Can a year-round arts scene and a giant model train museum save Western Mass.?

The creative culture’s roots run deep in the Berkshires, where manufacturing once ruled. It may be the ticket forward for the region’s economy.

Joseph Westlund views “The Fondamenta della Zattere, Venice” by Francesco Guardi at the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge.

At Harvard Art Museums, they’ll bring the Rembrandt right to you — and this retiree has made a habit of asking

Most Thursdays, you’ll find Joseph Westlund, 82, at the museums’ remarkable Art Study Center. That’s because for more than 30 years, he’s been teaching himself to not just look, but really see.

2019 Weekend Fun Guide

The 34 best ways to enjoy every weekend this summer in New England

Here’s your can’t-miss list of the entertaining events and outings in every corner of the region.

Joe Ryan at the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

Boston bellman Joe Ryan collects pieces of city (and hotel) history

The Dorchester native has seen a lot of famous faces in his three decades with the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.

Latest Art headlines

MFA bolsters its curatorial ranks

The museum announced appointments and promotions on Tuesday, including a new position devoted to the extraordinary gift of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art the museum received from the van Otterloo and Weatherbie families in 2017.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Art REview

Brave new worlds, on view at the Mead Art Museum

A show bundles up the anxieties of progress in the age of the atom.

Art Review

Getting real in a stirring show at Mass MoCA

There’s an elegant urgency, a poetic sense of alarm in the best works in “Suffering From Realness” at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

Art meets marketing for the Instagram age at the ICA

Artist Dan Lam is partnering with Steve’s Ice Cream to bring an immersive, tactile art experience to the museum’s harborside space this summer.

Winter arts guide 2019

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

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Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and Agent M (Tessa Thompson) in Columbia Pictures' MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Men in Black,’ ‘City on a Hill,’ and dad jokes galore

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

Photography review

Where Europe and Asia meet: Chloe Dewe Mathews’s ‘Caspian: The Elements’

Her photography exhibition runs at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology through Feb. 17.

Gordon Parks’s “Doll Test”

Photography Review

The uncommon power of Gordon Parks

A key sampling of the famed African-American photojournalist’s work is on view at Harvard University.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art director Joseph Thompson in 2017.

Mass MoCA director to be arraigned in connection with fatal 2018 crash

Joseph Thompson will be in court June 19 in connection with the crash, which left a motorcyclist dead.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston June 10-16

Monster Jam comes to Gillette, world-class athletes compete in a “street meet,” Fenway homes double as musicians’ stages for Porchfest, and more.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

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Dancing on iTunes’ grave

The app turned the simple joys of blithely browsing through and adding to one’s music collection into something more like a sequence of tiny tortures. 

Renoir’s “Study. Torso of a Woman in the Sunlight”

Art Review

Renoir the sensualist, and the pleasures of paint

The painter of famously pretty pictures made a striking late-life shift. A new show at the Clark Art Institute reveals it was never about the subject, and always about the painting.

My Instagram: Janine Robertson

The Connecticut-based painter can’t get enough of shorelines and marshes.

Christo in a scene from “Walking on Water,” Andrey Paounov’s film about the artist.

In Focus

What happens when Christo floats an idea

The documentary “Walking on Water” looks at the artist’s 2016 installation, “The Floating Piers.”

“Suspended Temporality” is one of William Flynn’s works on display at HallSpace.


Spatial riddles in artworks that beckons us to lose our bearings

William Flynn has a fresh body of work at HallSpace in “Relevant Once, Now Raw Material.”

Newport, RI - 8/5/2018 - George Clinton, right, performs with Parliament Funkadelic during day three of the 2018 Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams State Park. (Ben Stas for The Boston Globe)

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

A scene from “Walking on Water.”

The art of putting art on the screen

The movies have a very long and very patchy history of putting artists on the screen. That’s true with both fictional and documentary films.

Broken enameled window from D’Ascenzo Studios, titled “Cotton Field.”

Art Review

A sparkling look at glass

A show at the Yale University Art Gallery examines aspects of American culture — innovation, aesthetics, marketing, and more — through the lens of a single material.

Barbara Bosworth’s “Full Moon, Meadow, Carlisle, Massachusetts,” 2004.

Critic’s Notebook

It must have been moonglow

It’s the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, time to celebrate a cultural lunar love affair.

John Akomfrah’s “Pur-ple,” a six-screen video installation at the ICA’s Watershed in East Boston

Art Review

‘Purple’ presents a breathtaking view of planet-threatening change

The stunning, tragic, gobsmacking beauty of John Akomfrah’s six-screen magnum opus, at the Institute of Contemporary Art’s Watershed in East Boston, engulfs.

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Kit Collins

A peek into the artistic life of a self-proclaimed “pet ’toonist.”

Among Lois Tarlow’s “Caged” is part of the “Material Vocabulary” exhibit.

Art Review

Delights on view in Danforth Art Museum’s graceful new space

The museum’s digs at Framingham State University is tailor-made to show and stow art.


A ribbon of flight and grace

Artist Jeremy Holmes has unspooled a coil of hardwood veneer in an exuberant installation at Lanoue Gallery.

From left: James Mason (Fashion faculty and MassArt alumnus), Nourah Alotaishan (senior fashion design student), and Najah Charles (model).


Fashion takes center stage at MassArt student showcase

Designers and other fashion lovers gathered at LUCID.

Museum of Fine Arts director Matthew Teitelbaum in 2017.

