THE SMFA GRADUATE THESIS SCREENING 2015
A showcase of the work of eight graduating Master of Fine Arts students, this screening of a series of short films examines a complex and deep variety of subjects, from transnational dysphoria, to the struggle of one man’s transition outside of the gender binary, to the art of communication in our modern world. The range of works are as dark as they are intriguing, displaying an experimental perspective on how we tell visual stories.
Museum of Fine Arts. Auditorium 161, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 5:30pm/all ages/FREE (ticketed). mfa.org
JAMES MONTFORD: PERSUASIONS 1990-2015
A collage artist based in Providence, James Montford has been influenced greatly by a threefold ancestry of white, black, and American Indian over the course of his 40+-year career. Through poignant juxtaposition and provocative imagery, Montford’s work sparks complicated discussions on race, persecution, and representation. His confrontational body of work directly addresses America’s contemporary race problem in a way that is wholly fresh and unique.
The Mills Gallery at the BCA. 539 Tremont St., Boston. Opening reception 6pm/all ages/FREE. bcaonline.org
In a new production of a play written by John Logan, the abstract expressionist Mark Rothko is brought vividly to life in a gritty, run-down gymnasium—right on the cusp of the commission that would soon catapult his career and cement his status as one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Staged in conjunction with Harvard Art Museum’s special exhibit Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals, the production seeks to unearth the man who was one of the world’s most famous and widely recognized artists.
Harvard Art Museums. 32 Quincy St., Cambridge. 1pm/all ages/FREE. harvardartmuseums.org
MASSART MADE SPRING SALE 2015
MassArt’s Spring Sale is an annual event in which the original work of the school’s talented students and alumni is put up for sale, allowing the public to directly support the artists. The event, found in the Tower Building lobby, is a wonderful opportunity to take home one-of-a-kind pieces from young and up-and-coming artists who live and work right here in Boston. The handmade creations include glasswork, ceramics, paintings, jewelry, and more.
Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 621 Huntington Ave., Boston. 10am-7pm/all ages/FREE. inside.massart.edu/springsale
MOVIES AND MUNCHIES
I think we can all agree that Sunday is the worst day of the week. So why not spend it with a cold beer in hand, homemade BBQ popcorn by the bucketful, and watching a movie on the TV with friends and neighbors? Just show up to Kirkland Tap and Trotter on Sunday nights, and they’ll take care of the rest. Popcorn and the movie are on them—this week’s screening is the Jean Claude Van Damme classic Kumite extravaganza, Bloodsport.
Kirkland Tap and Trotter. 425 Washington St., Somerville. 9pm/21+/FREE. kirklandtapandtrotter.com
ART OF THE COCKTAIL: FORTIFY YOUR SHERRY KNOWLEDGE
Sherry: It’s not just for cooking anymore! Once shrouded in contempt, the fortified wine has begun to rise in popularity once again. In an evening combining education and visual art, food and cocktail blogger Dr. Markeya Williams and Devon “Devo” Burroughs of Audubon Boston will take participants on a tasting and cocktail creation journey centered on one of Spain’s oldest exports.
The Mills Gallery at the BCA. 539 Tremont St., Boston. 6pm + 8pm/21+/$35. bcaonline.org