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New works by three local artists in Foster Prize exhibition at ICA Boston
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New works by three local artists in Foster Prize exhibition at ICA Boston
Now in its ninth year, the biennial James and Audrey Foster Prize Exhibition of the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) showcases local artists of note. The 2021 Foster Prize Exhibition, organized by ICA assistant curator Jeffrey De Blois and on view at the ICA through January 30, 2022, presents new works by Marlon Forrester, Eben Haines and Dell Marie Hamilton.
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'ReFrame' —  Harvard Art Museums launches project to diversify offerings
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'ReFrame' — Harvard Art Museums launches project to diversify offerings
Harvard Art Museums launched the initial phase of their “ReFrame” project on Sept. 4. “ReFrame” aims to examine the purpose of a local and global art museum and how to use that platform to tell the most inclusive stories possible. With new acquisitions and a remix of the exhibition space, the museum will aim to showcase a more diverse group of artists.
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Mobile mural marks MPDC 55th anniversary
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Mobile mural marks MPDC 55th anniversary
As part of their 55th anniversary celebration, Madison Park Development Corporation has organized a mobile mural in Nubian Square, created by local artists and a cohort of six youth participants. The mural, “A Love Letter to Roxbury,” celebrates the neighborhood’s history and MPDC’s commitment to the community.
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Ten art projects for Roxbury receive funding from Transformative Public Art Program
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Ten art projects for Roxbury receive funding from Transformative Public Art Program
As part of the Transformative Public Art Program run by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, 10 murals and 27 short-term projects and art activations have been funded around Boston, many in the Roxbury neighborhood. The initiative aims to bring public art projects into the neighborhoods where residents spend their time, to bring accessibility and joy to each enclave.
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Up next on Billboard Hope: DaNice D. Marshall
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Up next on Billboard Hope: DaNice D. Marshall
When Billboard Hope launched in John Eliot Square in March 2021, founder Dayenne Walters was testing the artistic waters of the project. Months later, the billboard has brought a vital source of hope and inspiration to the Roxbury community. In September, Roxbury native DaNice D. Marshall will show her work on the large-scale surface.
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A Fresh Perspective: Horace D. Ballard joins Harvard Art Museums
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A Fresh Perspective: Horace D. Ballard joins Harvard Art Museums
Horace D. Ballard will take over as the new Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. associate curator of American art at the Harvard Art Museums.
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Weaving the Threads of Identity
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Weaving the Threads of Identity
Cambridge-based artist Valerie Imparato took to embroidery during the COVID-19 quarantine to learn a new skill and relieve some of her stress. From the gentle weaving motion of the thread bloomed a series of artworks reflecting on Black womanhood, which have been paired with works of other media in her show “Interwoven” at the Fitchburg Art Museum through Aug. 29.
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Skinner partners with Artists for Humanity in philanthropic auction
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Skinner partners with Artists for Humanity in philanthropic auction
Skinner auctions has partnered with Artists for Humanity to host their first grassroots, no buyer’s premium auction, a philanthropic initiative titled “Art. Action. Auction.” Running July 22-August 3, proceeds from the donated 79 lots will go towards Artists for Humanity with an additional $25,000 match from Skinner.
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An undersea realm at ICA Watershed
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An undersea realm at ICA Watershed
The ICA Watershed has returned to the reopening art world with a bang, or rather with a bubble. Dominican artist Firelei Báez’s spellbinding 2021 site-specific sculpture pulls the depths of the ocean up through the museum’s industrial concrete floors and into our sightlines.
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'Paper Stories, Layered Dreams: The Art of Ekua Holmes' at MFA
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'Paper Stories, Layered Dreams: The Art of Ekua Holmes' at MFA
Organized by Meghan Melvin, the MFA’a curator of design, the exhibition presents about 40 works created over the past decade by Ekua Holmes. On view through January 23, the show features free-standing artworks by Holmes, a lifelong Roxbury resident, as well as her award-winning children’s book illustrations. 
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Rose Art Museum exhibit explores photographs of, not by, Frida Kahlo
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Rose Art Museum exhibit explores photographs of, not by, Frida Kahlo
Art lovers are used to seeing Frida Kahlo depict herself in her deeply intimate self-portraits. In “Frida Kahlo: POSE” at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Kahlo is depicted through the lens of other artists, photographers who flocked to her striking image and natural manner in front of the camera.
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RCC ceremony celebrates the legacy of artist John Wilson
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RCC ceremony celebrates the legacy of artist John Wilson
John Wilson’s dynamic sculpture “Father and Child Reading” has sat on the Roxbury Community College campus since 1990. The college commissioned the piece in 1985 and it’s been a symbol of the power of education and interpersonal relationships for decades. Now the sculpture is receiving a commemorative plaque and a rededication ceremony to honor its value for the campus community.
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