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Illuminus Festival

Artist: Materials & Methods

Neighborhood: South End

Location: SOWA Open Market  

Location

SOWA Open Market
450 Harrison St.
Boston, MA
United States
42° 20' 34.2168" N, 71° 3' 54.4716" W

Medium:

Time Frame: Saturday, October 25, 2014

Description:

Illuminus is Boston’s first "nuit blanche" — a free nighttime festival of creative innovation that will take place on Saturday, October 25th, 2014. This public celebration will feature large-scale projections and light installations alongside immersive sound, performance, and multimedia experiences that reimagine the city at night. Illuminus will transform Boston’s streetscapes into a vibrant urban canvas where regional artists, designers, creative technologists, architects, performers and fabricators converge to showcase their most thoughtful, innovative, and imaginative works. The festival will provoke and inspire, celebrating the creative approaches to art, culture, and community that form the foundation of a thriving and dynamic city.

Text taken from http://www.illuminusboston.org/

Image to the left:

SCENE FROM NUIT BLANCHE NEW YORK’S “BRING TO LIGHT” EVENT IN 2011. / VIA MATERIALS & METHODS ON VIMEO

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Color Crossing

Artist: Kate Gilbert with Halsey Burgund

Neighborhood: Downtown

Location:  

Location

United States
42° 21' 22.2048" N, 71° 3' 36.432" W

Medium: mp3 Paint printed vinyl graphics & speakers

Time Frame: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - Friday, October 31, 2014

Description:

If there was a time machine right here and you could get in it, would you go backward or forward?  Past or future?  That’s the question artist Kate Gilbert asked over 100 city dwellers, with their surprisingly heartfelt answers becoming the centerpiece of Color Crossing.  

This Downtown Crossing installation integrates an audio composition of the public’s responses to the past/future question with a site-specific mural and printed text-based graphics.  The combination delivers a provocative interpretation of a slice of society’s hopes and fears about the past and future while gently but clearly making a case for the here and now. 

A “portal to the present”, Color Crossing is part social commentary, part historical nod, and part design intervention.  The installation is in place through November, 2014 in Music Hall Place, 15-17 Winter Street in Downtown Crossing, Boston MA. 

Project concept, mural and graphics by Kate Gilbert; audio composition by Halsey Burgund. 

Color Crossing invites everyone to continue the conversation about the neighborhood’s past and future by visiting https://www.facebook.com/colorcrossing.

Color Crossing is supported by the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District with thanks to 3MJ Realty, The Druker Company and Boston Building Wraps.

For more information visit http://kategilbertstudio.com/color-crossing/

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Sun Boxes

Artist: Craig Colorusso

Neighborhood: Downtown Boston

Location:  

Medium:

Time Frame: Thursday, September 18, 2014 - Sunday, September 21, 2014

Description:

Sun Boxes are travailing solar powered sound installation. It’s comprised of twenty speakers operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels. There is a different loop set to play a guitar note in each box continuously. These guitar notes collectively make a Bb chord. Because the loops are different in length, once the piece begins they continually overlap and the piece slowly evolves over time.

The scheduled installation dates for Sun Boxes are as follows:

Copley Square, Thursday, September 18, 10:30 am-sundown

Dewey Square, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Friday, September 19, 10:30 am-sundown

Boston Common, Saturday, September 20, 10:30 am-sundown

The Children's Museum, Fort Point, Sunday, September 21, 10:30 am-sundown

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Stairs of Fabulousness

Artist: Liz LaManche

Neighborhood: Downtown

Location:  

Location

United States
42° 21' 36.5364" N, 71° 3' 29.1816" W

Medium: Tape

Time Frame: Monday, September 1, 2014 - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Description:

"Stairs of Fabulousness" is one of the winning designs in the Public Space Invitational-- a crowd-sourced design competition aimed at re-thinking small public spaces, sidewalks, and Boston City Hall. 

Simple and colorful, the “rainbow stairs will make city hall 400% more fabulous,” according to the project proponent. Using non-skid tape, the stairs in the lobby area will be transformed by color. This is a small intervention into City Hall, using color as the medium and the existing bricks and concrete as the canvas.

Nine winners were announced in the Public Space Invitational, including "Stairs of Fabulousness." Awards were given in three categories: The Streetscape, Random Awesome Designs, and City Hall. The designs were chosen from a pool of 70+ submissions. These small-budget ways to creatively improve public space and infrastructure will be deployed in 2014 and 2015.

