2014-2015 Schedule

Markus BaenzigerMarkus Baenziger: Wayside
September 10—October 26, 2014
Artist's talk: Thursday, September 25, 4:30 PM
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema
List Gallery reception follows: 5:30-7:00 PM
Markus Baenziger's sculptures integrate his love of nature with his immersion in a gritty, imperfect, and industrialized world. His exhibition of new works takes its title from a six foot-wide wall relief that evokes leafy tendrils spreading like wings on either side of a distressed piece of cardboard. Approaching the work from a distance, one realizes that these naturalistically rendered forms are actually made of bronze. Such works call attention to the continuum between decay and new growth, neglect and care, mechanization and craftsmanship. Baenziger's mastery of design and attention to detail produce works that appear both familiar and emblematic of larger forces.

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, 1959, Markus Baenziger received an M.F.A. in sculpture from Yale University School of Art and a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design. His work has been presented in one-person shows at Louise Jones Brown Gallery, Duke University and Edward Thorp Gallery, Bonakdar Jancou Gallery, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, and Cohen Gallery in New York City. His work has also been featured in select group exhibitions at the Rose Art Museum; the Walker Art Center; the Yale University Art Gallery; the Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL; the Hillwood Art Museum, Brookville, NY; the Florida Atlantic University Gallery; the Swiss Institute, NY and Zabriskie Gallery in New York City; and C/O Gallery, Oslo.

Baenziger is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and awards from the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, the State of Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and Yale University. His work has been reviewed in diverse publications including The New York Times, The New York Sun, Art Newspaper, The Village Voice, Artforum, Art in America, Arts & Antiques, and Sculpture Magazine. His work can be found in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Agnes Gund Collection, and numerous private collections. A resident of New York City since 1984, he is also Associate Professor of Art at Haverford College. He is represented by Edward Thorp Gallery, New York

Catherine Kehoe and Susan LichtmanCatherine Kehoe and Susan Lichtman
Tone Poems and Shape Notes
November 6—December 14, 2014
Artists' talk: Thursday, November
Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema
List Gallery reception follows: 5:30-7:00 PM

Tone Poems and Shape Notes pairs two artists, Catherine Kehoe and Susan Lichtman, who share numerous affinities and artistic gifts. Both artists are noted for their poetic evocations of figures, still lifes, and light-filled interiors. They engage viewers with painterly brushwork, strong geometric design, and lively, well-calibrated color. Both artists are also influential teachers who have traveled internationally to paint, exhibit their work, and engage with students and others.

Catherine Kehoe received a B.F.A. in painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1989 and an M.F.A. in painting from the School of Visual Arts, Boston University, in 1992.

Kehoe has received numerous awards including a Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Berkshire Taconic Artist's Resource Trust Grant, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Finalist Grant, Blanche E. Colman Award, a St. Botolph Club Foundation Grant, and the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts Award. 
Kehoe is represented by Miller-Yezerski Gallery, Boston.Kehoe has been a visiting artist at numerous institutions including Rhode Island College, Colby College, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, Indiana University, Boston University School of Visual Arts, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

She teaches painting at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and has taught drawing at Boston University School of Visual Arts. Kehoe has also taught painting workshops at Art New England, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Washington Art Association, and and at Civita Castellana, a program of the Jerusalem Studio School.

Susan Lichtman received an A.B. from Brown University in 1978 and a M.F.A. from Yale University in 1980. She has presented one and two-person exhibitions at distinguished venues including Galleria ISA, Montecastello di Vibio, PG Itally, Dartmouth College, Amherst College, Cornell University, and Sarah Doyle Gallery, Brown University. She has also exhibited regularly at Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence Rhode Island, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Philadelphia. Her works have been reviewed in varied publications including Providence Journal, The New Art Examiner, American Artist, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Boston Globe. She has won numerous awards including the Lewis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, The Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and faculty grants from Brandeis University, where she has taught as Associate Professor of Fine Art since 1989.

Kevin Snipes

Kevin Snipes: Recent Work
January 22—February 26, 2015
Aritst's talk: Thursday, January 22, LPAC Cinema
List Gallery reception follows: 5:30-7:00 PM

Kevin Snipes embellishes his unconventional ceramic forms with an inventive array of drawn and painted imagery. Using traditional pottery surface techniques such as mishima and sgraffito, both of which involve carving away part of the surface of the porcelain clay body, he suggests multi-layered narratives. His animated drawings and complex surfaces explore the concepts of identity and otherness.

