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‘The Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design' at Worcester Art Museum
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‘The Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design' at Worcester Art Museum
A hallmark of couture and a cultural icon of Japan, the kimono is also a catalyst of Japan’s rich printmaking tradition. The first exhibition to explore its symbiotic evolution, “The Kimono in Print: 300 Years of Japanese Design,” is on view at the Worcester Art Museum through May 2.
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Capturing history: Photographer Sam Williams documents local protests
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Capturing history: Photographer Sam Williams documents local protests
Photographer Sam Williams has made a name for himself in Boston for his intimate and probing portraits, landscapes and wedding photography. When he began photographing the Black Lives Matter protests in May of 2020, he found himself in completely different photographic territory.
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Chinatown art installation celebrates Year of the Ox
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Chinatown art installation celebrates Year of the Ox
On Feb. 12, a new installation sprouted in Auntie Kay and Uncle Frank Chin Park in the Chinatown section of Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway. “The Herd,” by local artist Andy Li, celebrates the Year of the Ox in a text and fiber art piece, a series of banners displaying messages in English and Chinese.
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Artists take over Roxbury billboard
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Artists take over Roxbury billboard
Thanks to artist and Roxbury resident Dayenne Walters, the billboard at the corner of Centre Street and Roxbury Street in Roxbury’s John Eliot Square is getting a whole new look. Beginning in March and running for a whole year, the newly branded project “Billboard Hope” will use the platform to showcase works by local artists.
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Seaport art installation plays on home, human connection
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Seaport art installation plays on home, human connection
Home has taken on a new meaning during the pandemic, providing safe havens for residents and an opportunity to reexamine the small joys of quiet days inside. Artists Hector Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena play on the theme of home and the current yearning for human connection in their new Seaport art installation, “Mi Casa, Your Casa 2.0.”
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Projecting joy: ‘Hatched’ light and sound installation
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Projecting joy: ‘Hatched’ light and sound installation
The Esplanade Association wants to brighten life in Boston – literally. “Hatched: Breaking through the Silence” is a four-week illumination and sound installation celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Esplanade Association’s partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
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$450,000 in COVID relief grants go to local BIPOC arts orgs
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$450,000 in COVID relief grants go to local BIPOC arts orgs
In partnership with the Boston Foundation and the Barr Foundation, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture will provide $25,000 unrestricted grants to 17 Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) arts and culture organizations around Boston. The grants are meant to provide some relief for the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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MFA’s ‘Banner Project’ continues
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MFA’s ‘Banner Project’ continues
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston has commissioned Lauren Halsey and Diedrick Brackens to create the second and third editions of “The Banner Project,” a large-scale installation in the museum’s contemporary wing.
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Artist Shen Wei takes us on an immersive, cultural journey
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Artist Shen Wei takes us on an immersive, cultural journey
Renowned as a dancer, choreographer and director of staged productions who incorporates Chinese and Western cultural traditions within contemporary works, Shen Wei also brings these influences to his painting and filmmaking. A concise, elegant exhibition entitled “Shen Wei: Painting in Motion,” on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum through June 20, 2021, is the first North American exhibition to present Shen Wei’s work across media.
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BU exhibit shines light on African American graphic designers
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BU exhibit shines light on African American graphic designers
Through Feb. 19, Boston University’s Stone Gallery will reframe graphic design curricula all over the country with “As, Not For: Dethroning Our Absolutes.” This historical survey celebrates African American graphic designers who are rarely included in courses or conversations about the medium.
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‘Still Here’ screen art series plumbs race, isolation and catharsis
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‘Still Here’ screen art series plumbs race, isolation and catharsis
Montserrat College of Art is streaming a series of temporal, digital experiences Nov. 16–21 as part of the screen art series “Still Here.” A continuation of its “Here” series performed over the summer, “Still Here” explores the isolation of quarantine and the experiences of community and social justice in a time when people are separated.
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Dorchester Art Project opens storefront
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Dorchester Art Project opens storefront
Last month, the Dorchester Art Project in Fields Corner opened the doors to its newly expanded space and storefront.
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