AVATARS // a two-part exploration

Read At the Nave Gallery, AVATARS // futures questions who we are online and off by WBUR’s Pamela Reynolds for an insightful review of the exhibitions.


AVATARS // futures

A group art exhibition

A two-part exploration, AVATARS // ghosts and AVATARS // futures attempt to document the ways that artists represent their bodies, their ideas, their nations, and their dead in today’s digital world where the physical and virtual, human and non-human, self and other, are increasingly intertwined and indistinguishable. “Avatar” is originally a Sanskrit word describing mortal incarnations of Hindu deities. In colloquial use, the term refers to a digital image or 3D character representing an individual on the internet. Drawing inspiration from these concepts, the AVATARS exhibitions are a transdisciplinary exploration of folkloric characters, alter-egos, cyborgs, and incarnations.

The AVATARS // futures exhibition focuses on the evolution of avatars in the near future as it relates to technology and its effects on the body, gender, race, class and environment.

AVATARS // futures artists

A_Marcel / Christina Balch / Jamezie / Joy Buolamwini / Lori Landay / Mac Pierce / Melissa Glick / Philip Knodle / Tony Astone

AVATARS // futures
On view: April 26 - May 18, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, April 26, 7-9pm
Artist panel: Friday, May 10, 7-9pm

Nave Gallery
155 Powderhouse Blvd.
Somerville, MA 02144
Gallery Hours: Saturday & Sunday 1-5pm or by appointment


WBUR The Artery. Pamela Reynolds. At the Nave Gallery, AVATARS // futures questions who are online and off. April 24, 2019.

The Boston Sunday Globe. Cate McQuaid. The Ticket: What’s happening in the local art world. May 4, 2019.

Photos from the opening reception for AVATARS // futures

Photos by Charles Daniels

Image:  Dear Esther , by Giuliana Funkhouser

Image: Dear Esther, by Giuliana Funkhouser


AVATARS // ghosts

A group exhibition curated by Christina Balch, Giuliana Funkhouser, and Krista Wright

On view: March 22 - April 13, 2019
Opening Reception and Performances: Friday, March 22, 7-9pm
Curators Talk: Saturday, April 6, 3-5pm 

Nave Gallery
155 Powderhouse Blvd.
Somerville, MA 02144
Gallery Hours: Saturday & Sunday 1-5pm or by appointment

Performances by Xray Aims and Fine Art Superheroes (by Basil El Halwagy) at the opening reception on March 22, 2019.

AVATARS debuted at the San Francisco Art Institute in fall of 2018. A selection of works from the original San Francisco show traveled to Somerville for the AVATARS // ghosts exhibition to continue the thread of the exhibition from its inception. 

AVATARS // ghosts artists

Amayi Morales / Annalisa Oswald / Basil El Halwagy / Caleb Cole / Claire Sorosky / Colleen Kiely / Eleanor Schnarr / Elisabeth Eckman / Eliza Phelan-Harder/ Giuliana Funkhouser / Heather Caunt-Nulton / Jonathan Nix / Julia Cseko / Karli Janell / Katie Wild / Kels Hyde / Krista Wright / Lauren Kalman / Marco Castaneda / Mark Roemisch / Minjun Kim / Nancy Sepe / Oscar Lopez / Peter Morse / Rachel Shatil / Sally Lee / Selvaggio Dordetti / Shelby Meyerhoff / Skunk / solYchaski / Sue-Yee Leung / Whitney Humphreys / Xray Aims

Photos from the opening of AVATARS // ghosts

Photos by A Curious Production


Boston Hassle. Lexx Saint Leonard. Went There: AVATARS // ghosts at the Nave Gallery