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Inspired by Jacob Lawrence
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Inspired by Jacob Lawrence
The perspectives of young people are integral to the Peabody Essex Museum exhibition “Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle.”
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Jacob Lawrence “Struggle” series reunited at PEM
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Jacob Lawrence “Struggle” series reunited at PEM
As Americans prepare to elect their 46th president, there could be no better time for the exhibition on view now through April 26 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. Entitled “Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle,” the exhibit reunites for the first time in 60 years the series “Struggle: From the History of the American People” (1954-56), a powerful portrayal of democracy-in-the-making by Jacob Lawrence, one of America’s most important modernist figurative painters.
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Artist Anthony Young explores generational trauma in AREA Gallery show
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Artist Anthony Young explores generational trauma in AREA Gallery show
The brushstrokes of Anthony Young’s paintings are laced with generational trauma. In his show “Passage: A Space Between Too Much and Never Enough,” running at Boston’s AREA Gallery through Feb. 2, Young explores with delicacy and dynamism the roots of this trauma and the ways to overcome it.
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Youth curators of color shine in ‘Black Histories, Black Futures’ at MFA
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Youth curators of color shine in ‘Black Histories, Black Futures’ at MFA
There’s a new group of art curators at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and most of them are still in high school. “Black Histories, Black Futures,” opening at the museum Jan. 20, showcases the talents of young scholars as part of new partnership between the MFA and local youth empowerment organizations.
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‘Child’s Play’ at the Society of Arts and Crafts reveals light and dark in playtime
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‘Child’s Play’ at the Society of Arts and Crafts reveals light and dark in playtime
Through Saturday, Jan. 18, creators at the Society of Arts and Crafts in the Seaport are looking through the lens of childhood wonder in “Child’s Play.” Here, adult artists create whimsical, play-inspired pieces that both reignite the wonder of early play, and, if the viewer so desires, analyze the sometimes dark forces behind that play.
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Illuminus Festival presents diverse roster of digital artists
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Illuminus Festival presents diverse roster of digital artists
On Dec. 5 and 6, Downtown Boston will burn bright with the digital and light-based artwork of over 16 different artists during the Illuminus Boston festival. Guest curator David Guerra of A R E A Gallery has specifically chosen a diverse group of artists with work focusing on social, political and environmental issues.
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Hofmann at the Peabody Essex Museum
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Hofmann at the Peabody Essex Museum
“The Garden” is an enthralling introduction to the exhibition of paintings by abstract expressionist Hans Hofmann (1880–1966) on view at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem through Jan. 5.
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Indigenous science fiction at Emerson College gallery
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Indigenous science fiction at Emerson College gallery
Interdisciplinary artist Cannupa Hanska Luger has transformed Emerson College’s Media Art Gallery into an apocalyptic, indigenous landscape. “Future Ancestral Technologies: nágshibi,” running at the gallery through Dec. 15, tells a science fiction story, reimagining the future using video production, ceremonial regalia, still images and a mural Luger created live at the opening of the show.
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Powerful drawing show debuts at BCA’s Mills Gallery
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Powerful drawing show debuts at BCA’s Mills Gallery
Through Dec. 22, the walls of the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts reflect the vibrant emotional landscape of artists. “Field Notes: Lovers, Teachers and the Consciousness in Between,” explores the role that relationships have played in art and society.
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MFA launches new 'Banner Project' with artist Robert Pruitt
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MFA launches new 'Banner Project' with artist Robert Pruitt
Visitors to the Museum of Fine Arts can reflect on a new array of faces in the Eunice and Julian Cohen Galleria. Three new banners by Robert Pruitt have been installed, hanging from the ceiling and visible from the first and second floors of the space. “Banner Project” reflects real faces of the Boston community and celebrates the breadth of African aesthetic traditions.
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‘Ancient Nubia Now’ at MFA
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‘Ancient Nubia Now’ at MFA
Ancient Nubia was a civilization producing revolutionary artistry and innovation for over 3,000 years along the Nile Valley. Now, a sliver of that majesty is on view at the Museum of Fine Arts in “Ancient Nubia Now,” showing through Jan. 20, 2020.
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‘Be the Artist’ festival debuts at Bartlett Station
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‘Be the Artist’ festival debuts at Bartlett Station
On Saturday, Sept. 28, Nuestra Comunidad held its inaugural “Be the Artist at Bartlett” festival at the new Oasis@Bartlett temporary arts park at Bartlett Station in Roxbury. Featuring local musicians, dancers and visual artists, an interactive mural project coordinated by muralist Franklin Marval and a patio lounge area, Be the Artist was the first event of a significant public programming calendar coming to the space.
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