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Take 5: Where to find artwork across campus

Color in Freedom

Here’s a run­down of some of the top spots on campus where you can find a range of art exhibits, unique col­lec­tions, and a new mural.

1. Gallery 360
The 1,000-square-foot gallery, located within a cor­ridor between the Curry Stu­dent Center and Ell Hall, hosts about 20 shows a year. The gallery high­lights the work of North­eastern stu­dents and fac­ulty, Boston-​​area artists, and nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally known artists and exhibits. Shows in the last year have focused on North­eastern seniors’ work (an exhibit still open through June 1), kinder­garten and its global influ­ence, British Pop, and a col­lec­tion of typewriters once owned by promi­nent 20th-​​century fig­ures. Read more on Gallery 360’s his­tory here.

Gallery 360’s annual fac­ulty exhi­bi­tion in 2013 cel­e­brating the work of fac­ulty in the Depart­ment of Art + Design. Photo by Jamie Levine.

Gallery 360’s annual fac­ulty exhi­bi­tion in 2013 cel­e­brating the work of fac­ulty in the Depart­ment of Art + Design. Photo by Jamie Levine.

2. Campus mural
Artist Daniel Anguilu recently painted a beau­tiful mural on the retaining wall of the pedes­trian bridge that tra­verses the MBTA tracks connecting the main campus with the Columbus Avenue parking garage. The mural faces the Curry Stu­dent Center. Anguilu noted that he drew inspi­ra­tion for the work from Gabriel García Márquez, the renowned Colom­bian author who passed away last month. Anguilu was the first artist-​​in-​​residence as part of a new public art ini­tia­tive pro­viding fac­ulty, stu­dents, and artists around the world “can­vases” on campus to dis­play their work.

Artist Daniel Anguilu’s campus mural, located on the retaining wall of the pedes­trian bridge next to the Curry Stu­dent Center. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

Artist Daniel Anguilu’s campus mural, located on the retaining wall of the pedes­trian bridge next to the Curry Stu­dent Center. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

3. Inter­na­tional Vil­lage
The building houses many instal­la­tions, including a 240-​​square-​​foot mural by renowned urban artist Shepard Fairey and a motor­cycle sculp­ture by North­eastern grad­uate Michael Ulman, AS’00, that is com­posed of found objects. Topo­graph­ical pho­tog­raphy taken by retired fac­ulty member Julie Curtis also hangs in one of the building’s stair­wells. The INV lobby fea­tures a variety of rotating shows, most recently an exhibit marking the one-​​year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bomb­ings that fea­tured sto­ries and images from Northeastern’s Our Marathon dig­ital archive project.

A trav­eling exhibit on how Japan’s archi­tec­tural com­mu­nity responded to the Great East Japan Earth­quake was on dis­play at North­eastern in 2013. It was the exhibit’s only U.S. stop on its global tour. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

A trav­eling exhibit on how Japan’s archi­tec­tural com­mu­nity responded to the Great East Japan Earth­quake was on dis­play at North­eastern in 2013. It was the exhibit’s only U.S. stop on its global tour. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

4. Ryder Hall
Those passing through Ryder Hall are greeted by diverse pieces of art­work by stu­dents, fac­ulty, and staff that are fea­tured in dis­play cases, hung from the ceiling and spiral stair­case, and exhib­ited on walls throughout the building. Last month, an out­door, inter­ac­tive instal­la­tion dubbed .vote was also unveiled. Passers-​​by express how they’re feeling at the moment by pushing a button—or by voting online—that cor­re­sponds to their cur­rent mood; each night the results are reflected on a three-​​dimensional LED matrix mounted on the building’s façade. The instal­la­tion is the result of a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Philips Color Kinetics and Northeastern’s Master of Fine Arts in Infor­ma­tion Design and Visu­al­iza­tion.

The inter­ac­tive .vote instal­la­tion is seen at night out­side Ryder Hall. Photo by Maria Amasanti.

The inter­ac­tive .vote instal­la­tion is seen at night out­side Ryder Hall. Photo by Maria Amasanti.

5. Uni­ver­sity Libraries
The fourth floor of Snell Library fea­tures a range of art­work donated by avid col­lector Arthur Gold­berg, MEd’65, who has con­tributed numerous pieces from his col­lec­tion to North­eastern over the years. Read more about the col­lec­tion here.  A col­lec­tion of his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant maps, Audubon prints, engrav­ings, and other pieces cour­tesy of Graham Arader is also on dis­play around the building’s class­room entrance on the first floor.

Eng­lish pro­fessor Marina Leslie teaches her class, “Opening the Archive,” using maps from the Arader Gal­leries Col­lec­tion in Snell Library. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

Eng­lish pro­fessor Marina Leslie teaches her class, “Opening the Archive,” using maps from the Arader Gal­leries Col­lec­tion in Snell Library. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

(And here’s one more, because a list of five isn’t enough to cap­ture the many places to view art on campus.)
6. All over campus
There are a number of out­door sculp­tures across Northeastern’s campus, including this one in West Village.

A stu­dent walks through West Vil­lage, framed by a por­tion of “Homage to Galileo,” a sculp­ture by artist David Bakalar. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

A stu­dent walks through West Vil­lage, framed by a por­tion of “Homage to Galileo,” a sculp­ture by artist David Bakalar. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

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