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ArtForce! Cambridge

Exhibition: March 10 - April 17, 2009
Opening Reception: March 10, 2009, 6-8pm


The Cambridge Arts Council (CAC) presents ArtForce! Cambridge, a Public Art Lab, featuring 7 unique projects, 14 artists, and 18 special events activating the CAC Gallery and the streets of Cambridge with investigative performances, art interactions, and dynamic installations. From March 10 to April 17, 2009, the CAC Gallery (Cambridge Arts Council, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Cambridge, MA) will be the headquarters for this ambitious project created by students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

ArtForce!These community-based projects featured in the exhibition, ArtForce! Cambridge, a Public Art Lab, include group hoop dancing, wrapping trees in hand-sewn quilts, creating non-verbal languages with middle-schoolers, dragging Christmas trees throughout the city, conversation as art, and guided urban hiking. All seven of these public arts projects will be documented and exhibited at the CAC Gallery to shed light on the inner workings of the artistic process including the obstacles, challenges, and evolution of creation that often go unseen.

The fourteen artists that comprise ArtForce! are students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Under the direction of public artist Mags Harries, each of these seven projects has been conceived specifically to investigate the role of art and artists in the public realm, and the ways in which these projects relate to the everyday lives of Cambridge citizens.

ArtForce! artists include: Amanda Cassingham, Jillian Chapman, Chloe Christian, Gabriella Kirby, Phyllis Labanowski, Sarah Mayabb, Allison Price, Sabri Reed, Lisa Silveria, Emily Somma, Terrance Wong, Mong-jane Wu, Courtney Young, and Ursula Ziegler under the direction of: Mags Harries, professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Harries' work in Cambridge includes Drawn Water, the public art at the Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Plant at Fresh Pond, which was created with Lajos Héder in 2004.

All projects are funded by a grant from the Cambridge Arts Council and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Institute for Art and Civic Engagement, in partnership with Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.