Mass MoCA will celebrate the artists in the three newest shows at the museumfrom t5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29: Darren Waterston's "Uncertain Beauty," "The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor," and "In Transit: Between Image and Object."
Painter Darren Waterston's installation "Filthy Lucre" - the centerpiece of his exhibition, "Uncertain Beauty" - re-imagines James McNeill Whistler's decorative masterpiece, "Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room (1876-77)." Fascinated with The Peacock Room both for its union of painting and architecture and for its dramatic story of patronage and artistic ego, Waterston created an installation that hints at parallels between the excesses and inequities of the Gilded Age and the social and economic disparities of the 21st century.
"The Dying of the Light: Film as Medium and Metaphor" gathers works by six artists who emphasize film's unrivaled texture and luminosity, as well as its potential for metaphor. Photochemical film is quickly becoming an artifact, and few manufacturers and labs produce and print film. Many visual artists who create work for gallery and museum settings remain among the devoted users of 16 mm and 35 mm film formats.
"In Transit: Between Image and Object" brings together artists Dike Blair, Hugh Scott-Douglas, and collaborative duo Guyton\Walker in installations of shipping crates whose surface has been altered with abstract images and patterns painted, printed, and projected onto the crate surfaces. For more information, visit massmoca.