David Winton Bell Gallery

Currently On View

March 18, 2017 - May 28, 2017

Pierre Huyghe is renowned for making art that challenges the conventions of the exhibition, exploring the possibilities of its dynamic experience. In the artist’s words, he constructs “time-based situations as a set of circumstances and conditions in which emergence, rhythm and variable are indeterminate and exist beyond our presence.” This exhibition is the New England premiere of his recent film Untitled (Human Mask) (2014). Set in the landscape of manmade devastation that surrounds Fukushima, Japan, the film confronts us with an eerie reflection of the tenuous divisions between human and animal.

Curated by Ian Alden Russell

Image: Pierre HuygheUntitled (Human Mask), (Film Still), 2014. Film, color, stereo, sound, 2:66. Running time: 19'07". Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, London, and Anna Lena Films, Paris. © Pierre Huyghe

Location Bell Gallery
March 18, 2017 - May 28, 2017

A series of x-rays. Bright white spots record exposure of the film to pieces of trinitite by Gabriel Martinez. Named after “Trinity” — the site of the first atomic weapon detonation in 1945 near Alamogordo, New Mexico — trinitite is created when an atomic bomb explodes over gypsum sands, fusing the granules into a radioactive glass. Gabriel Martinez’s grandmother collected the trinitite after the blast.

Curated by Ian Alden Russell

Image: Gabriel Martinez, Jar of Trinitite (Taster's Choice/Proving Ground), 2015. Digital print. Courtesy of the artist. Originally commissioned and produced by Artpace, San Antonio.

Location List Art Center Lobby
February 25, 2017 - March 24, 2017

For more than a decade Chris Jordan has focused his and our attention on the consequences of mass consumerism—photographing mountains of discarded electronics in landfills and, more recently, the decomposing carcasses of Laysan albatross that have died from ingesting plastic. The latter images, included here, are difficult and important. Translating unimaginable statistics — 299 million tons of plastics produced a year; 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean; a million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals killed annually from plastic in our oceans — into intimate images of life and death, Jordan confronts us with the consequences of our lifestyle and calls on us to take action toward change.

Curated by: Jo-Ann Conklin
Image:  Chris Jordan, Untitled from Midway

Location Cohen Gallery, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts