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SHELLBURNE THURBER


One Person Exhibitions 

2015

  • Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, NH, Summer

2011

  • Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA March-April

2004

  • Bloomberg Space, London, UK, August–September
  • Participant, Inc., New York City, NY, March

2002

  • Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA, September–November
  • Elias Fine Art, Allston, MA, September–October

2001

  • Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC, Summer
  • Stark Gallery, New York, NY April–May

2000

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, December–January
  • Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Boston, MA, October–January
  • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, April

1999

  • The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, September–October

1998

  • Elias Fine Art, Allston, MA, September

1997

  • Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY, November

1996

  • Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY, September–October

1994

  • Clark University, Worcester, MA, February

1990

  • Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, December

1989

  • Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA, November
  • Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh, PA, March

1988

  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, November

1986        

  • Chapel Gallery, Newton, MA, February

1984

  • The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH, May

1983

  • The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, July


Group Exhibitions

2016

  •  Walls and Beams, Rooms and Dreams: Images of Home, Addison Gallery of Art, Andover , MA, January-July 2016

2014

  •  Mereology, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA, December- January 2015
  • Provincetown Fine Art Workshop, Provincetown, MA, New Faculty Show, June

2013

  • 2Q13 Women Artists, Women Collectors, Lloyd’s Club, London, Fall, curated by Marcelle Joseph and Lydia Cowperwaith
  • The Way of the Shovel, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois, November –March
  • Serface- Summer Group Show, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA, summer

2011

  • Alumni Invitational 3, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, March-August

2010

  • Psychological Interior, Gallery Out of Place, Tokyo, Japan, October
  • Moving Patterns, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA, Summer

2009

  • Familiar Feelings: On The Boston Group, Centro Galego De Arte Contemporanea, Fall

2007

  • Information, Insight, Interruption, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, September- October
  • At Work, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, MA, September- October
  • People Take Pictures of Each Other, organized by Robert Nickas, Lamontagne Gallery,September- October

2006

  • The Couch: Thinking in Repose, Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna, Austria, May–November*
  • Director’s Choice: Chris McCarthy Curates Two Boston Photographers: Morgan Cohen &   
  • Shellburne Thurber, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Provincetown, MA,  September–October
  • Summer Group Show, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA, June–August
  • Reality/Play, Orchard, New York, NY, June
  • Information Insight Interruption, Hallspace, Roxbury, MA, February–March
  • Arbor, Judy Goldman Fine Art, Boston, MA, January

2005

  • Places of the Spirit, Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA, June–September

2003

  • Family Ties, The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, June–September
  • Treat Yourself, The London Science Museum, London, UK, Summer
  • Places of the Spirit, organized by the Lake Placid Institute
  • The Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, NY, Summer, travels to
  • The Society for the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL, November–December
  • The Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, CT, June–July 2004
  • Undomesticated Interiors, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, November–January 2004

2002

  • This is Then, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, November–February 2003
  • Illuminations, Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY, March–April

2001

  • House: Charged Space, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, Newton, MA, June–September
  • BuildingDwellingThinking, Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art, Boston, MA, June
  • Rocks+Trees, Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA, April–May
  • Photosynthesis: Recent Developments in Contemporary Photography,
  • Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL, January–March, travels to
  • Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE, April–July

2000

  • Photography in Boston: 1955–1985, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, October–January
  • Interiors, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, September–November

1999

  • A Range of Views, The Radcliffe Institute For Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, October
  • Playing off Time: Contemporary Photographers in Dialogue with the Past, Aldrich Museum of
  • Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT September–January
  • The Greatest Shows on Earth, Apex Art, NY, June
  • Jim Dow & Shellburne Thurber, Escuela Nacional de Fotografo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June
  • Domesticated, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, June
  • Collectors Collect Contemporary 1990–99, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, April-May
  • Building Representation: Photography & Architecture, Contemporary InteractionsHarvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

