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Titus Kaphar, The Vesper Project, detail, 2012, Mixed media installation, Courtesy of Burger Collection, Hong Kong & Friedman Benda, New York

NEW/NOW: Titus Kaphar
The Vesper Project

Saturday, Nov. 1–Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
Opening Reception
2-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
2:30 p.m. Artist Remarks

‘The Vesper Project’ is a massive sculptural statement— an encompassing installation, in which Titus Kaphar’s own work is seamlessly woven into the walls of a 19th-century American house. It is the culmination of an intense five-year engagement with the lost storylines of the Vesper family, a 19th-century family of mixed descent that passed as white. The project was “birthed in a state of extended disbelief,” according to Kaphar. As the artist’s muses, the members of the Vesper family and their histories are intertwined with Kaphar’s autobiographical details, and layered with wide-based cultural triggers of identity and truth.

In ‘The Vesper Project,’ period architecture, gilt frames, a vintage typewriter, a neglected wardrobe, and old photographs act as seemingly recognizable elements, but by employing every tool of his trade, Kaphar insinuates doubt and transports the viewer into a disrupted mental state. As the house fractures, like the lives of the Vesper family, so does the viewer’s experience. In so doing, Kaphar compresses time and history, postulating new, powerful realities.

The Museum is grateful to Max and Monique Burger for funding the Museum’s presentation of ‘The Vesper Project.’

 

The NEW/NOW Series is made possible by the generous support of Marzena and Greg Silpe




This tree was inspired by Thomas Hart Benton's The Arts of Life in America and the artist's love for jazz music.

Holiday Decorating
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014–Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015

 

The Holiday decorating committee has been hard at work and is pleased to announce a splendid lineup of trees that will grace the Museum lobby and galleries. In conjunction with the our celebration of American quilts, with the exhibition Let Me Quilt One More Day in the McKernan Gallery, the Museum Lobby will feature a 14-foot quilt Christmas tree decked out with handmade quilt-themed ornaments, compliments of members of the Studio Art Quilters Associates, The Journal Art Quilters of Berlin, Connecticut, and many local quilt artists. Better yet, many of these ornaments will be available in our Museum Shop!

The second floor will feature a Kwanzaa Tree which will be decorated with handmade ornaments by artist and docent Loretta Eason. Don’t forget to check out the Victorian Charm of the Moser Library, once the dining room for the Landers House. Artist Ken Adams brings us full scale Victorian Christmas charm!

Trees boasting reinterpretations of favorites from the collection will be dispersed throughout the galleries, decorated and crafted by our Holiday Decorating Committee. The Hudson River School Gallery will house a tree inspired by Albert Bierstadt’s, Seal Rock. The Impressionism Gallery will be home to our very own Willard Leroy Metcalf, Mountain Laurel tree. The Academic Gallery will house a tree inspired by Winslow Homer’s Butterflies (The Butterfly Girl, Summer). In the Benton Gallery, be sure to check out the brightly colored interpretive tree of the Thomas Hart Benton Murals. Right next door, in the Contemporary Gallery, be sure to see the Marc Swanson-inspired tree!

Many thanks to the Holiday Decorating Committee for their service!

 



Diana Zlatanovski of Arlington, MA stands by her first prize winning work Bundle Typology, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Nor’Easter: The 45th Annual Juried Members Exhibition
Saturday, Jan. 10–Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015

The exhibition is a prime opportunity for the Museum to highlight the exceptional work of emerging artists in all media and expose contemporary visual arts to a wide audience.

Once again digital entries (up to three per artist, $10 per entry) will be accepted through CaFÉ, the online application and jury management system, at www.callforentry.org. Entry is open to current NBMAA members at least 18 years old. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 14.

This year’s exhibition will be juried by Sharon Butler, artist and author of the influential art blog Two Coats of Paint.

First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250
Juror’s Award:
Upgraded NBMAA Membership to Friend’s Circle Level (includes North American Reciprocal Museum Membership) and NBMAA Blog interview
Visitors’ Choice: NBMAA Blog interview and write-up on the website

For more information contact Jenna Lucas, Development Associate at (860) 229-0257, ext. 231 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Need help photographing your entry? Workshops are available. For info on important dates, view the Submission Guidelines

Website for submitting work:
https://www.callforentry.org/


 

 

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