To see a video of the installation, click here.

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Seven Moon Junction

Artist: Shinique Smith

Neighborhood: Downtown

Location: Dewey Square Park  

Location

Dewey Square Park
185 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111
United States

Medium: Oil Paint mural

Time Frame: Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Sunday, March 1, 2015

Description:

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy has commissioned Shinique Smith (American, born in 1971) to create a new 70-by-76-foot temporary mural, titled Seven Moon Junction at Boston’s Dewey Square Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, which will be installed over seven to ten days, September 8-18, and be on view for a year. Smith’s Greenway mural is one component of her interdisciplinary exhibition, “Shinique Smith: BRIGHT MATTER” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston including painting, sculpture, full-room installation, video, and performance. “Shinique Smith: BRIGHT MATTER” can be viewed at the Museum August 23, 2014 – March 1, 2015.

Artist's Statement: In Seven Moon Junction, I have used a detail from my 2013 painting ‘Seven Moons,’ because its circular composition and color palette and the geometry of the building felt as if they belonged together. I shifted the scale of the painting’s collage and counterbalanced them with a braided sculptural element to enrich the texture and create a composition tailored to the architecture of the Dewey Square wall. This particular work draws inspiration from various sources such as, alchemy, astrology, music and the mythology and art of indigenous cultures. By taking a small aspect of this existing work and enlarging it to the scale of 70 feet, this microcosm of materials is seen and experienced from a new perspective, becoming a distinct new presentation. I see this piece, as a mural that extends beyond the wall, as it attunes to the space in which it sits, radiating energy outward to the rest of the city and its occupants. Inspired by the flow of the environment, I will orchestrate a performance of music, art and dance on the green space that is an extension of the mural inspired by the spirals and color in the design. I’ve titled this work, Seven Moon Junction in reference to the intersection where the mural resides, the merging of people and the joining of art and life. The field of view, Dewey Square Park is part of the mural. Artist's Inspiration Seven Moons (2013)—which serves as inspiration for Smith’s Seven Moon Junction Greenway Wall mural—is centered by a constellation of fabrics patterned with bursting fireworks and flowers. The work features a disposable coffee cup lid whose black form suggests the abstracted face of traditional African masks. Such subtle suggestions of ritual—at the personal, social or cosmic levels—reflect Smith’s broader interest in the ways different cultures seek to harness and direct energy.

Greenway Wall Dimensions 70-by-76-feet Total Gallons of Paint Required To ensure the mural’s colors are true to Seven Moons, approximately 40 gallons of the highest-grade, classic, oil-based sign paints are hand mixed to match Smith’s original artwork.

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Pop Up! Dudley Connections

Artist: Various artists

Neighborhood: Dudley Square

Location:  

Medium: Multimedia

Time Frame: Friday, August 15, 2014 - Friday, September 19, 2014

Description:

 

Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla with Shea Justice & Cassandra Cato-Louis: Change, Loss, and Gain in Dudley
Dates: August 15 and 20 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Justice Gourdin Park, intersection of Mt. Washington Ave and Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury, MA, 02119
Darrell Ann Gane-McCalla (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Darrell-Ann-Gane-McCalla/119251458102737) lives in Cambridge and is an artist committed to radical social change, promoting art as a vital element in the struggle for human rights and in the creation of new ways of living. Her own practice is primarily sculpture, illustration, and mixed media. Her community collaborations are mainly murals, mosaics, and workshops. Gane-McCalla believes that art can change perceptions; create spaces for dialogue, instill senses of possibility, and add vibrancy, meaning, and direction to our lives.
Bryana Siobhan: Untitled
Dates and times: August 19, 21, 26, and 28 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Sidewalk in front of Haley House (http://haleyhouse.org) at 12 Dade Street in Roxbury, MA 02119
Emerging artist Bryana Siobhan (http://www.bryanasiobhan.com) is currently a Masters Candidate at the School of the Museum of Fine Art of Boston and an Alumni of the Corcoran College of Art + Design with a Bachelors in Fine Art. She lives and works in Roxbury as a performance artist, founder of Revolutionary Performance (http://revolutionaryperformance.tumblr.com), a performance art archive, and as a founding member of Petrichor Performance Collective. Working in the topic of US-centric social politics regarding race, gender, and mental health, Siobhan draws cultural cues and signifiers from the African-American, Afro-Cuban, and indigenous American (NDN) cultures.
Irene Smalls: Doing the Dutch Down Dudley
Date and time: August 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Dudley Town Common Park
Irene Smalls (http://www.irenesmalls.com/irenesmalls.com/Welcome.html), BA, MBA, lives in Back Bay and is an award-winning author, storyteller, and historian. Smalls’ presentations include core components of literacy instruction for students K-5 using a variety of instructional approaches: reading aloud, word study, shared reading, and movement. For older students she discusses the publishing business, the writing process, and the job of being a writer and risk taking. Smalls is the author of 15 children's books and 3 interactive storytelling CDs.
Artward Bound with Fish McGill & Carolyn Lewenberg: Art & Social Change: Dudley Kiosk
Installation date: August 18
Location: Justice Gourdin Park, intersection of Mt. Washington Ave and Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury, MA, 02119
Artward Bound (http://www.massart.edu/Continuing_Education/Youth_Programs/Artward_Bound.html) is a four-year college access program in the visual arts. At home on MassArt's campus, Artward Bound prepares youth in 8th-12th grades with the artistic and academic skills needed for admission to and success at an art or design college or other post-secondary institution. Artward Bound balances artistic development with academic progress to establish confidence in education.
Nathaniel Wyrick: Papaw Passing Time II
Dates and times:
• August 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
• August 29, 31, September 1, 2, and 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
• September 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: in front of Dudley Square Branch Library, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Nathaniel Wyrick (http://nathanielwyrick.com) is a multidisciplinary artist that is currently living and working in Jamaica Plain. Wyrick’s work is autobiographical in nature. Much of Wyrick’s work is concerned with the exploration of identity, masculinity, and sexuality, especially in relation to memory. This approach has been guiding Wyrick in the creation of objects or performances that draw from a fraction of a much larger image or issue.
  
Helina Metaferia: These Words Matter
Date and time: August 23 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Dudley Square Branch Library, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Helina Metaferia (http://www.helinametaferia.com) lives in Roxbury and is an Ethiopian-American fine artist specializing in mixed media visual artwork. She works with themes of power, self-realization, and divine femininity. Her art has been shown in museums and galleries nationwide, and has also completed over 20 large-scale murals in the Washington, DC region. Helina received her formal art education at Temple University's Tyler School of Art and at Morgan State University, where she obtained her Bachelors Degree in Fine Art. Helina is currently a Masters Candidate at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Alejandro Pinto: Untitled. (Portrait of Malcolm X)
Date: Installation in early-September
Location: 2201 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Alejandro Pinto lives in Hyde Park and attended Mass College of Art and Design, majoring in Film and Illustration. He has completed legal graffiti art projects in Roxbury (Bartlett Yard), Dorchester (Dorchester Baseball, The Murphy Middle School, Cavata Clothing, Beantown Athletics, Crossfit 617), and South Boston (F-15 Training Center and Peter Welch's Boxing Gym). Pinto’s work can be seen on The Travel Channel's “No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain” and television show “The Fighters.”
James Ovid Mustin, Ricardo Gomez, Thomas Burns: Untitled (Nelson Mandela Mural)
Date: Install/Painting will begin in early September
Location: Wall at intersection of Warren & Clifford Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
James Ovid Mustin (http://jmustin3.tumblr.com/) is a Roxbury/Jamaica Plain-based painter, printmaker, and muralist, inspired by and integrated in the physical environment around him. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and his works can be found in numerous private and public collections, including the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts.
Ricardo Gomez (DEME 5) is a native of the Dominican Republic, currently living in Dorchester. DEME5 [dēm-fīv] (http://www.deme5.com/) draws inspiration from his gritty environment, using a keen sense of design and stylized vision to transform any surface put before him. Although aerosol is his primary medium, he often incorporates different mediums to execute his ideas.  His future goals include exhibiting at contemporary institutions, collaborating with like-minded artists, and sharing his work with the people of Boston and the world.
Thomas Burns is born and raised in Boston. He is an artist that works in a variety of mediums and has worked on murals throughout the city as well as displayed his art in local galleries.
Dudley Square is accessible by MBTA via the Silver Line and numerous bus lines (http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/subway/lines/stations/?stopId=11496 ). On street parking is available throughout Dudley Square.
For additional information, call 617-635-3245 or visit http://www.cityofboston.gov/arts.
About Discover Roxbury
Discover Roxbury promotes civic engagement and economic development in Roxbury through tours and events that leverage the community's artistic, cultural, historic, and culinary assets. For more information, visit http://www.discoverroxbury.org.
About Dudley Square Main Streets
Dudley Square Main Streets Revitalization Corporation is a commercial revitalization organization located in Boston’s historic Dudley Square Commercial District, “the Heart and Soul of Roxbury.” Since 1995, Main Streets has worked to recruit new businesses, assist businesses with storefront renovations; provide technical assistance to business owners; work with developers on large anchor parcels, and celebrate the rich cultural diversity and history of the district. For more information, visit http://www.dudleysquare.org.

