Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery (EUA), one of the only gallery spaces in Boston dedicated to video, film, new media, and performance art, opened to the public on Friday, October 21.
The gallery's first exhibit, New York-based artist Oliver Herring's Areas for Action, featured still photos, video, and props from a participatory art event held at Emerson in May 2016.
Last spring, Herring came to Emerson and staged a week-long series of artistic collaborations with volunteers. Each day focused on a different medium: glitter, foil, food coloring, etc.
Herring had the volunteers pose and “play” with the substances; in one instance, participants spit food coloring onto each others' faces.
Herring filmed and shot the interactions; the resulting video and photos make up the current Areas for Action exhibit, which will run until December 3.
Emerson Urban Arts will curate four to six exhibits per year, featuring national and international media and visual artists, as well as Emerson’s work in digital media, projection mapping, augmented reality, data visualization, and performance art.
Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 2:00-7:00 pm.