1998

  • Spectacular Optical, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY, June–July travels to: Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, FL; CU Art Galleries, University of Colorado at Boulder, September–November
  • Domain, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, February–March
  • Kind of Blue: A Salon Show, Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art, Boston, MA, February

1997

  • Making Pictures: Women and Photography, 1975 to Now, Nicole Klagsbrun, curator, nBernardToale Gallery, Boston, MA, April
  • Face and Figure, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Winter 1996–7

1996

  • Pictures of Modern Life, École des Beaux–Arts, Tours, France, December
  • Pictures of Modern Life, Gallerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium, June

1995

  • Boston School, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, Fall–Winter
  • Camera Craft, Beth Urdang / Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art, Boston, MA, Fall
  • Norfolk 95, Yale Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk, CT, Summer

1993

  • Galerie FNAC–Montparnasse, Paris, France, Fall
  • Four Photographers, Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA, January
  • Inhabited Spaces, Andrea Marquit Fine Arts, Boston, MA, Winter

1992

  • Gifts of Compassion: the Judith Fields Alviani Memorial Exhibition, Miller/Block Fine Arts,  Boston, MA, April
  • New England Photographers, ‘92, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, April
  • Currents ‘92: The Absent Body, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, Winter

1991

  • National Color Photography Invitational, Pennsylvania School of Art and Design,Lancaster, PA, September
  • New American Talent: The Seventh Exhibition, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX, May
  • 4th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition, Abercrombie Gallery, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA, April

1990

  • Multiples, Chastain Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Fall
  • Modern Life, The Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY, May
  • Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, CA, January

1989

  • Witnesses Against Our Vanishing, Artist’s Space, New York, NY, December
  • New Portraiture, Clarence Kennedy Gallery, Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, MA, February

1988

  • New Works Gallery, University of Illinois at Chicago, September
  • Recent Realities, Clary–Miner Gallery, Buffalo, NY, May
  • Social Life, The Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY, May
  • Photography ‘88, Harbor Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Dorchester, MA, April

1987

  • Interior Spaces–Work by Contemporary New England Artists, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA, Fall

1986

  • Fact, Fiction, Fragment, Fetish, Stux Gallery, Boston, MA, December

1985

  • Portraits: Artists by Artists, Montserrat School of Visual Art, Beverly, MA, October
  • Boston Now–Photography, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, Summer
  • Images from the Photography Collection, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts,Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, January

1984

  • The Road Show–Documents and Metaphors, The Photographic Archives, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, April

1983

  • Museum School Travelling Fellowship Winners, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, June
  • A Reasonable Likeness–Contemporary Portraits, The Photographic Archives, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, February