 

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Tropical Fort Point

Artist: Peter Agoos

Neighborhood: Fort Point

Location:  

Medium: Floating art installation

Time Frame: Monday, April 28, 2014 - Sunday, June 15, 2014

Description:

“The struggle for quality public open space in the neighborhood and the likelihood of climate change-induced rising sea levels are the conceptual parents of Tropical Fort Point.  Inspired in part by seeing the Sudbury River at spring flood turning the adjacent wetland woods into wooded wetlands—trees apparently growing out of a lake, with an occasional canoe or kayak slipping between the trunks — the concept was initially planned as an evergreen installation called Fort Point Forest.  The design evolved to embrace the low centers of gravity, salt-resistance, and wind-shedding characteristics of Majesty Palms and grew the new title of Tropical Fort Point.  This tongue–in–cheek preview of the effect of rising tides stakes a claim to the Channel wetscape as an unexploited green space.”  - Peter Agoos

Agoos is a long-time Fort Point resident, the creator of the 2012 suspended installation Arts Imbalance between the Summer and Congress Street bridges, creative director for the 100th anniversary illuminations of the Boston Children’s Museum in fall 2013, and with Diane Fiedler, creator of C is for Clamp on view at BCM as part of the multi-artist installations known as An Alphabet of Inspiration: Artists Celebrate 100 Years of Collections.

Tropical Fort Point will be located in the Fort Point Channel basin between the Congress and Summer Street Bridges. The installation will be on display from April 28th – June 15th.  An expanded public art series is planned for May, with three additional installations to be announced around the Fort Point Channel.

Tropical Fort Point and the Spring Public Art Series are held in conjunction with Fort Point Spring Open Studios Weekend, to be held Friday through Sunday, May 9-11th. During Open Studios, more than 75 artists will open their studio doors to the public. Studios will be open Friday evening from 4-7pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12-5pm. Open Studios visitors will explore the neighborhood and go inside the historic Fort Point warehouse lofts to meet local artists, including: painters, sculptors, ceramicists, jewelers, performance artists, fashion designers, printmakers, book artists, photographers, and more. Artwork will be available for purchase directly from the artists.

Fort Point Open Studios events are free and open to the public.  Free parking during Open Studios is available.  A downloadable map and details of Fort Point Open Studios will be found on www.fortpointarts.org

Open Studios and the Public Art Series are organized by Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC), which represents over 300 artists in all media working and living in this unique waterfront neighborhood. Fort Point is recognized as one of New England’s largest established arts communities.  Peter Agoos. For more information on the Fort Point Arts Community visit www.fortpointarts.org.

Tropical Fort Point and Fort Point’s Floating Art Series is made possible by the generous support Friends of Fort Point Channel, a nonprofit organization committed to making the Fort Point Channel an exciting and welcoming destination for all of Boston's residents, workforce and visitors. For more information, please visit www.friendsoffortpointchannel.org. Friends of Fort Point Channel has partnered with The Fort Point Arts Community since 2005 to activate the Fort Point Channel with temporary displays of public art.

Additional support for Tropical Fort Point is provided by a grant from the Fort Point Channel Operations Board with funds from the Chapter 91 Waterways Regulations License #11419 for Russia Wharf, now Atlantic Wharf. The Fort Point Channel Operations Board is made up of representatives from the City of Boston, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and the Fort Point Channel Abutters Group, who oversee the implementation of public benefits required from private development along the Fort Point Channel.

Photo credit: @MetroBosMike

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Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial

Artist:

Neighborhood:

Location: Boston Public Library  

Location

Boston Public Library
United States
42° 20' 58.7364" N, 71° 4' 37.5636" W

Medium:

Time Frame: Monday, April 7, 2014 - Sunday, May 11, 2014

Description:

The tragic events of April 15th, 2013 resulted immediately in an outpouring of support by first responders, runners, the local community and well-wishers from around the world. Almost immediately, a makeshift memorial began to take shape, first at the police barricade at the intersection of Boylston and Berkeley Streets and later at Copley Square. People from across the globe left flowers, posters, notes, t-shirts, hats, tokens of all shapes and sizes, and—most significantly—running shoes.

