Jed Speare, In Memoriam, March 22nd. 2016 He will be missed.

Jed Speare, Strange Attractor@StudioSoto, Photo by Kristophe Diaz

Jed Speare, Strange Attractor@StudioSoto, Photo by Kristophe Diaz

Jed Speare – 1954-2016

It is with great sadness that Mobius shares the news of the passing of Jed Speare on March 22, 2016.  Jed was an active member in the group since 1995 and provided leadership for Mobius as co-director/director from 1996-2004, and again from 2009-2013.  Mobius is lucky to have received the commitment and dedication that Jed generously gave to this organization. He had a prolific career as a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and organizer. Jed’s activities reached far beyond Mobius, as he engaged with numerous artists and organizations in Boston and around the world.

Despite the challenges with his health in the last few years he persisted in his work with the sensitivity, attention, and criticality that he always had. Just in the last few months, Jed was an artist-in-residence at the Guest House, Cork, Ireland and at Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh. He launched: The Wounds of Returning - Sound Works II 1974-1983 with Farpoint Recordings, and presented a new electroacoustic work at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall with collaborator, Morgan Evans-Weiler.  

Jed’s career as an artist spanned over four decades, during which his work reflected the personal, political and cultural transformations that marked a fluctuating environment for experimental art making.  We are grateful that he left us with so many memories, ideas, images, words, and sounds which will continue to have impact for years to come.

Thank you Jed for all that you have shared and given us.  


Mobius is preparing a memorial event in honor of Jed’s life and work. We will be sending out details as they solidify. If you have any reflections, photos, or expressions to share about Jed (now or in consideration of the memorial) please send them to

Additional announcements of Jed’s passing:

Family Vineyard

The WIRE Magazine, UK

"100 Ways to Consider Time " Marilyn Arsem : Days 50-100 BY CHELSEA COON ON MARCH 15, 2016

‘Salt’, Day 99 in ‘100 Ways to Consider Time’, Marilyn Arsem. Photo Credit: Vela Om

‘Salt’, Day 99 in ‘100 Ways to Consider Time’, Marilyn Arsem. Photo Credit: Vela Om

Here are the links to the articles written by Chelsea Coon in Big Red & Shiny on Marilyn Arsem and 100 Ways to Consider Time.

100 Ways to Consider Time: Days 1–50

100 Ways to Consider Time: Days 50-100…/100-ways-to-consider-time-days…/

Marilyn Arsem  is the recipient of its 2015 Maud Morgan Prize. The Museum of Fine Arts' Maud Morgan Prize honors a Massachusetts woman artist who has demonstrated creativity and vision, making significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape.  

Arsem performed at the Museum of Fine Arts for 100 days, beginning  November 09, 2015 and ending February 19, 2016.

Mobius Artists Anna Wexler and Margaret Bellafiore both have artists books in this travelling project which is now in Washington, DC.

Mobius Artists Anna Wexler and Margaret Bellafiore both have artists books in this travelling project which is now in Washington, DC.


link to Washington Post review of show with Margaret Bellafiore mention:


In the Museum for 100 Days, a Performance Artist Pushes Us to Reflect on Time by Heather Kapplow on February 12, 2016 Hyperallergic

marilyn Hyperallergic.jpg

Here is the link to the article written by Heather Kapplow in Hyperallergic on Marilyn Arsem and 100 Ways to Consider Time.

Marilyn Arsem  is the recipient of its 2015 Maud Morgan Prize. The Museum of Fine Arts' Maud Morgan Prize honors a Massachusetts woman artist who has demonstrated creativity and vision, making significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape.  

Arsem has been performing at the Museum since November 09, 2015 and will conclude on February 19, 2016


100 Ways to Consider Time: Days 1–50 BY CHELSEA COON ON FEBRUARY 8, 2016, Big Red & Shiny

Here is the link to the article written by Chelsea Coon in Big Red & Shiny on Marilyn Arsem and 100 Ways to Consider Time. 

Marilyn Arsem  is the recipient of its 2015 Maud Morgan Prize. The Museum of Fine Arts' Maud Morgan Prize honors a Massachusetts woman artist who has demonstrated creativity and vision, making significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape.  

Arsem has been performing at the Museum since November 09, 2015 and will conclude on February 19, 2016


The Performance Art of Marilyn Arsem Original e-book available for free download now!

The Performance Art of Marilyn Arsem

Original e-book available for free download now!

Enhanced e-book available through iBooks featuring 8 videos, 4 audio clips, and 21 slideshows, with essays by Edward Saywell and Liz Munsell.

This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.

It is a free download until the end of Arsem’s performance of 100 Ways to Consider Time at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on February 19th, after which it will be available for purchase.

The final chapter on 100 Ways to Consider Time will be updated after completion of the performance, and will include photos, some audio and video, as well as writing by Arsem and audience members.

