I am a self-taught painter, collagist and street photographer. My work and training in psychology and cultures influence my art. Process is key—I sweep strokes, connect disparate elements, adding viscosity, impasto, texture, shape and color. Revising old work, playing with accidental composition. I work messy—tearing, painting without gloves, using what’s at hand. Transience, impermanence, decay and joy, disorder and letting go are embedded in the piece. I am spontaneous, emotional, sensory. I use strong colors and old broken things, and if figures emerge, I dialogue with aspects of myself—listening, sniffing, watching. Working with bold strokes, automatic gestures and texture, found, used, worn items, refuse from the process itself.
Non-traditional beauty, made to music and movement, through color and juxtaposition of shapes, reflect Boston’s urban push. A vital and vulgar American life reflects my aging and energy. I hike among fragments of nature where random configurations inspire me. Working spontaneously, without plan, I paint visceral and viscous. My process acknowledges there’s no answer to anything, really—life is suffering and joy, confusion and clarity, rife with contradictions. Aging, decay, letting go, from old age to childhood and back.
Energy and battling emotions, movement and spontaneity push rich color and texture from that first mark. Imagery and characters emerge in the abstract. A daughter of Hungarian and Russian immigrants, I was a teacher for severely handicapped children, a school psychologist and a professor of applied linguistics. I interviewed single Central American refugee mothers of the mid 1980s about their strategies of acculturating and now volunteer with Boston area refugee organizations. An international street photographer since the early 1980s, I have had solo shows in Havana, Cuba, Cambridge, Boston, and rural France. My work has moved exclusively to mixed media painting exhibited in solo, small and group shows throughout Greater Boston. I have Masters degrees in education and psychology and a doctorate in literacy, language and cultural studies. I am a Regional Liaison as a MacDowell Colony Fellow. I work in my studio at The Mill Contemporary Art: Gallery and Studios, at The Mill at Saxonville, 2 Central Street, Saxonville (Framingham), Massachusetts.
• INVITED SMALL GROUP SHOW, MAY TO JUNE, FOUNTAIN STREET ANNEX, Exhibition dates 5/1 - 6/2
• 2019 Members’ Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, JUROR: Lisa Crossman, art historian and Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum. University Place Gallery; February 7 - March 23. 60 artists chosen from among 145 I Listen to My Friend, painting.
• Wedeman Gallery, Lasell College, Newton Art Association: JUROR: Vladimir Zimakov, Director, Wedeman Gallery
director, Professor of art, Lasell College. Assemblage, Man with the Sun in His Heart
* City Hall, Newton, Newton Open Studios: MA, painting, Immigrant Caught in the Network.
• NEWTON OPEN STUDIOS, NewTV Gallery, Newton, MA, JUROR: Vladimir Zimakov, Director, Wedeman Gallery
director, Professor of art, Lasell College, NewTV, Newton, MA: “SPACES” The Places and Spaces of Copicut Woods, painting
• RED, 2018, Cambridge Art Association, JUROR: Dan Byers, John R. and Barbara Robinson, Cambridge Art Association’s Kathryn Schultz and University Place Galleries, Family Director of the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, at Harvard University, 11/8 – 12/20
• Newton Art Association, James King Bonnar Show, Lasell College-Wedeman Art Gallery, Newton, MA, Assemblage: The Man With the Sun in His Heart, JUROR: Julie Bernson is Deputy Director for Learning and Engagement at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln.
• The Mill Contemporary Art; 3 paintings: “Refugee in Landscape,” “Make America Great Again,” “Immigrant Family,” CURATOR: Sorin Bica, PO.LI.TI.CAL SEE.SAW, Project B Gallery at 2 Central Street, Building #1, Framingham, MA
• Arlington Center for the Arts: “Refugee Ship,” Exhibition, I’m New Here: Perspectives on Migration, JUROR: Boriana Kantcheva, Chandler Gallery Coordinator, Maud Morgan Arts (50% of submitting artists were selected).
• Belmont Gallery, Monster Misunderstood, “Forlorn Man,” CURATOR:
• Mary Schein Fall Salon, University Place Gallery
• Newton Art Association: New Members Show, Honorable Mention, “The Red Door”); acrylic on canvas. JUDGES, Myra Abelson & Jeanne Gugino "There is mystery to this painting with the subtle veiling of color and painted edges. The pale blue and pink on the left suggest a landscape. . . balanced nicely by the strong red, which may be the other door."
