Arlette Kayafas opened Gallery Kayafas in 2003 in Boston’s then new gallery district in the South End. The gallery exhibited photographs from renowned photographers often pairing them with new emerging artists. Kayafas and her husband, Gus, have been collecting photography for more than five decades and the gallery only shows work that she would consider adding to the collection.
Poems to a Listener, a half-hour radio program of readings and conversation with poets, consists of quietly penetrating interviews in which poetry is an integral part. A poem is read, a conversation emerges, then the poet simply takes a breath and reads. Gradually a kind of narrative unfolds, the poems documenting certain moments or reflections, the conversations extending them tangibly to the listener. By the time the last word is spoken the listener has been offered a deeply personal encounter where there may be much common ground. As one listener has commented, “I felt I was standing in the doorway of a room, overhearing a conversation which had to do with my life.”
Bruce Myren’s The Fortieth Parallel is a project of western depiction. Rooted in history, it takes cues from historic survey projects and their subsequent rephotographic cousins, Ed Ruscha’s explorations of buildings on Sunset Strip and the New Topographers’ unromantic views of the west. It is an exploration of how to picture the land when the land has already been pictured: a conversation with the past designed to teach us about our present.