Marilyn Arsem has created over 180 works of performance art since 1975, and in the process she has helped to define the genre itself. This monograph on her life’s work is among the first of its kind to embrace e-books’ capacity to convey key aspects of durational, live art through multimedia. It grants access to rare videos and slideshows of Arsem’s past performances, as well as to newly conducted audio interviews with the artist. Arsem discusses performance art on her own terms in a preface and a final chapter about her current work, and MFA curators contextualize her practice and recurring themes in an introduction and entry-based chapters on women’s work, cultures of violence, natural resources, and time and mortality. This enhanced e-book celebrates an artist who has spent her career pushing the boundaries of artistic experience, and at the same time, expands the established boundaries of how books present performance.

About the Authors

Liz Munsell is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art & MFA Programs, position supported by Lorraine Bressler, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Edward Saywell is Chair, Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, and Arthur K. Solomon Curator of Modern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


Forecast Public Art Public Art Review


Last summer, Mobuis Artists Group members Marilyn Arsem, Daniel S. DeLuca, Tom Plsek and Joanne Rice participated in Time Body Space Objects 4, on Spectacle Island Boston, Ma. The performance series was curated by Alice Vogler and Vela Phelan.

This piece was recently posted on the Public Art Review.

Photo credit: "SEVEN DISAPPEARANCES" by Marilyn Arsem, Time Body Space Objects 4. The artist performed seven demonstrations of the transformation of materials for "Seen/Unseen" on Spectacle Island. Photo by Nabeela Vega.



Boston Foundation awards Brother Thomas Fellowship 2015, to Mobius Artist Sandrine Schaefer

"Mobius Artist, Sandrine Schaefer was named 1 of 10 local artists as a 2015 Brother Thomas Fellow through The Boston Foundation. The Brother Thomas Fund honors the life of Brother Thomas Bezanson, a Benedictine monk and ceramist whose work can be found in scores of museums nationwide.

The award is not tied to any particular project and designed to assist mid-career artists to evolve their practices.  Working with a site-sensitive approach, Sandrine plans to use the funds for travel opportunities to make new work."

Mobius Artist Sandrine Schaefer has been nominated for a Brother Thomas Fellowship Award

Mobius Artist Sandrine Schaefer has been nominated for a Brother Thomas Fellowship Award

Toward the end of his life, Brother Thomas, a Benedictine monk and world-renowned ceramic artist who died in 2007, joined forces with his friends Bernie and Sue Pucker, owners of Boston's Pucker Gallery, to create a legacy that would benefit other artists through the sale of his work. Today his legacy funds Fellowships for artists working at a high level of excellence and creativity. 

The Boston Foundation :: 75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA


The Mobius Online Bookstore is now OPEN

published June 30, 2015

this moment: missives from another world, thirty years of performances photographed by Bob Raymond

Mobius’s new publication is a 10”x10” book containing 70 color photographs of performances, as well as essays on the history of Mobius and the challenges of documenting ephemeral art.  The artists pictured in the images have also written about the work.  Bob was a fixture at Mobius for 30 years, photographing performances every week.

Both paperback and hardcover versions are available.   They can now be purchased through the Mobius website.  Just click on ‘Store’ in the navigation menu on, and follow the instructions. 


2015 Foster Prize Interviews: Sandrine Schaefer

published March 23, 2015

Here is the link to an interview by Big Red and Shiny with Mobius artist Sandrine Schaefer, recipient of the ICA 2015 Foster Prize.

2015 Foster Prize Interviews: Sandrine Schaefer 

Image credit: Sandrine Schaefer, "Land of Milk and Honey," (2013). Photograph by Daniel S. DeLuca. Image courtesy of the artist


Marilyn Arsem - 2015 Recipient of a Finalist award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council

    Marilyn Arsem, EDGE 2013 Ndpae photo: Phil Fryer

    Marilyn Arsem, EDGE 2013 Ndpae photo: Phil Fryer

published March 23, 2015

Congratulations to Marilyn Arsem - 2015 Recipient of a Finalist award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Recipient of a Finalist award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council

Marilyn Arsem 
Sculpture/Installation/New Genres
2015  Finalist

Selected Exhibitions
Anderson-Foothill Library, Salt Lake City, Utah; Performance Art Festival, Salt Lake City Main Library, Utah; First Biennial Festival Of Performance Art and Sound Art at The Quarry, Contemporary Arts International, Acton, MA; 3rd International Sokolowsko Festival of Ephemeral Art, Poland; Egyptian Gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA


Sandrine Schaefer awarded 2015 ICA Foster Prize

published February 5, 2015

Mobius artist, Sandrine Schaefer has been named one of the The Institute of Contemporary Art's James and Audrey Foster Prize recipients.  Beginning in April, Schaefer will create a piece comprised of 5 performance art works that site the spaces in and around the ICA's waterfront Founders Gallery.  Each live performance art piece will leave traces that accumulate in the space, shifting the audience's sensorial encounter with the site.  Congratulations to her fellow winners:  Vela Phelan, Ricardo DeLima, and kijidome.

