Convergence: Boston Sculptors Gallery Exhibits on the Christian Science Plaza

Welcome!

The Boston Sculptors Gallery is pleased to announce its first outdoor exhibition of monumental, site-specific art works, co-sponsored by The First Church of Christ, Scientist. In a convergence of imagination and civic pride, over two dozen art installations from Boston Sculptors Gallery members will be displayed on The Christian Science Plaza from Wednesday, May 1 to Thursday, October 31, 2013. Download a map of the exhibit.  Convergence website

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Dates

Overall

Wednesday, May 1 to Thursday, October 31, 2013.

Catalog launch

Thursday, June 6, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The catalog launch is the reception which takes place when the exhibition catalog is available to the public. The catalog includes photographs of all the sculptures installed on the site. It will be for sale at the event and, afterwards, in the bookstore at the Mary Baker Eddy Library near the Plaza, the bookstore at the Museum of Fine Arts, and in the Boston Sculptors Gallery.

Goals

Boston Sculptors Gallery writes, "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 built Contemporary Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts and as a celebration of the newly designated statewide Fenway Cultural District (est. March 20, 2012 by the Massachusetts Cultural Council), 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. We invite the public to enter, look, think, hope, dream, and be a part of the experience."

Participating artists

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. For specifics about where their pieces are placed on the Plaza, see the catalog (available starting June 2013).

Boston Sculptors Gallery

The 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. 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.

The Christian Science Plaza

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

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

Visitor information

The Christian Science Plaza is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Huntington Avenue, in Boston, MA. Admission to this outdoor exhibition is free, and open to the public from Wednesday, May 1, 2013 to Thursday, October 31, 2013. 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.

Plaza maps, directions, and parking

For further information

Please contact Boston Sculptors Gallery at (617) 482-7781 or BostonSculptors@yahoo.com.