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IBA selects female, Latinx design team for arts center
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IBA selects female, Latinx design team for arts center
Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) has selected STUDIO ENÉE and Ann Beha Architects (ABA) to reimagine the historic Villa Victoria Center for the Arts in the South End’s Villa Victoria community.
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MFA’s Dana Chandler acquisition headlines upcoming show
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MFA’s Dana Chandler acquisition headlines upcoming show
In 1974, artist Dana Chandler created “Fred Hampton’s Door 2” here in Boston. The visceral, moving piece memorialized the brutal murder of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and several of his associates. This spring, the MFA acquired the life-size installation, bringing the conversation full circle.
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Student artists' mural celebrates vaccine milestone at Reggie Lewis Center
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Student artists' mural celebrates vaccine milestone at Reggie Lewis Center
In celebration of administering 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine shots at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, CIC Health commissioned a mural by two Roxbury Community College student artists.
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MassArt opens new South End gallery
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MassArt opens new South End gallery
In early May, Massachusetts College of Art and Design opened a new physical gallery space at 460 Harrison Ave. in Boston’s South End. In its pilot year, the gallery will show thesis work of the school’s Master of Fine Arts students as well as work from the design program, curatorial projects, alumni exhibitions, student and faculty curated shows, and collaborative exhibitions with community partners.
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Boston Cultural Council awards 2021 grant funds
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Boston Cultural Council awards 2021 grant funds
The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Boston Cultural Council (BCC) has awarded 153 arts and culture organizations grants totaling $489,000. These grants will support the general operating expenses of the organizations and the goal of enhancing life in Boston through the arts.
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Artists for Humanity creates mural on Boston Community Pediatrics building
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Artists for Humanity creates mural on Boston Community Pediatrics building
A new mural has bloomed on the walls of 527 Albany Street, thanks to a collaboration between Artists for Humanity and Boston Community Pediatrics. The teen artists at AFH painted a series of bright, bold, masked portraits called “Facing the Future” to represent the pandemic experience and the importance of masking and social distancing to keep the community safe.
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Groundbreaking Virgil Abloh exhibit headed to ICA
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Groundbreaking Virgil Abloh exhibit headed to ICA
This summer, the ICA Boston will present its first exhibition devoted to work by artist and designer Virgil Abloh. “Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech,” will delve into the artist’s work in fashion, painting, music and design.
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Boston Comics in Color Festival celebrates comic artists of color
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Boston Comics in Color Festival celebrates comic artists of color
The Boston Comics in Color Festival (BCICF), running April 22-24, is New England’s first comic arts festival homing in on works created by and for people of color. The three-day hybrid event featuring virtual and in-person programs highlights artists from Boston and around the country working in the comics world.
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Mass. natives bring Gardner heist to Netflix in 4-part documentary
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Mass. natives bring Gardner heist to Netflix in 4-part documentary
Growing up in Massachusetts, Colin Barnicle had heard the stories about the 1990 robbery at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum from his parents around the family dinner table. “It was a place where I had been, a place my mom talked about a lot, and a crime my dad talked about a lot,” says Barnicle in a recent call with the Banner. As the years went by, the mystery of the theft only intrigued him more and more.
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Looking up, breathing out: 'Ambrosia' brings nature and harmony to the Pru
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Looking up, breathing out: 'Ambrosia' brings nature and harmony to the Pru
Cambridge-based artist Cicely Carew has brought light, color and a sense of natural harmony to the Prudential Center with her public art installation, “Ambrosia,” commissioned by Boston Properties and curated by the public art organization Now + There.
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Nubian Square comes alive with 'Nubian Nights'
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Nubian Square comes alive with 'Nubian Nights'
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 11, Nubian Square comes alive with the “Nubian Nights” installation, featuring jazz music and synchronized light projections on local businesses. Organized by the Roxbury Cultural District (RCD), the outdoor installations provides a safe, socially distanced art experience for the neighborhood.
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An artistic dream realized
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An artistic dream realized
Last week, the Boston Art Commission approved artist Hank Willis Thomas’ final design for “The Embrace,” a sculptural tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King that will live on the Boston Common.
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