Russell which works to build families and futures for
orphaned and vulnerable children in Tanzania. In the summer of 2017 these two organizations
worked together to bring an extraordinary exhibition of children's art to the Tufts University
Art Gallery. All proceeds raised from this exhibition will go to supporting the children from
The Small Things!
Pilgrim Father/Illegal Son
Pilgrim Father/Illegal Son is a 2013 bilingual mural exhibition project that brings together
the narratives of two immigrants, one of a present-day undocumented Chinese immigrant, and the
other of William Bradford, who sailed on the Mayflower in the early 1600s from England and
planted the Plymouth Colony in Wampanoag country.
Thanks to the Nat and Martha Knaster Visiting Artist grant, Tsen will work with the Center
for the Humanities at Tufts, and the consortium of programs in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora
as the Artist in Residence for Fall 2017.
Violence Transformed: Under Siege
Violence Transformed is an annual series of visual and performing arts events that celebrate
the power of art to confront, challenge and mediate violence. Based primarily in the central
and surrounding neighborhoods of Greater Boston, and drawing upon the creative energies of
artists throughout New England, Violence Transformed documents the ways in which our diverse
communities harness art's potential to effect social change and materially transform our
This exhibition, Under Siege, examines the role of the artist as activist and
documentarian and features the work of faculty and alumni of the School of the Museum of Fine
Arts at Tufts.
Tufts Student Art Exhibition
April 1-May 21, 2017
A selection of paintings and drawing from Patrick Carter's studio art classes.
Tufts Collection Spotlight: Cristo and Jeanne-Claude
March 1-30, 2017
This exhibition highlights works by artists Cristo and Jeanne-Claude
from the Tufts University Permanent Collection. Curated by Art
History graduate student, Mallory Ruymann.
February 6-28, 2017
Wonderland is about the past and the future, about dissolution and transition, about
how historical narratives can be found in neglected places. Using the site of the old
Wonderland Amusement Park (now a T station and the last stop on the blue line) as a
jumping off point, students in the introductory course of the Program for Narrative and
Documentary Practice of the Institute for Global Leadership explore places many usually
drive by but rarely stop to see.
Free for All
January 11-February 3, 2017
The Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice of the Institute for Global Leadership
brought six of its students together with six, young professional journalists in India to
tell the story of the free medicine scheme.
John Brown's Body
September 14 – December 4, 2016
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June 1 – August 15, 2016
The IGL at 30
April 1 – May 31, 2016
Institute for Global Leadership
Access to Palliative Care and Pain Medications in Kenya
March 1 – March 31, 2016
January 18 – February 26, 2016
Students from the Institute for Global Leadership
Sofia Augustine-Adams, Menglan Chen, Kathleen Marchand, Elizabeth Mealey, Nicholas Pfosi, Zhou Zhuangchen
Exhibition of Tufts Permanent Collection Photography
December – January
Curated by Jessica Camhi
The Intimacy of Memory: A Mixed Media Exhibition on Death and Remembrance
Curated by Nancy Marks
Curated by student in the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practices
Unwavering Truth: Archive Of Our Own
Artwork from Nathalie Trytell, Kristina Diaz, Ryan Camarda,
Phil Kral, Rachel Mindrup, Anne Noble, Keisha Petrus,
Shannon Drummond Wachal, Jessica Cook, Jessica Stone,
Leanna Scaglione, Michael Smith, Christina Baldoni,
Jacqueline Murphy, and Crystal Voye
Documenting American Ethos in the 1930s: Photographs by Walker Evans and Arthur Rothstein
May 1 – June 30, 2015
Curated by Grace Hoyt
Tufts and SMFA Studio Art Exhibition
March 25 - April 29, 2015
Curated by The Student Advocacy Council
St. Petersburg and Modern Day Russia
February 11 – March 23, 2015
Curated by Zhuangchen Zhou
Hepatitis C: Access to medicine in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
January 10 – February 10, 2015
Curated by Misako Ono
The Personal is Political is Personal
November 1 – December 12, 2014
Curated by Sara Allred
In this exhibition, artists illustrate how personal truths are played out in political/public
contexts, and how laws and policy affect their personal lives and the lives of others.
Through this work, the artists hope to draw attention to issues they are passionate
about by engaging the viewer in a visual exploration of social justice issues.
ARCHEMY: Drawing with chemicals by Dan Jay
September 12 – October 31, 2014
Curated by Dan Jay
ARCHEMY presents works that combine the art in science by applying chemical
reactions to generate novel marks on paper. Works utilize rapid supercooling
of media by liquid nitrogen, use magnetic fields with iron or sliver chloride
precipitation and salt crystallization to form interesting patterns and textures.
They utilize the artist's rare combination of a scientific mind with an artist's eye.
