Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Visual Arts Presents: On Sincerity

Boston, MA – The School of Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts (CFA) at Boston University is proud to present On Sincerity, a group exhibition featuring local and regional artists: Magda Archer, Iván Aragote, Juan Betancurth, Davis,Cherubini, Charles Gute, Jessica Gath, Kalup Linzy, Institute for Infinitely Small Things, Jesse Kaminsky, Carlos Martiel, Rob Matthews, Anne McGuire, Taylor McVay and Jordan Tynes, Laurel Nakadate, Platform2, William Powhida, Jordan Tynes, Analia Saban, Wayne Stokes, Douglas Weathersby, and Suara Welitoff.

On Sincerity at the 808 Gallery

Dates and Events: Friday, October 26 – Sunday, December 16, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, October 26, 6–8pm
Exhibition and Gallery Events are Free and Open to the Public

On Sincerity Exhibition Events

Saturday, November 3, 6pm
Failure Support Group

Engaging whether there is, actually, a recipe for failure, Platform2 and the Institute for Infinitely Small Things present an evening survey of failed processes and failed projects exploring certain methodologies more prone to failure, and acknowledging failure in one’s process, community, and career. Cookies will be provided.

Wednesday, November 14, 8pm (doors close at 7:45pm)
For You I Feel Lucky

A participatory performance by Jessica Gath that celebrates a roomful of people — acquaintances, friends, strangers, or any combination thereof.

Wednesday, December 12, 6pm
Gallery Talk

With Curators, Lynne Cooney, Exhibitions Director, School of Visual Arts at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University, and Liz Munsell, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art and MFA Programs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

“On Sincerity explores interpretations of sincerity in art and artistic practice,” says Lynne Cooney, Curator. “As social and cultural life seems increasingly dominated by cynicism, superficiality, and image-oriented hierarchies, the selected artists openly resist forms of disengagement by producing transparent and direct relationships within their work and artistic practice.”

On Sincerity seeks to draw upon this legibility by closing the distance between the viewer and artwork, creating honest and meaningful connections that resonate throughout the exhibition space. The exhibition approaches the theme of sincerity via four organizing narratives to expand upon readings of this enigmatic yet overly determined sentiment:
(1) Artists that describe their process and interactions with materials as both the means and the content of production, such as Davis/Cherubini, Analia Saban, and Suara Welitoff, who use their chosen media as the formal and conceptual basis of their work.
(2) Artists whose work is a tool to build relationships and community through generosity and exchange. Both the Institute for Infinitely Small Things, Douglas Weathersby, and Jessica Gath stage actions that enact expanded forms of participation.
(3) Artists that employ their own bodies as an expression of intimacy, vulnerability, or the complexity of human relations. The work of Juan Betancurth, Carlos Martiel Laurel Nakadate explore the limits of corporeality.
(4) Artists who subvert irony and cynicism, such as mass-media, by appropriating its visual language through the creation of self-reflexive forms of communication. William Powhida, Charles Gute, and Magda Archer mimic modes of popular media as forms of critique.

About the 808 Gallery at Boston University

The 808 Gallery at Boston University is located at 808 Commonwealth Avenue. The gallery is located on the Boston University campus (BU West T stop on the “B” Green Line.) Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 11:00am–5:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00pm–5:00pm. For more information, visit

Institutional Biography

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.


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