Four art installations in Greater Boston you’ll want to see

This summer has brought atmospheric environments to get excited about.

Artist Ruben Ubiera (left) was silhouetted chatting with a passerby near the wall he painted for the second annual Beyond Walls Mural Festival in Lynn.

Mural festival seeks to make Lynn a destination for public art

The theme for the second annual Beyond Walls mural festival, which continues through Saturday, is love.

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At the Museum of Fine Arts, two curators promoted, one hired

The Museum of Fine Arts has announced two curatorial promotions, as well as a new curatorial hire.

A view of the end of one of the sections of the “Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ’Round the World.”

Two Mass. artists painted this 1,275-foot-long panorama 170 years ago — and it’s on display now

Long before movies, people were entertained by scrolling panoramas and panorama barkers, who narrated the harrowing tales depicted. One of the biggest of these paintings is now on view in New Bedford.

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Sweet sweet Aretha (since she’s been gone)

The Museum of Fine Arts pays tribute to the singer, who died last week, with an installation in its Sharf Visitor Center.


Mass fashion, en masse

Local institutions team up to celebrate the role of fashion in Massachusetts, from the 17th century to today.

Uniqlo to launch T-shirt collaboration with MFA

Uniqlo shirts will feature patterns from centuries-old Japanese stencils. 

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At RISD, e pluribus . . . what, exactly?

Three shows at the Rhode Island School of Design mix art and politics.

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At ‘Best in Show II,’ at Lanoue Gallery, art meets arf

The exhibit is a benefit for the MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center.

Summer Arts Preview 2018

Summer Arts preview

// The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

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Titus Kaphar’s “Historical Nonfiction” questions inequalities in art history.

New Haven artist wins Rappaport Prize

Titus Kaphar, renowned for his incisive revisions to classic paintings, has won a no-strings $25,000 award.

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Stephen Hamilton

Hamilton spoke with the Globe about The Founders Project, public art, and education.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 13-19

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, Old School Game Night, India Day Festival, and more.

Harvard library passport exhibit highlights stories of migration

The colorful quilt of passports look worn and faded. They hang one above the other, remnants of a different time, gatekeepers for countries that no longer exist.

12ticketmuseum Painter and Poet: The Art of Ashley Bryant at Portland Museum of Art through Nov. 25, 2018. Ashley Bryan (American, b. 1923) ÒOh, when the children sing in peaceÓ 2006 Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals 24-25 [Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007] Collage of cut colored paper on paper Image: 12 x 20 1/2 in; Object: 14 7/8 x 22 1/8 in.; Mat: 20 x 26 in. Frame: 22 1/8 x 28 1/8 x 3/4 in. Collection of The Ashley Bryan Center Image courtesy of the Portland Museum of Art.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

John David Washington stars as Ron Stallworth in Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, a Focus Features release.Credit: David Lee / Focus Features

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The Weekender: ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ Billy Joel, and the Beantown Tapfest

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

Stanley Kubrick’s “Research Scientist for Columbia University.”

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Portrait of Stanley Kubrick as a young photojournalist

In a revelatory exhibition of Kubrick’s photographs, the master filmmaker is apprentice photojournalist.

“The facade,” 2012, shows a facade built prior to Eurovision song contest in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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At MIT, past imperfect and present very imperfect

Mila Teshaieva’s astonishing show “Imagined Communites,” at the MIT Museum, looks at the weight of the past.

Taryn Simon’s “A Cold Hole” at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

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At Mass MoCA, the richness of ritual, the magic of masks

Taryn Simon and Allison Janae Hamilton have shows at Mass MoCA.

Annie Brewster (left) and Nancy Marks founded The Opioid Project: Changing Perceptions Through Art and Storytelling.


Fighting the opioid crisis, one story at a time

An artist and physician have teamed up to change the conversation around the opioid epidemic.

An installation shot of “Rachel Stern: More Weight.”

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Hunting witches, searching for justice

Rachel Stern’s “More Weight,” at Brandeis’s Kniznick Gallery, look at trial and error.

Chris Coulon, a.k.a. Tallboy, and Brian Denahy with their 2017 Beyond Walls creation.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 6-12

Beyond Walls Mural Festival, QWERTY Festival, “As You Like It,” and more.

Cirque du Soleil's Luzia - a waking dream of Mexico. (Matt Beard / Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016 Cirque du Soleil)

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.


Beautiful ruins

A gritty take on an extravagant space sets up near Kenmore Square.

“The Phalanx” is one of the postcards on display at the MFA.

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Postcards as propaganda at the MFA

An MFA show looks at propaganda you could stamp and put in a mailbox.

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Art Spiegelman gets a MacDowell Medal, and he feels a little funny about it

The 70-year-old Spiegelman said he’s ambivalent about such awards, but acknowledged it’s a cool honor for a guy whose work was greatly influenced by Mad magazine.

CARDIFF, WALES - JUNE 06: Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles perform on stage during the

Things to Do

The Weekender: Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Mila and Kate, Lenny and Jackie

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

Jean-François Millet’s “Dandelions” is among 38 objects on view in the MFA exhibition “French Pastels.”

