Artifice of Drawn Borders at MFA

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On November 1, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), hosts a free town hall-style discussion with For Freedoms, an artist-run initiative founded in 2015 to mobilize the arts infrastructure of the U.S. toward broader civic participation. The program “Artifice of Drawn Borders” will explore how art can be used to transcend artificial borders and create dialogue among communities.

Participants include Layla Bermeo, the MFA’s Kristin and Roger Servison Assistant Curator of Paintings; Eric Gottesman, artist and co-founder of For Freedoms; Steve Locke, professor of art and art education at Massachusetts College of Art and Design; and Sunny Pai, administrator at Boston Public Schools. The event also includes an interactive art experience with writer and visual artist Annie Weatherwax.

Ahead of the town hall, a site-specific installation by For Freedoms, titled Where Do We Go From Here?, will be installed on the MFA’s Huntington Avenue lawn (October 27–November 3). The work is part of The Billboard Campaign (2016– ), an ongoing series of artist-produced billboard installations in public and art spaces. Where Do We Go From Here? includes an image from a series of photographs by Gottesman and explores the manufactured phenomenon of nationalism in the Middle East.

For Freedoms: Artifice of Drawn Borders takes place at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston on Wednesday, November 1, from 7 – 8 PM. Ticket Required