March Gallery Talks at the MFA, Boston by Amanda Donahue

Transcending Material in Contemporary Art: Styrofoam cups, discarded bottle caps, and foil- when it comes to material choices for contemporary artists, nothing is off limits. In this gallery talk we will explore the extraordinary ability of artists like Tara Donovan and El Anatsui to transform ordinary materials into mesmerizing works of art.

Join me on Saturday, March 21st from 12:00 - 1:00 pm and Sunday, March 29th from 2:00 - 3:00 pm! 

Check out more gallery talks here: http://www.mfa.org/programs/series/gallery-talks

February Gallery Talks at the MFA, Boston by Amanda Donahue

Join me for another round of gallery talks at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This month's topic is Power and Spirituality in the Arts of Africa and Oceania. 

Power and Spirituality in the Arts of Africa and Oceania: Objects carry substantial meaning in the arts of Africa and Oceania. Observing ceremonial masks and headdresses, power figures used to treat afflictions of the body and spirit, and prestige objects used to display power and strength, this talk will examine the aesthetic, religious, and philosophical importance of objects from these regions.

Saturday, February 7th: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Sunday, February 22nd: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

http://www.mfa.org/programs/gallery-activities-and-tours/power-and-spirituality-in-the-arts-of-africa-and-oceania

December Gallery Talks at the MFA by Amanda Donahue

This month I will be giving two gallery talks on the subject of The Performance of Painting: Abstract Expressionism in America at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. What does it mean to perform a painting? In this gallery talk we will take an in depth look at the powerful drips of Jackson Pollock, the aggressive splashes and mark-making of Joan Mitchell, and the evocative pours of Helen Frankenthaler to explore ideas of performance in relation to painting.

December 21th, 2014: 2:00 - 3:00 PM

December 27th, 2014: 12:00 - 1:00 PM

http://www.mfa.org/programs/gallery-activities-and-tours/the-performance-of-painting-abstract-expressionism-in-america

November Gallery Talks by Amanda Donahue

Join me for my next set of gallery talks in November at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston! This month's topic is "Re-imagining the Figure in Modern European Art". We will examine the ways in which Modern European artists such as Pablo Picasso and Alberto Giacometti began to explore various way of approaching and re-imagining the figure. How did Picasso move from work like Fernande Olivier to his trademark Cubist style seen in his 1910 Portrait of a Woman? And more importantly, why? 

Join me on November 2nd from 12-1 and November 8th from 12-1 for a lively discussion!

http://www.mfa.org/programs/gallery-activities-and-tours/re-imagining-the-figure-in-modern-european-art

 

Refraction: September 1st - September 26th at the Mission Hill Gallery by Amanda Donahue

This exhibition showcases the work of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MFA class of 2015 and their response to the theme Refraction. Participating artists include:

Aparna Agrawal
Leah Rafaela Ceriello
OscarAlberto Bogran
Crystal Cudworth
Amanda Donahue
Carol Gander 
Hillary Irvine
Adam Matak
Ryan McMahon
Lucia Ravens
Andrew Slezak
Lauren Wesley
Madeline Zappala
Kledia Spiro 

REFRACTION is defined as:

• the fact or phenomenon of light, radio waves, etc., being deflected in passing obliquely through the interface between one medium and another or through a medium of varying density. 

• change in direction of propagation of any wave as a result of its traveling at different speeds at different points along the wave front.

• measurement of the focusing characteristics of an eye or eyes.

The Opening Reception is September 1st, 2014, 5-8pm. The exhibition runs from September 1st, 2014 - September 26th, 2014.

"4 Painters 2014" at the MFA William Morris Hunt Memorial Library by Amanda Donahue

The William Morris Hunt Memorial Library
Horticultural Hall
2nd Floor
300 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617-369-3385

The staff of the William Morris Hunt Memorial Library cordially invites you the 23rd exhibition in our collaboration with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
 

4 Painters 2014

September 18th - December 12th, 2014
Opening Reception: September 25th, 2014; 4-6 pm

Featuring the work by School of the Museum of Fine Arts students Amanda Donahue, Hannah Perrigo, Anna Paul, and Arevik Tserunyan. 
One artist – Amanda - combines architecture with psychology through her portrayal of art - Anna - has a more abstract perspective, a controlled chaos, and portrayal of making a conscious decision of where to touch the canvas with paint in a way which is non-traditional or not expected of graffiti art.  Another artist – Hannah - uses a 3D effect to show things with form and texture and also lets her mind freely allow the paint to cover the canvas. The last artist – Arevik - truly reflects her vision of how she sees women from her own mind and the perception of how others see women in 2014. 
Curated by Ashley Cummock Rose; a current MFA Candidate at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Main Library Directions

The William Morris Hunt Memorial Library is located on the second floor of Horticultural Hall, which is located across Massachusetts Avenue from Symphony Hall.

http://www.mfa.org/collections/libraries-and-archives/current-library-exhibition

Gallery Talks at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston by Amanda Donahue

It is my pleasure to announce that I will be joining the Graduate Student Gallery Lecture program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston this fall.

October 11th from 12:00-1:00 and October 25th from 12:00-1:00 join me for the following talk:

Power in the Absence of Color: 

What happens when we remove color from the equation? This talk explores the power of black and white imagery and objects in Contemporary art. Looking at work by artists such as Louise Nevelson, Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, and Fred Wilson we will discuss the ways in which these artists are expressing a contemporary experience in the absence of color. 

And coming up in November and December...

Re-imagining the Figure in Modern European Art

This talk examines the ways in which Modern European artists such as Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and Henri Matisse began to explore various ways of approaching and re-imagining the figure. How did Picasso move from work like Fernande Olivier to his trademark Cubist style seen in his 1910 Portrait of a Woman? And more importantly, why?

The Performance of Painting: Abstract Expressionism in America

What does it mean to perform a painting? In this gallery talk we will take an in depth look at the powerful drips of Jackson Pollock, the aggressive splashes and mark-making of Joan Mitchell, and the evocative pours of Helen Frankenthaler to explore ideas of performance in relation to painting. 

I hope to see you there!