Arts

Thompson Gallery

The Thompson Gallery is a teaching gallery dedicated to exploring single themes through three separate exhibitions, offering differing vantages of the selected topic. Named in honor of school trustee John Thompson and family, the Gallery promotes opportunities to experience contemporary art by local, national and international artists and periodically showcases the art of faculty, staff and alumni.

Gallery Location
The Thompson Gallery is located in the atrium of The Garthwaite Center for Science and Art, at The Cambridge School of Weston, 45 Georgian Road Weston, MA 02493. For directions, to the school please click here.
 
Gallery Hours
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or by appointment.
Please send appointment requests to thompsongallery@csw.org

School calendar applies. Closed during summer months & End of the Mod breaks.


Exhibitions

List of 32 news stories.

  • Charlie Nevad—Light & Dark

    September 9 - November 10, 2016

    Reception: Friday, September 9, 2016, 4:00-7:00 P.M.
    Gallery Talk: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 1:00-2:00 P.M.
    Assembly Presentation: Thursday, September 29, 2016, 10:00-11:00 A.M.


    Charlie Nevad—Light & Dark surveys the mid 20th Century Modernist paintings of Charlie Nevad (Perth Amboy, NJ 1921-1990). Light & Dark provides an overview of the last 3 decades of Nevad’s artistic production and examines his symbolism and the transformation of his painting technique—from his unique impressionist-inspired brushwork, to his experimentations with abstract expressionism and collage.
  • Nowhere Everywhere

    Nowhere Everywhere III/III

    April 1 - June 18, 2016 (Thompson Gallery & thompsongallery.csw.org)
    April 19 - May 13 (Red Wall Gallery)
     
     
    The final show in a 3 part series, Nowhere Everywhere is both an analog and digital exhibition at the Thompson Gallery and its website. Nowhere Everywhere showcases the work of 68 artists that offer a cross section of work examining human perfectibility, dystopic societal issues and utopian potentials.
     
  • Raúl Gonzalez III—Nowhere Everywhere

    Nowhere Everywhere II/III

    December 17, 2015 - March 11, 2016


    The second of three exhibitions in the Nowhere Everywhere exhibition series presents the cultural portraiture of Raúl Gonzalez III. Gonzalez’s exquisite drawings are balanced by a sobering and critical examination of Latin—American issues including the “romance of the west,” Latino stereotypes, and immigration. 
     
  • China Marks—Nowhere Everywhere

    Nowhere Everywhere I/III

    September 4 - November 14, 2015

    The first of three exhibitions in the series, China Marks—Nowhere Everywhere explores social relationships, human conflict and human imperfectability through a 13-year survey of the fantastic and irresistibly irreverent, constructed fabric drawings of China Marks.
     
     
  • Lucine Kasbarian—Perspectives from Exile

    Show 6 (Special Exhibition)

    May 18 - June 13, 2015

    Red Wall Gallery
    Mugar Center for the Performing Arts
    Assembly: Monday, May 18, 2015, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

    Lucine Kasbarian—Perspectives from Exile is a special, additional exhibition, added to the Kiss the Ground exhibition series, designed to be concurrent to A New Armenia (Part 3). Perspectives from Exile examines the political cartoons of Lucine Kasbarian, who's work unflinchingly chronicles the intergovernmental relationship between Armenia, Turkey and the United States of America, the history of the Armenian Genocide, and the persistent denial of those crimes against humanity of over one hundred years ago.


  • Kiss the Ground—A New Armenia III/III

    Show 5

    March 30 - June 13, 2015

    The final show in the, Kiss the Ground series A New Armenia examines and celebrates contemporary Armenian art, one hundred years after the 1915 Armenian Genocide and coincides with the April 24th centennial commemoration. A New Armenia ispart 3 of a three-part exhibition in two venus—the first 2 parts of the series occurred at the Armenian Museum of America—is a group exhibition that brings together Armenian artists from myriad locations working in a variety of media: John Avakian (Sharon, MA, print-making), Gail Boyajian (Cambridge, MA, painting), Adrienne Der Marderosian (Belmont, MA, works on paper), Jackie Kazarian (Chicago, IL, painting), Aida Laleian (Williamstown, MA, digital collage), Yefkin Megherian (Queens, NY, bronze bas-reliefs), Marsha Odabashian (Dedham, MA, painting installation), Kevork Mourad (New York, NY, Drawing, time-based drawing, video projection), Apo Torosyan (Newton, MA, assemblage and documentary film).


