Porter ExChanges

I ventured out at Lunch today for several reasons, not least among them to get some spring air.  And some lunch.  The destination: Porter Exchange.  The observations: several...

Kotobukiya Sushi Bar is doing great.  I had a very nice crunchy spicy salmon roll.

Kotobukiya Market is closing on May 10.  I wish it were otherwise, but it's happening.  Word on the street is that Leslie University wants more space. The shelves are already starting to look a little picked over.  I bought the last box of Crunky biscuits.


The mall giveth, the mall taketh away.

Not too long ago, the Art Institute of Boston (AIB) opened the AIB Gallery at University Hall inside the Porter Exchange.  I had noticed a show of four photographers - John Arsenault, Janieta Eyre, Darren Miller and Lissa Rivera - curated by Arlette Kayafas and Andrew Mroczek a few weeks ago but it closed last week.

This week, there's a bachelors thesis show up in that space.  The four young photographers are Jon Bakos, Dan Caridi, Neil Contractor and Shane Godfrey.  The next show, The Deceptive Narrative, curated by Andrew Mroczek, will open May 7 with work by Naoe Suzuki, Christine Murphy and Andrew Brandou.

Change is the only constant, but the Porter Exchange remains a bright spot in Porter Square.

2 Responses

  1. Michael
    Hi David, Saw your post. I live in the neighborhood. Wanted to point out that the Fourselves show was co-curated by Arlette Kayafas and Andrew Mroczek. I actually ran into him at the gallery when I went to see the show and had a great conversation with him. He runs the space. Do you have images of the show? I wanted to see if I could go back and take pictures but I didn't have the time. Michael
  2. Michael - thanks for the correction, I will post it. Apologies to Andrew. I have no pictures to share, but if you follow the artists links you can find their sites which are chock-full of their work. Although I did not attempt to take any photos in AIB's Porter gallery, I have found gallery owners to be pretty closed-minded about photography in their spaces. To folks keeping up with the Kotobukiya closing story, here are some links to more news about it and some campaigns to save it: http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/news/x2138482128/Japanese-market-owner-Lesley-forced-us-out-of-Cambridge http://blogs.townonline.com/cambridge/2009/04/17/kotobukiya-nooooo/ http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/archive/x549604900/Letter-Lesley-should-reverse-course-keep-Japanese-market-in-Porter-Square

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