The newly configured Boston University Art Galleries, comprised of the Stone, 808, Annex, and Sherman Galleries, is pleased to announce the fall semester exhibition schedule.
A Call for Peace: Iri and Toshi Maruki’s Hiroshima Panels & Artifacts from the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki September 11 – October 18, 2015 Stone Gallery - 855 Commonwealth Avenue
Opening Reception: September 10th, 6pm-8pm
In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, A Call for Peace presents six of the fifteen Hiroshima Panels by Iri and Toshi Maruki and artifacts collected from the detonation sites lent by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The Marukis, Nobel Peace Prize nominees in 1995, produced the paintings over thirty years and were the subject of the 1986 Academy nominated documentary Hellfire: A Journey from Hiroshima. The panels represent recollections from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, “where hell and the modern age fused in August 1945.” These impressive pieces are famous throughout Japan and have been exhibited in more than twenty nations worldwide.
Iri Maruki & Toshi Maruki, Hiroshima Panels X ‘Petition’ (Detail), 1955, Paper, Indian ink, Coloring, 71 x 283” Courtesy of Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels
Ariel Freiberg: Unquenchable Thirst September 11 – October 25, 2015 Sherman Gallery 755 Commonwealth Avenue
Opening Reception: Friday, September 11, 6-7:30pm
Ariel Freiberg’s recent work confronts idealized representations of gendered identities. In her lush and sensuous canvases, Freiberg depicts women’s faces that appear to blend into or emerge out of abstractly painted veils. From painted shards or tears emerge fragments of facial expressions—such as a flash of a parted lip or a slice of an alluring glance—that become signifiers of constructed female beauty. Freiberg’s paintings hesitate, creating tension between that which is depicted and that what remains unseen.
Bedouin Ring, 2015 Oil, ground bone, iridescence on linen 48" x 36"
Willie Cole: AQUAHALLIC September 24 – December 4, 2015 808 Gallery 808 Commonwealth Avenue
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 24th, 6-8pm
Internationally renowned artist Willie Cole creates sculptures and installations that alter everyday materials, such as irons, shoes, and bicycles, into layered artworks with multiple autobiographical, art-historical, and socio-political meanings. In AQUAHALLIC, Cole presents a series of chandeliers and a Cadillac Eldorado, created specifically for the exhibition, made from repurposed plastic water bottles. In these works, Cole both transforms and exploits the objects’ previous associations to realize new forms that speak to the paradox of the impact of plastic upon the environment and water as the ultimate life force. Additionally, the work in AQUAHALLIC responds to the history and architecture of the 808 Gallery.