  • Kiss the Ground—A New Armenia II/III

    Show 4

    January 25 - March 1, 2015
     
    Kiss the Ground—A New Armenia part 2 is the second exhibition in a three part exhibition series in two venues—the Armenian Museum of America and the Thompson Gallery—examines and celebrates contemporary Armenian art, one hundred years after the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Kiss the Ground—A New Armenia part 2 examines and celebrates the work of Gagik Aroutiunian, John Avakian, Jackie Kazarian and Apo Torosyan.


    Kiss the Ground—A New Armenia (parts 1 & 2) Catalog



  • Talin Megherian—Kiss the Ground

    Show 3

    December 18, 2014 - March 13, 2015

    The second exhibition in the Kiss the Ground series focuses on the abstract-narrative paintings of Talin Megherian (Watertown, MA), which visualize collective Armenian memory and identity. Giving voice to the memories of her family and Armenian women in particular, Megherian’s eclectic and colorful paintings are bejeweled by historical events, literary references, and cultural artifacts.

    Talin Megherian—Kiss the Ground Catalog
    


  • Kiss the Ground—A New Armenia I/III

    Show 2

    December 7, 2014 - January 20, 2015

    The Thompson Gallery (The Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, MA) and The Armenian Museum of America have joined forces to present Kiss the Ground, a 5-part exhibition series centering on the work of 12 Armenian artists. The exhibitions examine and celebrate contemporary Armenian art at a particular moment in history, organized to coincide with the centennial memorialization of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. At its core, the exhibition series is catalyzed by the contrast between celebration and remembrance

    Kiss the Ground—A New Armenia (parts 1 & 2) Catalog


  • Gagik Aroutounian—Kiss the Ground

    Show 1

    September 5, 2014 - November 15, 2014

    Kiss the Ground is a five-part exhibition series that examines and celebrates contemporary Armenian art, one hundred years after the 1915 Armenian Genocide. The first exhibition in the series showcases the assemblage sculptures, paintings and time-based media works of Armenian born, Chicago-based Gagik Aroutiunian, whose art explores identity, memory and the displacement of family. 

    Gagik Aroutiunian exhibition catalog.



  • Milton Rogovin—Social Optometry

    Picturing the Invisible III/III
     
    April 4, 2014 - June 14, 2014

    Picturing the Invisible explores photography as a tool of scientific, personal and social visualization. Social Optometry, the third and final exhibition in the series, examines the work of social documentary photographer Milton Rogovin, who unflinchingly used his photographs as a vehicle for creating social awareness of working-class citizens.

    Exhibition catalogs are available at: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/unfoldingobject


  • Les Mastenbrook—Multiple Angles at Once

    Picturing the Invisible II/III

    December 19, 2013 - February 21, 2014

    Multiple Angles at Once, the second exhibition in the Picturing the Invisible series, is a posthumous examination of the photography of alumna, Les Mastenbrook ’00. With editorial selectiveness, Mastenbrook’s work illuminates transitional spaces and moments in time, transforming what is easily overlooked into iconic remembrances.

    Exhibition catalogs are available at: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/unfoldingobject


  • Harold Edgerton—Flash Revelations

    Picturing the Invisible I/III
     
    September 6, 2013 - November 8, 2013
     
    Picturing the Invisible explores photography as a tool of scientific, personal and social visualization. Flash Revelations, the first of three exhibitions in the series, highlights the celebrated life work of Harold Edgerton. Inventor, engineer, MIT professor, and explorer, Edgerton pioneered the use of high-speed, strobe-photography to arrest movement and capture on film things that were once impossible to see.


