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Current Exhibition


Sharing the Page: Mary McCarthy and Shirley Veenema

The Athenaeum presents a collaborative exhibition featuring the work of Boston-based artists Mary McCarthy and Shirley Veenema, longtime colleagues.  Their collaboration began in 2009 while at a retreat for artists in New Mexico during which they visited sites and shared ideas. Returning to Boston, they decided to combine research and interests. Their first project drew on individual interests while in New Mexico: one was intrigued by the design of doors, the other drawn to stories of the saints. The resulting book, Doors to the Saints-2010, tells the stories of 12 female saints, one for each month of the year. They continued to focus on women in several subsequent pieces, while at the same time challenging new areas of content and technique.  Dos-à-dos style book constructions, the integration of digital print processes with handwork, miniature books, and a series inspired by Emily Dickinson followed. 

Exhibition Dates: June 22 - July 31, 2015




Upcoming Exhibition

City Abandoned: Selected Photographs by Vincent D. Feldman

Based on his book City Abandoned, Philadelphia photographer and Pew Fellow Vincent D. Feldman, has selected 28 large-format black and white prints to illustrate the stories of local buildings erected in one age, then neglected in another.  Also included in the exhibition will be several Feldman installations that address the on-going urban themes of monotony, migration, violence, and disaster.

Exhibition Dates: September 11 - October 31, 2015

Special Events

Friday, September 11, 5:00-7:00pm
Exhibition Opening and Reception, with remarks by Vincent Feldman at 5:30.
Free, RSVP to or call 215-925-2688.

Saturday, September 19, 1:30pm
Lecture by Vincent Feldman followed by book signing.  Free for Athenaeum Members, RSVP to or call 215-925-2688.  Non-Members, $10. Online payment.

Saturday, October 3, 1:00pm
Gallery Talk by Vincent Feldman.
Free, RSVP to or call 215-925-2688.