• Newton Open Studios: April 7 and 8, Saturday and Sunday, 11-5 PM, Newart Center Main Gallery, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA 02460
• SOLO EXHIBITION, "The Laws of Chance," Cambridge Health Associates, 335 Broadway, Cambridge, MA, February—May, http://www.cambridgehealthassociates.com/events/laws-chance
• Cambridge Art Association, MEMBERS' PRIZE SHOW; "The Red Door," JUROR: Joseph Carroll, of Joseph Carroll & Sons Gallery, Of 300 entries, 43 pieces were chosen. University Place Gallery, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
• January—February: Holzwasser Gallery at the NewartCenter: "Repurposed"—3-Person Exhibition & Talk, Wood Collage Bas-Reliefs: "Interpretations of the Physical World"; JUROR: Sarah Montross, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
• SOCIAL DOCUMENTARY: "SEEING WOMAN": 30 PHOTOGRAPHS FOR ZEKE MAGAZINE'S "Through a Woman's Lens"
• Fall, 2017 to Winter, 2018: Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Illuminations Program, 2 photographs, 3 paintings; Curator, Beverly Therkelsen
• BLUE, JUROR: Vera Ingrid Grant, Annual Exhibition, JUROR: Vera Ingrid Grant, of the Hutchins Center for African American Art and Culture, Harvard University, December, 2017—January, 2018
• Summer Selective, 6 large paintings, Newton Open Studios, JUROR: Kathleen Smith Redman
• Concord Art Association: Stuart Shils Group Exhibition, Painting
• Summer Selective, Newton Open Studios, JUROR: Kathleen Smith Redman, Newton, MA
• The Fifth Annual One, ArtsWorcester, Worcester, MA
• Rockport Art Association, Contributing Members Exhibition, Rockport, MA
• Rockport Art Association, Experimental Group: "Unexpected, No. 4," Painting, JURIED, Rockport, MA
• Invited Small Group Exhibition, 4 Paintings, CURATOR, Katherine Miller, Newbury Court, Concord, MA
• Winter, Cambridge Art Association, Ideas of Home, Photograph "Two Women, Bulgaria"
• Winter, Concord Art Association, Roddy Annual, JUROR: Katherine French, Painting
• Fall, Cambridge Art Association, "Mary Schein Fall Salon," Painting, Cambridge, MA
• Summer Selective, Newton Open Studios, 4 photographs, JUROR, Kathleen Smith Redman
• Spring to Summer: SOLO: Photonarrative, CUBA, "Waiting for Change"— Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center; https://patch.com/massachusetts/somerville/waiting-change-0
• Cuba Diversidad: A Photographic Journey, Bunker Hill Community College, INVITED Small Group Exhibition & Presentation: JUROR: Laura Montgomery, with Lou Jones and others
• Cambridge Art Association, "Unconventional Means," JUROR: Robert Siegelman
• "Circling the Seine," 30" x 40" Cambridge Art Association: Mary Schein Fall Salon, University Place Gallery, Cambridge, MA
• Newton Open Studios, Summer Selective, JUROR: Kathleen Smith Redman
• Cambridge Art Association, "Hippolyta," Cambridge Art Association, "SELFISH," JUROR: Catherine Kehoe; Reception, Thursday, University Place Gallery
• Spring: SOLO PHOTONARRATIVE EXHIBITION: CUBA: Waiting for Change; Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; Opening Reception & Poetry Reading by Cuban-American writers
• Cambridge Art Association, "Unconventional Means," JUROR: Robert Siegelman, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, "Embargo"
Cambridge Art Association, Mary Schein Fall Salon, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Narrative Street Photography: Presentation, Newton Arts Center, Newton, MA
FenceArt, Banners of artwork rotating among Newton public fence locations, Newton, MA, JUROR: Ellen Fisher http://www.newtoncommunitypride.org/festival/FenceART.html
Rocky Neck Art Colony: Gloucester, MA, Printed, Painted, Folded, Torn: Paperwork, JUROR: Katherine French, Director emerita Danforth Art, Framingham, MA.
