Complementing “ARTCraft” are the exhibits “Clemens Kalischer: Six Decades of Marlboro Music,” a photographic retrospective of the renowned summer festival, and “Salley Mavor: Sewn Stories,” which features original work by the acclaimed children’s book author.
An opening reception for museum members is scheduled for July 15 at 5:30 pm The exhibits open to the general public Saturday, July 16, at 11 am.
“We are showcasing work by highly creative craft-based artists who are pushing the boundaries of their media,” said BMAC Chief Curator Mara Williams. “That is the connecting thread among these six otherwise widely diverging exhibits.”
One of those six exhibits is “Glass in All Senses,” curated by Jennifer Scanlan, of the Museum of Arts & Design, and featuring the work of 11 glass artists from around the globe. A kinesthetic investigation into the possibilities of glass, the exhibit invites visitors to take in the fragrance of Robert DuGrenier’s glass flowers, make sound with Sally Prasch’s glass xylophone, create light murals with Alejandro and Moira Sina’s “Touch Plane,” and even eat Yuka Otani’s “Edible Glass.”
Other exhibits under the “ARTCraft” umbrella are “Claire Van Vliet: A Celebration of Paper,” which includes a selection of the MacArthur Award-winner’s pulp paintings and handmade books; “Karen Kamenetzky: The Spaces Between,” featuring brilliantly colored cotton and silk tapestries; “Jackie Abrams & Josh Bernbaum: Dialogue,” a serendipitous collaborative effort that has resulted in matched pairs of glass and woven vessels; “Martina Lantin: Passage,” a site-specific ceramic installation in the corridor between the museum’s two large galleries; and “Stephen Procter: Monumental Vessels,” the inaugural exhibit in BMAC’s new Sculpture Garden.
Concurrent with “ARTCraft,” BMAC presents “Clemens Kalischer: Six Decades of Marlboro Music.” Formerly a photographer for the New York Times and other publications, Kalischer has documented life at what the New Yorker has called “the classical world’s most coveted retreat” since its earliest days. The 49 rich black-and-white images that make up the exhibit depict one star of the classical music world after the next, including Joshua Bell, Pablo Casals, Van Cliburn, James Levine, Rudolf Serkin, and many more. The timing of the exhibit aligns with dual anniversaries—the festival’s 60th season and Kalischer’s 90th birthday.
Rounding out BMAC’s new exhibits is “Salley Mavor: Sewn Stories.” Occupying the museum’s Activity Gallery, Mavor’s original fabric reliefs are created from hand-dyed wool felt, embroidery thread, found objects, and manufactured trinkets and beads. The exhibit includes several works from “Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes,” which won the 2011 Boston Globe Book Award and the 2011 Golden Kite Award.
The new exhibits will be on view through October 23, with the exception of “Claire Van Vliet: A Celebration of Paper,” which closes September 26, and “Salley Mavor: Sewn Stories,” which will remain up through February 5, 2012.
The museum’s exhibits and gift shop are open 11 am to 5 pm, except Tuesday and Wednesday. Regular admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for students. Members and children 5 and under are admitted free of charge.