Link to Boston Globe Article:

Photo Credits: A Nicho for Coatlicue2012 from Being (small) series photo by Daniel S. DeLuca



Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Awards 2015 Maud Morgan Prize to Marilyn Arsem

published December 8, 2014

BOSTON, MA (December 9, 2014)—The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), announced today that Boston-based performance artist Marilyn Arsem (born 1951) is the recipient of its 2015 Maud Morgan Prize—the first performance artist to receive the distinguished award. Arsem has been a fundamental figure in the field of performance art since the late 1970s, and was a faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) for 27 years. Having performed 180 pieces around the world over the last three decades, she has had an enormous impact on multiple generations of performance artists in Boston and internationally. Founder of Mobius, a Boston-area collaborative of interdisciplinary artists, Arsem has been central to maintaining the presence of performance art locally and nationally at times when the art form struggled for recognition and funding. In honor of her contributions to the field, Arsem will receive a cash award and will present new performances in a special solo exhibition at the MFA in late 2015. The selection of Arsem as the Maud Morgan Prize recipient occurs at the conclusion of a year rich in performance art at the MFA, which included works by a variety of artists including Joan Jonas and Shinique Smith.

The MFA’s Maud Morgan Prize honors a Massachusetts woman artist who has demonstrated creativity and vision, making significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape. The Prize was established in 1993 in recognition of the spirit of adventure and independence embodied by noted New England artist Maud Morgan (1903–1999).

Just as Maud Morgan had a reputation for risk-taking, Marilyn has never shied away from risk over her career,” said Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director at the MFA. “Because of the very nature of performance, relatively few have experienced Marilyn’s work. This award and exhibition allow us to share her performances with audiences who otherwise might not encounter them, highlighting her many contributions to the art form.”

I Scream, durational performance by Marilyn Arsem,
Goteborg, Sweden, May 2011.  Photo by He Chengyao

As a high school student in the 1960s, Arsem and her friends created “Happenings”––a genre that pre-dated the contemporary concept of performance art. She later chose to pursue a degree in theater directing at Boston University, given that performance art programs had yet to be established. Focusing on experimental projects, she was inspired to create multimedia works that merged theater with visual arts. In 1975, she founded Mobius, a collaborative of artists working in all media, and a space where experimental art could flourish away from commercialization. When the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) ceased funding for individual artists during the early 1990s, Arsem continued to promote performance art through artist-run initiatives. At a time when the art form was disappearing from mainstream institutions, Arsem and Mobius offered 40 weekends of experimental programming annually to Boston audiences and visitors. As Director of Mobius, she organized international artist exchanges and began creating durational works such as Orpheus, a six-hour interactive event involving 30 artists in multiple locations. Through Mobius and the SMFA, she has brought hundreds of artists from 41 countries to Boston, enriching the experiences of several generations of young Boston artists.

“As Maud Morgan was a leader in our community, so is Marilyn Arsem,” said Edward Saywell, Chair of the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art and Arthur K. Solomon Curator of Modern Art. “I am delighted that the award of this prize will give Marilyn a platform to share her incredibly attentive and thoughtful work within the context of the MFA.”

By the mid-1980s Arsem had shifted focus to solo work in her own practice. Recurring themes in her art include death and afterlife; feminism and women’s work; war and Cold War politics; and environmentalism. Arsem worked at the SMFA from 1987–2014––serving as Faculty, a Graduate Advisor and Head of the Performance Area––and over the course of 27 years expanded its performance area to become one of the most extensive visually based performance art programs in the world. In 2013, she presented her first durational performance at the MFA as part of the one-day exhibition, Odd Spaces. For her work, With the Others (2013), she spent more than six hours lying under a bench in the Museum’s Egyptian Galleries. Though she was nearly invisible to Museum goers in the darkly lit room, the scent of jasmine emanated from her clothes and seeped throughout the space. Her quiet action invoked the senses in order to challenge viewers' expectations of how art is experienced in a visual arts museum.

In the early 1990s, when many US institutions began to scale back performance art programming and funding, Arsem began to perform abroad in countries where performance art flourished as a medium. Instead of repeating previous performances, which relied heavily on spoken language, she began to create unique, site-specific works that resonated with audiences in each of the locations where she performed. To date, she has performed in 27 countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America, frequently creating works that deal with the local effects of US foreign policy. She researches each location she visits, and once on the ground, her performances are sometimes planned in as little as two days––inspired by an interaction or unique aspect of the location or culture. When featured in a gallery setting, Arsem often creates “performance installations” that evolve throughout the exhibition. Site-specific works such as these have taken her throughout the world, including the Philippines, Macedonia, Hong Kong, Poland, Chile and Canada.

