MFA exhibitions invariably�must encompass�a vast range of disparate material, and it�s a stiff challenge for a�guest curator to create a unified show�that frames a�cohesive�experience for the viewer. This year, the RISD MFA Painting Program invited�Hrag Vartanian, the talented editor and co-publisher of Hyperallergic,�to curate the�MFA exhibition for its�painting students. Vartanian decided to view�the work through the lens�of��home,� a notion that he feels has gained�powerful symbolic value during�a tumultuous and uncertain�period for the nation and the world.
“These artists, like most in this exhibition, avoid clear narratives in favor of poetic moments of discovery and exploration,� writes Vartanian, who spent part of his childhood in the now war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.�”While many have an inward looking preoccupation with home, others are clearly looking to global power structures and their impact on people�s sense of security and safety.�
“RISD MFA Painting,� curated by Hrag Vartanian. Morgan Lehman, Chelsea, New York, NY. Through August 18, 2017.�Artists include�Marisa Adesman, Christian Berman, Sanie Bokhari, Ada Goldfeld, Molly Kaderka, Arghavan Khosravi, Rebecca Levitan, Saif Mhaisen, Gina Palacios, Ohad Sarfaty.