Looking good: Upcoming art exhibits

By GREG COOK  |  December 26, 2012

“Paint Things” installation by Kate Gilmore

Vaginas, posters, Ronald McDonald, grayed rainbows, and porcelain feature in our 10 most anticipated exhibitions of the winter.

1. The Origin of the Force /\ The Force of the Origin :: "The vagina as seat of creativity and joy" is the theme of this group show featuring Robert Gober, Kirsten Stoltmann, Betty Tompkins, and other friends of the lady parts. :: January 4–March 9 :: Samsøn, 450 Harrison Ave, Boston :: 617.357.7177 or samsonprojects.com

“Graphic Advocacy”
2. Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age 2001–2012 :: A look at how new technologies have influenced posters agitating for "peace, social justice, environmental defense, and liberation from oppression" from 32 countries around our increasingly wired world. :: January 15–March 2 :: MassArt Galleries, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston :: 617.879.7333 or massart.edu/galleries

3. Illuminated Geographies: Pakistani Miniaturist Practice in the Wake of the Global Turn :: Four contemporary artists adapt their training in traditional Mughal miniature painting in Pakistan to address life, politics, and Ronald McDonald. :: January 17–March 31 :: Tufts University Art Gallery, 40 Talbot Ave, Medford :: 617.627.3518 or artgallery.tufts.edu

4. Paint Things: Beyond the Stretcher :: Eighteen artists give painting a kick in the pants by merging it with sculpture and installation and soda pop. :: January 27–April 21 :: deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln :: 781.259.8355 or decordova.org

5. The Doors of Perception: Vision and Innovation in Alternative Processes :: The fact that everything seems to be a digital camera these days has left many photographers wondering what to do amidst our glut of images. Here photographers adopt old-timey methods — pinhole cameras, tintype, cyanotype — to create "unique, handmade photographic objects." :: February 5–March 23 :: Photographic Resource Center Gallery, 832 Comm Ave, Boston :: 617.975.0600 or bu.edu/prc

6. Amalia Pica :: Art about the personal and political costs of communication, by a London-based artist who grew up in Argentina during its "Dirty War" and as the daughter of a politically active mom. Pica's work has ranged from cups adhered to walls — for eavesdropping — to a cast-concrete podium serving as a sort of monumental, free-use soapbox. Visitors will be invited to take home posters of black-and-white, crowd-sourced photos of rainbows. :: February 8–April 7 :: MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St, Cambridge :: 617.253.4680 or listart.mit.edu

Ed Ruscha, L.A.

7. Ed Ruscha: Standard :: The career of LA's master of hip, pop semiotics is showcased via some 70 paintings, videos, and works on paper. :: Opens February 13 :: Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, 415 South St, Waltham :: 781.736.3434 or brandeis.edu/rose

8. New Blue and White :: Traditional blue-and-white porcelain is reinvented by a cast of artists ranging from Katsuyo Aoki, who makes porcelain demon skulls, to Chris Antemann, who fashions the ceramic into elaborate rococo dioramas of feasting and fucking. :: February 20–July 14 :: Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston :: 617.267.9300 or mfa.org

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