  • Michael Oatman—Another Fine Mess

    Collage at 100 III/III
     
    April 1 - June 16, 2013
     
    Another Fine Mess examines celebrated contemporary artist Michael Oatman's encyclopedic approach to art making. Spanning three decades, the show assembles a selection of the artist's densely accumulative works, ranging from early pivotal pieces to his monumental collages, site-specific installation and recent work made for the final exhibition in the Collage at 100 series.


  • Strange Glue—Collage & Installation

    Collage at 100 II/III
     
    December 19, 2012 - February 22, 2013
     
    Collage at 100 is a three-part, yearlong exhibition series that celebrates the centennial of the appearance of collage in painting. In its first 100 years, collage has become ubiquitous within contemporary art and culture and its myriad applications have expanded its original definition to become the most inclusive of artistic processes. Strange Glue (Collage & Installation), the second show in the series, looks at twenty-seven artists whose practices push beyond collage's flatness and embrace the physicality of architecture.

    Accompanying catalog available at: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/unfoldingobject


  • Collage at 100—Virtual Annex: Strange Glue (Traditional and Avant-Garde Collage)

    Collage at 100 I/III
     
    September 7 - November 20, 2012

    Virtual Annex is a sister exhibition to the Strange Glue (Traditional & Avant-garde Collage) exhibition, which is only viewable online at thompsongallery.blog.com and thompsongallery.csw.org websites. While the analog show focuses on art-historical categories of collage, spanning the last 100 years, and the properties of physical adhesives, the Virtual Annex examines immaterial glues, such as emotional glue, associative glue and conceptual glue to name only a few.

    Accompanying catalog available at: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/unfoldingobject


  • Collage at 100—Strange Glue (Traditional & Avant-Garde Collage)

    Collage at 100 I/III
     
    September 7 - November 20, 2012
     
    Collage at 100 is a three-part, yearlong exhibition series that celebrates the centennial of the appearance of collage in painting. In its first 100 years, collage has become ubiquitous within contemporary art and culture and its myriad applications have expanded its original definition to become the most inclusive of artistic processes. Strange Glue (Traditional & Avant-garde Collage), the first show in the series, assembles the work of more than 100 contemporary artists as it traces the transition from traditional to avant-garde approaches to papier collé.

    Accompanying catalog available at: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/unfoldingobject


  • Boundless Ambition—Part Process, Part Product

    Part 3

    March 30 - June 18, 2012
     
    To honor The Cambridge School of Weston's 125th anniversary, the Boundless Ambition series examines the school's convictions about learning and pedagogy. The third of three exhibitions, Part Process, Part Product features seven Cambridge School of Weston Alumni/ae: Austin Eddy '05, Chris Freeman '80, Niho Kozuru '86, Jennifer Langhammer '89, Julie Oppermann '00, Jonas Wood '95 and Kelly Zutrau '06. This final exhibition looks at the kinship between methodology and productivity via the differences between how each artist approaches issues of abstraction within their respective studio practices.
     
    Visitors are invited to communicate with the artists—please visit the Thompson Gallery Blog.
     

  • Boundless Ambition—Part Dedication, Part Abandon

    Part 2

    December 15, 2011 - February 16, 2012
     
    To honor The Cambridge School of Weston's 125th anniversary, the Boundless Ambition series examines the school's convictions about learning, process and product. The second of three exhibitions in the series, Part Dedication, Part Abandon, presents the school's third faculty/staff biennial. The exhibition showcases the interests and talents of the school's teachers, administrators and staff while exploring the nature of and intention behind our pedagogy.
     
    Visitors are invited to communicate with the artists—please visit the Thompson Gallery Blog.


