Museum Exhibitions

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week

Paper Stories, Layered Dreams: The Art of Ekua Holmes

 

Museum of Fine Art

465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

 

Exhibition is included with General Admission

Details https://www.mfa.org/exhibition/paper-stories-layered-dreams

A lifelong resident of Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, Ekua Holmes (b. 1955) is an artist and community activist whose body of work explores themes of childhood, family bonds, memory, and resilience. This exhibition focuses on her award-winning children’s book illustrations—vibrant collages revealing stories of self-determination, love, and community that reflect the artist’s distinctive vision and commitment to Black imagery and representation.

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The Art of Ekua Holmes

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week

Group Tours at Gropius House

 

Gropius House

68 Baker Bridge Rd #3105, Lincoln, MA 01773

 

Guided House Tour: $25 per adult and $22 per senior and/or student for groups of 10 or more visitors. Additional rates apply for all other tours. Prices subject to change.

Details at https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/book-a-private-tour/gropius-house-1938-lincoln/

Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, came to teach at Harvard in 1937 and designed this house as his family home. Modest in scale, Gropius House was revolutionary in its influence. It combined familiar elements of New England houses—wood siding, stone foundation, and brick chimney—with industrial materials like glass block, acoustical plaster, and chrome banisters, and the latest technology in fixtures. Every aspect of the house and its surrounding landscape was planned for maximum efficiency and simplicity of design. The house contains family possessions and an important collection of Bauhaus furniture designed by Marcel Breuer.

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Gropius House

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week

States of Play: Prints from Rembrandt to Delsarte

Harvard Art Museum

32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

 

Exhibition is free and open September 4, 2021–January 2, 2022

Details at https://harvardartmuseums.org/exhibitions/5908/states-of-play-prints-from-rembrandt-to-delsarte

 

Spanning more than three centuries, the works in this exhibition—by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt, Lee Krasner, Jacques Philippe Le Bas, and Louis Delsarte—unveil the layers of creative revision, correction, and adjustment behind finished prints. Central to this process is the concept of a “print state,” which traditionally refers to a version of a print that precedes the final product. The exhibition explores how artists across time have maximized the iterative potential of states, for reasons ranging from the practical to the whimsical. By decoding creative choices that the artist pursued or abandoned in each successive step, the exhibition helps uncover the full breadth of experimentation and demystifies printmaking terminology and techniques.

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States of Play

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week

 

Raúl de Nieves: The Treasure House of Memory

Institute of Contemporary Art

25 Harbor Shore Dr, Boston, MA 02210

 

Exhibition is included in General Admission

Details at https://www.icaboston.org/exhibitions/ra%C3%BAl-de-nieves-treasure-house-memory

 

Raúl de Nieves (b. 1983, Michoacán, Mexico) is a New York–based interdisciplinary artist, performer, and musician whose multifaceted practice ranges from stained-glass-style narrative paintings to animated performances, to densely adorned figurative sculptures encrusted with bangles, beads, bells, sequins, and other homespun materials. All of his works share a distinctive visual language that draws from Mexican craft traditions, religious iconography, mythology, and folktales to explore the transformational possibilities of adornment and the mutability of sexuality and identity. For the ICA, de Nieves is creating a body of interconnected works rooted in memory and exploring themes of personal transformation.

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The Treasure House of Memory

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week

 

Watching the Ice Melt

 

The Griffin Museum of Photography

67 Shore Rd, Winchester, MA 01890

 

Exhibition is included with general admission.

Details at https://griffinmuseum.org/show/watching-the-ice-melt/

 

Watching The Ice Melt by Zachary P. Stephens is a body of work utilizing cameraless abstraction, found/archival imagery, and video to address issues of climate change through themes of glacial ice melt, memory, and loss. This work asks the viewer to consider the urgency of the climate crisis, even when faced with a global pandemic and social unrest.

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Watching The Ice Melt

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week

 

Mariano: Variations on a Theme

 

McMullen Museum of Art

2101 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02135

Exhibition is included with General Admission

Details at https://www.bc.edu/sites/artmuseum/exhibitions/mariano/

 

The first major exhibition on Cuban artist Mariano Rodríguez (1912–90) in the United States, this retrospective features over 140 oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings from leading museum and private collections, including the artist’s estate, which has provided unprecedented access to rarely seen works and archives.

