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Get your art fix — virtually
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Get your art fix — virtually
The doors to the Museum of Fine Arts may be closed, but the MFA and other cultural institutions are finding new ways to showcase their collections while shuttered because of COVID-19 precautions. Many museums have launched virtual tours, streamed performances and offered collection databases chock-full of interesting information.
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Coronavirus Hits the Arts Community Hard
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Coronavirus Hits the Arts Community Hard
On Thursday, March 12, four of Boston’s biggest art museums made the joint decision to close until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic and mandates for social distancing. The Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Harvard Art Museums all shuttered until further notice. From there, a wave of theaters, galleries and concert halls followed suit.
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Helina Metaferia harpoons white-driven art world in solo show
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Helina Metaferia harpoons white-driven art world in solo show
Interdisciplinary artist Helina Metaferia’s debut solo exhibition in Boston is a showstopper. Running at Northeastern’s 360 Gallery through April, 5, “Against a Sharp White Background” features a selection of work highlighting Metaferia’s primary artistic objective: asserting the black body into sites of systematic oppression and owning those spaces as a person of color.
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New MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) welcomes visitors
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New MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) welcomes visitors
The new museum of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design opened to the public on Saturday and will remain open to the public for free, year round, with exhibitions and programs that fulfill its stated mission: “To open eyes, expand minds, and create opportunity through the lens of contemporary art.”
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Hyman Bloom at MFA
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Hyman Bloom at MFA
Some paintings in the exhibition “Hyman Bloom: Matters of Life and Death,” on view at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston through Sunday, February 23, seduce with sumptuous, jewel-like colors and flowing forms.
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MIT exhibit ‘Colored People Time’ dives into centuries of racial discourse
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MIT exhibit ‘Colored People Time’ dives into centuries of racial discourse
“Colored People Time: Mundane Futures, Quotidian Pasts, Banal Presents,” running at the MIT List Visual Art Center through April 12, explores the history of slavery and colonialism in the U.S. and the way it continues to impact the lives of black Americans in a modern world.
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MFA hosts Thelma Golden as part of 150th-anniversary kickoff
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MFA hosts Thelma Golden as part of 150th-anniversary kickoff
On Feb. 5, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston kicked off its year-long 150th-anniversary celebration with great spirit, generosity and style.
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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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