Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery Presents SIMPATICO

in CFA, Visual Arts
August 13th, 2012

Upcoming Exhibit Features Work of BU Professor and Other Local Artists


August 13, 2012 – (Boston) – The Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery (BUAG) is pleased to present SIMPATICO, an exhibition of work by Boston University College of Fine Arts painting professor Dana Frankfort, as well as eight influential New York and Boston-based artists: Polly Apfelbaum, Nicole Cherubini, Cheryl Donegan, Joanne Greenbaum, Jenny Monick, Carrie Moyer, Dona Nelson, and Laurel Sparks.



Dates and Events: September 7-October 21, 2012

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm

Media Only Press Preview Event: Tuesday, September 4, 2pm (RSVP: 617.353.3349 / )

Exhibition and Gallery Events are Free and Open to the Public

Contemporary Perspectives Lecture with Dona Nelson: October 18, 2012, 6:30pm

Location: Jacob Sleeper Auditorium (College of General Studies, 871 Comm. Ave.)


Each work in the exhibition foregrounds technique and pushes the medium through an active investigation and dissection of abstraction, while exemplifying common attributes made visible through the artist’s engagement with painting. Many of the works were conceived through action-oriented methods, made visible through paint and glaze stains, the presence of handiwork, or the orientation of brushwork.


“Boston University is delighted to host this powerhouse group at the Stone Gallery for their first Boston exhibition,” said Kate McNamara, Director and Chief Curator of Boston University Art Gallery. “Collectively, these works will solicit a spirited investigation of painting and abstraction, providing a charged space to deliberate on assumptions about painting as a material, a vocabulary, a pluralistic history, and a critical tool.”


The word “simpatico” captures the context of this exhibition to express and secure the multiplicity of relationships established, maintained, insinuated, and assumed throughout the show. A limited edition catalogue accompanies the exhibition.


Also on View: Take Shelter in the World at the BUAG ANNEX

Organized by Boston University College of Fine Arts alum and Master of Fine Arts professor, Dusko Petrovich, “Take Shelter in the World” is a re-enactment of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, with each artwork representing an aspect of the story. Turned into objects in a cave-like gallery at Boston University’s Art Gallery’s newest space, the BUAG ANNEX, these characters can then freely question or affirm the argument that Plato put forth: where we are all stuck in an illusionistic cave, and only philosophical insight can get us out. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book, The Cave of the Allegory, in which each of the objects speaks about the allegory from its own point of view.  The exhibition includes Colleen Asper, Kristopher Benedict, Sean Downey, Ethan Greenbaum, David Kearns, Jon Pylypchuck, Andro Semeiko, Ryan Steadman, Mamie Tinkler, Mary Weatherford, Roger White, and Alexi Worth.


About BUAG

The Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery is located at 855 Commonwealth Avenue inside the College of Fine Arts. The gallery is located on the Boston University campus (BU West T stop on the “B” Green Line.) Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 11am–5pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 1pm–5pm (Closed Mondays and Holidays.) For more information, visit