Projects by Experience: Design Undergrads Re-imagine Life in and Around the Necklace

Through December 2017
Shattuck Visitor Center
125 The Fenway | MAP

Exhibit Hours: Sat and Sun | 11am–4pm
Weekdays: 9am –5pm
(For weekday visits, call ahead as gallery is a multipurpose room and may be closed for meetings).

About the Exhibit

As part of the Experience Design Studio, led by professor Kristian Kloeckl and organized in collaboration with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, a group of undergraduate students investigated people’s experience of the Emerald Necklace public park network. Based on a series of on-site interviews and observational studies, students developed design interventions with the goal to positively enhance people’s everyday experience in and around the parks. 

The semester-long studio looked at public parks as places of possibility, participation and co-creation; places of destination and of escape; places for encounter; places of proximity and of distance; places for dynamic appropriation where meaning is constantly negotiated. Projects proposed by the students are material as well as digital, orchestrating objects, services, information systems, ambient installations and events.

“Developing experience design projects for the Emerald Necklace in Boston also means considering the deep design lessons of Frederick Law Olmsted who designed the park system in the late 19th century,” explained Professor Kloeckl. “Olmsted is known as a landscape architect but could by all means be considered an experience designer given his holistic and human centered approach to design. He referred to the ‘genius of place’ as the unique qualities of a site to be explored and to let them condition all design decisions of a project. The approach the students of this studio course followed was guided by an exploration of place and of how people make use of these parks over time.”

Shattuck Visitor Center

125 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

Open year-round Monday-Friday
9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday (May-October only):
11:00am – 4:00pm

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Franklin Park: An Ephemeral and Enduring Landscape

Photographs by Robin Radin

May 6 through December 2017
Shattuck Visitor Center
125 The Fenway | MAP

Exhibit Hours: Sat and Sun | 11am–4pm
Weekdays: 9am –5pm
(For weekday visits, call ahead as gallery is a multipurpose room and may be closed for meetings)

Artist Statement

For over thirty-five years I have photographed both the cultural and natural landscape of my neighborhood in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. My work draws inspiration from the vibrant, diverse street life and from the brilliance in the landscapes of Franklin Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, and the Emerald Necklace parklands.

With my landscape work, I seek to elicit the beauty in settings that might otherwise seem ordinary. In particular, my photographs aim to reveal how urban wilds and parklands can unexpectedly evoke a human presence. Over the last few years, I have frequently wandered the woodlands of Franklin Park with my camera and tripod. My visits to the park are charged with the spirit of discovery and adventure. The landscape has the power to heighten my awareness, simultaneously allowing me to reach deep within myself and also to project outward my inner feeling into the captured image. These photographs are my paean to the quiet grace that emanates from these treasured places.
—Robin Radin, May 2017

About the Artist

Robin Radin is a Boston-based photographer whose career as an exhibiting artist and educator has spanned over thirty-five years. She received her B.F.A. from Tufts University and the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts in 1983, and her M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art in 1992. Her photographs have been exhibited and published nationally. Radin’s work has been presented in over fifty venues —The Danforth Museum of Art, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The Cambridge Art Association, Bunker Hill Community College, The Photographic Resource Center, The Aidekman Art Center at Tufts University, to name a few.

In 2010, in collaboration with writer Lynne Anderson, her photographs were included in the book Breaking Bread: Recipes and Stories From Immigrant Kitchens, published by the University of California Press.

Radin’s work has been reproduced in numerous exhibition catalogues. She exhibits annually in Jamaica Plain Open Studios and serves on the board of The Jamaica Plain Arts Council.  Radin is a 2003 recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant in Photography.