Chazen Museum of Art


Preview Reception - Derrière: Works by Michele Marti

April 19, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM | Paige Court

Preview Reception for the 2018 Russell and Paula Panczenko MFA Prize winner Michele Marti. Music and refreshments!

The 2018 Russell and Paula Panczenko MFA Prize has been awarded to Michele Marti. Marti will create lithographs and video of the body—backs and butts—investigating how the body rests. Her upholstered furniture with mono-printed surfaces shows the interaction between the body and object as she thinks about the body, vulnerability, control, and how we present the self. When we sit, our bodies smash and squish in and onto the surfaces on which we rest – of this we have no control. But everyone has a body, and every body is unique, just like fingerprints. Michele is interested in the depository of memory and the traces we leave behind, all the while creating an intimate moment between the viewer and the work.

The juror for this year’s Chazen Prize is Emily Zilber, the Ronald L. and Anita C. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Derrière: Works by Michele Marti is on view in
the Oscar F. and Louise Greiner Mayer Gallery through July 8, 2018. Learn more about artist Michele Marti:

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