Fall 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

Ivor Cummings: MFA Thesis Exhibition
October 2–8, 2014
Mission Hill Gallery, SMFA
Opening reception: October 2

Sun Yong Hwang: MFA Thesis Exhibition
October 16–22, 2014
Mission Hill Gallery, SMFA
Opening reception: October 16

Mengxi Zhang: MFA Thesis Exhibition
October 30–November 5, 2014
Mission Hill Gallery, SMFA
Opening reception: October 30

Past Exhibitions

Robin McNulty

May 13, 2014

"The Cyclorama Show: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA, Boston" The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 May 13–18, 2014 Reception: May 17, 7:30 pm Food Lion tells the story of a trio of lions who are left stranded in a new city and are forced to get creative to find a way back home. Things are looking up for the lions until some malicious humans threaten their food truck business! The lions must take matters into their own paws. Comedy! Suspense! Murder! Manes! Food Lion The Musical is a roaringly exciting tale of survival! "As a big fan and proud citizen of the community, Food Lion is committed to supporting programs and organizations that make a difference in the lives of our shoppers and neighbors. Through corporate and foundation giving, local programs, and individual employee involvement, Food Lion devotes millions of dollars and countless volunteer hours to helping our communities grow and prosper. With fierce competition from everywhere on the price spectrum—Whole Foods, Publix and Harris Teeter on the higher end, Walmart and Aldi at the low end—her greatest challenge is giving shoppers a reason to choose Food Lion." Twitter: @therealfoodlion Instagram: @foodlionthemusical Image: Robin McNulty, Study for Food Lion The Musical, 2014. ...

Christine A. Banna

May 13, 2014

"The Cyclorama Show: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA, Boston" The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 May 13-18, 2014 Reception: May 17, 7:30 pm Uncharted Territory is a digital animation and vocal performance of the artist's struggle with the inevitability of death. The visuals combine a mixture of fantastical and mundane scenarios of suffocation. They are accompanied by the artist's retelling of her own near death experience. Christine A. Banna is a multidisciplinary artist who pulls from both modern and traditional methods such as painting, drawing, video, sound, and animation in her practice. Born in Providence, RI, Banna grew up with a deep love of ancient history and science which has been a driving force for her since she was a young girl. This dichotomy between ancient and modern is reflected in both Banna's subject matter and artistic method. Banna is currently a MFA candidate in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She received her BFA in Painting with a minor in Art History from Boston University's College of Fine Art. www.christineabanna.com Image: Christine A. Banna, Uncharted Territory (still), 2014. Digital animation, found footage with stereo sound. 3 minute 54 seconds.

Dinorá Justice

May 13, 2014

"The Cyclorama Show: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA, Boston" The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 May 13-18, 2014 Reception: May 17, 7:30 pm Dinorá Justice works with the genre of landscape to explore the relationships between environmental and socio-economic issues. Justice's artistic approach and inquiries are rooted in her personal experiences with immigration. Justice was born in Brazil, and currently lives and works in the Boston area. She received her B.F.A. Summa Cum Laude from The Art Institute of Boston in 2001, and was the recipient of the Senior Award for Outstanding and Distinguished Accomplishment in Fine Arts. www.dinorajustice.com Image: Dinorá Justice, Hyperobject I, 2014. Oil on canvas. 58"x80" © Dinorá Justice

Emil Cohen

May 13, 2014

"The Cyclorama Show: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA, Boston" The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 May 13-18, 2014 Reception: May 17, 7:30 pm Emil Cohen has worked for over a year on his series Diaspora, capturing the changing shift in culture that is currently rippling through much of the gay male community in Boston. The change that Cohen has been documenting is a growing disinterest of gay men only wanting to interact and be social in nighttime environments, such as bars and clubs. Instead of new night-life venues, a growing number of sports leagues and other extracurricular activity groups have drawn the attention of this community. The decisions and factors behind these choices are points that Cohen seeks to capture through his landscape and portrait photography. www.emildcohen.com Image: Emil Cohen, Paradise on a Saturday Night, 2014. Archival Ink Jet Print.

Nicholas Bunch

May 13, 2014

"The Cyclorama Show: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA, Boston" The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 May 13-18, 2014 Reception: May 17, 7:30 pm Nicholas Bunch is a filmmaker currently living between New York and Boston. He primarily shoots in 16mm and his film have screened at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston as well as various small venues in New York City. Night School is about girl gangs versus boy gangs. It explores gender relations through a juvenile lens in an attempt to complicate the topic by placing the audience in an uncomfortable voyeuristic situation. Image: Night School (still).

Rebecca Williams

May 13, 2014

"The Cyclorama Show: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA, Boston" The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 May 13-18, 2014 Reception: May 17, 7:30 pm Breaking Easy is a large installation that includes performance, sculpture, and video. Artificial nature pares with the domestic as a source for play and embodiment. Rebecca Williams was born and raised in Connecticut. As a multidisciplinary artist, her work focuses on fictional and nonfictional representations of the female nude figure through performance, video, sculpture, installation, and photography. Using humor through farce, satire, and the absurd, Williams addresses the oddities and discomforts of gender, sexuality, and identity formation. She situates herself in public and private environments to inspect the corollaries between historic representation and biological spectacle. Williams is a current MFA Candidate at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She received her BA in Visual Arts from Fordham University. Image: Rebecca Williams, Breaking Easy (detail), 2014. Performance, astroturf, wood, cardboard, paper, paint, glitter, and found objects. 12' x 16' x 16'

Lydia A. Harris

May 13, 2014

"The Cyclorama Show: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA, Boston" The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 May 13-18, 2014 Reception: May 17, 7:30 pm Using the power of art and history to shape culture and social action, Lydia A. Harris is creating a visual arts project (book and video) about the citizens of Collier Heights, a historically black neighborhood of Atlanta, GA. She tells the story of a neighborhood that has nurtured its children since the late 1950s so "that they did not end up hating people, themselves, or their own blackness." Harris is an award-winning photographer whose work has been shown at the Photographic Resource Center (Boston, MA), September 3-October 12, 2013 and in a solo exhibition at the Firehouse Center for the Arts Gallery (Newburyport, MA) in September 2012. "Ephemera" featured images from her series Finding Beauty Through Fear and Take Me With You. In 2011 she was the featured artist on Northeast Online (NEO), a monthly one-person, web-based exhibition presented by Boston's Photographic Resource Center. Additionally, her work has been seen in The Light Factory's "4th Juried Annual" (Charlotte, NC) and UMaine Museum of Art Photo National 2011 (Bangor, ME) for which her piece "Hendrie" received the Director's Purchase award and is now in their permanent collection. Her image "Jacob" won best photography and best in show at the Newburyport Art Association's 15th Annual Regional Show. Harris received a Professional Certificate in Photography from Maine Media College in 2010, and is currently pursuing an MFA at the School at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Originally trained as a microbiologist, she holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maine and a Master's degree from the University of Maryland. www.lydiaharrisphotography.com Image: Lydia A. Harris, Recreation Rooms Were a Necessity, 2013. Archival pigment print.

Lane Mansbach

May 13, 2014

"The Cyclorama Show: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA, Boston" The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 May 13-18, 2014 Reception: May 17, 7:30 pm Lane Mansbach's work is about love and loss. Image: Lane Mansbach, Untitled, 2012-14. Digital media.

Christian Meade

May 13, 2014

"The Cyclorama Show: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA, Boston" The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 May 13-18, 2014 Reception: May 17, 7:30 pm Christian Meade is an interdisciplinary artist practicing in photography, drawing, and mixed media sculpture. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Art and Art History with departmental Honors from Dickinson College, in 2008, and has worked as an art handler, antique gallery attendant, and artist assistant. He resides in Brookline, MA with his cat and multitudes of found objects. Working mainly with found objects, Meade investigates the themes of exploration, whimsy, and object and viewer interaction. christianmeade.com Image: Christian Meade, A Chair for Bucky, 2013. Augmented chair.

Polina Isurin

May 13, 2014

"The Cyclorama Show: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, SMFA, Boston" The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 May 13-18, 2014 Reception: May 17, 7:30 pm Polina Isurin investigates the material representation existing during times of displacement; combining the contents of the individual past with the material of the collective past. Aiming to reframe the historical past through the lens of the present, the negotiation taps into multisensory understandings of cultures, the varied approaches to sites of memory, and the natural in-between placement for a human being. Isurin was born in the former USSR and has accompanied her family on two immigrations prior to arriving in America. She has lived on three continents and her work has been show on two. Isurin holds a BFA from The Ohio State University. Isurin's Cyclorama project would utilized the building's air ducts. "When radiators are not working properly some parts of the room will be colder than others. It is essential that the air be able to flow freely over, under, and around each radiator. Radiators should never be allowed to accumulate layers of dust or lint. Such accumulations will keep air from flowing freely." www.polinaisurin.com