Elaine Reichek

Ever Yours, Henry James

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - January 16
Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade

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Elaine Reichek , Ever Yours, Henry James 6/27/2017 11:00 AM 1/16/2018 5:00 PM isgm-event-Elaine Reichek America/New_York Ever Yours, Henry James is a graphic sampler composed of fragments from Henry James’s letters to Isabella Stewart Gardner. 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115 aIwSTBiOnzHrlaECKmIR43731

About the Exhibition

Elaine Reichek, 2001 Artist-in-Residence, is the tenth artist to create an artwork for the Museum’s façade. Ever Yours, Henry James, the artist’s first large-scale public art piece, is composed of fragments from the great American novelist’s letters to his friend Isabella Stewart Gardner. Reichek was intrigued by the many different ways James closed his letters to Gardner – from the somewhat formal “with many good wishes, Very truly Yours” to the affectionate “always constantly.” These closings indicate something of the depth of genuine feeling in Gardner’s and James’s long friendship. Reichek adds, “By making use of the older 19th-century private epistolary mode for a public contemporary art piece I wanted to cross the literal passage between the old and the new, connect contemporary art with the older collection, and by doing this perhaps mirror Mrs. Gardner’s own non-hierarchical, non-linear methods for the display of her collection.”

Ever Yours, Henry James by artist Elaine Reichek
Elaine Reichek, Ever Yours, Henry James, photo: George Bouret

About the Artist

Elaine Reichek is a conceptual artist whose work examines preconceptions about aesthetics and culture. Inspired by hand-embroidered samplers, she explores the nature of women’s work and role of craft traditions in contemporary art. Reichek has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally for nearly forty years. She received her BFA from Yale University and her BA from Brooklyn College. She lives and works in New York.

Artist-in-Residence Elaine Reichek talks about her work, Ever Yours, Henry James. Filmmaking by Dylan Buss.

The Artist-in-Residence Program is directed by Pieranna Cavalchini, the Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art, and is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Barbara Lee Program Fund. Funding is also provided for site specific installations of new work on the Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade on Evans Way. The Museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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