For N+T 2017 is The Year of the Woman. Our mission in curating and creating work is to champion feminist expressions in the realm of public art by supporting women artists, lifting up community voices, and exploring the power of female resilience and creativity. Since December 2016, we have enthusiastically supported five female artists – most who’d proudly declare themselves feminists – with financial and technical assistance in the early stages of their concepts for complex and large-scale projects.
Artist: Elisa Hamilton
Medium: Multi-media, photography, analog slides, storytelling
Where: Boston HUBWeek's free HUB on City Hall Plaza
When: October 12 - 15, 2017
Why: Community storytelling is one of the oldest human art forms and helps us build understanding, empathy, respect, and connection. Silideshow will amplify and celebrate the stories and life experiences of ten generous, gutsy Boston-area women through the communal experience of sharing photos of their lives in a traditional slide talk.
“By reconnecting with analog technology that we can touch and hold, we are reminded of how, in it’s time, the original slideshow allowed the exchange of ideas in a whole new way. Slideshow provides an entrypoint to public consciousness and conversation about our universal connections to one another and how we can bridge gaps through sharing, listening, empathy, and dialogue.”— Elisa H. Hamilton
This project was produced in conjunction with HUBWeek.
Currently on view: Patterned Behavior
Artist: Silvia López Chavez
Medium: Paint on concrete
Where: Charles River Esplanade -- underpass and walkway west of the Massachusetts Avenue bridge. Click here for exact location.
When: Until September 2018
Why: To provide a local artist the creative freedom to re-imagine a utilitarian concrete environment into one that will spark new connections with a bright, striking mural that echoes the beauty, diversity, and energy of The Charles River Esplanade and of Boston.
“The Charles River Esplanade is a place where you can find beauty within an ordinary urban landscape. It is my favorite part of the city, where the bustling human activity fuses with the joy that comes from being by the water. It’s a place where many people and many things intersect and, can connect in meaningful ways. That really speaks to me, since I am always striving to create art that builds connections. "Patterned Behavior" is certainly a reflection of that." — Silvia López Chavez
The mural, commissioned by the Esplanade Association, is being curated and produced by Now + There.
Currently on view: See Her
Artist: Ann Lewis - in collaboration with residents a local reentry facility for incarcerated women run by Community Resources for Justice.
Where: 808 Tremont Street, Boston
When: Until September 2018
Why: To share stories and experiences from incarcerated women and de-stigmatize their transitions back into their lives and their histories.
“...it feels imperative to use our collaborative talents to highlight, honor, and support a community that is often invisible. There are people here and now that are navigating through the often complicated and challenging system. Women, in particular, who are caught up in our correctional systems are often overlooked.”
Currently on view: Thrive
Artists: Ann Lewis, Rania Matar, Maria Molteni, Chanel Thervil, Silvia López Chavez, Elisa H. Hamilton, Evelyn Rydz, and the Safarani Sisters (Farzaneh and Bahareh Safarani).
Where: Beehive Restaurant, 541 Tremont St., Boston, MA
When: Through November 27
Why: The eighteen paintings, photographs, and sculptures in Thrive champion feminist expressions in their subject matter and represent artists who are fiercely committed to non-traditional, collaborative artistic practices.
The eight artists in this all-female exhibition were chosen for the mastery of their craft, their stunning aesthetic, and their convictions. Their work promotes social change and a world in which we can all thrive.
Thrive was co-curated by Jennifer Epstein and Kate Gilbert, founder and director of Now + There, and is part of Now + There’s Year of the Woman programming.