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Museum of Fine Arts unveils #mfaNOW

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has revealed their #mfaNOW program, which showcases recent acquisitions to their Linde
Family Wing for Contemporary Art and hosts free all-night parties. The all-night parties will feature food trucks, lawn games, live music, DJ’s, art making, artist demonstrations, and
programming such as star gazing in the MFA’s beautiful courtyard and nighttime jogs through Boston. The next event will be the MFA Overnight: College Edition and will take place
on October 14-15 from 9:00pm to 9:00am. Guests can come and go as they please.

The recent installations, “Political Intent” and “Beyond Limits,” are powerful collections of contemporary art that make statements about today’s society. “Political Intent” explores tensions from slavery, the subject of mosques and Islam, and complex identities such as those in the LGBTQ community. “Beyond Limits” houses many abstract works that
challenge traditional interpretations of line, color and form. Andy Warhol’s Red Disaster (1963, 1985) shows a repeating electric chair on a red background, commenting on the power of media and how we have become accustomed to gruesome images in everyday life.

“UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991-2015” showcases an artist designated by the Los Angeles Times as “the visual poet laureate of the Internet age.” Stark’s imaginative mind examines the world in a way relatable to the college students of today. The exhibition includes such pieces as Cat Videos and Stark’s “chorus girl” in A Torment of Follies (2008), in which a girl’s dress is made up of an optical illusion. One particularly striking piece is a video installation set to a West Coast gangsta rap soundtrack and
features images such Tupac and Renaissance paintings. The piece is called Bobby Jesus’s Alma Mater b/w Reading the Book of David and/or Paying Attention is Free (2013). Even
the name is jumbled and chaotic.

Attendees of the #mfaNOW overnightevents will have a unique opportunity to see Christian Marclay’s The Clock (2010) at
night. The video masterpiece took three years of research and editing to compile and features thousands of bits from television and film history over a 24-hour period. During any time
of day, The Clock displays the accurate time on screen in a section from a show or movie. It becomes an actual timepiece and blurs the line between the screen and reality. Guests have
been known to sit for hours watching The Clock, in an intimate examination of media.

As always, Babson College students can enter the MFA on any day for free by presenting their student ID card, but be sure not to miss the amazing events that will be taking place during
#mfaNOW. A schedule is provided below and more information can be found at: www.mfa.org/programs/mfanow

mfaNOW Overnight: College Edition
9 pm, Friday, October 14, to 9 am, Saturday, October 15, 2016
mfaNOW Overnight: State of the Party
9 pm, Friday, November 4, to 9 am, Saturday, November 5, 2016
mfaNOW Overnight: Last Call
9 pm, Friday, December 9, to 9 am, Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Empty Space Theater presents “Falsettoland”

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Photos by Tatiana Trauslen

12186667_10103376555323009_6774822362283800338_oOver Halloween weekend, The Empty Space Theater (TEST) produced Falsettoland, an off-Broadway hit musical about homosexual romance in 1980’s New York. The musical focuses on Marvin, a gay man who has left his wife and son for his ex-lover, Whizzer. Whizzer becomes afflicted with a mysterious illness—which we know today as AIDS, but which was not yet named in 1981—and all seven characters are forced to reevaluate their relationships with each other as they come to understand what “family” really means.

The cast consisted of one Wellesley College student, two Babson College students, a 14-year-old from Sharon Middle School, and three local actors. Together with a renowned director from Chicago, they produced a four-day show.

Starring:

Anastasia Perreault as Dr. Charlotte

Chandler Cummings as Trina

Jack Price as Jason

Jacob Rosenbaum as Whizzer

Jordan Cohen as Marvin

Nash Hightower as Mendel

Olivia Belitsky as Cordelia

Director: Tom Mullen

Musical director: Sandra Graham

Assistant director: Kai Haskins

Stage Manager: Brandon Kam

Assistant Stage Manager: Sheen Hui

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Jessamyn Lovell, “crazy artist,” displayed in Hollister

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The first picture of Erin Hart that Jessamyn received from a private investigator.
J. Lovell is a photographer, visual artist and a lecturer in the art and art History Department of New Mexico University.
J. Lovell is a photographer, visual artist, and lecturer in the Art History Department of New Mexico University.

“Crazy artist seeks revenge,” an online comment reads. The comment is a response to Jessamyn Lovell’s art installation “Dear Erin Hart,” on display in Hollister Gallery, which illustrates the story of a woman from San Francisco who stole her identity.