SOLO Photonarrative Exhibition: CUBA Story and Community :Galeria Teodoro Ramos Blanco, Cerro, Havana, Cuba
SOLO Exhibition: Hotel-Restaurant le Flaubert, Villenauxe-la-Grande, Champagne-Ardennes, France
Artist Residency: CAMAC Centre d'Art, Marnay-sur-Seine, France; http://www.camac.org/residences-dartistes/artistes-2/2014-2/barbara-trachtenberg/
Biennial: Les artistes ouvrent leur porte, Open Studios, Marnay-sur-Seine, Champagne-Ardennes, France, Centre culturel, La Maison du Boulanger, France
Papiers collées: ONLINE http://blattformer.blogspot.de/search/label/NOW%20B.%20Trachtenberg; CURATOR: Ruprecht Dreher, conceptual artist showing at the Berlin Art Fair, 2015
http://www.socialdocumentary.net/exhibit/Barbara_Trachtenberg/2669; CURATOR: Glenn Ruga
Street Photography: Photographs of Cambridge and Boston, MA; Griffin Museum of Photography, Small Group Show, Winchester, MA; CURATOR: Harvey Stein
Members’ Show: Male Bather on the Seine, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
Artist Reflection: Ten Years of the Artists Professional Toolbox, http://online.flipbuilder.com/vfda/gxfp/mobile/index.html#p=85
Royal Sonesta Hotel ArtBar, 6 CUBA photographs; Cambridge, MA
Newton Open Studios Spring Show: Photographs and Paintings/Mixed Media: Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center
Cambridge Art Association: Pretty Ugly, Woman and Shadow, Havana; Juried by Camilo Alvarez, Samson Projects, Boston, MA, Kathryn Schultz Gallery
Concord Art Association: Photography, Drawings, Mixed Media, Crafts & Graphics; The Street, Havana and Seated Man, Havana
Pink Revolution, 69th Annual Members' Juried Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, University Place Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, JUROR: Kate McNamara, Director & Chief Curator at the Boston University Art Gallery. Co-founder of Cleopatra’s, a Brooklyn-based project space; past curator at MoMA PS1, New York; AIR Antwerpen, Belgium; and Participant, INC., New York
SOLO: PHOTOGRAPHS: Trident Bookstore and Cafe, Newbury Street, Boston, MA
SOLO: PAINTINGS AND MIXED MEDIA: Trident Bookstore and Cafe, Newbury Street, Boston, MA
Mirrors and Windows: La Farmácia Johnson, Havana, Cuba, Cambridge Art Association, Juried by Dana Salvo & Dawn Southworth, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
Griffin Museum of Photography: Winter Solstice Members' Show, "Newsboys"
NewTV Summer Selective, Newton, MA: 5 juried pieces, JUROR, Kathleen Smith, Director of Exhibits at New Art CenterNewton Mayor’s Office Summer Show, “Stay Cool”
Invited Group Show: "Old Structures," CURATOR: Emily Passman—September, REVIEW: http://news.acmi.tv/2013/schwamb-mill/
Danforth Museum: "Lubavitcher I," Community of Artists: JUROR, Katherine French, Danforth Museum Director, New England Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) for curatorial excellence
YWCA Stand Against Racism, JUROR, Karen Haas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Jewish-Cape Verdean Seder: "Two Boys"
FACE TO FACE: Painting, "Face to Face," JUROR, Arlette Kayafas of Gallery Kayafas
Cambridge Art Association: BLUE, "Mother, Muted," Group show, JUROR, Joseph Thompson, Director, Mass MoCA
SECRETS: Group Show, "In the Kitchen," JUROR, Jane Young of Chase Young Gallery, Boston. The Cambridge Art Association's Kathryn Schultz Gallery, 25 Lowell Street, Cambridge
"Brothers, Morocco," Greater Lynn International Photographic Competition
RE CYCLE: "Totem to a Marathon" JUROR, Susie Nielsen, Farm Gallery + Project Space, Wellfleet MA, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA
Boston Camera Club: Latimer Competition: Third Place, "Souq"
Newton Open Studios: New Photographs: Mexico, Morocco
Concord Art Association, FRANCES RODDY 13th Open Competition, "Lubavitcher I," JUROR, Jen Mergel, Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Scollay Square Gallery, "Friends: Morocco," "Brothers, Morocco," "Woman Baking Bread, Morocco," Boston City Hall: Art and Poetry
