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A public conversation probes art deeply

The Peninsula School is a weekly art discussion forum open to the public launched within the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA by graduate sculpture student Rob Doane.
Thought experiment
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 01, 2013

Marveling at MECA’s annual MFA Thesis show

At the 2012 MFA Thesis show at the ICA, the idea of a common thread is gratefully, dizzyingly absent.
Star students
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  May 25, 2012

Cultural feedback mixes at the ICA at MECA

If you can't find the link between the print archive Whole Earth Catalog exhibit and Michael Bell-Smith's installation of tech art, update your browser (haw!).
‘Played simultaneously’
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 03, 2012

Time stands still

You know the industry's changed when discographies for still-existing record labels get shown in art museums.
Wax Tablet

Statewide exhibit series winds down; are photos next up?

The fall months of 2011 have much to share for contemporary art lovers.
Drawing conclusions
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 16, 2011

Carly Glovinski dupes eyes, objects at June Fitz at MECA

If you copied the entirety of Don Quixote by hand, you'd come to learn the story, but if you acted out the entire novel in charades, you'd definitely know it by heart.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 29, 2011


The ICA urges examination of disaster

Disasters are innately mysterious. They are never pleasant, but nonetheless almost always compelling.
State of catastrophe
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 22, 2011

Review: August Ventimiglia at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA

August Ventimiglia isolates simple gestures and records their impact and reverberations, magnifying the grace of the adjusting and settling physical world, and implying larger social and philosophical commentary.
Line tensity
By ANNIE LARMON  |  April 08, 2011

First Friday: Exhibits at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery, ICA, and the Sylvia Kania Gallery

January Art Walks may be for diehards, but for those brave souls, the perks aren't so bad. You can set your own pace, and the...
By webteam  |  January 04, 2011

Bright lines

The task of abstraction is never complete. At the very least, there will always be less stuff to represent.
A group show of abstract art at the June Fitzpatrick
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  July 23, 2010

Plotting experience

Kendra Ferguson and Noa Warren are deftly paired at June Fitzpatrick’s Congress Street gallery this month, as an established and emerging artist each compulsive explore the subjective and human potential of minimalism.
Kendra Ferguson and Noa Warren at June Fitzpatrick
By ANNIE LARMON  |  October 16, 2009


MECA’s also a good place to begin your monthly FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK, from 5-8 pm, as the ICA opens up its second Alumni Biennial....
By Lisa Spinelli  |  September 02, 2009


  BIG TALK Our new art writer, Annie Larmon, expounds on the rigors of "Magnify," a show at MECA's ICA by visiting faculty in the...
By webteam  |  July 01, 2009
The Slackers

The Slackers

  SLACK ON That rarest of things - a reggae band with a sense of humor - arrives in Portland in the form of the...
By webteam  |  July 01, 2009
astronaut list

Your own personal Darwin

Dorothy and Elliott Schwartz meditate on the man behind the theory
Dorothy and Elliott Schwartz meditate on the man behind the theory
By ANNIE LARMON  |  June 26, 2009