“This was so unexpected! I am honored to be chosen to receive the 2015 Maud Morgan award. Performance Art has had such a complicated history in the United States, often operating at the periphery of the art world. I know I am not alone in welcoming the MFA’s recognition of the value of ephemeral forms of art making,” said Arsem.

Primarily interested in the relationship between the viewer and the live experience, Arsem often documents her work through photo, video and interviews with viewers following the performance. This performance documentation has been exhibited in group and solo shows at institutions such as the Harvard Film Archives and the DeCordova Museum. MFA curators Edward Saywell and Liz Munsell, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art and MFA Programs, a position supported by Lorraine Bressler, will collaborate with Arsem on her 2015 solo exhibition at the MFA marking the award of the Maud Morgan Prize.

Maud Morgan Prize

Established at the Museum in 1993, the Maud Morgan Prize honors the recipient with a cash award and an MFA presentation of her work. The $10,000 prize is given biennially to a Massachusetts woman who has worked as an artist for at least 10 years, who has demonstrated creativity and vision, and who has made significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape. In addition to recommendations by MFA curators, nominations are solicited from a broad cross-section of contemporary curators from throughout the Commonwealth. This year’s process resulted in more than 40 nominees selected by committee and approved by MFA Director Malcolm Rogers. After submissions were reviewed, finalists chosen by a committee of MFA curators, and visits were made to the artists’ studios. The committee included Saywell and Munsell as well as Jen Mergel (Robert L. Beal, Enid L. Beal and Bruce A. Beal Senior Curator of Contemporary Art); Emily Zilber (Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts); Al Miner (Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art); Dennis Carr (Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator Maud Morgan of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture); and Thomas Michie (Russell B. and Andrée Beauchamp Stearns Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of Europe). Winners of the Maud Morgan Prize are Sarah Braman in 2013, and previously, Wendy Jacob, Ambreen Butt, Shelley Reed, Jill Weber, Ranee Palone Flynn, Suara Welitoff, Laura Chasman, Shellburne Thurber, Catherine McCarthy, Kendra Ferguson, Elsbeth Deser, Bonnie Porter, Natalie Alper, and Jo Ann Rothschild.

Maud Morgan (1903–1999)

During her most active years as an artist and instructor in Massachusetts, Maud Morgan represented a voice of recognition for women committed to a career in the arts. She was associated with some of the most distinguished artists of the 1930s and studied at the Art Students League in New York with Hans Hoffman. Morgan exhibited with the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York in the company of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko before instructing students of studio art, including Frank Stella and Carl Andre with her then-husband, painter Patrick Morgan, at Abbot Academy and Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. At the age of 92, she published her autobiography, Maud’s Journey: A Life from Art. Throughout her career, Morgan was a source of inspiration for many artists, young and old.

Performance Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Performance art has been a focus of the Museum’s Department of Contemporary Art & MFA Programs since the September 2011 opening of the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, when Irish artist Amanda Coogan presented the 24-hour work, The Passing. At the MFA, performance art encompasses a spectrum of live interactive experiences, and includes a range of works by local, national and international artists. The MFA was one of the first encyclopedic museums in the US to fully integrate performance art into its collection, exhibitions and programs.

2014 performances have included:

 Reanimation (November 13, 2014) by Joan Jonas

 Gesture I: Unraveling (September 7, 2014) by Shinique Smith, part of the exhibition Shinique Smith: BRIGHT MATTER

 Performances presented in collaboration with Boston Ballet (Sarah Crowner’s Curtains (Vidas perfectas), 2011) and Harvard University’s Cultural Agents Initiative; part of the exhibition Conversation Piece

 Big Bang (June 25, 2014) by Regina José Galindo and Funerary Egocentrism (April 30, 2014) by Lázaro Saavedra were part of Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Collection of Ella Fontanals-Cisneros

 Song for a Military Band (May 26, 2014) by Nascimento/Lovera

 Onto Objects (January 29, 2014), a one-day performance art exhibition of new works by Patty Chang and Jeffrey Gibson

 Now Speak! (January 20, 2014–December 31, 2014) by Amalia Pica, an outdoor installation that encourages impromptu performances by all MFA visitors and passersby. (This concrete lectern was installed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and is the first performance artwork to enter the Museum’s collection.)

