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MassArt’s Bakalar & Paine Galleries Announce Winter 2018 Exhibitions Robert Baines: Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies and Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks

Boston, MA – October 25, 2017 – Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s (MassArt) Bakalar & Paine Galleries announce its winter 2018 exhibitions, Robert Baines: Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies and Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks, on view January 17 – March 3, 2018. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Robert Baines: Living Treasure and Fabulous Follies is the North American debut of this traveling exhibition that features the work of celebrated master craft artist Robert Baines. A goldsmith and scholar of ancient metalworking, Baines’s wry works re-imagine jewelry as not only adornment but also as a cultural, archeological, and technological remnant.

Legacy of the Cool: A Tribute to Barkley L. Hendricks pays tribute to Hendricks, who passed this spring, and celebrates a new generation of figurative artists of color, many who work in the same spirit as Hendricks and portray themselves; their friends, families, and communities; and the complexities and fullness of their lives in captivating and thought-provoking images.     

(Photo) Shawn Theodore. Being black outweighs one’s blues, 2016. C-print. Courtesy the Artist.
Plan Your Visit:

Monday through Saturday 12 – 6pm
Wednesdays 12 – 8 pm
(Closed Sundays)
Free and open to the public

MassArt, 621 Huntington Avenue (Avenue of the Arts), Boston
Enter through the Design and Media Center


About the Bakalar & Paine Galleries and the UNBOUND Campaign

A venue for national and international contemporary art, the Bakalar & Paine Galleries are MassArt’s professionally curated gallery spaces on campus, featuring thought-provoking exhibitions of work by some of the world’s most influential established and emerging artists. As the largest free contemporary art space in New England, the Bakalar & Paine Galleries are a vital cultural resource for the College, Boston, and beyond. Exhibitions are curated to represent a variety of disciplines and serve as a teaching space for MassArt students as well as an inspirational, educational resource for the public. In addition to its exhibitions, the Galleries produce numerous free public programs throughout the year including Family Days, receptions, and lectures. Recent exhibitions have featured contemporary artists and designers such as Matthew Brandt, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Mona Hatoum, William Kentridge, Jim Lambie, Maya Lin, Zandra Rhodes and Alison Saar.

In May 2016, MassArt officially kicked off the public phase of UNBOUND: Campaign for the Bakalar & Paine Galleries with a $1 million gift from Pace Gallery founder and MassArt alumnus Arne Glimcher (BA’60, Painting). To date, MassArt has raised $8.2 million towards the $12 million total for the project. UNBOUND will fund a transformative revitalization of the 8,000 square foot, three-floor gallery space. Campaign funds will support restoration and preservation within the historic galleries that occupy one of the original campus buildings. Renovations will allow for improved public access with a visible street-side front entrance on Huntington Avenue, new climate and relative humidity control systems that will allow for year-round programming, an elevator, new curatorial offices, a new gallery education room, an expanded preparatory workshop, and visitor amenities. designLAB Architects and Dimeo Construction have been selected for the project.

About Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is one of the top colleges of its kind in the United States. Founded in 1873, MassArt has a legacy of leadership as the only freestanding public college of art and design in the country and the nation’s first art school to grant a degree. The College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in art, design, and art education, all taught by world-class faculty. MassArt is also home to the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, the largest free contemporary art space in New England, professionally curated to enrich the academic curriculum and make contemporary art an accessible experience for all. Among MassArt’s most accomplished alumni are designer Brian Collins, art dealer Arne Glimcher, Oscar-winning set designer Nancy Haigh, visual artist and composer Christian Marclay, Project Runway Season 15 winner Erin Robertson, interior and lifestyle designer Kelly Wearstler, and photographer William Wegman. For more information, visit Follow MassArt on social media: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.