The ExCollege 50th Anniversary
April 1-30, 2014
The Tufts University Experimental College celebrates 50 years
of innovation in Higher Education.
Tufts and SMFA studio art exhibition
March 3-31, 2014
A selection of multi-media artwork from students of Professor
Patrick Carter's Fall 2013 classes.
Bangladesh: Documenting Dhaka
February 10–28, 2014
Tufts students in the Program for Narrative and Documentary
Practice collaborated with students at the Pathshala Media
Institute to document issues facing the rapidly expanding and
increasingly stressed megacity of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Documenting Inequity in Greater Boston
January 17 – February 7, 2014
Over the course of five weeks during the fall 2013 semester,
the students enrolled in the Program for Narrative and
Documentary Studies researched and told stories about
inequity in the greater Boston area.
From These Streets: A Palestinian Refugee Perspective
November 1-December 8, 2013
What does it mean to be a photographer rooted in community?
This juried exhibition highlights the work of Mohammad Al-Azza, 23,
who was born and raised in a Palestinian refugee camp. Al-Azza's work
revolves around this community, showcasing its resources and chronicling
its conflicts and challenges. This exhibition tells a story about community
media, offers an opportunity for cross-cultural collaboration, and shares
a perspective on refugee life.
Organized by Anthropology Professor Amahl Bishara, in collaboration
with students in her seminar Media, the State, and the Senses.
Establishing Identity: The 20th Anniversary of The Tufts
University Latino Center
October 1-31, 2013
Founded in 1993 as the Hispanic American Center, this 20th anniversary
display documents the rich history, established identity, and traditions
the has established by the Latino Center on the Tufts campus.
Organized by Ruben Salino Sterns, Director, Latino Center
September 5-30, 2013
Returning military and civilian participants turn military fatigues
into hand-made paper then use it to create works of art that and
provide a therapeutic approach to veterans' reintegration into
society and address war-time experiences.
Organized by Tufts ALLIES, an undergraduate organization dedicated
to improving civilian-military relations through joint education,
research and training.
Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Tufts
University Permanent Art Collection
Curated by the Tufts Art History Society, a student club
The Identity of Independence: Outside the Lines
Curated by Ramzi Babouder-Matta, Libby Shrober and Allie Lei
Sponsored by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and
Public Service's Scholars Program
Asian Pacific Roots, American Soil: Photographs by Corky Lee
Sponsored by the American Studies Department
Burma: 2012 // [VII: Starved for Attention]
Sponsored by the Program for Narrative and Documentary
Practices, Tufts Institute for Global Leadership
An Archive of Feminism: The 40th Anniversary of The Tufts Women's
The Women's Center
A self-curated exhibition of artworks by students in the BFA/BA
combined-degree program of Tufts University and the School of the
Museum of Fine Arts
Water Research in Action: Building Bridges over Troubled Waters
Water: Systems, Science, and Society & The Tufts Institute for the
Jumbo Prints: Selections from the Tufts Photo Archives
Sponsored by Tufts Photography
Visual Discourse: A Somerville Story
April 17 - May 31, 2012
Chelsea Grayson and students from the Somerville High School
Sponsored by the Tisch College Scholars Program
Using imagery to promote social awareness, Chelsea Grayson led a
team of students from Somerville High School in identifying issues
central to the Somerville community. The photographs presented
document the life and challenges of the town and also represent the
students' own personalities within the context of the issues they
have focused on. Photo documentary techniques transform the camera
into a medium for social change.
Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, A Central Celebration
March 6 - April 12, 2012
Organized by Joseph Auner and the graduate students in the
Department of Music
Sponsored by the Music Granoff Music Fund
This exhibition celebrates the centennial anniversary of Arnold
Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire, which premiered in March 1912. A
curated collection of high quality reproductions of production
sketches and paintings by Schoenberg, musical scores, performance
posters, reviews and historic photographs document the rich
cultural, historical, social, and political context of this most
important and influential work of 20th century music. The exhibition
is accompanied by a performance on April 5th.
The Aftermath of Wounded Knee
February 9 - March 1, 2012
Photographers: Chelsea Grayson, Ben Ross, Alisha Sett, Ben Taylor, Katja Torres, & Jonathan Wu
Sponsored by The Institute for Global Leadership / Exposure / The
Program For Narrative & Documentary Practice
This is a documentary photography project that focused on the
aftermath of Wounded Knee and the return of the Black Hills. The
photographs show different facets, both internal and external, of
life on the Oglala Nation in South Dakota, specifically the Pine
Ridge Reservation. These include the annual Bike Week in Sturgis
representing the commercialization of the Black Hills, powwows
(large cultural gatherings of various tribal communities in the
area) in Pine Ridge, buffalo kills, the site of the Wounded Knee
Massacre, the Badlands, and the daily life on the reservation are
the visual narratives that we addressed in this project. This is a
documentary photography project that focused on the aftermath of
Wounded Knee and the return of the Black Hills. The photographs show
different facets, both internal and external, of life on the Oglala
Nation in South Dakota, specifically the Pine Ridge Reservation.
