Shaking the Trees is the third exhibition in a series that invites an artist to imagine what a museum community space can be. Drawing upon the architecture of the Tang Teaching Museum’s mezzanine, Shaking the Trees will create a new community space for conversation and contemplation. Artist Nicole Cherubini forges connections between history, materials, purpose, and function in her sculptural works by integrating multiple elements such as platforms, frames, prints, wood armatures, plants, and found objects. The installation builds upon the artist’s longstanding exploration of the history of objects and space, and will juxtapose ceramic tiling, modular seating, sculpture, and works from the Tang Teaching Museum’s collection. In the next year, Cherubini will create a wall to floor installation of custom-designed ceramic tiles and develop a program of dialogues and performances in the space.
Nicole Cherubini was born in Boston in 1970 and lives and works between Brooklyn and Hudson, New York. She earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from New York University. She has presented solo exhibitions at several institutions, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Jersey City Museum, New Jersey; Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York; Pérez Art Museum Miami; and Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles. Her works have been included in group exhibitions at the Boston University Art Gallery; Boston Center for the Arts; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Permanenten: The West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, Bergen; Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence; MoMA PS1, Long Island City; and SculptureCenter, Long Island City.