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At the MFA, pastel treasures make a rare appearance

They can be exhibited only once a decade.

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Getting otherworldly on Newbury Street

Pat Keck heads the lineup for “2018 Fine Choices” at Pucker Gallery.

Centenarian Wan-go H.C. Weng presented the MFA with a scroll painting that dates to 1699.


Marking a milestone with a big gift to the Museum of Fine Arts

The museum receives a major artwork on the 100th birthday of its donor.

Ai Weiwei in Truro.

Ai Weiwei brings a potent show to Provincetown

“Rebar and Case” springs from the moment when the famed artist’s practice slammed into the brick wall of the Chinese government.

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A new public art installation puts the ruins of a Gilded Age ballroom by Kenmore Square

Liz Glynn’s new public art installation evokes the treasures of an unequal age.

David Byrne fronts a 12-piece band for a “choreographed concert” at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion July 31 and Aug. 1.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Judy Pfaff uses many materials and techniques in her new installation, “× × × ÷ ÷ ÷ 
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= + + +,” at Gaa Gallery Wellfleet.


In Wellfleet, the world as chaos — but art as order

Judy Pfaff has a show at Gaa Gallery Wellfleet.

Photographer Nan Goldin led the protest at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum.

Opioid protest at Harvard art museum

Led by photographer Nan Goldin, activists criticized tie to benefactor with pharmaceutical fortune.

Joseph Thompson, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Mass MoCA director involved in crash in North Adams that left man dead

Steven Fortier, who had been riding a motorcycle, died in a crash with a car driven by Joseph Thompson, the museum director.

Porcelain teacups by Mark Shapiro of Stonepool Pottery in Worthington.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of July 23-29

Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour & Sale in Western Mass., Circus Smirkus, “A Father’s Lullaby,” and more.

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Lyrical memoir of Haiti; pairing poets and sculptors; grisly Harvard murder

Marilène Phipps arresting, bewitching new memoir is  “Unseen Worlds.’’

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

An image from Nancy Newberry’s “Smoke Bombs and Border Crossings” series.

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At the Griffin, selections and connections

The work of 60 photographers is represented in a wide-ranging juried show.

Janelle Monáe (pictured July 18 in New York) plays Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Saturday.

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The Weekender: Soul superstars, Shakespeare on the Common, and ‘Eighth Grade’

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

Rembrandt’s “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee” was one of the paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

Globe, WBUR team to create Gardner Museum heist podcast

“Last Seen,” a weekly investigative podcast about the notorious art theft, will debut Sept. 17.

Amy Goodwin’s “Twilight Ruby.”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

At Concord Center for the Visual Arts, it’s “Power of the Flower”

At Concord Center for the Visual Arts, it’s “Power of the Flower.”

Cecil Beaton in New York in the 1930s.

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‘Love, Cecil’ looks back at the fabulous career of Cecil Beaton

The documentary is very well done, quite enjoyably swanning around its subject, the famed photographer and designer. Yet like his handiwork, Beaton comes across as cold and calculating, superficial and overdone.

The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Globe critics’ picks for concerts, shows, and events in Greater Boston this week.

“Left Foot Right Foot” by Tira Khan is one of the photographs on display in “Exposure: The 22nd Annual PRC Juried Exhibition.”

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The PRC arrives in Porter Square

The Photographic Resource Center has crossed the Charles to Cambridge, and an affiliation with Lesley University. With “Exposure: The 22nd Annual PRC Juried Exhibition,” featuring 11 photographers, it’s off to a good start.

Boston, MA - 7/1/2018 - Cast member Aaron Tveit(L), choreographer Sonya Tayeh(2nd L), cast member Karen Olivo(3rd R), director Alex Timbers(3rd R), cast member Danny Burstein(2nd R), and cast member Sahr Ngaujah(R) of

Thiings to Do

The Weekender: Casanova, Beck, Dwayne, and Jason

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

13galleries James Weingrod: For the Tree Contained the Entire Universe at Yellow Peril through August 4, 2018. The Scholars Stone (The Walls of the Cave Were Paved With Stars), (2016- 2018) pentacryl, phosphorescence, with resin + water based polyurethane on preserved wood relief 18Ó x 20Ó (dimensions variable), POR

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Seeing the heavens in a cut of wood

James Weingrod’s show at Yellow Peril Gallery unites the organic and mystical.

Sally Mann’s “Semaphore”

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At PEM, Sally Mann stays outside the comfort zone

“A Thousand Crossings,” a deep and tender examination of Mann’s relationship to the American South, is in Salem through Sept. 23. 

Nam June Paik’s “TV Buddha (Bronze Seated Buddha)

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Nam June Paik turned technology into art — and vice versa

Harvard Art Museums exhibit celebrates his playfulness, his spirit of collaboration, and his insistence on marrying video’s intangible world with the concrete.


Needs a book to pull her in

The photographer Amy Arbus, daughter of Diane and Allen Arbus, has published five books.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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// The Kennedy Institute opens

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.