Dedicated to contemporary artists, MPG was opened by Michael Price in May 1998. The new gallery received favorable reviews in ART News, The Boston Globe, and The Boston Herald; artsMEDIA printed both a review and a full page interview. ART New England in writing of MPG’s first exhibit of sculpture, mixed media, and works on paper observed that MPG “is a welcome addition to the (Boston) contemporary art scene.”
Other successes at MPG include a print exhibit featuring Louise Bourgeois, Helen Frankenthaler, and Henry Moore along with emerging Boston artists. As part of that exhibit, the Boston Public Library showed 50 years of Boston prints from its collection.
Paintings have been presented at MPG in collections such as Symbolic Woman: Women as Subject and Object, Still Life, Wild Life, The American Land, and More Abstract. Three Photographers featured the work of David Plowden, whose retrospective, Imprints was published by Little, Brown.
In 1999 Carl Belz, Director Emeritus of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis, juried a national competition for emerging artists of New Art at MPG. Now an annual event, New Art has been curated by among others Rachel R. Lafo, DeCordova Museum; Alison Kemmerer, Addison Gallery of American Art; and Theodore E. Stebbins, Curator at the Fogg Museum, Harvard University. Linda Norden, previously curator of Contemporary Art, Fogg Art Museum and Curator of the American Pavilion at the last Venice Bienale, curated New Art 2005.
Before opening MPG, Michael initiated and directed an arts program/exhibition space for refugees and immigrants. At various times he has been an attorney, community organizer, therapist, and originator/director of a legal aid clinic for Palestinians in Jerusalem. Michael has a Master’s degree in city planning from MIT and is co-author of Boston’s Immigrants: 1840-1925, a history in prints and photographs.
MPG will continue as a virtual gallery and Michael Price will continue as a consulting curator.
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