In 2015, MFA performances include:

 Gesture II: Between two breaths (February 11, 2015) by Shinique Smith, part of the exhibition Shinique Smith: BRIGHT MATTER

 Continuing performances by Boston Ballet in front of Sarah Crowner’s Curtains (Vidas perfectas) (2011) as part of the exhibition Conversation Piece (January 21 and February 18, 2015)

 Sonic Blossom (March 2015) by Lee Mingwei

Performance Art at the MFA is supported by Lorraine Bressler.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is recognized for the quality and scope of its collection, which includes an estimated 500,000 objects. The Museum has more than 140 galleries displaying its encyclopedic collection, which includes Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa; Art of the Ancient World; Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments. Open seven days a week, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 am–4:45 pm; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 am–9:45 pm Admission (which includes one repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older, and includes entry to all galleries and special exhibitions. Admission is free for University Members and youths age 17 and younger on weekdays after 3 pm, weekends, and Boston Public Schools holidays; otherwise $10. Wednesday nights after 4 pm admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25). MFA Members are always admitted for free. The Museum’s mobile MFA Guide is available at ticket desks and the Sharf Visitor Center for $5, members; $6, non-members; and $4, youths. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For more information, visit or call 617.267.9300. The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.


A Tribute to Bob Raymond (April 21, 1952 - February 27, 2012)

A Tribute to Bob Raymond (April 21, 1952 - February 27, 2012)

published April 9, 2012

Mobius is deeply saddened and mourns the loss of our beloved friend and colleague, Bob Raymond.  Bob died on February 27th after a short illness.  He was the backbone of Mobius and a mainstay of the Mobius Artists Group for nearly thirty years. An accomplished artist, a supportive, loving friend, an unselfish, generous person;  an inspiration to all who knew him for his kindness, insight, professionalism, honesty, sincerity, integrity and abilities; who often put his needs second to those of others he wanted to help.

Bob personified the ethos of Mobius through his dedication and work. He embodied and held the conscience of Mobius, defining new modes as the organization grew and changed, guiding us through difficult terrains. He was a can-do, problem solver in all realms, whose presence and skill always led us forward. He was the real deal, without an ounce of pretense. Those who knew him will agree that these words are not hyperbole.

It was through his presence, which I also mean quite literally, spent witnessing and quietly documenting the work of the Mobius Artists Group and its guest artists throughout the years, where his impact is most evident. Without intending to at first,  but through the consistency of his commitment and purpose,  Bob amassed an enormous body of work about Mobius. Without exaggeration, here are some numbers: he photographed thousands of artists over an almost thirty-year period resulting in an archive of over 15,000 35mm slides and 10,000 digital images. This was done by coming to nearly every single event that has ever happened at Mobius as well as countless off-site events he attended and photographed. And there he was accompanied by Marilyn Arsem, his wife and the founder of Mobius, who survives him.

Only recently has that work begun to be brought to light, but in time its value will grow. At Mobius, we have appreciated it for a long time, for we know that its quality has helped define Mobius and been instrumental in our success. To put it in a larger perspective, I will also say this: now that the archives of alternative arts organizations have taken on significant importance in artistic, historical provenance, Bob's Mobius photos probably constitute the largest single body of documentation created by one person, committed to one alternative arts organization, in existence.

Bob was modest, almost to a fault, about his accomplishments. But they will emerge now that we must acknowledge his departure. We will honor and celebrate Bob and carry out our work the way he would want us to. On Saturday, April 21st we will also have a celebration of his life and work. More details about this event will emerge soon.

Life humbles and seasons us, and ultimately leaves us. Occasionally we are offered moments of beauty, grace,  and human dignity to experience, enact, and share. Bob reminds us of this in what he has left behind, and in all the ways he has given to us and to so many people; that he will always be remembered with all the love and care he gave, that we can also share and give back  now, in his lasting memory and image.

--Jed Speare, Director
and member, Mobius Artists Group
February 29, 2012

* Added March 8, 2012 *

Robert A. Raymond, an accomplished photographer and videographer who documented the work of literally thousands of artists from around the world, died on Monday, February 27, 2012, after a short illness.  He was 59 years old.

Born and raised in the French-Canadian community of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Bob earned an undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Rhode Island and later completed work for a master's degree in communication theory at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.

Bob was an early advocate of public access television.  Soon after college, he worked as Assistant Director at the Boston Film/Video Foundation.  He went on to work in the television industry for thirty years, serving as a well-respected engineering manager and a regional field producer.  

But it was his photography for which Bob was most admired and will be long remembered. His work constitutes a vast archive of performance in Boston, much of it focused on the work created by Boston's Mobius Artists Group, of which he was a member for more than thirty years. His photographs of events at Mobius alone totaled more than 15,000 35-mm slides and 10,000 digital images. Exhibitions of his photographs have been shown at galleries both here and abroad, and published internationally in artist books and periodicals.  

When not behind his camera, Bob could be found in his Jamaica Plain kitchen, where he demonstrated artistic skills of an entirely different manner -- as a chef and lover of great food.  Bob's time in the kitchen went beyond the ingredient list to researching and understanding the history and culture of the foods he prepared.

