Tuesday, August 4, 2015

In Mass Check out: Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) presents Rebellion and Grace: The Graphic Workshop 1970-1992 from August 24 – September 25,

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design Presents Exhibition

Rebellion and Grace:
The Graphic Workshop 1970-1992

Silkscreen posters inspired by student rebellion and political activism

August 24 – September 25, 2015 in the President’s Gallery

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Left David Majeau, Felice Regan and The Graphic Workshop, STOPP, 1970
James DiSilvestri and The Graphic Workshop, Two More in Mississippi, 1970
Right: Felice Regan and The Graphic Workshop,
 The Giant Panda, Endangered, 1987

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) presents Rebellion and Grace: The Graphic Workshop 1970-1992 from August 24 – September 25, 2015 in the President’s Gallery (Tower Building, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston). The exhibition will survey the history and accomplishments of The Graphic Workshop, an artists’ collaborative in Boston, conceived at MassArt. The Workshop produced hundreds of silkscreen posters from 1970-1992 using color and art to proclaim political ideas, and to publicize avant-garde theater, public health campaigns, and the plights of endangered species. Rebellion and Grace will feature eighty-five posters and archival materials tracing the group's activism from the anti-war and civil rights protests of the 1970s to the environmentalist movement of the 1980s and 1990s.  

The exhibition is curated by MassArt Library Director Paul Dobbs; Former Keeper of Prints at the Boston Public Library Sinclair Hitchings; MassArt Professor Emeritus Elizabeth Resnick; Graphic Workshop Founders Felice Regan and Chris Mesarch (both MassArt BFA ’70), and Darlene Gillan, MassArt Director of Alumni Communications.

Featuring the works of: 

MassArt Graphic Workshop Faculty Advisor Rob Moore - The Workshop’s mentor and guardian until his battle with AIDS and death in 1993.

Felice Regan ‘70, Chris Mesarch ‘70, and Deb Jones ‘73 – Key MassArt students who launched the Workshop; Regan was once dubbed the “Queen of the Screen” and steered the group through two decades of collaboration.

Individual artists including:  Agusta Agustasson, Brian Alterio, Jill Anderson, Laurel Barney, Mary Beath, Leo Byrnes, Paul Campbell, L. Caradimos, Anna Comolli, Sarah Creighton,Gary DiPasquale, James DiSilvestri, Jeremy Foss, James Gabriel, Michael Gabriel, John Hayes, Lisa Houk, Christine Kidder, Thomas Kuchinski, David Majeau, Judy Kensley McKie,David Sipress, James Weiner, and Judy Ziegler.

President’s Gallery
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Avenue, in the Tower building (11th Floor)
Boston, MA 02115
(Corner of Evans Way and Huntington Avenue. Accessible on the MBTA green line E train at the Longwood/Medical Area stop or by the 39 bus.)

August 24 – September 25
The President’s Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (closed on Sundays).

** September 17, 5-6 pm:  Free Exhibition Reception in the President’s Gallery followed by Panel Discussion in the Tower Auditorium:  Panelists will address the implications for education and activism that are raised by the exhibition. Panelists will include Felice Regan and Chris Mesarch, surviving founders of The Graphic Workshop; Thomas Starr, Professor of Graphic Design, Northeastern University; and Elizabeth Resnick, Professor Emerita, Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

All exhibitions at MassArt are free of charge and open to the public.

For more information call 617.879.7337, email galleryinfo@massart.edu or see www.massart.edu/rebellionandgrace.
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