These include the annual Bike Week in Sturgis representing the
commercialization of the Black Hills, powwows (large cultural
gatherings of various tribal communities in the area) in Pine Ridge,
buffalo kills, the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre, the Badlands,
and the daily life on the reservation are the visual narratives that
we addressed in this project.
Arizona | Mexico
Immigration Stories from the US - Mexico Border
January 19 - February 6, 2012
Reception: Friday, January 27, 4-6pm
Photographers: Louise Blavet, Luke Boelitz, Alison Coffey, Amy
Connors, Senait Debesu, Chelsea Grayson, Sam James, & Austin Siadak
Sponsored by The Institute for Global Leadership / Exposure / The
Program For Narrative & Documentary Practice
In May 2011, Exposure traveled to Tucson Arizona to document illegal
immigration issues. With each student tackling a different dimension
of the international border, we have together created a narrative
that speaks to the complexity of the values, emotions, and
experiences that are involved in crossing, patrolling, and living
along the line, to some real to others symbolic, that divides
Arizona from Mexico.
Installation Photos of the Shepard Fairey Mural
Tufts is one of sixteen sites throughout the Boston area where the
artist installed murals in conjunction with his 2009 ICA exhibition
entitled Supply and Demand. Learn more about the Shepard Fairey installation >
Surf and Turf: From the Tufts
University Permanent Art Collection
A selection of outdoor themed works of the
land and sea featuring artists such as Walker Evans, Aaron
Siskind, Jean-Francois Millet, Elliot Erwit, Michael Jacques,
and many more.
The Face Value exhibit is an effort
to help spread awareness of the issue of homelessness that
plagues thousands people today in Massachusetts and millions
each year in the United States. The exhibit displays the photo
portraits of local homeless individuals and families. These
individuals are clients of the Somerville Homeless Coalition and
with the Coalition's help they are able to live with a roof over
their heads as they work to reach a more stable state, allowing
them to provide for their own housing. Through seeing the faces
of these individuals we hope that you will be able to look past
their homelessness and recognize the beauty and humanity of
these individuals. Please come and check out this exhibit and we
hope that in doing so you will take a few moments to think
seriously about the issue of homelessness and the thousands of
lives that it affects.
- The Face Value Team: Alyssa, Groom, Anna & Maya
African Divas: Paintings by Margaret Rose Vendryes
March 1-March 31, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011, Artist Talk 6PM, Tour and Reception 7â€"8PM
Special Reception and Walkthrough of the exhibit:
Sunday, March 20, 2011, 1-3PM
Sponsored by: The Africana Center at Tufts University
Co-sponsored by: Africa and the New World, American
Studies, Art History, AS&E Diversity Fund, Women's Center
The construction of female identities changes
across race and place along with all of our other intersecting
identities, but regardless, the U.S. (and most of the world's)
gaze and focus is always on the female body itself; not the
artist, not the person. The African Divas series examines the
identities and new levels of power afforded to female artists of
African descent and the impact of their packaging for public
consumption on their lives. This exhibit asks its viewer to
think about our cultural standards of beauty; how these
standards apply or are different across race; and by using
ancestral masks to cover the face of the subjects, makes
explicit the dissection of black female body and the
invisibility of women of African descent in our consumer
Vendryes is a Jamaican-American artist, art historian, and
curator. She has done extensive research and writing on American
art, most notably her recent monograph on the late sculptor
Richmond Barthé. This is Vendryes's debut solo painting
exhibition introducing her in-progress series of masked
portraits of popular women singers of African descent found on
their LP covers.
EXPOSURE/Aftermath Workshop: Houston
February 4-28, 2011
In August 2010, eight [EXPOSURE] members
participated in a documentary photography workshop in Houston's
Third Ward. Under the mentorship of Sara Terry, founder of the
Aftermath Project, and Jeff Jacobsen, Aftermath Project grant
winner. The workshop sought to explore one of America's most
defining aftermaths â€" that of slavery, the Civil War, and the
Civil Rights movement â€" and the effect these events continue to
have on our country today. The workshop did not seek easy
answers to the question of race relations today. The intent,
beyond experience with the practice of documentary photography,
was to spark conversation about a subject that rarely engages
blacks and whites in dialogue. [EXPOSURE] students worked in
collaboration with high school photography students at Yates
High School in Houston's Third Ward to pursue stories that
became deeply personal and meaningful for all involved.
EXPOSURE/VII Workshop: Hue, Vietnam
January 17-February 4, 2011
In July 2010, seven [EXPOSURE] members
participated in a photojournalism workshop in Hue, Vietnam.
