On September 23, Milton’s Visual Arts Department hosted an opening reception for the first Nesto Gallery show of the 2021–2022 academic year. This exhibit features two longtime New England artists and educators—Charles Goss from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and Jocelyne Prince of the Rhode Island School of Design—who have created artwork in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Charles Goss exhibition, Over, Under, Inside, Out, is a mini-retrospective of the last 45 years of his work in sculpture, painting, drawing, installation, film-making, writing, and photography—including new pieces reacting and responding to society’s recent “COVID Caves.” The show will also feature a premiere of Charles Goss’s new film Everything I Don’t Know.
The Jocelyne Prince outdoor sculpture exhibition, Crystal Chain 2.0, was created and installed on site and references “The Crystal Chain” or “Die glaserne Kette” utopian movement that looks to this moment—a world in the grips of a pandemic, social inequities, and global warming. The icosahedron construction references both the beauty of geometric forms as well as the scarry efficiency of viral structures. This icosahedron’s seductive material qualities of translucency and transparency, realized by the use of difficult-to-recycle plastics, calls out for our attention—a moment to reflect on the complexity of our individual and collective impact in conjunction with our agency and potential for change.
Over, Under, Inside, Out will run in the Gallery through October 29 and Crystal Chain 2.0 will be on display through December 17. All exhibits are free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, excluding school holidays. All visitors to Milton’s campus are required to wear masks indoors.