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Mariano: Variations on a Theme

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week

 

Laurence Pierce

 

Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists

300 Walnut Ave, Boston, MA 02119

 

Exhibition is included with General Admission

Details at https://ncaaa.org/the-museum/collections-exhibitions/think-about-it/

 

Born in Bronx, NY, Laurence (Larry) Pierce studied at New York’s High School of Art and Design, after which he served in the United States Navy as a photographer and videographer for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service. Returning to civilian life, he continued art studies at Cooper Union, and School of the Visual Arts (BFA, 1977). In 1991, he moved to Boston and joined the Boston African-American Artists Association. Pierce is a former Artist-in-Residence at The Sustainability Guild in Dorchester, and is a participating artist in the forthcoming KKK (Kids Killin’ Kids) project that will produce a nationally touring exhibition tackling intra-community violence.

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Laurence Pierce

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week

 

Joana Vasconcelos: Valkyrie Mumbet

 

MassArt Art Museum

621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Exhibition is included with General Admission

Details at https://maam.massart.edu/exhibition/joana-vasconcelos

 

Renowned Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos will premiere a new monumental site-specific installation. Known for her unprecedented multimedia works, Vasconcelos, in her first U.S. solo show, will honor Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, an enslaved woman whose court battle for her freedom in 1781 helped make slavery illegal in Massachusetts. The large-scale installation entitled Valkyrie Mumbet, is the newest in her Valkyries series, named after Norse female war goddesses, which pays homage to inspiring women.

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Joana Vasconcelos: Valkyrie Mumbet

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week

 

Frida Kahlo: POSE

 

The Rose Art Museum

415 South St, Waltham, MA 02453

Exhibition is included with General Admission

Details at https://www.brandeis.edu/rose/exhibitions/2021/frida-kahlo-pose.html

 

Frida Kahlo: POSE is a focused exhibition that presents select paintings, drawings, and prints; a rich array of vintage photographs (some never before seen); and rare archival footage and ephemera, providing new perspectives on Kahlo's complex identity as a path-breaking individual and artist. Organized in five overlapping sections – posing; composing; exposing; queering, and self-fashioning – this research-based show examines the relationship between photography and art within Kahlo's world; explores her mode of composing herself and her paintings; and shines a light on Kahlo’s queer identity and gender fluid self-presentations. Contemporary artworks from the Rose Art Museum’s permanent collection that explore queer identity will be placed in dialogue with Kahlo’s work, pointing to this transgressive artist's inspiring legacies and cultural impact.

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Frida Kahlo: POSE

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week

 

David Schnuckel: Meaningful Gibberish

 

Fuller Craft Museum

455 Oak St, Brockton, MA 02301

Exhibition is included with General Admission

Details at https://fullercraft.org/event/david-schnuckel-meaningful-gibberish/

 

David Schnuckel’s Meaningful Gibberish bridges contemporary craft, material study, and multiple media to challenge long-held notions of object making. The interdisciplinary exhibition disrupts traditional glass process to question what words like “mastery” can mean in material relationships, what the term “craftsmanship” can fully encompass when process goes experimental, and where notions of “skill” can truly reside when turned inside out. With works involving glass, photography, writing, drawing, and video, the experimental exhibition ultimately seeks to answer the question: How can an artist break something down as thoughtfully and skillfully as it was once created?

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Meaningful Gibberish

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week

 

Fire and Water: An Exploration of the Great Fire of Boston 

 

Waterworks Museum

2450 Beacon St, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Exhibition is included with General Admission

Details at https://waterworksmuseum.org/exhibits/fire-and-water-an-exploration-of-the-great-fire-of-boston/

 

Fire and Water will examine how both the Boston Fire Department and Water System struggled to keep up with explosive population growth in 19th century Boston. Visitors will see how each evolved both before and after the Great Fire of Boston in 1872, and why this infamous event was such a crucial turning point in their development. 

This exhibition will feature a variety of high-resolution photos showing the aftermath of the Great Fire, various historic artifacts on loan from the Boston and Bare Cove Fire Museums, and interactive elements – including a computer game where visitors will have their chance to fight the blaze.

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Fire and Water

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week

 

Virtual Mini Tour: Mechanized Transportation 

 

Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

154 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

Tour is free online

Details at https://www.charlesrivermuseum.org/mini-tour-mechanized-transportation

 

Explore some of our mechanized human transportation exhibits and artifacts via the following six stop video tour! As the industrial revolution stoked the spread of urbanization, so did it prompt the demand for faster, more reliable transportation. Prior to the 19th century, ground transport was a rudimentary localized trade-- it was still the age of horses and stagecoaches. But with more roads and rails being laid down across the country, and the development of the factory system, engineers and industrialists were quick to capitalize on the opportunity to turn the trade into an industry.

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Mechanized Transportation