Under the mentorship of Gary Knight, founding member of VII
Photo Agency and Mort Rosenblum, former editor of the
International Herald Tribune and long-time AP correspondent,
workshop participants sought to capture facets of contemporary
life in Vietnam's old imperial capital. The stories they
produced demonstrate the richness and complexities of life in
and around Hue.
Through Veterans' Eyes: The Iraq and
Organized by Larry Minear.
In May 2010, Potomac Books will publish Through Veterans' Eyes:
The Iraq and Afghanistan Experience. The book is based on
research conducted by Larry Minear in collaboration with Tufts'
Feinstein International Center. Minear, a staff member of the
Center since 2000, retired from the Center in 2006.
The research is based on interviews of U.S. military personnel
who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of the materials
used are drawn from the Veterans History Project of the Library
of Congress; others are excerpted from interviews conducted by
Minear himself. In all, commentary by some 200 veterans is woven
together to present a consolidated narrative conveying the
experience in the soldiers' own words.
In addition to excerpts from interviews, the book contains
photographs from the Library of Congress collection taken by a
dozen veterans themselves. The photographs present a vivid
picture, in color, of the dangers confronted by U.S. troops and
of individual military personnel themselves.
Frank Paulin (American) and Danny
Black and white photos from 1933-1978 (Lyon)
and 1951-1960 (Paulin)
For summer 2010, the Tufts University
Art Gallery has mounted two photography portfolios by Philip
Jameson and Frank Paulin that were recently donated to the Tufts
University Permanent Art Collection. To learn more about these
Recent Gifts, please visit the exhibition, or click
Teaching for America, Teaching for
New Orleans: The Role of Teach for America in the Rebirth of New
EXHIBITORS: Amy Bean Erin Gelgoot Louise Head
Sarah Heath-Howe Claire Heinegg Hannah Tadley
Special Thanks to: Mary Eisenberg Calvin Gidney Heidi Given
Alonso Nichols Lisa Schlakman Eliot-Pearson Department of Child
Development Teach for America
CORN: Farming in Central Mexico and
the American Midwest
Photography by Nora Chovanec
Writing and Interviews by Kate Berson
7,000 years ago Mexican farmers domesticated the
maize plant, turning if from a simple grass into an edible
grain. Blossoming over thousands of years, the corn industry now
produces 880 million tons of the crop yearly and is surrounded
by issues of employment, migration, trade, economic instability,
nutrition, and environmental sustainability. Working in Central
Mexico and the American Midwest, photographer Nora Chovanec and
writer Kate Berson recorded the daily lives of corn farmers and
created a body of work that is, perhaps, food for thought.
Who We Love: Older Lesbians and Gay
Men on Life, Aging and Love
Presented by Greta Cottington with Dr. Jennifer
This Senior Honors Thesis and exhibition explore
the experience of aging as a gay or lesbian (GL) person by
collecting oral histories about love, identity and personal
relationships. These first-hand accounts also grant a special
perspective on social services and organizing by representing
older GL as individuals with tremendously complex life
histories. The elders' personal histories provide an intimate
look into the rich experience of a community that is too often
We are at a pivotal moment in gay history, when many important
legal decisions, particularly those related to marriage rights
and benefits, are being crafted. The project is designed to
highlight the lives of people who are impacted by social
policies that they may not have a voice in creating or changing.
The exhibition, which includes photographs, personal mementos
and narratives, provides a unique opportunity to discuss elder GLBT issue and create dialogue between generations, bringing a
conversation about aging and love to a college environment.
EXPOSURE/Aftermath Workshop: Ajmer,
In August, 2008, ten [EXPOSURE] students
traveled to Ajmer, India, in the province of Rajasthan, to
explore the ongoing aftermath of the bitter conflicts that arose
when the country was partitioned in 1947. The subcontinent, which had previously been
whole under the imperial rule of the British, was split into
India & Pakistan in 1947, with Bangladesh splitting off from
Pakistan in 1971. These divisions sparked forced migration,
rioting and religious violence between the region's Muslims and
Constructing La Belle Epoque:
Historical Documentation in the Search for Utopia, 1886-1936
December 2009 - January 2010
By Benjamin J. Sacks and Dr. Jennifer
Sponsored by the Dean of Undergraduate
Education and the Department of Anthropology, Tufts University.
In collaboration with the Harvard University Archives and the
Town of Brookline, New Hampshire.
Utopias are dangerous. They are the destructors
of nations and the poison of nationalism, an excuse for
genocidal repression and the implementation of eugenics. Yet
their very conceptualization is enough to catalyze the
advancement of the arts and sciences, the rise and fall of
empires, and to satiate our desires to reach for the sky.