  • Boundless Ambition—Part Curiosity, Part Vision

    Part I

    September 7 - November 9, 2011


    As part of The Cambridge School of Weston celebration of its 125th anniversary, the Boundless Ambition series examines the school's convictions about learning, process and product. The first of three exhibitions in the series, Part Curiosity, Part Vision, presents the work of five alumni/ae including Darcy Brennan Poor '99, Deborah Goldman '65, Matt Johnson '96, Carmelle Safdie '00, and Dan Wood '88. The show explores creative insights, which prompt conceptual shifts and changes of mind.
     
    Visitors are invited to communicate with the artists—please visit the Thompson Gallery Blog.


  • Darryl Lauster—Chronicle

    History As Medium
    Part III: Guerilla Collage

    March 29 - June 25, 2011
     
    Darryl Lauster—Chronicle
    Chronicle, examines a trend among contemporary artists to cull history's riches and carnage for images, ideas and content. The series has thus far explored "uncollage" and virtual collage, and now turns its gaze to "guerilla collage" as exemplified by Lauster's appropriationist works. Lauster's art showcases a deep commitment to exploring Americanness through commemoration, memory and its loss, as it blurs the distinction between historical artifacts and the wholesale fabrication of cultural memory.
     
    To view Darryl Lauster's artist statement and gallery wall texts, click this link: Darryl Lauster Statement & Didactics

    Visitors are invited to communicate with the artist, Darryl Lauster—please visit the Thompson Gallery Blog.


  • Fran Forman—ReCollections

    History As Medium
    Part II: Virtual Collage

    December 10, 2010 - March 11, 2011

    Fran Forman—ReCollections
    ReCollections
    , examines a trend among contemporary artists to cull history’s riches and carnage for images, ideas and content. Forman's work, which fuses antique photography with digital imaging techniques, explores memory, loss and longing through dreamlike imagery.

    Visitors are invited to communicate with the artist, Fran Forman—please visit the Thompson Gallery Blog.


  • Bo Joseph—Attempts at a Unified Theory

    History as Medium
    Part I: Uncollage

    September 7 - November 10, 2010

    Bo Joseph—Attempts at a Unified Theory
    Attempts at a Unified Theory, the first exhibition of the three-part series, History as Medium, examines drawings, paintings and sculptures by Bo Joseph. In his visually arresting work, Joseph scavenges and combines imagery from disparate cultures within fields of intuitive and gestural mark-making. Through unpredictable processes of layering and abrading silhouettes and outlines, Joseph’s methods of abstraction strip away references and contexts inviting new meanings.

    Visitors are invited to communicate with the artist, Bo Joseph—please visit the Thompson Gallery Blog.


  • Fuzzy Logic

    Contemporary Painting After a Century of Abstract Art
    Part III. Conception-based Abstraction

    April 9 - June 17, 2010

    Fuzzy Logic
    After a century of abstract painting, many contemporary painters infuse overtly conceptual methodology with non-figurative painting practices. Fuzzy Logic examines nonobjective art with conceptual, rule-based strategies by 21 artists: Aljoscha, Kate Beck, Larry Caveney, Amy Stacey Curtis, Nick Gadbois, Mary Gallagher Stout, Brent Hallard, Tom Hollenbeck, Sky Kim, Matthew Metzger, Steven Pearson, Anne Polashenski, Bruce Pollock, Lynda Schlosber, Owen Schuh, Scot Sinclair, Linda Stillman, Craig Stockwell, Grant Vetter, Rachael Wren and Raymond Yeager.


  • Alfred DeCredico—Deconstructing Chaos

    Contemporary Painting After a Century of Abstract Art
    Part II. Intuition-based Abstraction 

    January 8 - March 12, 2010 

    Alfred DeCredico—DeConstructing Chaos
    The second of three exhibitions looking at Contemporary Painting After a Century of Abstract Art, Deconstructing Chaos presents selected images from the artist's life long body of work. Alfred DeCredico's densely constructed drawings, paintings, and three-dimensional works acknowledge the origins of Abstract Expressionism, while addressing contemporary human issues. Not easily categorized, his work weaves eastern and western perspectival space and is complex with imagery often constructed through the use of non-traditional subtractive methods. The work in this exhibition are rich in unexpected combinations of personal imagery, haunting surrealistic elements, mysterious figuration, poetic allusions, musical references, and cryptic text.

