Artist Talk with Ariel Freiberg


photo credit: Christine Vaillancourt

Date: Friday, Jan. 30th 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Refreshments to be provided


Please join us at the FPAC Gallery for an artist talk in conjunction with our current exhibit Chora, featuring work by Ariel Freiberg and Filiz Emma Soyak. Ariel Freiburg will engage in a dialogue with Afshan Bokhari, Audrey Goldstein, and Trevor Smith on ideas inspired by the exhibition.










Guest speakers’ bios:
Afshan Bokhari
Afshan Bokhari is an art historian and curator, who received a PhD in Art History from University of Vienna, an MA from Boston University and a MDes from Harvard University. Recent Professional highlights include: in 2012, “Ars Erotica: Visualizing the ‘Sensual’ Sufi and the Sovereign in 16th -18th C. Mughal miniature paintings.” Marg Art Journal. In 2011, Journal of Persianate Studies, Special Issue, “Imperial Transgression and Spiritual Investitures: Female Agency in Seventeenth Century Mughal India.”

Bokhari has worked as an Associate Curator at Peabody Essex Museum, Assistant Professor at Suffolk University, in addition to employment at Youth Design, Museum of Fine Arts, Dartmouth College/Hood Museum, Wellesley College/Davis Museum, Year Up (volunteer), Harvard University and Yale University. Bokhari is currently Co-Vice President of Alumnae and Cultural Insights at Wellesley College.

Audrey Goldstein
Audrey Goldstein is an artist who lives and works in the Boston area. Her work has been seen at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA. Her performance work was staged at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA and at the D.U.M.B.O. Arts Festival through the D.U.M.B.O. Art Center, Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited in many galleries in Boston and is currently represented by Gallery Kayafas. She has been a nominee for the Foster Prize, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and a finalist in drawing and sculpture for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grants.

Goldstein has been a recipient of the Artist Resource Fund award from the Berkshire Taconic Trust, a Traveling Scholars award from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and the International Association of Art Critics Emerging Artist Award. Goldstein is currently the Department Chair of New England School of Art at Suffolk University.

Trevor Smith
Trevor Smith is the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA where he established the FreePort program and has commissioned new works from Theo Jansen, Charles Sandison, Susan Philipsz, Michael Lin and Candice Breitz among others. Prior to joining the Peabody Essex, Smith was Curator in Residence at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. From 2003-06 he was Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City where, among other projects he co-curated the widely acclaimed exhibition Andrea Zittel: Critical Space and presented a major survey of the work of Brian Jungen.

Smith was born in Canada and studied Art History at the University of British Columbia. From 1992-2003 he was based in Australia where he worked first at the Biennale of Sydney, then as Director of the Canberra Contemporary Art Space, and from 1997-2003 as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Highlights among his exhibitions there include The Divine Comedy: Francisco Goya, Buster Keaton, and William Kentridge for the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Perth International Arts Festival in 2002.

Ariel Freiberg
Ariel Freiberg earned her MFA in painting from Boston University in 2004 and a BA from Smith College in 2002. Freiberg has up coming exhibitions at Bannister Gallery at Rhode Island College, Carillon Gallery, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX and Sherman Gallery at Boston University. In the fall of 2014, Earth’s Touch, a mural size painting, was seen at Frame 301 Gallery, Montserrat College of Art. Freiberg curated “The Country Between Us” at the New Art Center in Newton in the fall of 2013. In June 2013, Freiberg’s solo show, Blazoning Arms at Miller Yezerski Gallery received reviews from ARTnews and the Boston Globe. She is a recent recipient of a 2011 and 2013 Visual Arts Fellowship from the Somerville Arts Council.

Freiberg has also been a visiting artist at Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Rhode Island School of Art and Design, Smith College and Suffolk University.Freiberg’s work has also been seen at Laconia Gallery, Tufts Art Gallery, Danforth Museum, Oresman Gallery at Smith College, and the Art Center in the Republic of Macedonia and she is represented by Miller Yezerski Gallery and Harmon Gallery.