Utopias are constructs of our imagination. In them, anything is
possible, all of our hopes and dreams are realized, and threats
to our existence, let alone our happiness, are quietly and
effectively suppressed. Globalization was—and remains—the search for
improvement, for betterment. These two narratives typified,
rather than epitomized social exploration in the West in the
formative decades immediately before and after the First World
War. For rural America the search for utopia was both
philosophical and commercial; the Transcendentalists redefined
the power and knowledge of the individual, spurring the
intellectual growth and influence of rural New England. Urban
Americans too reaped the benefits of Globalization. Their
motives, however, were as much to shape the hierarchy of power
as to increase social mobility and the advancement of knowledge.
Constructing la Belle époque: Historical
Documentation in the Search for Utopia 1886-1936 examines
two previously neglected case studies that typify both the hopes
and aspirations of America in the formative decades around the
First World War, as well as the excesses and discriminatory
beliefs that pervaded American culture.
Tejiendo los lienzos del desarrollo: Peace
and Development in a Tumultuous Guatemala
Thirteen years since the signing of the Peace
Accords, Guatemala and her people continue to face unfathomable
obstacles in becoming a peaceful, progressing nation. Although
the internal conflict officially lasted 36 years (1960-1996),
the socioeconomic issues magnified during the conflict were in
no way resolved at its end. The families and friends of hundreds
of thousands of Guatemalans, mostly indigenous, who were killed
during this time, strove to find ways to survive and progress.
The rise, fall, and restructuring of the tourist industry from
the late '70s to the early '90s brought international attention
to the issue. Both overseas and domestic groups began to study
and collaborate with affected individuals, a process which in
turn begun to create a sense of international solidarity.
In contrast to much of the verbiage coming from anthropological
works that discuss this post-conflict era as a time to "reweave"
the social fabric, we must begin to view development as an
opportunity to weave something entirely new, appropriate to the
current context of the Guatemalan people. In a country where
true national peace has not existed within recorded history, it
is improper to concentrate on reestablishing pre-conflict
circumstances, when those were so far from the ideal. Much like
the lienzos (cloth panels) woven to make huipiles
(Guatemalan blouses unique to each region), development must
occur piece by piece using available local resources to meet the
needs of each individual community.
"Tejiendo los Lienzos del desarrollo" (Weaving the
Fabric of Development) displays two separate yet cohesive
narratives, highlighting past and present projects that promote
sustainable development in Guatemala. Dr. Jennifer Burtner
shares her doctoral fieldwork as she explores the reaction of
different sectors within the tourism industry during the
critical period of post-conflict reconstruction (1988-2004).
Dr. Burtner's narrative transitions into the current work of
BUILD (Building Understanding through International Learning and
Development), a student-led initiative of the Institute for
Global Leadership at Tufts University founded in 2002. BUILD
seeks to educate and immerse students in the theory and practice
of sustainable development by partnering with rural communities
in the developing world to research and implement sustainable
initiatives for human, social, and economic development.
This exhibition is the result of a
joint student-faculty effort borne out of the combined efforts
of Guatemalan student, Sasha de Beausset, and Dr. Jennifer
Burtner both of the Tufts University Department of Anthropology.
The aim of the exhibition is to use art as an expression of the
complexity of post-conflict reconstruction, and to reach out to
organizations interested in collaborating with BUILD.
Alain Eschenlauer's Rorschach's Insects
June and July 2009
Alain Eschenlauer is a young artist who
lives and works in Strasbourg, France. His work is mostly
inspired by Nature and its variations. In this exhibit, he
presents artworks juxtaposing entomologically precise drawings
of insects and symmetrical inkblots reminiscent of the
Rorschach's tests. Oscillating between figuration and
abstraction, between zoological truth and psychiatric
suggestion, the artist invites us to have a new vision of the
insects and our surrounding world. The multiple facets of our
complex relationships to these creatures are also illustrated by
texts presenting the point of view of various people
(geneticist, entomologist, psychiatrist, pest controller,
Zoological Museum curator, children, etc).
This exhibit is made possible thanks to the support of the
Boston-Strasbourg Sister City Association, the Consulat de
France in Boston and the Strasbourg's city hall.
"Keep the Fire Burning; Explorations of a Modern Chickasaw
Presented by Kristen Dorsey for the Slater Concourse Gallery.
Through jewelry, sculpture, and video, the exhibit traces
development as an artist and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation.
Dorsey will exhibit ten small metal pieces in addition to a
steel wall sculpture,two video shorts, and a video projection.
Dorsey is completing her fifth year in a five year combined
degree program with Tufts University and the School of the
Museum of Fine Arts.