Why do people steal? Well, one does not need to be a psychologist to answer: people steal because others possess something that they want and that they do not have. In this case, these thefts, either of money, or a car, or a pair of sunglasses, become in some sense reasonable. But what if someone steals somebody’s identity? It is not like they don’t have their own. So what is the reason behind this crime?

In order to understand, one would need to visit San Francisco in 2009, where, in a shopping mall, someone stole Jessamyn Lovell’s wallet. Obviously, this experience was not very pleasant to Lovell, but it also did not seem like the end of the world to her. The cost of that crime was just a wallet and a bill for the telephone call she needed to make in order to freeze her credit cards. However, for Lovell, that “regular” crime was destined to result into something bigger than a spoiled day and a phone bill. That single petty crime turned out to be a disaster, an inspiration, and a life-changing expe- rience all at the same time.

In 2009, her wallet was stolen, and she froze all her credit cards and continued with her life. In 2011, she got a call from a police depart- ment with a question about whether or not she let anyone use her I.D.

The first picture of Erin Hart that Jes- samyn received by a private investigator.
The first picture of Erin Hart that Jessamyn received by a private investigator.

And, by the time she had responded “no,” understanding hit her: with her wallet, the San Francisco thief had stolen her identity. “A woman named Erin Coleen Hart was arrested a few days earlier attempting to check into a hotel in San Francisco using my I.D.,” Lovell said in her 2015 book Dear Erin Hart,.

After that, Lovell found out that Hart had also committed a couple of minor crimes. And, because she was using Lovell’s I.D., Lovell needed to fly to Oakland to defend herself in the court for the crimes she had never committed. After the hearing, as she walked “freely from the courtroom,” she “got incredibly angry” at her thief and decided to find her at any cost.

Lovell started her research online independently, but did not achieve any significant results. So she hired a private investigator, who in found Hart’s location within a week. Then, because Lovell could not let the situation go anymore, she decided to go to San Francisco and “see Erin Hart with my own eyes, photograph her and possibly learn something about who she was,” as she describes in Dear Erin Hart,.

A lot of people judged Lovell for this private investigation, with some calling her a “crazy artist” and claiming her photos were illegal because Hart did not consent to their use.

The first moment Jessamyn Lovell saw Erin Hart in real life after she was released from jail.
The first moment Jessamyn Lovell saw Erin Hart in real life after she was released from jail.

Yet Lovell claims the process was cathartic. “I started to gain an- other unexpected feeling—empathy. She seemed like a very lonely person,” Lovell said in a presentation at Babson. “I actually have seen myself in her. Like her life is an alternate future I could have had if I did not go to college.”

“I could not stop thinking about her for such a long time. So I tried to call or meet her. But I did not know what to say. So I decided to write her a letter.”

What was the reason for Hart’s crime? One guess would be dissatisfaction—not with yourself, but with who you are to others, and with how people treat and see you. This raises another question about the project: Should Lovell blame Erin Hart? Should we?

Stansbury finds solace in spending time with clay

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Photo courtesy of Bradley Darling

Louis Armstrong’s “Hello Dolly” vibrates throughout the room. I am in a state of complete tranquility. My hands are wet with clay. I can feel the soft, grainy texture between my fingertips, almost as if I have regressed back to my childhood, playing in the mud pit, throwing myself about in the clay without a care in the world.

This is the best part of my day: coming into the art room in the evening, spending hours completely engrossed in my own little world.

My apron is chalked with clay dust, my pink Vans have remnants of the clay that splatters around as I put my hands to work. What will I make today? I will let the clay decide.

Most often, I don’t begin throwing with much of a plan in mind. My best work has always come from just letting my hands and the clay move freely in a symbiotic relationship. All I need are my two most important instruments, my left and right hands.

I have created vessels of all types and many awkward shapes that cannot be identified. I love to bask in the relaxation that comes with being in the art room. I love the quiet environment, the freedom that I have to express myself in any way that I want.

The finished product is always the best part of the process. Knowing that I put everything I had into a piece of work really makes my creations important.

I get excited to see it come out of the kiln: fingers crossed that the glaze on the final product looks good! I always peer into the kiln, still hot from the firing, grinning from ear to ear, ready to see what I have created.

For some people, art is intimidating. Some people ask, “We’re at business school, why should I waste my time in the art room?” Consider this: When else do you have an excuse purposefully cover yourself in clay? When else do you have an opportunity to enter a world where there are only two actors: just you and the wheel?

Nothing else matters when you are throwing. For me, wheel throwing and ceramics is an escape. It is a place I can go to get away from all of the stress of college schoolwork, homesickness, and frustration.

Today, I will make a bowl. Today, I will find my escape.