    Art New England Review of Deconstructing Chaos

     
  • John Thompson—Namesake

    Contemporary Painting After a Century of Abstract Art
    Part I. Observation-based Abstraction

    October 10 - December 4, 2009

    John ThompsonNamesake
    The Thompson Gallery is proud to present John Thompson’s Namesake—the first of three exhibitions in a yearlong series that examines Contemporary Painting After a Century of Abstract Art. Thompson’s exhibition juxtaposes select paintings and series print works, which often blur the distinctions between each genre. Thompson’s vibrant and semi-abstract Hinsdale Series, for example, echoes the spirit of Monet’s Water Lilies with strong affinities for Asian calligraphic brushwork despite the limits that conventional wood block printing imposes. Namesake, as the title suggests, showcases the art of one of our community's great advocates of the visual arts, while also acknowledging the initial preoccupation of early abstract artists—who’s pioneering approach to abstraction departed from depicting recognizable, namable objects in favor pushing semblances toward simplified ends.


  • Randy Williams—The Uneven Terrain of America's History

    Complexities of Social Justice Part III

    April 30 - June 15, 2009

    The paintings, book constructions, assemblages and installations that make up The Uneven Terrain of America's History examine racism, inclusion and exclusion through the eyes and personal experience of Randy Williams, Professor of Art, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY.


  • Andrew Graham, Daren Young—Tough Love

    Complexities of Social Justice Part II
     
    December 18, 2008 - February 6, 2009

    Tough Love
    examines gay rights, same sex marriage and anti-gay rhetoric. Tough Love introduces Daren Young, an openly gay artist and activist living in Salt Lake City, Utah, who presents his multimedia "Virtual Wedding" and an autobiographical series of drawings, which chronicles his personal story as he came to acknowledge his sexual identity. Tough Love also welcomes back Andrew Graham (Brooklyn, N. Y.), a 1999 CSW alumnus who creates painted replicas of the placards which Rev. Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church (Topeka, Kan.) use during their protests at various events including gay pride gatherings, military funerals, and Christian and political gatherings. Juxtaposing Young's work with Graham's raises many questions about civil rights, first amendment rights, the definition of marriage and the "pursuit of happiness," and it dovetails with The Cambridge School of Weston's focus on social justice.


  • Linda Bond—Pause

    Complexities of Social Justice Part I

    September 9 - November 11, 2008

    Linda Bond — Pause
    Pause
    explores the "War on Terrorism" through the Gunpowder and Graphite Drawings of Linda Bond


  • Sublime Climate III: Symbiosis—Redefining Nature

    Sublime Climate—Addressing Global Warming Part III

    March 31 - June 10, 2008

    Symbiosis—Redefining Nature
    Final of three exhibitions during the 2007 - 2008 school year to examine climate change

     
  • Sublime Climate II: Alarm—Projecting Global Change

    Sublime Climate—Addressing Global Warming Part II

    January 7 - March 14, 2008 

    Alarm—Projecting Global Change
    The second of three exhibitions during the 2007 - 2008 school year to examine climate change


  • Sublime Climate I: Subliminal—Recognizing the Global Dilemma

    Sublime Climate—Addressing Global Warming Part I

    October 20 - December 20, 2007

    Subliminal—Recognizing the Global Dilemma
    First of three exhibitions during the 2007 - 2008 school year to examine climate change.


     

Current Exhibition

    • Coming This Fall

      September 9 - November 10, 2016

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Todd Bartel
Gallery Director
Thompson Gallery
45 Georgian Road
Weston MA, 02493
781-398-8316
 


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The Cambridge School of Weston is a coed day and boarding private school, located near Boston, for students in grades 9-12 and PG. We offer an innovative and rigorous academic program that fosters critical thought, hands-on experiential learning and deep academic inquiry. Students choose from more than 300 courses through our unique Mod System; no two student schedules are alike.