Critic’s Notebook

MFA director: ‘We are imperfect, and we need to . . . raise our standards’

Matthew Teitelbaum wants to transform the Museum of Fine Arts into an institution that reflects the world outside its doors. Now he’s facing a nightmare scenario that underscores how difficult that can be.

Annie Lennox makes art from the artifacts of her own sweet dreams

The singer is opening an exhibition at Mass MoCA that features a large earthen mound, into which she has buried about 250 mementos from her life and career.

Carl Hsu, Micheline Wu and cast in the Lyric Stage Company of Boston's production of Pacific Overture. Photo by Mark S. Howard

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Eddie Arroyo, 5825 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137, 2017. Acrylic on canvas, 28 x 36 in. (71.1 x 91.4 cm). Image courtesy the artist and Spinello Projects, Miami. Photograph by Eddie Arroyo

A Whitney Biennial that speaks in urgent whispers

Serious, subdued, and driven by artworks made by hand, this year’s installment simmers more than it boils over.

James Bowden, “A Map of North America Denoting É the Locations of the Various Indian Tribes,” 1844

Art Review

The Leventhal map center at the BPL takes a trip out West

“America Transformed” looks at the years 1800-1862.

“Mindful Mandalas” is by Nepali artist Sneha Shrestha and the students of local Boys and Girls clubs, who helped make the piece as part of the MFA’s Community Arts Initiative.


Racism at the MFA is not an isolated event. It’s a microcosm of life in America

The racism on display at the MFA for the Leadership Academy students is not an isolated event. It’s an ongoing exhibit.

Matthew Teitelbaum, the museum director, was one of the signers of a letter apologizing to the school.

Outrage, dismay after allegations of racism at the Museum of Fine Arts

The principal at the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy, a Dorchester charter school, said one museum employee reportedly told students that “no food, no drink, and no watermelon” were allowed during the outing.

Boston Calling 2019 festival acts, illustration for WEB use

Things to Do

The Weekender: Boston Calling, ‘Aladdin’ flying, and waters rising

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

Brookline, MA - 08/17/15 - Grayson Russell (cq) takes a breather in the shade in Amory Park during oppressive heat in Brookline. Lane Turner/Globe Staff Section: METRO Reporter: in caps Slug: 18heatwave

5 things to do in Boston this Memorial Day weekend

Here are ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city.

Willie Cole’s “Five Beauties Rising” (2012), intaglio and relief on paper, are prints of ironing boards named (from left) Savannah, Dot, Fannie Mae, Queen, and Anna Mae .


Impressions of ironing boards, honoring labor

Artist Willie Cole honors housekeepers in “Beauties,” his luminous show at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

“Rabbit” by Jeff Koons is displayed at Christie's in New York on May 3.


Was Jeff Koons’s balloon bunny worth a record $91 million?

The poster boy of art-world excess, Koons set a contemporary-art price record at auction on Wednesday night. Here’s why.

Tourists walked around the pyramid of the Louvre in Paris on Friday.

Louvre museum pays tribute to architect I.M. Pei

Dozens of employees of the Louvre gathered under the pyramid, which serves as the museum’s monumental entrance, for a minute’s applause.

Passengers, by The 7 Fingers. The group will take part in an early preview of Arts Emerson’s 10th anniversary season.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston May 20-June 2

Preview Arts Emerson’s 10th anniversary season, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Jazz, mock court, and more.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

John Akomfrah’s multichannel video project “Purple” will be at the ICA’s Watershed May 26-Sept. 2.

Summer Arts Preview 2019

Art picks: Close to the sea, after Stonewall, at war

Work by artists from Renoir to Winslow Homer to Jackson Pollock will be on view this season.

Doug Aitken’s summer project is a hot-air balloon traveling dozens of miles from one Trustees property to the next across Massachusetts.

Summer Arts Preview

Artist Doug Aitken takes to the air, in a reflective mood

His summer project — a hot-air balloon traveling dozens of miles from one Trustees property to the next across Massachusetts — is about the nature of permanence itself.

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Gretchen Warsen

“I’m really enjoying sort of this creative explosion. I can’t wait to get into the studio every day,” the artist says.

A distinct line can be seen where the progress that Head of Conservation Gianfranco Pocobene had made as of December, 2018, on removing varnish from Titian's

Gardner Museum masterpiece to be reunited with works in European tour

Titian’s “The Rape of Europa” will be reunited with four of the five other works in the Old Master’s “Poesie” series for the first time in more than 300 years.

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence. Pictured: Tshengi Duma, Sthembile Majola, Nontanga Manguthsane, Nonhlakanipho Mndiyatha, Kalipha Ntobela, Ntombephi Ntobela, and Thembani Ntobela, The African Crucifixion, 2008. Glass beads sewn onto fabric. 177 1/2

Art Review

Meaning, memories are stitched into South African beadworks

“Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence” at the Currier Museum of Art spotlights a group whose cunning use of the age-old art has fostered their financial autonomy.

Chris Killip, “Crabs and people,” 1983

Photography review

Where the greeting is ‘now then’ rather than ‘hello’

Chris Killip’s photographs of Skinningrove, a fishing village in northern Yorkshire, make for a profoundly beautiful exhibit at Howard Yezerski Gallery.

An image from “Elevation #1: escape/release/escape.”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

The disappearing act of the saltmarsh sparrow

A bittersweet art exhibit at Brown University takes the viewer to a marsh in Warren, R.I.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

special section

// 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.

Harvard Art Museums

special section

// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

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