Snipes was born in Philadelphia and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He received a B.F.A. in ceramics and drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994. After pursuing graduate studies at the University of Florida in 2003, Snipes has participated in numerous artist residency programs, including the Clay Studio, in Philadelphia and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, in New Castle, Maine. He received a Taunt Fellowship from the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana in 2008. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including a at the Society of Arts and Craft, Boston; AKAR Design, Iowa City; and Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis. Snipes has also exhibited his work in Jingdezhen, China. 

Mira Nakashima

George Nakashima and Mira Nakashima Keisho / Continuance
March 4—April 5, 2015
Talk by Mira Nakashima: Wednesday, March 4, LPAC Cinema
List Gallery reception follows: 5:30-7:00 PM

This exhibition brings together signature works by legendary woodworker and designer, George Nakashima (1905-1990), and new designs by his daughter, Mira Nakashima (born 1942), who has continued the Nakashima atelier since her father’s death. The exhibition also includes designs such as Table for Peace, which reflect the designers’ belief in art as an expression of spirituality and peacemaking. As George Nakashima once stated, “We have the audacity to work this material. In a sense it is our yoga, our union with The Divine. …We roam the world to search our own relationships with these trees.”

George Nakashima was born in Spokane, Washington in 1905 and grew up in the forests of the Olympic Peninsula. He received a Bachelor's Degree in architecture at the University of Washington and a Master's from M.I.T. in 1930, as well as the Prix Fontainebleau from L'Ecole Americaine des Beaux Arts in France in 1928. He subsequently traveled around the world and joined the Antonin Raymond office in Tokyo for which he oversaw the construction of a major building at the ashram of the Hindi spiritual leader, Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India. While there, he became a disciple of Aurobindo and was given the Sanskrit name Sundarananda (“One who delights in Beauty.” During his work in Pondicherry, he became one of the first disciples of Sri Aurobindo. He subsequently returned to Tokyo, where he became engaged to Marion Okajima, an American-born woman of Samurai heritage. The couple returned to the United States due to escalating military conflict in the Pacific. His daughter, Mira Nakashima, was born in Seattle in 1942 and interned with her parents at Minidoka, Idaho (1942-43).  At the internment camp he met and studied traditional Japenese carpentry with Gentaro HIkogawa, who had studied traditional Japanese carpentry. Soon after the family was released to a farm in the New Hope, Pa. area, Nakashima established a furniture shop nearby. HIs many awards include the American Institute of Architects Gold Craftsmanship Medal, The Catholic Art Association Medal, Fellowship in the American Crafts Council, and The Third Order of the Sacred Treasure, bestowed by the Japanese Government.

Mira Nakashima graduated cum laude from Harvard University and earned a masters in architecture from Wasea University in Japan. In 1966, she returned to work in her father’s studio. After his death in 1990, she continued to create works according to his designs and instituted her own series, titled “Keisho” meaning “continuation” or “succession.” Her designs include sanctuary furnishings for St. George’s Church in Titusville, New Jersey (1991-2) and the George Nakashima Memorial Reading Room for the James A. Michener Art Museum (1993). She is also completing her father’s vision of building and placing peace altars on the seven continents. The first, titled Peace Table, was completed by George Nakashima in 1986 and installed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City. Mira Nakashima subsequently installed a second peace table at the Unity Pavilion in the “City of Peace” Auroville, India (1996) and a third at the Academy of Art in Moscow, Russia (2001). A fourth table is to be installed in Cape Town, South Africa at the Desmond Tutu Peace Center. In 2003 Mira curated a retrospective show of George Nakashima's work at the Mingei international museum in San Diego and published the accompanying catalog, Celebrating the Nakashima Legacy

Mira Nakashima is the Donald J. Gordon Visiting Artist.

Liz LaPlace2015 Senior Thesis Exhibition Series
April-May, 2015

Exhibitors and reception dates to be announced.

Each year the List Gallery features a series of weekly exhibitions by graduating art majors. Photo shows Liz LaPlace '12 at her Senior thesis exhibition.