Announcements / 06.27.19

Emily Eveleth: Results of Interpretation

Painter Emily Eveleth's work will be on view in the second floor connector from July 10 to September 27.

Following the success of Gupi Ranganathan’s Cultured Interactions exhibit earlier this year, the second floor connector will once again be transformed into a temporary gallery. This time Catalyst Conversations founder Deborah Davidson has partnered with Broad to curate an exhibit of the work of painter Emily Eveleth, which will be on view throughout the summer. Davidson and Eveleth will present a public talk and reception in September.

Results of Interpretation
An exhibit by Emily Eveleth
Curated by Deborah Davidson
Wednesday, July 10 – Friday, September 27 
2nd Floor Connector

Save the date for a discussion with the artist and curator
Wednesday, September 11 I 5:00 p.m. I Monadnock | 415 Main


About the exhibit

Emily Eveleth became fascinated with how artists and scientists generate ideas and sort through data while sharing ideas with then–Broad Research Fellow David Tester in a 2015 public talk at the Broad, which rekindled her interest in the visual representations of spheres and in the history of mathematics and mapping. Results of Interpretation includes paintings, drawings, and some recent compositional explorations, sheets of drawings resembling story boards, a kind of formative research that usually never leaves the studio. These records of “thinking out loud” seek to examine our complex relationship with the world and how we express it, with forms we use to find our place (the globe), to predict the future (the crystal ball, the magic eight ball), and to conjure forces (the sphere of a Van de Graaff generator). 

The exhibit’s title is a play on a scientific phrase “interpretation of results.” By interpreting data and reporting on their findings, researchers increase our understanding, solve problems, and puts us on a path to new treatments for disease. Switching the order of the words introduces the idea that a painting can have many interpretations. The inherent subject matter is not necessarily what is visible, and the end results can remain open-ended and mysterious.


About the artist

Using an iterative process in her work, similar to those often used by scientists and researchers, Emily Eveleth is always seeking solutions, but not a conclusion. Spanning the boundaries between portrait, invented fictions and objects of projected desire, her paintings form genres unto themselves.  Her paintings have been exhibited extensively in the United States and are included in many permanent museum collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Grinnell College, the Boston Public Library, and the Smith College Museum of Art.  Her work has been written about in Bomb magazine, Art in America, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.  Awards include grants from the Art Matters Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Artist-in-Residency program in Roche-forte-en-Terre, France.  In 2002, she was a visiting artist at the American Academy of Rome.