Surviving are his wife, the performance artist and teacher Marilyn Arsem, and a large extended family including cousins and their children in Florida, Rhode Island and Quebec, sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, the many artists with whom he collaborated over the past three decades, and especially the members of the Mobius Artists Group.

To see Bob's work and read more personal tributes, visit the Mobius website,  Here you'll also find details of a gathering in celebration of Bob's life planned for April 21st, which will include an exhibition of his photos. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to Mobius, Inc., 55 Norfolk Street, Cambridge, MA 02139.  

* Added April 5, 2012 *

Memorial gathering and exhibition opening in honor of Bob Raymond

The Mobius Artists Group invites our friends, supporters, and the Boston and international arts communities to a memorial gathering and exhibition opening in honor of the late Bob Raymond, who passed away in late February of this year.  The memorial gathering will be from 2-5 pm with homemade food and refreshments, acknowledging Bob’s belief that sharing food in this way brought people together.  Family members and colleagues will speak about Bob, and we invite others to also share their memories of him.  At 5 pm, the event will segue with music performed by the Mobius Quartet (James Coleman, Derek Hoffend, Tom Plsek, Jed Speare) into the opening of the exhibition of some of Bob Raymond’s photographs entitled; “this moment: missives from another world and other works.”  These events will take place at Studio Soto, located in the Fort Point area of Boston at 10 Channel Center Street.

Studio Soto, 10 Channel Center St., Boston, MA, USA

April 21, 2012:

  • 2-5pm memorial gathering;
  • 5-7pm opening reception,for “this moment: missives from another world and other works” of Bob Raymond

this moment: missives from another world and other works will be on view from Saturday April 21st through Saturday, May 5th. Gallery hours will be Thursday and Friday, 4 – 7pm and Saturday and Sunday, 1- 5pm.

For more information, contact Mobius’ Director, Jed Speare at 617-945-9481 or 617-426-7686.

* Added April 9, 2012 *

Bob's Website:

For a look at Bob Raymond’s website and a slideshow of this moment: missives from another world, please visit:



by Reyes (not verified) | Wed, 2012-02-29 19:39


Bob was a kind man, a humble man, a funny man, and a terrific neighbor. Indeed, for many, Bob embodied those moments of beauty, grace and dignity that life offers ocassionally.
i will remember him.


by John G. Boehme (not verified) | Wed, 2012-02-29 21:24


I am filled with sorry for our loss
and pass only my most sincere love to all those who had the opportunity to spend any time at all with a truly wonderful person BOB RAYMOND


by Shaari (not verified) | Wed, 2012-02-29 23:32

such a lovely, lovely man

Rest In Peace, Bob Raymond.

Our lovely neighbor. A lover of kitties, super local wild rasberries (on the block in various places), and a very fine photographer. One half of a dear, dear pair. You will be missed.

Thoughts and prayers and comforting love to Marilyn. We are with you, both. xoxo


by Blaise A. Freeman (not verified) | Thu, 2012-03-01 00:10

he will be remembered

Amazing people like Bob don't come along often. I'm trying to do the math on how many lives Bob's art & life has touched, it's truly mind-boggling.


by Autumn (not verified) | Thu, 2012-03-01 01:45

Bob Raymond

I was so saddened today to receive the news of Bob's passing. He was such a wonderful, solid and kind presence in my little neighborhood where he will be greatly missed.

Warm thoughts, prayers and much love to Marilyn.


by Anonymous (not verified) | Fri, 2012-03-02 11:46

Mr Raymond impressed so many

Mr Raymond impressed so many of the providers who cared for him at Beth Israel (of which I was one) with his strength, courage and extreme dignity. He was too modest to share with me his many achievements, some of which I have come to know by reading this obituary. His passing is a loss to all of us.


by Michael Lapointe (not verified) | Sat, 2012-03-03 21:04

Bob Raymond

A mutual friend told me about Bob's passing this morning. I knew Bob in High School, I lived with him for several years and we also had the same job for those years. I once emailed Bob to see if the website Flickr was a good place to put my pictures. He told me that it was. He gave trusted advice, and as always, he was right.

One small memory was coming home from working security in college residence halls at 3 in the morning and watching TV. Channel 5, which had just started a 24 broadcast, was our only choice. We would sit on the porch in the summer, and have a gin and tonic and unwind in front of the new frontier of expanded programming. We'd do this for an hour or so before calling it a night. I remember seeing Wendy O Williams, of the Plasmatics, on live television, in that very way. Other nights a group of us from work would go to to the local bowling alley which opened at that strange hour to be available for the local fishermen to have coffee or breakfast. We became regulars after a while.