Journey From Lascaux: From Nature to Man
Paintings by David Burtner;
presented by Jennifer Burtner (Lecturer, Tufts Anthropology
During the 1980s my father would take me on long hikes through
the natural rock formations west of our El Paso home. Sitting in
the shade of the rock overhangs, the only cool place in miles of
desert all around, he would explain how for hundreds of years
this natural spring surrounded by rocks had been used as
watering places and the basis of trade routes for the indigenous
peoples who lived there and the European and Latin American
settlers who followed them. Our house in El Paso was filled with
my father's paintings, reflecting the colors of the water,
stone, animals and humans of these landscapes, both in their
historic and contemporary iterations. The earliest of these
works were burnt brown, orange and mustard toned abstractions,
inspired by the indigenous pictographs of the American West and
of the extensive Paleolithic paintings found in France during
the Second World War in Lascaux. The more recent pieces were
lighter, brighter large-scale figures of men and women in
flight, dancing, running, soaring, and ultimately falling back
to earth. These paintings and the images, forms, histories and
myths that they are informed by and illustrate became the
backdrop of my intellectual life. They join two life-times - my
father's and mine - spent in museums, studios, natural heritage
sites and in environmental and human rights activism. They are
the illustrations which today are the core of my ethnographic
work and which I use to teach my Tufts and SMFA students about
discursive analysis (narrative and textual construction and
deconstruction), aesthetics, and the use of visual images and
symbols â€" which are so key in linking the fine arts to the
social sciences. As such they are teaching tools for another
generation of academics, artists, and activists - who we hope
will take a moment to sit, pause and be inspired. - Jennifer Burtner
Men anpil, chay pa lou:
With many hands, the burden is light
Men anpil, chay pa lou: With many hands, the burden is light
is a representation of RESPE: Ayiti's collaborative
research and participation within the rural Haitian community of
Balan for the past year and a half. The exhibition includes
photographs, written research, local artists' paintings, and a
social map, amongst many other works.
HOW TO LIVE [EXPOSURE]
Photojournalism Workshop June 2008 | Siem Reap, Cambodia
Last summer, Exposure and the Institute for Global Leadership
brought a group of eleven students together to research and
document contemporary issues in Siem Reap, Cambodia, under the
mentorship of VII Photoagency's Gary Knight and renowned
journalist Mort Rosenblum.
In the 12th century, Cambodia's borders held the Khmer empire,
the center of Southeast Asian civilization. 700 years of power
struggles between regional, religious and imperial factions
followed. In 1972, Cambodia was ravaged by the communist Khmer
Rouge regime. Millions of Cambodians died in the Killing Fields
and the harsh conditions that followed as the regime tried to
recreate a utopian, traditional way of life in Cambodia.
Today, Siem Reap is a modern city. Following the fall of the
Khmer Rouge regime and the death of its leader Pol Pot, Siem
Reap has experienced a 2500% increase in tourism, and along with
it, dramatic economic and cultural change. The legacy of
Cambodia's violent past still remains, but today's Siem Reap is
a city of people working fiercely to thrive in the present.
An Aftermath Project Workshop: August 21-28, 2008 in Gulu,
In August 2008, the [Exposure]/Aftermath Project workshop in
Northern Uganda brought together six Tufts University students
and one University of Delhi student to focus on the aftermath of
the conflict in northern Uganda.
Since the mid-1980s, the Lord's Resistance Army has terrorized
the people of northern Uganda, and their tactics of brutality
and intimidation have killed and maimed many. The group's
trademark tactic is the kidnap and impressment of children into
the Army. Today, a ceasefire holds off further violence in the
north, but the LRA continues to wreak havoc in neighboring
countries in its search for food, supplies, and survival.
Working in tandem with rehabilitated former members of the
Lord's Resistance Army, the students each pursued a unique
documentary project that illustrates an aspect of life in
northern Uganda today.
Immigrant City: Then and Now
As the discourse surrounding immigration in the United States
today focuses heavily on policy, legislation, and politics, we
far too often overlook the humanity at its essence. Thirty
percent of Somerville residents were born outside the U.S.
Nearly 2/3 speak a language other than English in their homes.
But our neighbors in this Immigrant City are not statistics-each
has a face and a story. Immigrant City: Then and Now resonates strongly with
Tufts' emphasis on creating active change in the community and
this exhibition, sponsored by the Tufts Anthropology Department
in conjuncition with the Welcome Project of Somerville, exposes
students to a critical cross-cultural experience happening just
down the hill.
One Day: Photographic Representations of Childhood in
China and Ukraine
The overarching goal of this exhibit is to have an impact on the
lives of orphans by raising awareness and informing the Tufts
community about ways to help. Orphan children are the world's
most vulnerable citizens. Although the problem of orphans exists
in all countries, children in third-world countries fare the
worst. To care for them, their governments rely on institutions
such as orphanages, which are deemed one of the most deleterious
settings for a growing child. With this in mind, we decided to
form a student group that would act to create public awareness
and activism at Tufts to improve the lives of orphans.
Rich Turk's Vacation Pictures â€" Scenic and Wildlife
To celebrate his 20th anniversary as a member of the Tufts Human
Resources Department, Rich Turk will be exhibiting photographs
of birds, wild animals, and landscapes he's seen while on
vacation from his day job.
