Upcoming Events

November 19th 3:30 pm
To Understand a Tree, and Other Projects: Guest artist Gina Siepel will discuss her recent multidisciplinary projects focused on area ecologies of Western Massachusetts. UMASS Dartmouth, CVPA 153, Main Campus, followed by Star Store visit to LOCAL ECOLOGIES with exhibition curator.

Thursday, November 14th | 6 – 8:30 pm
LOCAL ECOLOGIES opening reception. UMASS Dartmouth, 
University Art Gallery, Star Store Campus, New Bedford
6:30 PM: 
Roundtable discussion with exhibition curators, artists, and program partners, featuring: artist Dan Borelli, collaborating artists of Plotform (Jane Marsching + Andi Sutton), Tufts University/SMFA curator Abigail Satinsky, Ranger Andy Schnetzer, Dr. Kirsten Swenson (UMass Lowell), and Gallery Director Sam Toabe (UMass Boston). Moderated by Dr. Rebecca Uchill. Introduction by UMass Dartmouth Gallery Director Viera Levitt.

Past Events

Tuesday, October 8th | 2:30 – 6pm
organized by artists Nicholas Brown & Sarah Kanouse
a free boat tour of the Boston Harbor Islands and walking tour of Deer Island. The tour, led by Elizabeth Solomon (Massachusett), Nia Holley (Nipmuc), and Faries Gray (Massachusett), will focus on Indigenous relationships—past, present, and future—with the Harbor Islands, particularly Deer, Thompson, Long, Moon, Spectacle, and Peddocks Island. 

WHERE:  Meet at the Fox Point Dock (UMass Boston) at 2:30pm for a 3pm departure on the M/V Columbia Point to Deer Island. The boat will return to Fox Point at 6pm.
Click here to register through Eventbrite. Space is limited!

Thursday, October 3rd 
“Dear Harbor Radio”: Collaborating artists of Plotform (Jane Marsching + Andi Sutton) share their nomadic bike-powered interspecies love letter writing and recording studio, debuting in New Bedford in July through Nov. 2019. CVPA 153, Main Campus.

Saturday, September 28th 
New Bedford Harbor boat journey with Plotform, featuring a love-letter writing workshop on board.

Thursday, September 19th | 5  8 pmLOCAL ECOLOGIES opening reception. UMASS Boston, University Hall Gallery.

The evening will include a panel discussion with exhibition curators Kirsten Swenson, Sam Toabe, and Rebecca Uchill, followed by a screening of Ecologies of Acknowledgment and talk by artists Sarah Kanouse and Nicholas Brown.

Thursday, July 11 | 5 – 8 pm
Join Plotform (Jane D. Marsching + Andi Sutton) for Dear Harbor Radio!
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Art Gallery
715 Purchase Street • New Bedford, MA 02740

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 | 3:30 – 5:30 pm 
UMass Lowell, O’Leary Library 325
Peter L. Galison (History of Science, Harvard) and Caroline A. Jones (Art History, MIT)

Since the 1970s, activists have often assumed that pictures of environmental disaster would mobilize the public against ecological degradation. But there are deep-set patterns of occlusion and revelation in such images. For instance, when does the volunteer cleaning an oil-soaked bird on the shores of Prince William Sound in 1989 impede our capacity to see relations between ecology, regulations, or the political economy of oil extraction and transport? Under water, on the ground, and in the air, images proliferate; states and corporations attempt to control the visual narrative, even as activists and scientists rely on images as never before. We tackle specific cases in order to offer some steps toward a theoretical understanding of how images have formed simultaneous regimes of obscurity and visibility in our times.  

Talk followed by panel discussion with Misha Rabinovich (Art & Design, UMass Lowell) and Dr. Juliette Rooney-Varga (Climate Change Initiative, UMass Lowell) moderated by Dr. Rebecca K. Uchill (UMass Dartmouth).