Each of the objects left at the memorial, whether giant banner or tiny scrap of paper, store-bought or handmade, was a message of love and support for grieving families and a grieving city. They were hope in material form, symbolizing the human desire to help, comfort, connect, and sustain when confronted with great tragedy.

In June 2013, the memorial was dismantled and these thousands of objects were transferred to the Boston City Archives for safekeeping. To mark the one year anniversary, a selection of items from the memorial collection will be displayed—in one of Boston’s most important civic buildings—so visitors can once again experience the outpouring of human compassion they represent.

Dear Boston has been organized by a partnership that includes the Boston City Archives, the Boston Art Commission, the New England Museum Association, and the Boston Public Library. It has been made possible with the generous support of Iron Mountain.

Related Programs and Events

The BPL is hosting a series of programs and events in April to commemorate this important anniversary. Please visit the Boston Marathon Programs page to learn more.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), will open its doors on Saturday, April 19, 2014 for a free To Boston With Love Community Day—an opportunity for families in Boston and beyond to enjoy a day of art and fellowship. The Institute of Contemporary Art will also host a free day on Tuesday, April 15th. 

Many other organizations throughout the Greater Boston area are hosting commemorative events:  the BostonBetter blog includes listings and more information on programs, schedules, and participating institutions.

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Art on the Marquee

Artist: Various artists

Neighborhood:

Location: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center  

Location

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer Street, Boston
Boston, MA
United States

Medium:

Time Frame: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Description:

Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority have teamed up to create “Art on the Marquee,” an ongoing project to commission public media art for display on the new 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston. The largest urban screen in New England, this unique digital canvas is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. to integrate art alongside commercial and informational content as part of the MCCA’s longstanding neighborhood art program.

The inaugural exhibition, opening March 20th, 2014, will feature seven new digital artworks from local Massachusetts artists including: Jeff Bartell & Fish McGill, Trashteroids, Reginald Arlen DeCambre, Permanence on the Sand, Ryan Dight, Reconsider, Lina Maria Giraldo, Up, James Manning, Dirty Pixels, Eben McCue, Super Life, and Jeff Warmouth, Human Testbrix

For more information, visit the artonthemarquee.com.

 

Photo Credit: Evan Richman/ MCAA

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Starry Night

Artist: Lisa Greenfield and Daniel J. van Ackere

Neighborhood:

Location: Fort Point  

Location

Fort Point
United States
42° 20' 58.29" N, 71° 2' 56.4288" W

Medium:

Time Frame: Saturday, December 21, 2013 - Thursday, December 21, 2023

Description:

Starting in late 2013, the Summer Street underpass at A Street will be illuminated by a net of brilliant, twinkling blue LEDs. This project was first installed in 2010 for several months, and following its joyful reception by the local community, the artists undertook a longer lasting installation in the same location. In addition to adding beauty and whimsy to an often overlooked public space, Starry Night will provide visibility and safety to the area. 

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The Art of Hope

Artist: Derek Smith

Neighborhood: Back Bay

Location:  

Location

United States
42° 21' 1.872" N, 71° 4' 31.3212" W

Medium: Mural

Time Frame: Friday, October 25, 2013 - Sunday, October 27, 2013

Description:

How do we respond peacefully to violence in our lives?  In our communities? Do we passively accept it?  Do we fuel the cycle with our own anger?  Artists Derek “Focus” Smith from the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, and Aaron “AMP” Pearcy of Rapid City, SD, have been actively exploring the question of how to make and use art to respond peacefully to violence.  Trinity is honored to host them when, over a weekend, these artists will create a temporary mural as a statement of peace, hope and love over violence, despair and hatred.  They will be creating live, outside Trinity Church, all three days.  Stop by each day to see the work evolve!

