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Exercises for the Quiet Eye

  • Kingston Gallery 450 Harrison Ave, No. 43 Boston, MA 02118 (map)

Annie Storr, an art historian and museum educator, will lead art experiencing exercises in a session at Kingston Gallery that is free and open to the public. Guests will contemplate artwork by all the members in their exhibition Relay. Storr developed Exercises for the Quiet Eye (EQE) to encourage patient reflection, appreciation, and an attempt to avoid the rush to understand, or determine a set interpretation for what we see. EQE was developed for non-specialists and general audiences, but it can also support the training of arts educators and docents. It guides participants to use art to embrace ambiguity, intellectual exploration, and personal reflection.

The 2017 all-member group exhibition, Relay, is a visual conversation created through art. To curate the works on view a finished piece by one member artist was passed along, in succession, to another gallery artist who selected a visual response with a work of their own, in turn passing it down the line. The result of this unidirectional exchange comes together as a conversation where each artist shares in another's perspective and responds with their most authentic voice. The development process for this exhibition runs in parallel with conversations currently occurring in the wider community about moving forward in unity and strength through the currently charged political climate. In an effort to offer support to vulnerable populations in our community, Kingston Gallery will donate their share of the proceeds from artwork sales during this exhibition directly to the Boston Medical Center Immigrant & Refugee Health Program.