The photographer was born and raised in New York City and never
saw a bird (other than a pigeon) or explored a rural area until
he reached his late thirties. Most of the digital inkjet prints
on exhibit were taken in the Florida Everglades, New England,
Canada's Maritime provinces and the 20 or so zoos he's visited.
Turk's "vacation pictures" are his appreciation of the
"humanity" he sees in in all living creatures, and of places
where man-made objects blend in seamlessly with their natural
Public Reception will be held on Friday, September 12th from 5pm
Academics & Artists: Tufts Womens' Written and Visual
a project by Roxanne Samer (J'08). This show is meant to
illustrate the diversity of Tufts' women's experiences and is
inspired by the influx of writing and art on women's
subjectivity that first occurred in the 1970s.
Part & Parcel
A project of the Tufts/SMFA Combined Degree Program
Images of Asian America at Tufts University
Sponsored by Asian American Alliance at Tufts, in conjunction
with the 25th Anniversary of the Asian American Center
[EXPOSURE] Images from the Field IV: Global Poverty and
VII Photo Agency, Images from the Field IV: Global Poverty and
Argentina: from the ruins of the dirty war
EXPOSURE-VII Photo Agency Workshop in Argentina /
Led by Gary Knight and Mort Rosenblum, the EXPOSURE-VII Photo
Agency Workshop in Argentina consisted of eight Tufts students
and one Tufts staff member. In January 2006, the participants of
this weeklong workshop traveled to Buenos Aires to work on photo
essays with topics ranging from the city police force to the
Las Madras - the mothers whose loved ones were disappeared
during the Dirty War - to the impact of tourism.
Miguel Luciano: Cuando las Gallinas
Mean (When Hens Pee)
October 20 - December 30, 2007
The Tufts Americann Studies Program presents Art at the
Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, an
artist-in-residence program funded by the Nat R. and Martha
Knaster Charitable Trust. Additional funding provided by the
Tufts University Arts, Sciences, & Engineering Diversity Fund,
the Latino Studies Program, the Art History Department, and the
Miguel Luciano was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and currently
lives in New York. His work engages in the playful and sometimes
painful exchanges between Puerto Rico and the U.S., questioning
a colonial relationship that persists to the present day and
problematizing the racialized spaces between the two culture.
Through his interactive pieces and teh public workshops in which
he creates them, Luciano explores how colonial subordination is
extended through globalization as communities have shifted gears
from a production based society to one that is ground in
Rising Tide, Sinking Nation: The
Effects of Global Warming on Kiribati
September 1 - October 15, 2007
The Republic of Kiribati, population 100,000, is spread across
33 coral atolls and is sinking. Two 2007 Tufts graduates have
traveled to Kiribati this summer as winners of the United Davis
World College Fund's "Project for Peace," and they have taken
video and photographic documentation of this visit. The Slater
exhibition will be a collaborative showcase of this footage with
educational information on global warming. The goal is to
encourage a human connection and facilitate a cultural exchange
between Tufts and Kiribati.
Bridging Connections, Building
Community: Children's Art from Tufts-Medford Arts Outreach
This exhibit documents and displays the process by which
children make art, and the resulting art produced by children
7-9 in an eight-week community arts program. This exhibit
motivaltes and affirms local children's art experiences outside
of school, and encourages them to develop meaningful, ongoing
relationships with materials, tools, and ideas.
The Architecture of Art:
FranÃ§ois De Costerd, Daniel Goldman, Kathy Kissik, Lisa
Reindorf, Juni Van Dyke, Michelle Widmer-Schultz
The artists construct their art with architectural elements and
imagery, utilizing architecture as a vehicle for expression on
the environment and our place within it. The media represented
in this exhibition include painting, photography, and
A photographic exhibition chronicling nine students with diverse
backgrounds and lines of work driving two cars from Kenya across
Southern Africa to the West Coast of Namibia and back again.
Every evening throughout the duration of the World Cup 2006,
with the help of Digital Satellite Television and a projector,
they screened games live at different points along their route
down the southern half of the continent. Before every live game
they screened AIDS & HIV awareness videos supplied by UN-AIDS
and when possible, by local NGO's dealing with the matter.
Culturally sensitive, the videos shown varied depending on the
countries and viewers.
The Tufts Anthropology Department
is pleased to announce two concurrent exhibitions on
display from March 5-March 30, 2007
From Yucuaiquin to Somerville: El Baile de los Negritos,
about the cultural heritage of the hundreds of people from the
city of Yucuaiquin, El Salvador who are currently living in the
Catch the Land: Memory and Longing in Sudanese Refugee Art,
organized by the Brandeis University Department of Anthropology.
The artists featured come from Dinka and Nuer communities in
Sudan that have been violently displaced by the war.