Newton Open Studios TOP TEN: JUROR, Katherine French, Director, Danforth Museum
April, BLUE, Cambridge Art Association
PHOTOGRAPHS: The Families of Cuetzálan: Chelsea Public Library
MacDowell Colony Fellowship: http://www.macdowellcolony.org/artists-indexfellows.php
Friend to Writers Award: PEN-New England: Prison Writing Program; http://www.pen.org/prison-writing
CUBA: Story and Community: With essays by Lic. Magdalena Rivas Rodríguezand Lic. Félix Hernández Ambrosio, Curador y Gallerista, Galería Teodoro Ramos Blanco, Havana
CUBA, March, 2014: Hardcover of color photographs
Anthology: RE CYCLED, Cambridge Art Association
Anthology: SECRETS, Cambridge Art Association
YWCA "Stand Against Racism": http://www.bu.edu/prc/StandAgainstRacism/index.html: “Jewish-Cape Verdean Seder"
Book: SEEING, Photographs and poems
Book: VILLAGE FAMILIES AND NEIGHBORS
Shalom Magazine, December, 2013
Book: FABRIC FRANCE, hardcover of photographs
2005: “Interview with Richard Lethem,” COMMENTARY in Words and Images, pp. 12-24.
Works owned by:
WGBH and the Boston Globe in celebrating the second-annual Summer Arts Walk on Newbury Street July, 2015, Robert Klein Gallery, Newbury • Street, Boston, MA, West Roxbury Academy, Boston Public Schools
The Art Connection (http://www.theartconnection.org) an organization whose mission is to enrich and empower underserved communities by expanding access to original works of visual art
WGBH AUCTION, 2015
Greater Boston Citizenship Initiative
MassBay Community College
Workshop: Big Sister Association; Photos and Poems, Workshop with urban girls and their "big sisters": writing poems from participants' photographs, 2013, Boston, MA
Photographer: JEWISH-CAPE VERDEAN SEDER, 2013, Boston, MA
Presenter: Photographic Resource Center at Boston University
Cuba Diversidad: Panel Discussion., A Photographic Journey, Bunker Hill Community College, Group Exhibition: Curator: Laura Montgomery, Presentation
Photographic Resource Center at Boston University
2013: New England Women in Photography: Simmons College
2011-2012: NewTV GALLERY, Newton, MA: Winners of Juried Newton Open Studios, Group Show, JUROR by Katherine French, Director, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
2012, March, Presentation: "Women in Photography Night": Photographic Resource Center, Boston University, with Lisa Kessler http://www.flickr.com/photos/prcboston/sets/72157629270275528/
2011, Fall, Newton Public Library, Preview Show for Winners of Juried Exhibit; JUROR by Katherine French of the Danforth Museum
2011, Fall, NEWTON OPEN STUDIOS
2010, Spring, NEWTON OPEN STUDIOS
Monolog presented by actress at American Anthropological Association, Chicago. Visual Anthropology
Paintings and Photographs in Private Collections in New England, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Chicago, North Carolina and Mexico
WGBH, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (photograph, Lubavicher, I)
Monoprint, Collage, Painting, Drawing: Roz Ablow, Tim Harney, Bonnie Mineo, John Murray, Joanne Mattera
Maggie Dietz, Poet, Boston University, http://www.bu.edu/creativewriting/maggie-dietz/
MEMBERSHIPS and degrees
Danforth Museum of Art, NewArtCenter, ArtsWorcester, Rockport Art Association and Experimental Group, Griffin Museum of Photography, Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, Newton Open Studios, Boston Camera Club, Cambridge Art Association, Concord Art Association, Newton Art Association
Ed.D, Cultural Studies, Boston University
M.A, Psychology, Antioch New England
M.Ed., Education, Keene State College
Phi Beta Delta International Scholar
The Mill Contemporary Art Gallery and Studios at The Mill at Saxonville: 2 Central Street, Saxonville (Framingham), MA
Fountain Street Artists Annex: 260 Harrison Avenue, Boston