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‘River to River Deep’
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‘River to River Deep’
Veteran local artist and longtime AfriCOBRA member Napoleon Jones-Henderson is kicking off the new year with “River to River Deep,” an exhibit on view at The Barry Group Beacon Hill offices through Jan. 31.
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When life imitates art
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When life imitates art
Through Feb. 27, the walls of the Friends Meeting at Cambridge building are lined with photographs from the Chiapas Photography Project’s “Respeto/Respect” series. The CPP provides technical photography lessons and equipment to indigenous Maya people in Chiapas, Mexico.
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Beginning at the End
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Beginning at the End
In his exhibit at the Pao Arts Center, “Beginning at the End: Portraits of Dementia” photographer Joe Wallace explores an inevitable phenomenon of life: old age.
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Surviving in a surrealist canvas
“A Litany for Survival,” Alexandria Smith’s first solo show in Boston, hangs at Boston University’s Stone Gallery through January 27. Titled for the Audre Lord poem of the same name, the exhibition explores black female subjectivity and politicization. Using dark tones, doubling and mostly large-scale canvases, Smith illustrates the interior of the black female experience in a beautiful, surrealist manner.
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Exhibition explores meaning of work
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Exhibition explores meaning of work
On November 9, Urbano Project in Jamaica Plain presents “Wandering in the Land of Oblivion,” a gallery show by Paris-based Colombian artist Constanza Aguirre. Aguirre studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and returns to Boston to showcase 15 pieces of a larger 30-piece series exploring the themes of displacement and emancipation.
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Native American poetry playlist
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Native American poetry playlist
Visitors to Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology may be seen wandering around the museum with headphones on. They’re listening to a playlist curated specifically for the Peabody experience. Instead of Top 40 hits, the playlist features eight poems read by Native American authors. The recording allows guests to hear artistic works produced by Native artists in addition to seeing historical objects of Native peoples.
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AAMARP artists exhibit at the Boston International Fine Art Show
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AAMARP artists exhibit at the Boston International Fine Art Show
The Boston International Fine Art Show, running at the Boston Center for the Arts through Oct. 21, will host an exhibition by Northeastern University's African American Master Artists in Residence Program for the first time this year.
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‘Strategies of Engagement’
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‘Strategies of Engagement’
“Carrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement,” showing at the Boston College McMullen Museum of Art through Dec. 13, displays a piercing, wide-ranging spectrum of the artist’s most evocative work. The two-floor exhibit covering Weems’ 30-year career will travel to Allentown Art Museum and others after its McMullen debut.
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‘Expressions Unbound’ exhibit celebrates American outsider art
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‘Expressions Unbound’ exhibit celebrates American outsider art
In 2017, the Safrans made a gift to Tufts University of 38 pieces of artwork, including paintings, sculptures, and drawings, from their private collection. The exhibit, titled “Expressions Unbound: American Outsider Art from the Andrew and Linda Safran Collection,” features 19 artists from the American South, the Northeast and the West Coast, and is currently on display through Dec. 16 at the Tisch Family Gallery at Tufts University’s Aidekman Arts Center.
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Hearts & minds  on fire
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Hearts & minds on fire
Renowned contemporary artist Teresita Fernández has set Harvard Yard ablaze with her public sculpture “Autumn (…Nothing Personal).” On view through Oct. 1, the vivid grouping of bright orange and yellow tubes was inspired by James Baldwin’s essay “Nothing Personal.” Fernández hopes it will become a platform for discussion and performance.
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Dragon Slayer: New Fenway mural encourages collective action
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Dragon Slayer: New Fenway mural encourages collective action
In early August, a new 106-foot mural by Raúl de Nieves debuted on the side of Fenway Health’s Ansin Building in the Fenway neighborhood. Originally a watercolor on paper piece, “All Is One” applies the historic myth of Saint George and the Dragon to a contemporary world.
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Family lost and family gained
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Family lost and family gained
Boston-born artist Lorraine O’Grady has achieved an artistic feat few others can dream of: her family photos are hanging in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. In the piece, 16 photographic diptychs explore the similarities between O’Grady’s family and Nefertiti’s.
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