The artists will be painting from Friday, October 25 through Sunday, October 27, 10am – 4:30pm, outside Trinity Church's west porch

A concluding reception will be held Sunday, October 27, from 4:30pm – 5:30pm

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Stop Telling Women to Smile

Artist: Tatyana Fazlailzadeh

Neighborhood: East Boston and Roxbury

Location: Harbor Arts in East Boston and Bartlett Yards in Roxbury  

Location

Harbor Arts in East Boston and Bartlett Yards in Roxbury
2532 Washington Street
Boston, MA
United States

Medium: Wheatpaste posters

Time Frame: Friday, October 18, 2013 - Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Description:

Stop Telling Women to Smile is a public art series that addresses gender based street harassment. The work consists of drawn portraits of women who have told their stories of harassment, and wheat pasting those portraits as posters with captions that speak directly to offenders on outdoor walls. The artist will be bringing this project to the streets of Boston in mid October of 2013. 

During her time here, Fazlalizadeh will be interviewing local women about their experiences with street harassment. After photographing the chosen participants and drawing their portraits, Fazlalizadeh will strategically deploy these city-specific signs on the streets of Boston. These signs serve as a symbolic reclamation of public space as well as a declaration that women are not sexual objects for public consumption, but citizens worthy of respect.

Fazlailzadeh will be returning to Boston in the coming months to put up new posters in even more locations around Boston. As of now, her work can be seen in Central Square in Cambridge, at Harbor Arts in East Boston, and at Barlett Yards in Roxbury

To learn more about Tatyana Fazlailzadeh, visit her website at tlynnfaz.com/

For more information on Stop Telling Women to Smile and to follow the artist on her national tour, check out stoptellingwomentosmile.com

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Remanence: Salt and Light

Artist: Matthew Ritchie

Neighborhood: Dewey Square

Location:  

Location

United States
42° 21' 12.8196" N, 71° 3' 16.2216" W

Medium:

Time Frame: Monday, September 16, 2013 - Monday, December 1, 2014

Description:

A 70' x 70' painted mural by Matthew Ritchie will cover the existing mural on the Dewey Square Air Intake Structure. 

The artist, from New York, will have an exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston next year from April 2014 - February 2015 and has designed an accompanying public mural for the Dewey Square AIS to be installed in September 2013 in advance of the exhibition. 

The title of the piece is Remanence: Salt and Light, diagrams turn into spheres rising from the sea, turn back into atoms, that then, in turn, become pure ideas.  Remanence is a cross between memory, remnant and resonance. The Parable of Salt and Light, from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:13-16) was cited by John Winthrop, first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony on the deck of the Arabella, as well as by both Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. The famous comparison of wasted salt and the city on a hill has become a remanence of an idea. Remanence (or remanent magnetization) is technically the magnetization left behind in a ferromagnetic material (such as iron) after an external magnetic field is removed.
The mural project also supports a unique musical and informational space, with music by Bryce Dessner and a short film by Matthew Ritchie, accessible by all wireless devices. Accompanying this mural is a series of scaling works; a drawing, a painting, a performance, an illuminated window, a wall drawing, a film and a song cycle by Matthew Ritchie to be shown at the ICA Boston over the next year. A new kind of shared space emerges, built from our engagement with images and ideas, real and implied information, formalized physical space and movement. Passersby can dive as deeply as they want into this body of work, but no matter how many times they walk through the garden, no matter how many times they listen to the music, there will always be an aspect they cannot see, a new story emerging.  
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Pulse of the City

Artist: George Zisiadis

Neighborhood: 5 Locations

Location:  

Location

United States

Medium:

Time Frame: Friday, September 6, 2013 - Friday, September 5, 2014

Description:

 

Pulse of the City is an exciting new interactive work that made its debut in five locations throughout Boston in early Suptember, 2013. Citizens are encouraged to step up to the bright red, metallic hearts and grab onto the handles protruding from either side. The participant's heartbeat is then processed into music, resulting in a one-minute interactive concert that changes with each person who touches it. 

Locations around Boston include Christopher Columbus Park in the North End (down for the time being, but returning soon); East Boston Neighborhood Health Center in Maverick Square; Ashmont Station in Dorchester; along the circle at Avenue Louis Pasteur in Longwood; and in front of the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in Roxbury.

George Zisiadis, a San Francisco based artist, is the creative force behind the solar-powered music boxes. These playful sculptures encourage us to break from the rush of urban life and take a moment to play, to marvel, and to appreciate the world around and inside of us.