I also remember when he bought a portable sound recorder that was pretty state of the art. He recorded the ocean, the wind, birds, cars, everything! He chased and studied sound like a Graduate Student in search of a degree. Somewhere I have a picture of him, headphones on, sitting on the rocks by the ocean capturing sounds. He seemed so happy in the act of discovery.

Three very small, sweet moments of time spent with Bob.

Over they years I would send a random email just to say hello and wish he and his wife good times and sometimes holiday greetings. It seemed the thing to do.

Bob was smart, giving, compassionate and on a quest through life. Anyone who shared that path with him, for anytime, knows the joy that it was.

My deepest, heart-felt condolences to his wife and friends. Though I haven't seen him in decades his passing has touched me and has left a void that can only be salved by a thousand joyous memories.

I will miss you, old friend.


by Nita Sturiale (not verified) | Sun, 2012-03-04 10:27

Thank you Bob

Sending our deep sympathies for everyone influenced by Bob's light and love. I haven't been in touch with the Mobius family in the past several years as i've been preoccupied with my keeping track of my own but my thoughts are always with you and my deep respect for you all is ever-strong. I'll always remember the seriousness and professionalism that Bob put into documenting a student performance show I was in when i was an undergraduate in SIM in 1989 (or something like that). He took us as seriously as the more seasoned performers. That feeling of being fully respected has always stayed with me. Thank you Bob for always sitting in the front row. I never told you that in person.


by Kate (not verified) | Sun, 2012-03-04 11:46

My heartfelt condolences to

My heartfelt condolences to Marilyn and all of Bob's family. And to Mobius, a huge inspiration to me while at MassArt. You will be missed, Bob.


by Gina Mullen (not verified) | Mon, 2012-03-05 20:45

Missing Bob Raymond

Knowing Bob and Marilyn is a great treasure in my life that will never show rust. How do you say thank you for all the help and moments of encouragement? Bob lives on in all of us who had the great good fortune to know him.


by Mary Curtin (not verified) | Tue, 2012-03-06 10:00

Bob Raymond -- extraordinary guy!

Gosh -- I'm stunned! What a terrific person, and wonderful artist. Patient, kind, with lots of smiles and eye twinkles and chuckles. Boston just won't be the same w/o him. Happy trails, Bob! Keep on chuckling in where ever lies ahead for all of us! And thank you for always being so great to be around!


by Anonymous (not verified) | Tue, 2012-03-06 10:43

An honor to care for

It was an honor to care for Bob at the end of his life - he was gracious to the core, and an inspiration even to those of us who knew him only for a few short months.


by Anonymous (not verified) | Tue, 2012-03-06 11:14

Being with Bob

Marilyn had asked me to help with the small things Bob needed during the last month or so. So I found myself by his side at their home and later every Tuesday in the hospital. It may seem odd to say but I looked forward to any amount of time that I could be with Bob. The scope of his keen intellect and his desire to be laughing or talking was incredibly inspiring. Everyone in the hospital knew him and respected him.

Witnessing his final time on earth has left me in complete awe of his courage, kindness, concern for others, his love for Marilyn and the feeling that he will still be present at Mobius.

Thank you Marilyn and Bob for the honor of this time. I have learned so much from both of you


by Anonymous (not verified) | Tue, 2012-03-06 11:15

Being with Bob

Marilyn had asked me to help with the small things Bob needed during the last month or so. So I found myself by his side at their home and later every Tuesday in the hospital. It may seem odd to say but I looked forward to any amount of time that I could be with Bob. The scope of his keen intellect and his desire to be laughing or talking was incredibly inspiring. Everyone in the hospital knew him and respected him.

Witnessing his final time on earth has left me in complete awe of his courage, kindness, concern for others, his love for Marilyn and the feeling that he will still be present at Mobius.

Thank you Marilyn and Bob for the honor of this time. I have learned so much from both of you


by Caroline (not verified) | Sat, 2012-03-24 13:05

I'm so sorry to hear about

I'm so sorry to hear about Bob...I can't even use the past tense since he is still so in the present. My thoughts are with all of you. The kindness and generosity, the amazing photographic eye, a stellar stunning person. I am so sorry..
I was thinking of him too, because last week was Armory week, and he was at Fountain last year! Luckily his wonderful photos will not only preserve amazing moments but continue to amaze new viewers to his legacy.


by Harris Barron (not verified) | Tue, 2012-04-03 09:24

Bob Raymond, 2012: Having

Bob Raymond, 2012:

Having done performanceworks during the '70s, at the old Helen Shlien Gallery, I was there to meet Bob when Mobius took over that Congress Street space, and then proceeded to make that site famous by their continued works there.

Here at 85 ans, having spent my life in the arts, I've not had the pleasure to meet lots of people quite as selfless, as giving, and humanistic as Bob Raymond.

