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March 30, 2012, 10 am–4 pm
Alfond Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts Boston
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), is pleased to present its spring graduate colloquium, which aims to engage artists with ideas of collectives and  collectivism, which are themes that reoccur throughout the development and discourse of practice in the 20th and 21st centuries. Collectives and collectivism are invariably initiated by differing motivations, taking many interrelated and changeable forms and formats, including those that collaborate on research and practice based outputs, those formed to provide space and spaces for working and exhibiting and those that provide a space for engagement, conversation and critique on the practices of the members.

What is the basis and nature of collective engagement? How are collectives maintained and sustained? How do collectives mutate, change and in some cases fail? These questions will form the basis of a series of presentations and conversations from and with artists who are or have been founders/members of artist collectives. By joining together in a temporal collective in the guise of a colloquium
these questions and motivations will be discussed, proposed and positioned from the speakers’ experiences and perspectives.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees must obtain free tickets from a kiosk at one of the MFA entrances to gain admittance.

Panel will include:

Leah Craig is a co-founding member of the Howard Art Project, a shared gallery/project space founded by six members of the SMFA community, located in the heart of Field’s Corner, Dorchester, MA. ;

Carla Herrera-Prats and Anthony Graves are members of Camel Collective, a name under which diverse artists have worked since 2005. While the interests of Camel Collective are varied, the Collective has long been preoccupied by the political economy of education and the difficulties encountered by artist collectives. ; ;

Benj Gerdes frequently works in collaboration with other artists, activists and theorists, including 16 Beaver Group, of which he is co-organizer. ;

Paige Sarlin was a member of Artists Emergency Response, a group of artists who collected over 100 video statements in opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, 2002–03. Since 1999 she has been an active participant in 16 Beaver Group in New York City, a platform for the discussion of the intersection of art and politics. ;

Marilyn Arsem is SMFA faculty member and the founder and a current member of Mobius, Inc., a Bostonbased collaborative of interdisciplinary artists (est. 1977) whose mission is to generate, shape and test experimental art. ;

Garett Yahn was a founding member of Lufthansa Studios, a warehouse turned workshop and experimental exhibition venue in Dorchester, MA. Lufthansa Studios hosted five exhibitions and welcomed nearly 1,000 visitors before it closed in 2011. ;