As a public charity we’ve dedicated ourselves solely to the language of photography. Through the many exhibitions, programs and lectures that we produce, we strive to encourage a broader understanding and appreciation of the visual, emotional and social impact of the photograph. And here you can expect a new experience in a welcoming environment for everyone.
Through your support, the Griffin continues to be much more than a museum.
We thank our members and supporters who helped us bring a very successful year of programming to our public. We did it with your help. As we end this year and begin a new year, we ask you to please make a truly special gift to the Griffin Museum that will bring photography you will remember to Winchester.
For example our current exhibition “Zindagi,” in our galleries gives our audience a glimpse of everyday life and legacy in India. Manjari Sharma, Priya Kambli, Dan Eckstein, Quintavius Oliver and Raj Mayukh Dam share their individual expressions of daily practice and culture in India.
In our Atelier and Griffin Galleries, Julie Williams-Krishnan exhibits “The Third Eye,” “Morning Poetry” and “The Bindi Collection.” Our prominent 23rd Juried Exhibition will again enable emerging photographers from New England and across the globe to showcase their photography with curator Hamidah Glasgow as the juror.
Arthur Griffin, our founder, would be very proud of how we have grown the legacy he left us. The beautiful museum building, the new Winchester Rotary Terrace and the tended grounds make up the perfect backdrop for his archive and to showcase photography of all genres.
Our exhibitions and programs happen only through your support, for which we are thankful. Only with your help can we offer a full range of educational experiences and presentations that are sure to inspire you through the art of photography. In fact, exciting workshops, exhibitions, lectures and a Boston Photography Festival are in the works for the upcoming year.
This time of year is when we support the causes and institutions closest to our hearts. We ask for your help again this year, as we need your support to bring the photograph to life for you. Your special holiday gift will help provide outstanding educational opportunities through exhibits, events, classes and activities. Learning through the art of photography is a long lasting experience for every age that will be cherished by all for many years to come.
Through your support, the Griffin will bring photography to life for you, and make a difference in the cultural life of our community. Thank you.
Some highlights of the Griffin Museum’s photographic offerings in 2016 include our exhibition Bullet Points with photographers Deborah Bay, Christopher Colville, Garrett Hanson and Sabine Pearlman. These four photographers use the bullet as subject or in their methodologies. Bullet Points was not presented to take a stand on gun control but to evoke critical thinking on the subject, draw out questions about policy as well as begin a dialogue at home and in the community with family, friends and lawmakers.
Elizabeth Avedon, an independent curator and contributor to “L’oeil de la Photographie,” profiling notable leaders in the world of photography, judged and assembled a stimulating show for our 22nd Juried Exhibition. Karin Rosenthal gathered an ambitious exhibition with 36 other photographers on the nude in the landscape called 37 Photographers/One Model. Again for the 3rd year the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston sponsored a summer full of personal development lectures in honor of the late photographer Peter Urban, and our juried show was named in honor of him. The Highland Street Foundation invited us back for a 3rd year to participate in their Free Fun Fridays. Aline Smithson’s exhibition Self and Others delighted our audience with 20 years of the artist’s vision in portraiture.
We again participated in producing The Fence in the arts district of Boston in SoWa. Joyce Tenneson returned to the Griffin for a workshop and talk on her photographic journey. Susan Meiselas gave a lecture on her experience in Nicaragua and presented a Focus Award to Barbara Norfleet. Richard Tuschman gave a workshop on the staged image. Community-based programs included our PhotoSynthesis program with Winchester High School and the Boston Arts Academy now in its twelfth year, and a weekend long portfolio review and lecture program that focused on legacy and what we leave behind. We added master classes with photographers Neal Rantoul and Vaughn Sills and a class on street photography. As part of our art history series curator Alison Nordstrom enthralled our audience with a lecture on photographs and materiality before and after the digital turn. We also added a satellite gallery in Easthampton in Western Massachusetts.
Our museum is an economic stimulus for the local economy. Griffin exhibits go head to head with major photographic venues nationally. Karin Rosenthal’s The Human Landscape, Molly Lamb’s Ghost Stepping, Eliot Dudik’s Still Lives and Secret Art Histories photographs by Rebecca Clark are just a few examples of how photography comes to life in Winchester.
Thank you for your contribution to the Annual Appeal. Your support energizes our efforts to bring fellowship, art and photography to our community. We strive to make the Griffin a state of mind.
Most Gratefully yours,
Brian Kaplan and Paula Tognarelli
Board President and Executive Director and Curator