In Bob Raymond, you found the epitome of gentleness and grace, a genuine human being who radiated the wholeness of implicit trust, in whose company you experienced the wholesome spirit of positiveness. So much of Bob Raymond's work was making sure that others had the opportunities available to realize their own.

In the present culture—so naked in the loudness of its message that it's OK to "get yours," no matter what; of selfishness so callous that greed is seen as "smart" and insures "winning;" and stealing from others is so widespread it has to be euphemised as "appropriation"—Bob Raymond quietly stood his ground to stand for ethical generosity.

Was it the Romans who observed that the good die young?

Good night, and sleep well, Bob.

Harris Barron


by Jeff de Castro (not verified) | Tue, 2012-04-03 09:28


Jed describes quite well Bob Raymond's kind and wise presence at Mobius, the presence I remember at every event I ever participated in. Bob's absence is harder to describe. I can't. My heart goes out to Marilyn in particular and his family, but also to the entire Mobius Community who knew him.

Jeff de Castro


by Sarah (not verified) | Wed, 2012-04-25 21:01

A lifetime

A lifetime ago I worked with Bob everyday and depended on his kind and stabilizing presence. We had youth on our side then, but Bob had a maturity and presence that made him a natural leader and manager and a good friend to all.
I'm so sorry to have missed the memorial last week. He lived a life truly worth celebrating.


by Tom Wylie (not verified) | Fri, 2012-04-27 20:11

Joyful memories

Wow, due to travel and different schedules I just learned of Bob's passing - I am still in shock. I knew Bob well from 1977 to 1989; we were first "office mates" and graduate assistants @UMASS Amherst in the Communications Studies program. Later, we were house mates sharing the first floor of 1 West St, in Hadley, MA - and still later when he was Asst Dir. and I Director at BF/VF from 1980-84. All that has been stated about him is so accurate - he had timeless energy for anyone wanting to do their work, create their ideas and vision - and an inner peace and sense of direction that is so rare in anyone. I had the great joy to observe when he met Marylin - and he was immediately smitten! The love and care between then was a joy to behold - the wonder they shared exceptional!
These are memoires I will carry with me always; of and for this most wonderful person.


by Paul Sarapas (not verified) | Sat, 2012-04-28 07:36

saddened to just be hearing about this

It was a lifetime ago as Tom Wylie said, that I worked with Bob at BF/VF, both in our Brighton Ave HQ and later on down on Boylston Street. He knew his craft well, did a ridiculous amount of work hours to help the place grow and through the difficult move, was instrumental in getting us equipment and building facilities that supported both artists and the education program. Bob was highly respected and appreciated by all. My condolences to his wife and family, rest in peace.


by brandon (not verified) | Sat, 2012-06-02 20:48

Somehow missed this, so sad to hear.

Bob was an amazing guy, and an inspiring part of my early Boston days. We worked together on an NEA grant that would have made his digital archive the backbone of the *first* online distance learning platform for graduate level performance art. We made it through the first few cuts but the project was ultimately deemed a bit too big for our little group to manage. Heady days all the same. And an amazing experience for an early 20s know-nothing trying to figure out what the hell to do with himself. I learned a lot from Bob in those days. The world lost a good one. My condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace, Bob.


by Anonymous (not verified) | Tue, 2012-11-27 10:36

Bob, I miss you.



by Anonymous (not verified) | Sun, 2013-04-21 10:05

thinking of you

on your birthday...
missing you.


by Carol J. Anthony (not verified) | Mon, 2013-06-03 21:52

Remembering Bob - Late

Looking to update my CV, I scanned the Mobius website to learn that Bob passed away. I know it is late to be finding this out (over 1 year), but I didn't know until just now. And, what is "time," anyway? I hope I can speak for all former Mobius performance artists that relocated from the Boston area and haven't heard this news...

Bob was a lovely man with a strong presence at Mobius. He seemed to live there. Every time I was there, so was Bob. He was making sure things went smoothly for all who either worked there or performed there. He was a real joy to be around in his quiet, self-less way. He moved from room to room, tall, handsome, and alert. I thank you, Bob, for all you did for me. I am happy you were married to Marilyn - you were a good fit, and I remember and enjoyed seeing the two of you together. In the scenario of 'life goes on' we think of the people we knew as always being in that place, in the image of our minds, just as we remember. I will forever think of you, Bob, in relation to the great performance space that you helped to create for so many artists. Your energy lives on in all of us.
- Carol Anthony


by ADerek Mulligannonymous (not verified) | Sun, 2015-02-01 12:53

Al though I only knew Bob for

Al though I only knew Bob for a few years I quickly regarded him as a friend worthy of my respect. It is with sadness today that I learn of his passing. I have thought constantly of Bob and all the other Mobius family I knew over the last 25 years and always cherish what I gained by knowing them.

still free, thanks,
Derek Mulligan