The BAC is thrilled to present our new Beacon Street Gallery exhibition, tacit facet…small & mighty, curated by Camilo Alvarez. The installation will be on view from July 9 to October 1, 2021, open Monday to Saturday from 10AM – 7:45PM and Sundays from 12PM – 5:45PM. 

The featured artists for the exhibition include works by Radcliffe Bailey, Gloretta Baynes, iona rozeal brown, Daniel Callahan, Joe Carpineto, Don Claude, Ashley Doggett, Karen Eutemey, Marlon Forrester, Robert Freeman, Deborah Grant, Stephen Hamilton, Sedrick Huckaby, Lavaughan Jenkins, Anukriti Kaushik, Khalid Kodi, Peter Wayne Lewis, Steve Locke, Lester Merriweather, Kayode Ojo, Cierra Michele Peters, Lamar Peterson, Elliot Robbins, Jordan Seaberry, Malick Sidibe, Lorna Simpson, Susie Smith, Henry Taylor, Chanel Thervil, Jamal Thorne, Thukral & Tagra, Carrie Mae Weems, Fred Wilson, and Brittney Leeanne Williams

The show stays true to curator, Alvarez’s mission to explore the diversity of cultures and voices that continually shape contemporary art and ideas today. Featuring a mix of local and internationally acclaimed artists from New York to California and abroad, the group show explores themes of race, gender, class, and cultural identity. Tacit facet includes work by Radcliffe Bailey, Gloretta Baynes, Iona Rozeal Brown, Daniel Callahan, Don Claude, Ashley Doggett, Karen Eutemey, Marlon Forrester, Robert Freeman, Deborah Grant, Stephen Hamilton, Sedrick Huckaby, Lavaughan Jenkins, Anukriti Kaushik, Khalid Kodi, Peter Wayne Lewis, Steve Locke, Lester Merriweather, Kayode Ojo, Cierra Michele Peters, Lamar Peterson, Jordan Seaberry, Malick Sidibe, Lorna Simpson, Susie Smith, Henry Taylor, Chanel Thervil, Thukral & Tagra, Carrie Mae Weems, Fred Wilson, and Brittney Leeanne Williams.

There is a staggering breadth of both thematic and artistic approaches represented within this show. Some artists tap into historical frameworks, as found in Stephen Hamilton’s multi-media works on paper inspired by pre-colonial African art history. Other artists draw from more contemporary spaces, such as Iona Rozeal Brown, whose large-scale, acrylic paintings reflect Japanese printmaking and the modern world of hip-hop.

The show highlights rising stars in the art world, while also redefining the work of established artists through Lorna Simpson’s prolific photographs and Carrie Mae Weems’ multi-media work. Bridging current and established, modern and ancient, history and our contemporary moment, Tacit facet…small & mighty pushes viewers to expand understandings of race, culture, and identity not as a monolithic or binary experience but as richly multifaceted, multidimensional, and ever-changing.

During the show, join us at the Beacon St. Gallery for two featured artist talks. The first talk will be given by Haitian American artist and educator, Chanel Thervil who will speak September 9, 2021, at 6PM. Thervil uses varying combinations of abstraction and portraiture to empower and inspire tenderness and healing among communities of color through the arts. She’s been making a splash in Boston via her educational collaborations, public art, and residencies with institutions like The Museum of Fine Arts, The Boston Children’s Museum, The DeCordova Museum, The Harvard Ed Portal, and Google.

Our second artist talk will be with multidisciplinary, Boston-based artist Anukriti Kaushik, who will speak on October 7, 2021, at 6PM. Predominantly working with drawing, painting, sculpture, video, writing and photo, Kaushik’s practice involves rendering the female and queer body to recontextualize it as sacred and sublime. Drawing from personal experiences, they generate visual narratives that challenge traditional norms around beauty, gender, and sexuality.

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair,” Lewis tweeted almost exactly a year before his death. “Do not become bitter or hostile. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. We will find a way to make a way out of no way.”

– John Lewis