Running from October 28, 2016 to November 22, 2016 in the Main Gallery

A Curatorial Opportunity Program Exhibition curated by Courtney McClellan and Cathy McLaurin

Featuring: Caitlin Berrigan (Germany), Tal Gafny (Israel) and Alyssa Carson (US), Ghana ThinkTank (US), Courtney McClellan (US), Cathy McLaurin (Boston), Nicola Singh (UK), Joanna Tam (Boston), and Garett Yahn (Boston)

Obstacle Course performs, examines and critiques collaboration in contemporary art making. In the included works, artists and viewers alike advise, adapt, demand, play, teach, listen and translate. With drawing, sculpture, photography, video, writing, and performance, the exhibition complicates utopian ideas about working together, and instead examines the offerings and challenges of collaborative and delegated making.

The exhibition grew out of many discussions about the social and political complications of working with people who are not artists. Drawn to the lively exchange of making collaborative or participatory art, many artists find that creating this work is fraught with issues of access, power, and compromise. Placing process before product, Obstacle Course opens an honest and revealing dialogue about the intricacies and ethics of working together.

EXHIBITION PROGRAMS – Free and Open to the Public

Opening Reception: Friday, October 28, 6:00-8:00PM
Come celebrate this innovative exhibition with the artists and curators.

Performance Day: Saturday, October 29, 10:00AM-2:00PM
Join us for an action-packed day of live art making with artists from around the world!

10AM Cathy McLaurin unpacks art jargon through a nail-biting performance and nontraditional vocabulary bee.
12PM Nicola Singh has travelled from the UK to produces a live performance that explores the body’s relationship to language and knowledge.
1PM Joanna Tam performs American patriotism by embodying the gestures of famous American athletes.

A Conversation with Alyssa Carson & Tal Gafny: Saturday, November 19, 2PM
Learn about the extraordinary aspirations of Alyssa Carson – a 14 year-old with plans to travel to Mars. Then, hear how Alyssa and Israel-based artist Tal Gafny have been collaborating on art projects from across the globe. This event will feature a brief film screening followed by an interactive discussion. Learn more about Alyssa Carson here: