February 3- March 26, 2017

808 Gallery, Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery and the Annex

Occupancies explores how individual and collective bodies create, negotiate, and inhabit space. Conceived as a response to the current political climate and to forms of personal resistance against systemic injustices, Occupancies assembles emerging and mid-career artists who use or intimate the physical body as a politicized site to forefront ideas of agency and visibility. While the exhibitions aims do not fit resolutely within the couplet of art and activism, Occupancies engages with the political and historical dimensions of the term “occupy” today. As part of Occupancies, three of the participating artists – eBAY, Intelligent Mischief, and Nabeela Vega – will serve as “Resident Occupants” and occupy the gallery space through ongoing projects, performances, and interventions during the run of the exhibition. Supported, in part, by an Arts Grant from the BU Arts Initiative – Office of the Provost.

Occupancies artists are Indira Allegra, eBAY, Andrea Bowers, Jonathan Calm, Jordan Casteel, Edie Fake, Nona Faustine, Marlon Forrester, Chitra Ganesh, Jonah Groeneboer, Ramiro Gomez, Dell M. Hamilton, Ann Hirsch, Intelligent Mischief (Aisha Shillingford and Terry Marshall), Ellen Lesperance, Tony Lewis, Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art courtesy of the artist Chris E. Vargas, L.J. Roberts, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Shen Wei, and Nabeela Vega.

Curated by Lynne Cooney, Artistic Director, Boston University Art Galleries and Kimber Chewning, Exhibition Assistant Curator and MA Candidate, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Boston University

The Galleries are selling a limited edition publication or ‘zine’ in conjunction with Occupancies at both the Stone and 808 Galleries for $5.oo

Related Events

There are no posts in Occupancies from the last 6 months.

loading slideshow...

  • Chitra Ganesh

    Chitra Ganesh, Protest Fantasy (detail), 2015

  • Shen Wei

    Shen Wei, Self-Portrait (Tea), 2010

  • Kameelah Janan Rasheed

    Kameelah Janan Rasheed, On Refusal (detail), 2015

  • Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art

    Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art, Courtesy of the Artist Chris E. Vargas, Nell Pickerell (aka Harry Allen, Harry Livingston), video still, 2016

  • Intelligent Mischief

    Intelligent Mischief, James Baldwin from the Survival Series, 2016

  • L.J. Roberts

    L.J. Roberts, Storme at Stonewall (detail), 2016

  • Ellen Lesperance

    Ellen Lesperance, Not the Nightmare, Not the Scream, Just the Loving Human Dream -- of Peace, the Ever-Flowing Stream. Bring the Message Home, 2013

  • Jonah Groeneboer

    Jonah Groeneboer, Doublemouth Feedback, 2015

  • Ramiro Gomez

    Ramiro Gomez, Laborers at Lunch, 2015

  • Nona Faustine

    Nona Faustine, Lobbying The Gods For A Miracle, 2016

  • Edie Fake

    Edie Fake, The Last Man Standing, 2016

  • Jordan Casteel

    Jordan Casteel, Ashamole Brothers, 2015

  • Jonathan Calm

    Jonathan Calm, Elephant Chamber, 2013

  • Andrea Bowers

    Andrea Bowers, Dignity Safety Justice: Woman with Raised Fist (Trans Latina Coalition, Blockade at the Beverly Center, LA, CA, March 20, 2015), 2016



Posted 3 years ago on