Laffoley Artworks a Response to 9/11


Leading American visionary artist Paul Laffoley goes back in time to gain new perspective on the World Trade Center cataclysm in “The Gaudi: New York Hotel for Ground Zero,” showing at the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University’s Gallery 28 through November 10.

In his first solo Boston exhibition in some time, Laffoley focuses on a little-known commission, never completed, for a hotel in lower Manhattan. The unfinished project was conceived by the noted 19th- and early 20th-century Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, who visited the site during one of his rare excursions from his native Barcelona.

“Laffoley has been meditating on that work in configuring a conceptual visionary response to the 9/11 tragedy,” said Charles Giuliano, director of exhibitions for the New England School of Design at Suffolk University.

“The Gaudi: New York Hotel for Ground Zero” incorporates paintings, drawings and “the Spiritus,” mixing the occult with scientific visionary art.

Jeff Hudson’s “Rembrandt Makeovers” at the Project Gallery coincides with the Laffoley exhibit.

Hudson is known primarily for his video work, particularly with numerous rock bands. This is a rare graphic exhibition for him, in which he is reworking Rembrandt portraits with a sense of Pop humor.

The galleries are open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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