Bibliography: Reviews and Articles

  • Cate McQuaid, “Luring the eye to something beyond”, Boston Globe, April 13, 2011
  • Caroline Cunningham, “Artistry: Love Among The Ruins”, New England Home,  January/February 2010
  • Christine, Temin, “A Soulful Look at Spiritual Sites,” The Boston Globe, June 22, 2005
  • Martin Coomer, "Shellburne Thurber," Time Out/ London, August 18­–25, 2004
  • Martha Schwendener, "Shellburne Thurber," Art Forum, Summer, 2004
  • Carrie Moyer, "A Sofa is Not Just a Sofa," Gay City, April 1–7, 2004
  • Jerry Saltz, "Shrink–Wrapped," The Village Voice, March 29, 2004
  • David Bonetti, "Shellburne Thurber at the Boston Athenaeum,” Art in America, April 2003
  • Joanne Silver, “Photos catalog Athenaeum’s loveliness,” The Boston Herald, October 11, 2002
  • Christine Temin, “All over town, visual artists have a way with words,” The Boston Globe, October 6, 2002
  • Christine Temin,Thurber wins prize,” The Boston Globe, December 13, 2000
  • Joanne Silver, “Thurber’s photos find treasures in empty rooms,” The Boston Herald, December 8, 2000
  • Vince Alletti, “Air–conditioned interiors,” The Village Voice, August 22, 2000
  • Ken Johnson, “Air–conditioned interiors,” The New York Times, August 11, 2000
  • Christine Temin, “In therapist’s offices, light among shadows,” The Boston GlobeApril 14, 2000
  • Christine Temin, “Thurber, Hodges limn a landscape of loss,” The Boston GlobeSeptember 10, 1999
  • Joanne Silver, “Spirits lights way in ‘Home’,” The Boston Herald, September 10, 1999
  • Joanne Silver, “Home is where the art is,” The Boston Herald, July 9, 1999
  • Miles Unger, “Shellburne Thurber: Home,” Art New England, December 1999/January 2000
  • Christine Temin, “Collector’s best of the ‘90s,” The Boston Globe, April 2, 1999
  • Joanne Silver, “Passion, power mark ICA show,” The Boston Herald, April 2, 1999,p.S9
  • Christine Temin, “Four shows offer Harvard’s photographic memories,” The Boston GlobeApril 4 1999, p. N2
  • Anne Wilson Lloyd, “Shellburne Thurber at Elias Fine Art,” Art in AmericaJanuary, 1999, p. 109
  • Jane D. Marsching, “Room: Photographs by Shellburne Thurber,” Art New EnglandDecember 1998/January 1999, p. 38
  • Mary Sherman, “Thurber works in a room of her own,” The Boston Herald, October 25, 1999, p. 69
  • Christine Temin, “‘Room’ examines the meaning of space,” The Boston Globe, October 9, 1998, p. D6
  • Vince Aletti, “Shellburne Thurber,” The Village Voice, December 23, 1997
  • Ken Johnson, “Shellburne Thurber,” The New York Times, December 12, 1997
  • Jane Harris, “Shellburne Thurber,” Review, October 15, 1996, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Susan Inglett Gallery)
  • Linda Yablonsky, “Shellburne Thurber,” Time Out, New York, September 11–18, 1996, Issue No. 51 (Susan Inglett Gallery)
  • Brooks Adams “New Humanist Photography,” Print Collector’s Newsletter, May/June, 1996, Vol. 27, No. 2
  • Vicki Goldberg, “Intimate Snapshots from the Underground,” The New York Times, nDecember 24, 1995 (Boston School, ICA Boston)
  • Roland Tan, “Tracing Boston’s Gay Art Culture,” The Harvard Crimson, October, 1995 (“Boston School,” ICA Boston)
  • Shawn Hill, “Making the Scene,” Bay Windows, October 26–November 1, 1995, Vol. 13(“Boston School,” ICA Boston and “Camera Craft,” Urdang/Goldman)
  • Christine Temin, “Before AIDS Remade the World,” The Boston Globe, October 24, 1995(“Boston School,” ICA Boston)
  • Shawn Hill, “School’ Days,” The TAB, Oct. 24–30, 1995, (“Boston School,” ICA Boston)
  • Miles Unger, “Artificial Reality: Photography Today,” Art New England, Feb.–Mar., 1993, Vol. 14, No. 2 (“Inhabited Spaces,” Marquit)
  • Joanne Silver, “‘Compassion’ Captures Women in Mourning,” The Boston HeraldApril 24, 1992 (“Gifts of Compassion: Alviani Memorial Exhibition,” Miller Block)
  • Nancy Stapen, “Fresh Talent, A Timely Theme,” The Boston Globe, January 24, 1992 (“Currents ‘92: The Absent Body,” ICA Boston)
  • Cate McQuaid, “Missing Persons,” Boston Phoenix, January 24, 1992 (Currents ‘92: The Absent Body, ICA Boston)
  • Kelly Spencer, “Notable Absences,” South End News, January 30, 1991 (“Currents ‘92: The Absent Body,” ICA Boston)
  • Laura C. Lieberman, “Once is Not Enough,” Afterimage, December, 1990, (“Multiples,” Nexus Gallery and Chastain Art Gallery)
  • John Russell, “Images of Grief and Rage in Exhibition on AIDS,” The New York TimesNovember 16, 1989, (“Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing,” Artists Space)
  • Paul Richard, “Witnesses: Testimony to the Power of an Age–Old Taboo,” The Washington Post, November 16, 1989, (“Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing,” Artists Space)
  • Suzanne Muchnic, “Witnesses’ Show Present AIDS as a Complex Issue,” Los Angeles TimesNovember 16, 1989, (“Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing,” Artists Space)
  • Tom Frick, Shellburne Thurber at Chapel,” Art in America, October, 1986


