Milestone mural brings Shepard Fairey back to Providence

The celebrated street artist returns to his artistic birthplace to paint his 100th mural, open an art retrospective, and speak at his alma mater, the Rhode Island School of Design.

Gregory Ruffer has resigned as chief executive of the Boston Center for the Arts.

Boston Center for the Arts head resigns amid allegations of inappropriate conduct

Gregory Ruffer stepped down following allegations of inappropriate conduct while he worked as a professor at a Florida college years ago, according to the center’s board of directors Sunday.

Anonymous, “He that by the plough would thrive — Himself must either hold or drive.”

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Addison Gallery shows dig into ecology and aesthetics, American style

Art and society intersect in two shows at the Addison Gallery of American Art.

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At the BCA, an artist’s show-shopping video ties personal loss to ecological disaster

A multichannel video by Allison Maria Rodriguez is the highpoint of an exhibition at the Boston Center for the Arts.

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Artist Savanna Nelson loves her colors to be bright and fluorescent

A recent graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Nelson majored in painting and art history, two fields of study that have fueled her creative process.

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At the new MoMA, African Americans and women get better play... but hopefully there’s more to come

The legendary museum cut a narrow line through art history. It now cuts a broader swath, with more to come.

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The Weekender: SpongeBob sings, Almodóvar returns, and Holzer takes over

The Globe's picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

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At the deCordova museum, finding nature and artifice in ‘All the Marvelous Surfaces’ photography show

Karl Blossfeldt’s plant studies are the launching point for the new show.

5 reasons for music-lovers to hit the Massachusetts museum circuit this season

The concert scene is better than ever at the state’s largest art museums.

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Upcoming concerts, shows, performances in theater, music, dance, art, and television.

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Three jazz photography shows where what you see is what you hear

The Museum of African American History and Harvard’s Cooper Gallery showcase jazz photography.

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Photographer Shellburne Thurber finds beautiful glimmers, bursts of light in her family’s New Hampshire lake house

Light and shadow move through this gorgeous installation at Krakow Witkin Gallery.

A work from Sophie Calle’s “What Do You See?” at the Gardner Museum.

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Things to do in Greater Boston this fall and winter

Your seasonal calendar of events, music, theater, and more.

“To them like water (Strand),” by Zoë Charlton.


At Brown University, ‘Fertile Ground’ exhibition rethinks the art world’s romance with Mother Nature

Women of color find oppression and grief where male artists traditionally found mystery and desire.

ARLINGTON, MA -- 11/12/11 -- A view of the front yard on the grounds of the Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum. The Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum held an open house for the public on November 12, 2011in anticipation of Dallin's 150th birthday. (Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe) Library Tag 11202011 Globe West

7 New England museums focused on one artist

From Edward Gorey to Norman Rockwell, individual artists are soloists and stars at these small museums.

Boston, MA., 09/24/2019, MassArt is opening a new museum in February. Lisa Tung is the director of the MassArt Art Museum. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Meet the ‘dogged, tenacious champion’ who spent 11 years building Boston’s newest art museum

Lisa Tung envisioned a museum on the grounds of MassArt, a place to train a new generation of museum professionals.

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Sophie Calle’s “What Do You See?”

At the Gardner Museum, seven favorites from 25 years of artists-in-residence

“In the Company of Artists” celebrates the museum’s residency program with an exhibition of highlights.

Avital Sagalyn (with her 1972 paintings of the Basilica di San Marco) at the Fine Arts Center of the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

‘I felt it wasn’t good enough’: In her 90s, a Massachusetts artist is finally ready for her first solo show

It took a lifetime to convince Avital Sagalyn to share her work.

Daniela Rivera: Labored Lanescapes (where hand meets ground) installation view. Photo credit: Charles Sternailmolo. Left: Donde el cielo toca la tierra #2 [Where the Sky Touches the Earth #2], 2019, oil on canvas, 12’ x 30’. Center: Donde el cielo toca la tierra #1 [Where the Sky Touches the Earth #1], 2019, oil on canvas, 12’ x 20’. Right: Donde el cielo toca la tierra #3 [Where the Sky Touches the Earth #3], 2019, oil on canvas, 12’ x 30’.

New England’s most fascinating museum shows for fall

A packed season brings reappraisals of all-American favorites and solo shows for tomorrow’s art stars.

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The Weekender: Global grifters, the other Schumann, and ‘The Lion King’

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

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Yale exhibition celebrates John Ruskin, the most titanic of Victorian titans

“Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin” observes the great critic’s bicentenary.

With various culture wars raging, the MFA’s 150th anniversary brings the chance to reengage.

As museums evolve, the MFA marks 150th anniversary by embracing change

Museums have watched their relevance wane for decades as the world shifted around them. With various culture wars raging, the MFA’s 150th anniversary brings the chance to reengage.

Firelei B‡ez, ICA Watershed installation rendering, 2019. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York. Rendering by Nate Garner.

Dominican multimedia artist Firelei Báez named ICA Watershed artist for 2020

Báez will create an architectural sculpture that imagines ancient ruins below the venue.

Protected artworks on shelves at the Louvre Conservation Center, which was inaugurated in Lievin in northern France on Tuesday.

Louvre opens huge outpost to protect art from flooding

The Louvre opened a new sprawling art conservation center Tuesday some 120 miles from Paris to protect the museum’s priceless artworks from its flood-prone storage reserves.

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John Gallagher

Gallagher’s paintings are case studies in color, texture, and experimentation.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Winslow Homer: Eyewitness -- August 31, 2019-January 5, 2020 -- University Research Gallery (Room 3600, Level 3), Harvard Art Museums. Caption: Winslow Homer, Prisoners from the Front, 1866. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Frank B. Porter, 1922, 22.207, TL42108. Photo: © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY.

