Convergence: Boston Sculptors Gallery Exhibits on the Christian Science Plaza


The Boston Sculptors
The Boston Sculptors Gallery and The First Church of Christ, Scientist organized an outdoor exhibition of monumental, site-specific artworks. In a convergence of imagination and civic pride, over two dozen art installations from Boston Sculptors Gallery members were displayed on The Christian Science Plaza May 1, 2013 through Oct 31, 2013. For more information and a full video recap with artist interviews, click here.

The Space Within, Buds by Gillian Christy

Jen Mergel Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the MFA contributed an essay to the catalog.

Bag Lunch by Laura Evans

From the press release, "Each sculpture will speak to its architectural surroundings, activate the site that inspired it, and create a unique destination for the Boston community to see contemporary art. Following on the heels of the newly renovated Contemporary Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts and as a celebration of the newly designated statewide Fenway Cultural District, this exhibition carries forth the vision to draw attention to visual art of the moment and promote its prominent place in the life of the city.

Nave by Rosalyn Driscoll

We invite the public to enter, look, think, hope, dream, and be a part of the experience. Participating artists include: Gillian Christy, Murray Dewart, Donna Dodson, Rosalyn Driscoll,Laura Evans, Sally S. Fine, Chris Frost, Peter DeCamp Haines, Jim Henderson, Michelle Lougee,Nancy Winship Milliken, Andy Moerlein, Eric Sealine, George Sherwood, Margaret Swan, Marilu Swett, Leslie Wilcox, Joseph Wheelwright, and Andy Zimmermann.

Minoan Reflection by Sally Fine

Boston Sculptors Gallery was founded in 1992 by 18 prominent Boston-area artists to present and promote innovative, challenging sculpture and installations. It is the only sculptors’ organization in the country that maintains its own exhibition space. In twenty years the cooperative has held over 227 art shows and supported the work of 58 sculptors with work in 48 U.S. states and 36 foreign countries.

Grotto by Christopher Frost

Gallery members have received numerous honors including 81 residencies, 315 awards or fellowships, and 134 grants. Members have taught in 70 settings, generated 169 permanent public art works and 308 temporary public artworks, and are included in 1,100 private and public collections. Boston Sculptors Gallery articulates, challenges, and promotes the role of sculpture in the public sphere, in communities, and in the lives of individuals.

Inner Eagle by Peter DeCamp Haines

The Christian Science Plaza is a 14-acre pedestrian refuge amid the busy traffic patterns of Boston’s urban environment and attracts thousands of visitors each year from all over the world.

Three Bronze Trees by Jim Henderson

In the heart of the Plaza sits The Original Mother Church, built in 1894, and its domed extension, built in 1906.

Christian Science Coral by Michelle Lougee

The Plaza also includes an arboretum of linden, oak, and honey locust trees, a 686-foot-long reflecting pool, the children’s fountain, and the world-famous Mapparium™, the most popular exhibit at The Mary Baker Eddy Library. 

Arabesque by Eric Sealine

The Plaza has been influenced over the past two centuries by several architects, including Chester Lindsay Churchill in the 1930s and the firm of I.M. Pei & Partners and Araldo A. Cossutta, Associated Architects, in the 1970s and is a designated Boston Landmarks Property.

The Lighthouse by Nancy Winship Milliken

The Fenway Cultural District, the first Boston-based Massachusetts-wide Cultural District, is comprised of more than 40 cultural and academic institutions, community organizations and private residents and is managed by the Fenway Alliance, a consortium of 22 institutions.

Templum by Margaret Swan

The owner of the Christian Science Plaza, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, has always been active within the Boston community and was a founding member of The Fenway Alliance, the group responsible for the creation and organization of this cultural district.

Water form by Marilu Swett

VISITOR INFORMATION: The Christian Science Plaza is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Huntington Avenue, in Boston, MA.

Loving Stones by Joseph Wheelwright

Admission to this outdoor exhibition is free, and open to the public through October 31, 2013.

Sentinel by Leslie Wilcox

Exhibition catalogs will be available for purchase after June 6, 2013, from the shops at The Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston.

Liminal Bloom by Andy Zimmermann

Save the following dates for more Convergence events in June:

Wave Cloud by George Sherwood

 Saturday June 15th 11am "Kinetic and Monumental" Murray Dewart, Founding member of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, and George Sherwood, notable public artist, will lead a conversation on the plaza about the 20th anniversary of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, the changing landscape of public art in Boston and their role in shaping the future.

One Bright Morning by Murray Dewart

Friday June 21st 8pm "An Arty Night Out! A Solstice Event"Join Artists Andy Moerlein and Donna Dodson for a guided tour of Convergence on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, under a nearly full moon. 

Tiger Mother by Donna Dodson
New Hampshire sculptor, Andy Moerlein will be joined by Boston artist, Donna Dodson for a romantic stroll in one of Boston's architectural treasures. Plan an early dinner in the city and join us for our walk.

Poised by The Myth Makers: Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein
Saturday, June 29th 11am "Art, Architecture and the Landscape- a Conversation" Judith Tolnick Champa, Editor in Chief of Art New England and Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Director of the Fruitlands Museum of Art in Harvard, Mass. will discuss the challenges of curating in an urban environment."

Impossible by Andy Moerlein

2 comments:

  1. My wife and I are planning on going to Boston for our anniversary this year and we both love art, especially sculpture. We would love to visit this place. Is there a cost to this exhibit?
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  2. Wow!! Such an interesting place. All the things available here are great. Want to visit such a place if will get any chance but currently planning for a family event at one of event space San Francisco. Want to make amazing arrangements for the day.

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