Phtoto: “Pulse of the City.” (Courtesy of George Zisiadis)

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Dandelion Twins

Artist: Nate Swain

Neighborhood: Beacon Hill

Location:  

Location

United States
42° 21' 35.0532" N, 71° 7' 18.7068" W

Medium: House Paint

Time Frame: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - Friday, August 1, 2014

Description:

The two advertisement billboards on Cambridge Street were transformed into two murals in five days, and installed in two hours. They are the first murals painted on Beacon Hill. Each mural painted on vinyl over advertisements and is 25-ft wide by 37-ft tall. Painted in 32 hours. Nate hopes the images are able to make people smile.

(This piece has been taken down temporarily but should be back up in a couple months!)

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Phases

Artist: Sophia Brueckner and Catherine D'Ignazio

Neighborhood: Greenway

Location:  

Location

United States
42° 21' 34.74" N, 71° 3' 6.0876" W

Medium:

Time Frame: Monday, July 8, 2013 - Saturday, August 1, 2015

Description:

Phases is a new generative art installation by Sophia Brueckner and Catherine D'Ignazio, created for the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion located in Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway. The Pavilion is the Welcome Center for the Boston Harbor Islands national park area. Starting Monday, July 8th and running only after sunset, the animation renders moonlight sparkling on ocean waves receding into the nighttime darkness. It is purposefully reminiscent of the condensed landscapes in early computer games where the complexity of nature is distilled into such a small number of pixels, analogous to modern difficulties in reducing complex real-world environments and situations into simple metrics computers can understand.

The animation is alive, and the computer program pulls information in real-time regarding the conditions of the Boston Harbor Islands to influence the constantly evolving animation. The tides affect the shape and speed of the overlapping and receding patterns. The middle column of light changes with the phases of the moon. Weather conditions affect the beams of light moving across the scene, and, on clear nights, flickering pixels emulate the glitter of light on water. While bringing awareness to the challenge of capturing real-world complexities using limited representations within the computer, Phases uses technology to link two places together in real-time, bringing a little bit of the Boston Harbor Islands to the city.

Programming for the low-resolution LED screens at the Pavilion is sponsored by the National Park Service and Boston Harbor Island Alliance. The programming content, curated by Boston Cyberarts, is designed to enliven a focal point of the Greenway after dark with themes that connect the viewer to the islands-based park 15 minutes from downtown Boston.

Text and photo provided by Boston Cyberarts. More information is available at bostoncyberarts.org

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Art Barrier: 137.5°

Artist: Benjamin Winters and Vaclav Sipla

Neighborhood: Fort Point & Charlestown

Location:  

Location

United States
42° 21' 13.896" N, 71° 2' 52.2096" W

Medium: Exterior Grade Acrylic

Time Frame: Friday, April 26, 2013 - Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Description:

Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Art Commission, in collaboration with the City of Boston's Public Works Department, are pleased to announce ArtBarrier, a new program, which will add color and vitality to the often-overlooked concrete Jersey barriers located on public roadways.

The winning design, entitled 137.5°, is by Benjamin Winters and Vaclav Sipla. The artists have engaged in a range of projects throughout the region and brought their combined innovation and creativity to the ArtBarrier program. Benjamin Winters is a designer concerned with the potential for creating identity and space through returning decorative ornaments to the public setting. Vaclav Sipla is a classically trained stone sculptor who cofounded Sipla Newsam Studio, an art studio concerned with site specific public art whose philosophy has been described as urban Zen.

The artists describe their design as “a stylized version of a sunflower, created using mathematics and computer drafting software. The sunflower is a plant native to the area, and is often viewed as a symbol of optimism, as the faces of the mature plant face Eastward towards the rising sun. It also contains a natural expression of the golden ratio, thought by some to be relayed to beauty”.

Winters and Sipla created stencils that were used by volunteers to paint the barriers, as part of the annual Boston Shines volunteer program on Friday April 26th and Saturday April 27th at Northern Avenue and North Washington Street. 

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Bartlett Yard Events

Artist: Various

Neighborhood: Dudley Square

Location:  

Location

United States
42° 19' 39.504" N, 71° 5' 13.902" W

Medium: Various

Time Frame: Monday, April 1, 2013 - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Description:

Bartlett Yard, is Roxbury's newest destination for arts, culture, and community. Bartlett Yard is the site of the former MBTA Bartlett Bus Yard and the future home of Bartlett Place, a major new residential and retail development in Roxbury.  The total site area is approximately 8.6 acres.  The northern half of the site is presently leased to a construction company.  This leaves approximately 3 acres of open outdoor space in a unique "puzzle-piece" configuration.  Far from being limiting, the uniqueness of this space opens the door for many types of events.  Bartlett Yard is the home of a variety of art, retail, and special events hosted by Alliger Arts, Nuestra Communidad, Windale Development Corporation, and a variety of community non-profit partners.

