2007 New England Photography Biennial

September 9 - October 28, 2007

Jurors : Karen Haas Curator of the Lane Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
               Arlette Kayafas Director of the Kayafas Gallery, Boston

Opening Reception Saturday, September 8, 6 - 8 p.m.
Gallery Talk Karen Haas and Arlette Kayafas, exhibition jurors, Sunday, September 23, 3 p.m.
Gallery Talk with Fran Forman, exhibiting artist, Wednesday, October 10, noon

The Danforth Museum of Art is once again pleased to present the very best contemporary photography in the upcoming 2007 New England Photography Biennial, which will be on view at the Museum from September 9 through Sunday, October 28, 2007. The exhibit will officially open with a special members’ preview reception honoring the artists on Saturday evening, September 8 from 6-8 p.m.  A number of special lectures and talks will occur through the course of the exhibition, including a gallery talk by Jurors Karen Hass and Arlette Kayafas on Sunday afternoon, September 23 at 3 p.m. All programs are free to Museum members, or with regular admission.

About the Exhibition
Every two years, the Danforth Museum of Art celebrates photography as an art form through a highly selective exhibition of photographers who reside throughout New England.  Juried by Karen Hass, Curator of the Lane Collection for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Arlette Kayafas, Director of Kayafas Gallery, Boston, the 2007 New England Photography Biennial showcases exciting and innovative photography by both established and emerging artists.

Hass and Kayafas chose 78 works from 639 pieces submitted by 148 artists for this tightly curated show, selecting a balance of traditional and alternative techniques, as well as black and white and color photography.  Both jurors were pleased at the range of outstanding new talent. Many selected works are by renowned and established artists such as Lou Jones and Jo Sandman, but many were created by relative newcomers to the scene. Two such works were selected for purchase awards, Rania Matar’s Barbie Girl, Haret Hreik, Beirut, 2006 and Lissa Rivera’s Corridor, Philips Academy, Andover, Private Education, 2005. Both works will become part of the Danforth Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

About Purchase Prize Winners
Originally trained as an architect at Cornell University, Rania Matar has studied photography at the New England School of Photography and at the Maine Photographic Workshops in Mexico with Magnum photographer Constantine Manos.  Work chosen for the Danforth Museum of Art is part of a recent photographic project documenting the spread of the veil and Islam in recent years. What is of interest to Matar is sense of growing differences, which are concurrent with existing inter-dependencies between the West and the Arab world. “It is not uncommon in Beirut to see veiled women walking next to women in mini skirts or tank tops, or under posters of beautiful supermodels, eating at McDonalds or having coffee at Starbucks.”  Matar is currently a resident of Brookline, MA, and works as a full time free lance photographer.

Boston resident Lissa Rivera is a 2006 graduate of The Art Institute of Boston.  For the past three years, she has been exploring educational institutions that act as a vehicle for class mobility. Her current work, showcasing interiors from various private schools throughout New England, “investigates the private sector of secondary education to see if proper funding could create the models school,” exploring “what advantages are evident, and how are they maintained.” Rivera is currently working as an assistant to Cambridge photographer Vaughn Sills.

Click here for more information about the photographers who were selected.

Exhibition Press

“Biennial In Focus at Danforth” By Denise Taylor
The Boston Globe, September 6, 2007
When Framingham's Danforth Museum of Art established its New England Photography Biennial some 14 years ago, the idea of regularly featuring regional photography was novel. Few people knew of the exhibition, and only a modest number of photographers submitted entries for the show.

Fast-forward to 2007. Both photographers and jurors are clamoring to either get into or to jury what has become one of the region's premier showcases for regional talent. ... [Read more of the article]

“Multiple Visions at the Danforth ” By Chris Bergeron
MetroWest Daily News, September 13, 2007
Dorothea Lange once urged other photographers to “really use the camera as though tomorrow you'd be stricken blind.” Taking that message into their hearts and studios, 56 photographers from New England share their manifold visions in gorgeous, quirky and startling images in a juried exhibit at Framingham's Danforth Museum of Art. ... [Read more of the article]

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