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Harvard rethinks Winslow Homer’s Civil War legacy with provocative ‘Eyewitness’ show

The quintessential American artist cut his teeth as a Civil War illustrator, but did he ever really move on?

Gordon Matta-Clark, Conical Intersect, 1975 © The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Courtesy The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark and David Zwirner

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At the Rose Art Museum, remembering the 20th century’s torch-wielding ‘anarchitect’ Gordon Matta-Clark

Gordon Matta-Clark left an outsize legacy by dismantling buildings around the world.


Shepard Fairey returns to Providence — and RISD — this month

Some giant news in the contemporary art world: Acclaimed street artist Shepard Fairey, who got his start at the Rhode Island School of Design, returns to Providence this month where he’ll paint his 100th mural.

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The Weekender: GlobeDocs, presidential drama, spooky sounds, and a love supreme

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

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ICA contends with museum world rarity: Scalped tickets for hit Yayoi Kusama show

The museum is responding with a daily release of first-come, first-serve tickets.

Selections from King’s Chapel Library (above and top right) were stored at the Athenaeum in a bookcase built in 1883.

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At the Boston Athenaeum, a 17th-century book collection makes you think: Which titles matter most today?

The Boston Athenaeum solicited libraries of essential reading for the 21st-century.

Plotform’s “Dear Harbor Radio”

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Artists unearth stories from Massachusetts lands for ‘Local Ecologies’ exhibition

The traveling show inspires a viewer to rethink history and ecology.

Dave Brigham of Newton photographed a ghost sign on A Street in Boston. Most such signs date from 1880 to 1950 — the heyday of outdoor sign painting.

History hunting: Searching for Boston’s ghost signs

A local blogger is just one enthusiast documenting the faded advertisements that dot buildings around the city.

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Jim Kociuba

At the start of his career over 30 years ago, Jim Kociuba was the only art teacher in New Hampshire’s Hopkinton school district. Now retired, he’s focusing on his own art.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

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The Weekender: ‘Judy’ in the flesh, yetis in the snow, and Jomama in the spotlight

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

The Peabody Essex Museum’s new director, Brian Kennedy, jokes that most of his job was to “stay out of the way” as staff busied themselves with opening the new wing.

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At expanded Peabody Essex Museum, a new director strives to put people over things

Brian Kennedy takes charge with a vision for difficult conversations, and above all, progress.

© Peabody Essex Museum. Rendering by Ennead Architects. On September 28, 2019, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) will open a 40,000-square-foot wing designed by Ennead Architects, New York. The expansion andrenovation—a component of the museum’s landmark $650M+ Connect Campaign—features new installations, a light-filled atrium, an entry and facilities forschool and group tours, new linkages and traffic flow to existing galleries, and a 5,000-square-foot garden designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.Each gallery offers new perspectives that are designed to create experiences of exploration, discovery, and engagement with exceptional works of art.Share your impressions on social media using #NewPEM.

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Five things to do around Boston, Sept. 23-Oct. 6

HubWeek brings its annual idea fest to the Seaport, country artist Hunter Hayes plays City Hall plaza, “Disney’s The Lion King” opens in Boston, and more.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Maren Morris performs onstage at The Greek Theatre on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

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This week’s picks from Globe critics.

At the ICA, walking through tragedy to infinity with art star Yayoi Kusama

The Japanese artist’s selfie-friendly “Love Is Calling” is underpinned by personal, emotional depth.

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The Weekender: The Crawleys return, ‘The Crucible’ churns, and ‘Between Two Ferns’

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Women Depicting Women: Her Vision, Her Voice installation as part of the Women Take the Floor exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. September 13, 2019 to May 3, 2021 * Saundra B. and William H. Lane Galleries * Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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At the MFA, a new show confronts centuries of sexism — including the museum’s own

The museum, like any, has decades of ingrained gender bias. On the eve of the MFA’s 150th anniversary, ‘Women Take the Floor” is its kitchen-sink stab at redress.

Brookline public library celebrates 30 years of ‘vital’ film culture at Coolidge Corner Theatre

The exhibition “Only at the Coolidge” l00ks at a beloved local cinematic institution.

Colby Charpentier builds experimental ceramics vessels exclusively using glaze.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Glaze is reimagined, reformulated for Harvard ceramics show

Ceramicist Colby Charpentier built vessels from a material normally reserved for the final coat.

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‘Experimentation should be innate to an artist’

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Five things to do around Boston, Sept. 16-22

See the off-Broadway hit “Black Light,” check out the inaugural Latinx Heritage Night, catch a sugar buzz at What the Fluff?, and more.

CARSON, CA - MAY 20: Singer Lana Del Rey performs onstage at KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta 2017 at StubHub Center on May 20, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.) 16lana

Here's what the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge thinks of Lana Del Rey’s new album title

“It caught our attention and we were definitely intrigued,” said Laurie Norton Moffatt, director and chief executive of the museum.

Richard Misrach’s “Wall, East of Nogales, Arizona”


Harvard Art Museums look at the long, dark road of migration

A new exhibition examines ideas of displacement and belonging apart from our current moment.

“Of Fence” is among the works by the Mexican-American artist Erre that are on display at Mass MoCA.

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At Mass MoCA, an artist’s border wall rises to meet America’s divisive history

“Us and Them,” from the Mexican-American artist Erre, points out that divisive rhetoric is as old as America itself.

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Ahead of the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the Globe Magazine explores the history of the project and Kennedy’s vision for it.

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// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

An in-depth look at the new complex designed by architect Renzo Piano.