This series of events is being organized by Jason Turgeon, a resident of the Highland Park neighborhood, known for organizing the annual FIGMENT Boston art event on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and writing the hyper-local Fort Hill History blog. He is working in collaboration with Jeremy Alliger of Alliger Arts, a stalwart of Boston's art and dance scenes and has organized events at nearby venues including Hibernian Hall and Mark Paulo Ramos Matel, a Rose Fellow, a native of Virginia and most recently lived in Alabama and New Orleans. Mark has a background in design/architecture and has fabricated object of beauty ranging from furniture to street art. They are working with site development team Nuestra Communidad/Windale Development Inc.,

For more information about specific events each weekend visit: http://bartlettevents.org/

Image courtesy of Bartlettevents.org

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Cycles, Tides and Seasons

Artist: Ben Houge

Neighborhood: Downtown

Location: Boston Harbor Island Pavilion on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway  

Location

Boston Harbor Island Pavilion on the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway
United States

Medium: Video Installation

Time Frame: Thursday, May 31, 2012 - Saturday, May 31, 2014

Description:

The National Park Service and the Boston Harbor Island Alliance have teamed up with Boston Cyberarts to create a two year art program calling for artists to make work for the two low-resolution screens at the Harbor Island Pavilion on the Greenway Conservancy. This exciting new endeavor will enliven the Greenway in the evening, while promoting the creative innovation of the region. While the Harbor Island Pavilion displays are approximately 6 x 8 feet, they have a resolution of only 48 x 64 pixels, which is not suitable for recognizable video imagery. Therefore, Boston Cyberarts has decided to commission various algorithmic artists to write programs that will create real time generative art that constantly changes.

In an effort to directly relate to the Harbor Islands themselves, the commissioned artists will draw from the National Park’s geographic information system (GIS) databases as a source, but the work will be abstract in nature. This program ties into the innovative strengths of the Boston area, using digital art algorithms to heighten the interest in Boston Harbor’s history and natural complex ecosystems.

The first work commissioned for the program is Cycles, Tides, and Seasons, by Cambridge-based artist Ben Houge. Houge is a algorithmic artist, composer and sound artist. His areas of activity range from computer game design and soundtracks to sacred choral music. Recently, he was artist in residence at the MIT Media Lab and teaches video game music in the Film Scoring Department at Berklee College of Music.

Read more about the programming here: http://bostoncyberarts.org/category/specialproject/

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International HarborArts Outdoor Gallery at Boston Harbor Shipyard

Artist: Various

Neighborhood: East Boston

Location: Boston Harbor Shipyard on the Boston HarborWalk  

Location

Boston Harbor Shipyard on the Boston HarborWalk
United States
42° 21' 48.9096" N, 71° 1' 58.8216" W

Medium: Various

Time Frame:

Description:

Organized by HarborArts in partnership with the Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. HarborArts is a global community bringing people together to champion the vital role our oceans, waterways and harbors play in the future of our planet. The Boston Harbor Shipyard is a 14-acre working shipyard featuring the HarborArts Outdoor Gallery with large-scale 2D and 3D works by over 30 artists / teams from three continents. Exhibiting artists include B. Amore, Ralph Berger, David Chatowsky, Louisa Conrad, Robert Craig, Konstantin Dimopoulos, Marisa DiPaola, Gary Duehr, Margaret Evangeline, Mark Favermann, James Fuhrman, Donald Gerola, Gunnar Gundersen with Julia Jacoby and students from Høgskole i Akershus, Elizabeth Hack, Lisa Hein & Robert Seng, Paul Howe, Matt Evald Johnson, Annetta Kapon, Stacy Levy, Carolyn Lewenberg, Mark Millstein, Caitlin Nesbit, Lori Nozick, Trace O'Connor, Bayne Peterson, Kimberly Radochia, Derek Riley, Karl Saliter, Paul Lloyd Sargent, and Maayke Schurer. HarborArts employs the arts to raise awareness for issues affecting our water resources. HarborArts is featuring the Massachusetts Ocean Coalition and information about the member organizations, highlighting their important environmental work on the Massachusetts Ocean Plan.

Open year-round. Recommended viewing hours Mon-Fri, 3:30pm–sunset & Sat-Sun, 9am–sunset.

http://www.harborarts.net

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