The Institute for Global Leadership
is pleased to announce the [EXPOSURE] Alumni
Exhibition: Global Crises.
January and February 2007
On display from January
22-February 26, 2007, the exhibition showcases photographs of
humanitarian and environmental crises from around the world. The
photographs are by Tufts alumni Matthew Edmundson (Tufts'05,
EPIIC'04, EXPOSURE'04-05) and Jacob Silberberg (Tufts'02,
EPIIC'01, TILIP'02). Their work—from the current war in Iraq to
the struggle in Kashmir to the recent civil war in Ivory
Coast — depicts conflict situations, the failure of local and
global governance, and the struggle for power in unstable
regions of the world.
This exhibition is in collaboration with the 2007 EPIIC
Symposium Global Crises: Governance and Intervention,
March 1-4, 2007.
EPIIC and [EXPOSURE] are programs of the Institute for Global
Leadership at Tufts University.
For more information please visit
www.tuftsgloballeadership.org or call the IGL at
Opening Doors: Art and Autism
November and December 2006
A project of the
Boston Higashi School
Public Opening Reception: Friday,
November 3, 6:30-8:30pm
with a live performance by the Boston Higashi School Jazz Band.
Documenting Asia: 19th Century Travel
Curated by the Tufts University Art Gallery
a project of the School of the Museum of Fine
Ya Me Estoy Quitando El Miedo ("I'm
Not Afraid Anymore")
Presented by Jenny Lederer (LA'05)
Year of the Goat: A Photographic
Journey Through America's Growing Goat Industry
Presented by Karl Schatz (A'92); visit
Remembrance and Hope: A
Student Expression of Human Rights
Presented by Tufts University Hillel Center
Body Image: Animus & Ardor
Presented by Tufts University Health Services
This exhibition is comprised of juried works of
artists from Tufts University, the School of the Museum of Fine
Arts, and communities beyond. The Tufts University Health
Services strives to provide the Tufts community with relevant
and meaningful venues to address many different healt issues.
Body Image: Animus & Ardor is here to recognize National Eating
Disorders Awareness Week. At Tufts University, like colleges
around the country, countless students contend with difficult
and often dangerous eating disorders behind closed doors.
Kim Berman // Resistance and Renewal:
Selected works from 1986 to 2006
Reception: Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Kim Berman was born in Johannesburg in 1960 and is an EPIIC
('86) and Tufts MFA ('89) alumna. One of the most respected
artists in South Africa, Ms. Berman's work reflects political
and social issues from pre and post Apartheid to the current
AIDS pandemic. Formerly an ANC activist, Ms. Berman founded
three seminal projects for art and social transformation: Artist
Proof Studio (1992), Paper Prayers Campaign (1996), and Phumani
Paper (2000). Her work has been exhibited throughout Europe and
North America and her specific work concerned with the Truth and
Reconciliation Commission was selected to hang in the
Constitutional Court in South Africa. She is the recipient of a
2006 EPIIC Distinguished Alumni Award.
In collaboration with the 2005-06 EPIIC Symposium: "The Politics
of Fear" and the Institute for Global Leadership.
The EXPOSURE/VII WORKSHOPS EXHIBITION
A selection of photographs from workshops
conducted by acclaimed VII Photo Agency photographers in Bali
and Kosovo. During the summer of 2005, eight Tufts EXPOSURE
students traveled to Kosovo with Gary Knight and three EXPOSURE
students traveled to Bali to work with John Stanmyer. The Bali
photographic collection focused on spirituality and
modernization while the Kosovo collection explores many facets
of post -war Kosovar society.
EXPOSURE is a center for photojournalism, documentary studies,
and human rights at Tufts University and is a program of the
Institute for Global Leadership.
Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to
Civil War Photographs from the Medford
Historical Society, in association with the Tisch Library
exhibition that examines President Lincoln's efforts toward the
abolition of slavery during the Civil War.
Fusion Prints: Gotham
Gotham by Jan Lourie and Joan
Firestone is the result of a unique application of
computer-manipulated photography to the architecture and
architectural detail of New York City.
Samantha Simpson's mural explores the way
that certain kinds of visual pleasure have been historically
associated with lack of power. Characters often negotiate the
balance between ornamentation and marginalization.
With P.T. Barnum's purchase of Jumbo the
Elephant from the London Zoo in 1882, Jumbomania came to
describe the craze for all things "Jumbo." This exhibition draws
on the Tufts digital collections and archives, and the Ringling
The Women's Caucus for Art - Boston Chapter
The Women's Caucus for Art responds to
A Lens Toward Peace: An Expression of
Religious Serenity & Harmony
November - December 2004
A Lens Toward Peace is an exhibition compiled using
work by students from across all religious backgrounds. Each
piece was created as a symbol representing the artist's thoughts
on religious peace and harmony through art.
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