Suffolk University Gallery Director, Deborah Davidson, is a woman of many hats. Her latest curatorial project, All The Members: Gifted, opens tonight at Kingston Gallery in Boston’s SOWA arts district. NESAD faculty members Linda Brown, Ilona Anderson, Sophia Ainslie and Celine Browning are among the artists featured in the exhibition.
This year, the annual members’ exhibition is curated by Kingston Public Relations and Curatorial Consultant Deborah Davidson and is inspired by the concept of the gift. Lewis Hyde, in his groundbreaking book The Gift, expresses the idea of the artist as a gift maker and that art is received as a gift, giving it meaning. To quote the author: “The gift we long for, when it comes, speaks commandingly to the soul and irresistibly moves us.”
In the purest sense, a work of art is an emanation of its maker’s gift; thus the object is imbued with meaning – but open-ended meaning, which each of us receives as we will. This month the space of the gallery itself and by extension, the synergy between the twenty-five members themselves, is the site of a conversation on this idea of gift.
450 Harrison Ave, Boston
All The Members: Gifted
September 4 – 29, 2013
Opening Reception: September 6, 2013, 5-7:30 pm
Curators Talk: Sunday, September 22, 2013, 12 pm