March 14–April 4, 2024

Creative Networks: The Boston Art Scene in the 1970s and ’80s

Rediscover the different artist groups active in Boston during the 1970s and ’80s that have largely been written out of the art historical narrative. Hear new and recovered stories about the Black and queer communities that hosted alternative exhibitions and creative spaces over two pivotal decades in the city’s history.

Take the full four-session course or choose the lectures that interest you most.

Ticket Packages

Purchase the discounted four-session course package. Please note that this course package is not available after the date of the first session.

Members $96
Nonmembers $120

Ticket Package

Past Events


April 4, 2024
2:00 pm–3:30 pm

Operating outside Boston’s mainstream art institutions, the Boston Collective comprised a group of Black and Asian artists who gravitated around the...


March 28, 2024
2:00 pm–3:30 pm

From the 1970s to the early ’80s a group of young artists in Boston, several of whom were then students at the SMFA, made intimate and ephemeral self...


March 21, 2024
2:00 pm–3:30 pm

Between 1975 and 1985 Boston University’s Program in Artisanry (PIA) crystalized the ambitions of the studio craft movement like nothing before it. As...


March 14, 2024
2:00 pm–3:30 pm

Explore the relationship between community photographic practices, queer nightlife, and gay liberation in Boston. In the early 1970s, the Boston area...

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