Bibliography: Catalogues and Publications

  • The Way of the Shovel: On the Archaeological Imaginary in Art, 2014, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
  • Familiar Feeliings: On the Boston Group, 2009, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Divan, 3-4/2006, Tidskrift for psykoanalys och kultur, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Die Couch: Von Denken im Liegen, 2006, Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna, Austria
  • Lost Bodies: Inhabiting the Borders of Life and Death, 2006, Laura Tanner, Cornell University Press
  • October 113, Summer 2005, New York, NY
  • Southern Cultures, Fall 2004, UNC Center for the Study of the American South, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Nanoscopic Culture, 2003, National Institute of Medical Research, London, UK
  • Undomesticated Interiors, 2003, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton,, MA
  • Places of the Spirit, 2003, The Lake Placid Institute, Lake Placid, NY
  • Family Ties: A Contemporary Perspective, 2003, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
  • Renovation: Photographs by Shellburne Thurber, 2002, The Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA
  • The Georgia Review, Fall 2001, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • Photosynthesis: Recent Developments in Contemporary Photography, 2001, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL
  • Interiors, 2000, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
  • Photography in Boston: 1955–1985, 2000, Lafo & Nagler, eds., MIT Press, Cambridge, MA
  • Home: Photographs by Shellburne Thurber, 1999, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
  • Playing off Time: Contemporary Photographers in Dialogue with the PastThe Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
  • Collectors Collect Contemporary: 1990–1999, 1999, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Spectacular Optical, 1998 Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY
  • Pictures of Modern Life, 1996, Gallerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
  • Boston School, 1995, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and Primal Media, Allston, MA
  • New American Talent: The Seventh Exhibition, 1991, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX
  • Fourth Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition, 1991, Abercrombie Gallery, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA
  • Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing, 1989, Artists Space, New York, NY
  • Boston Now: Photography, 1985, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA


Public Collections

  • Addison Gallery, Philips Academy, Andover, MA
  • BankBoston, Boston, MA
  • Bates College, Lewiston, ME
  • Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH
  • DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
  • Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
  • The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA
  • Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
  • The Photographic Archives, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
  • Polaroid Corporation Photographic Collection, Cambridge, MA
  • Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA 


Awards

  • The Saint-Gaudens Special 50th Anniversaty Fellowship, Cornish, NH 2013- 2015
  • Alpert/UCross Residency Prize, Alpert Award in the Arts, January 2005
  • Purchase Award, Maud Morgan Prize, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA, December 2000
  • Bunting Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA,1999–2000
  • Grant, Anonymous Was a Woman, New York, NY, 1996
  • Honorarium (awarded by Jane Baum), Images Gallery, June 1991
  • Rosalie Colligan Purchase Award, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA, April 1991
  • The Ellwood–Jonigan Fellowship, Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY, 1989
  • Albert H. Whitin Travelling Fellowship, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, June 1983


Residencies

  • The Boston Athenaeum, Artist–in–Residence, 1999–2000
  • Moonhole Artist Residence, Bequia, 1997
  • The Millay Colony for the Arts, Inc. Austerlitz, NY, 1989 


Education

  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
    • 1983 5th Year Graduate Program Certificate
    • 1982 Diploma
  • Tufts University, Medford, MA
    • 1975 BFA


Teaching

  • Massachusetts College of Art, Visiting Faculty, Photography Department, 1995–2013
  • Tufts University, Visiting Faculty, Photography Department, 1994–1996