Marissa Cote, Felix Kauffman, Andrew Grimanis
The 2017-2018 team consisted of Andrew Grimanis (Dual BFA Art Education + Art History '18), Felix Kauffman (BFA Studio for Interrelated Media '18), and Marissa Cote (BFA Studio for Interrelated Media '18). Their objective as curators was to investigate the container of the gallery. Some of the questions they investigated were: What role does the gallery play in our current socio-political climate? How does the gallery function within communities, both artistic and at large? What types of projects, works, and exhibitions can the gallery hold? How do we move forward within and beyond the context of SIM and MassArt to explore the historical and contemporary uses of galleries and art markets? Can we invent new and better ways to experience art? Is our current understanding and use of the gallery obsolete?
This team pushed the envelope on what a gallery can communicate and express to it’s audience. During their time as curators, they worked tirelessly on a project called Godine Vintage Furniture. Marissa Cote describes the project as such,
“The Godine Vintage Furniture project was a multi-media endeavor that unfolded over the course of four months. The scope of the project included three exhibitions in the Godine Gallery, numerous press releases, social media manipulation, gallery interventions and two public receptions. Godine Vintage Furniture sought to explore the concepts and systems of gentrification, capitalism, commercialization, and consumerism, particularly how those systems exist in the immediate Boston and MassArt communities. Through real time narrative development, press, installation, and performance, the Godine Vintage Furniture team crafted a fictitious narrative the spoke to phenomena that we observed unfolding in our community and city.”
It’s been about two months since the news of Godine Vintage Furniture broke to us and our community. Though this news has been difficult for many reasons, we decided to take the change as an opportunity to begin digging deeply into the roots of the gallery space, and the history of those who have lead Godine Family Gallery for the last thirteen years. What we found is a community steeped in compassion and generosity, one that was swift in support and full of kindness. Throughout our time as curators of Godine Gallery, we found inspiration in the work of Sam Toabe, and Matthew Serpico, who worked on exhibitions such as H.E.A.P. HQ and Ephemera. We often referred back to Emma Lanctot and Renee Silva’s exhibitions, including An Introduction, Choneto, Folds,and so many more. The works of those who have shown in the space continue to influence the MassArt community, from artists such as Ros Barron, Kevin Clancy, Jenna Mack, Michelle Batho, Clint Baclawski, Noel Puello, Future Farmers, and so many more. We are endlessly being impacted by the practices shaped and shown in the Godine Gallery space.
For our final show as a collective of artists and curators in the space, the prospect of a retrospective was exciting. For the Godine Family Gallery’s final show, a retrospective commemorating this incredible community and space was imperative. We are proud and humbled to be included in the lineage of curators and artists who have cared for and lead this gallery, and we are honored to feature this history in our space.
Please JOIN US for the closing reception of Godine Family Gallery: A Retrospective on May 3 from 7-9PM, where we will celebrate and remember together the beautiful work this space has created over thirteen years.
Godine Family Gallery: A Retrospective will feature works from:
Godine Family Gallery: A Retrospective will feature new iterations from:
The Derby Show, Ian Gage, 2016
H.E.A.P. H.Q., Kevin Clancy, Nicholas Leonard, Daniel Mooradian, and Derek Thomas, 2009
Refract, Stephanie Devrackas and Dyllan Nguyen, 2011
Choneto, Juan Obando, Emma Lanctot, and Renee Silva, 2016
We look forward to seeing you there.
Marissa, Felix, and Andrew
Godine Family Gallery 2017-2018”
To find out more about The Godine Vintage Furniture project, visit http://marissacote.com/godine-vintage-furniture/