2017 Past Exhibits

Drawn From Within 2017: All Agency Show

Drawn From Within 2017: All Agency Show

December 13 - January 04, 2018

“Drawn From Within” is a group show featuring a rather unusual group. Group shows often display the work of contest winners or artists represented by a single gallery, but the common thread that bonds these exhibition participants is their connection to a neighborhood non-profit. The Agassiz Baldwin Community is mounting its fifth annual all-agency exhibition in which employees—including teachers, accountants, administrative assistants, program directors and professional artists—display their artistic endeavors.

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Calm / Chaos: Work by Aja Johnson

Calm / Chaos: Work by Aja Johnson

November 06 - December 01, 2017

Aja Johnson Mines Personal Art History at the Chandler Gallery

“I think a lot of artists do not like to look back at old work or even be associated with it,” says artist Aja Johnson. “But I believe there is very important artistic genetic code buried deep in those earlier works.” Johnson’s upcoming show at the Chandler Gallery charts her artistic journey from monochromatic pen-and-inks to intensely colorful acrylics. The abstract drawings and paintings convey, according to Johnson, a “desire for communication, catharsis or release.”

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Urban Nest Project

Urban Nest Project

September 24 - October 27, 2017

Artist Talk: Thursday, October 19, 6 – 8 pm

Woomin Kim Weaves Together Pieces of the City at the Chandler Gallery

The saying goes “one man’s trash is another’s treasure,” but for Woomin Kim, it’s more than that: it’s art yet to be created. Her unique use of found and discarded fibers, such as glass from littered broken bottles or even old hair extensions, will be featured in an upcoming installation at the Chandler Gallery entitled “Urban Nest Project: Greater Boston.” Kim’s work is part of the 2017 Spirit Awards honoring Jason Weeks, Executive Director of the Cambridge Arts Council, to benefit Maud Morgan Arts. Juror Annette Lemieux, winner of the MFA’s Maud Morgan Prize, selected this installation for its resonance with social engagement and public interaction.

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Postcards to Maud…Please Forward

Postcards to Maud…Please Forward

August 14 - September 07, 2017

Big Works in Small Spaces at the Chandler Gallery

Where you’d typically see the big, bold letters of “Greetings From…” or an endearing “Wish You Were Here,” there are stunning oil still lifes, surreal portraits or a textural collage made entirely of green circles. Postcards are the chosen medium in the Chandler Gallery’s latest exhibition, which asks artists to put forth some of their most daring work within the confines of 6×8 inches. With a range of perspectives and different styles of art, these postcards are nothing like what you see in a souvenir shop.

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Sketching Cambridge: Work by Alexandra Sheldon

Sketching Cambridge: Work by Alexandra Sheldon

July 10 - August 04, 2017

Reception: July 13, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

At the Chandler Gallery, Alexandra Sheldon’s Sketches Capture the City at Street Level

Artist Alexandra Sheldon’s sketches of Cambridge speak to locals. In “Sketches of Cambridge,” her upcoming show at the Chandler Gallery, Sheldon eschews city squares and tourist hot-spots and finds beauty in the paved streets, traffic cones, bare tree limbs, and power lines of residential neighborhoods. Sheldon combines her two passions—painting from life and abstract collage—to create realistic scenes in acrylic, gouache and watercolor that also incorporate collage, line drawings, color swatches and handwritten notes. Perhaps because of the absence of human figures, these images evoke the kind of peace and solitude only residents know.

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From the Studios: Artwork by ABC and MMA Students

From the Studios: Artwork by ABC and MMA Students

June 07 - June 23, 2017

Chandler Gallery showcases works by young artists at Maud Morgan Arts and Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool. The artists, ranging in age from kindergarten through 8th grade, offer perspectives that older artists can mimic and aspire to, but can no longer truly possess.

The variety of mediums reveals the breadth of ideas that children have to express.

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Torn and Folded: Work by Bill Flynn

Torn and Folded: Work by Bill Flynn

April 24 - May 19, 2017

For 30 years, artist Bill Flynn has been collecting crushed gloves. He is fascinated by the way the random creases reshape each glove into a visually exciting flat piece. Flynn’s glove collection served as a major influence for his latest show at the Chandler Gallery: Each drawing borrows the techniques of folding and flattening to incorporate fortuitous rips and edges as part of the finished work.

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Small Works Salon 2017

Small Works Salon 2017

March 20 - April 14, 2017

Reception: April 2, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

At dusk, a figure creeps through the bushes toward the open window of a house. The legs are visible, but the figure’s head and torso are hidden in a mass of white strands, like yarn or fur. Sarah Wentworth’s photograph, “Rugosa Window,” is one of the pieces in the Chandler Gallery’s 2017 Small Works Salon. Juror and gallery owner Howard Yezerski selected “art that is well made or crafted that has some ideas behind it.” In these diminutive sculptures, prints, photographs, paintings and collages, ideas abound.

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Excavation: Work by Gerry Bergstein

Excavation: Work by Gerry Bergstein

February 13 - March 10, 2017

Excavation: Work by Gerry Bergstein

Reception: Thursday, February 23, 6 – 8 pm

Artist Talk: Thursday, March 9, 6 – 7:30 pm

Artist Gerry Bergstein uses his studio floor as “an archaeological site in which to explore my own mind.” For over a decade, he has added paint and collage to an ever-evolving studio installation that serves as a figurative and literal starting point for his artwork. The pieces in Bergstein’s show at the Chandler Gallery combine photographs of his studio collage with additional visual elements, intentionally blurring the lines between photography, painting and collage.

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Countermoves: Cuba and Uganda

Countermoves: Cuba and Uganda

January 11 - February 03, 2017

Work by Robin Boger and Sean Kernan

January 11 to February 3, 2017

Reception: Sunday, January 22, 5:00- 7:00 pm

Photographers Robin Z. Boger and Sean Kernan Bring Distant Lands to Life at the Chandler Gallery

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