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Rethinking Plastic, Replanting Seagrass

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In time for Earth Day…

Plastic Entanglements at the Smith College Museum of Art brings together sixty works by thirty contemporary artists. Plastic has infiltrated global ecosystems, and living beings: birds, reptiles and mammals, and humans. A wide array of work in many media, beautiful and thought-provoking, is in the museum through July 28th. A series of talks and workshops highlight plastic’s ecological ramifications.

Plastic Entanglements unfolds in three sections, charting a timeline—past, present, and future—of our ongoing engagement with this ubiquitous manmade material.

Pictured: Aurora Robson: Ona, 2014, plastic debris, aluminum rivets


At the Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, artist and ecological activist Nedret Andre shows paintings celebrating the life of eelgrass ecosystems in “Seagrass: Ecological Engineers” up through May 30th. For hours check the Annenberg Library hours; the gallery is on the library’s first floor.

Below: Nedret Andre: In Water, 2017, oil on canvas



The Personal is Political at Hess


The National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) is showing a range of work on the theme “The Personal Is Political” at the Hess Gallery at Pine Manor College. Over 20 members explore themes of home and homelessness, power and violence, and joy and community.

Shown is Larissa Waya’s “Together as One,” stitched from blankets donated at homeless shelters. Part of the piece is the rough, ragged blanket, the other half a tailored jacket with applique work referencing the wrought iron gates of Versailles. Exquisite needlework transforms unpromising material into an object of elegance and power.

Join several artists for a talk on December 5th at 3:30 in the gallery. An opening reception for NAWA will be held on Sunday afternoon, December 16th, from 2-5pm.

Check the Pine Manor College website and Annenberg Library page for hours, including winter break hours, as gallery hours follow the library’s. The show will be up until mid-February. Pine Manor College is located at 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, Mass.