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Museum Exhibitions - Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week 

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Seen in Chinatown, San Jose, California. Published by R. & H. Photo. Gelatin-silver print on card stock. Leonard A. Lauder Postcard Archive.

Real Photo Postcards: Pictures from a Changing Nation

Museum of Fine Art

465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

 

Exhibition is included with General Admission; March 16 - July 25, 2022. 

Details at https://www.mfa.org/exhibition/real-photo-postcards 

 

Featuring more than 300 works drawn from the MFA’s Leonard A. Lauder Postcard Archive, this exhibition takes an in-depth look at real photo postcards and the stories they tell about the US in the early 20th century. The cards range from the dramatic and tragic to the inexplicable, funny, and just plain weird. Along the way, they also reveal truths about a country that was growing and changing with the times—and experiencing the social and economic strains that came with those upheavals.  

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Stephen Hamilton, Joseph Lewis as Eze Nri (detail), 2018. Acrylic, natural dyes and pigments on wood, and hand-woven, hand dyed cloth. The Hayden Collection - Charles Henry Hayden Fund © Stephen Hamilton. Image courtesy of the artist. 

New Light: Encounters and Connections 

Museum of Fine Art  

465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115  

  

Exhibition is included with General Admission; July 3, 2021 - August 22, 2022. 

Details at https://www.mfa.org/exhibition/new-light-encounters-and-connections 

 

Spanning cultures and geographies, and sometimes millennia too, “New Light: Encounters and Connections” presents more than 60 works of art from across the MFA’s collection, many of which are on view for the first time. The exhibition is organized into 21 “conversations”—in each, a contemporary piece that has recently joined the collection is juxtaposed with one or two rarely seen objects acquired earlier in the Museum’s history. Together, these conversations reveal the potential of every addition to the collection to spark unexpected connections and new narratives. 

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© Cannupa Hanska Luger. Photo courtesy of the Heard Museum, Craig Smith.

Each/Other: Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger 

Peabody Essex Museum  

161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970  

  

Exhibition is included with General Admission; January 29 - May 8, 2022 

Details at https://www.pem.org/exhibitions/each-other-marie-watt-and-cannupa-hanska-luger 

 

Each/Other: Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger features the work of Watt and Luger, two leading Indigenous contemporary artists whose processes focus on collaborative artmaking, community engagement, materials, and the land. Works on view in Each/Other will consist of materials including carved wood, ceramic and fabric sculpture, photography, installation works with coconcertina and oil drums, video-based interpretive elements and documentation pieces to show past performance works by the artists.

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Konstantin Dimopoulos, The Blue Trees, installation.  

Konstantin Dimopoulos: The Blue Trees 

Peabody Essex Museum  

161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970  

 

Installation on PEM’s campus; Starting on April 20, 2022, weather permitting 

Details at https://www.pem.org/exhibitions/konstantin-dimopoulos-the-blue-trees 

 

Konstantin Dimopoulos’ The Blue Trees installation is an environmental call to action. Using a biologically-safe watercolor and a team of community volunteers, the artist temporarily transforms a selection of trees on PEM's campus to focus our attention on the growing issue of deforestation and other threats to trees around the globe. The harmless blue colorant will wash away over time, and the trees will gradually return to their natural state. 

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Gropius House

Tours at Gropius House

Gropius House

68 Baker Bridge Rd #3105, Lincoln, MA 01773

 

Guided House Tour Saturdays and Sundays at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm: $25 per adult and $22 per senior $15 per student.  Advance tickets required.  https://my.historicnewengland.org/11346/13396

 

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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Odili Donald Odita, Cut, 2016. Offset lithograph. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Margaret Fisher Fund, 2018.33.44. © Odili Donald Odita. 

Prints from the Brandywine Workshop and Archives: Creative Communities 

Harvard Art Museum  

32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138 

 

Exhibition is included with General Admission; March 4, 2022–July 31, 2022 

Details at https://harvardartmuseums.org/exhibitions/6182/prints-from-the-brandywine-workshop-and-archives-creative-communities 

 

Founded by Allan Edmunds in Philadelphia in 1972, the Brandywine Workshop and Archives provides a fertile environment for artists from diverse backgrounds to create cutting-edge prints. At Brandywine, collaboration and the exchange of ideas feed a culture of experimentation, in which master printers and artists continually challenge conventions of the creative process and push the technical boundaries of printmaking to produce compelling new works. This exhibition marks the first presentation of a group of works acquired by the Harvard Art Museums from the Brandywine Workshop in 2018. 

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Napoleon Jones-Henderson, TCB, 1970. Wool. 72 x 48 inches (182.9 x 121.9 cm). Courtesy the artist. © Napoleon Jones-Henderson

Napoleon Jones-Henderson

Institute of Contemporary Art  

25 Harbor Shore Dr, Boston, MA 02210  

  

Exhibition is included in General Admission; February 17 - July 24, 2022 

Details at https://www.icaboston.org/exhibitions/napoleon-jones-henderson 

 

For more than 50 years, Napoleon Jones-Henderson (b. 1943, Chicago) has created works that strive to highlight, celebrate, and empower the communities where he lives. Jones-Henderson is a longstanding founding member of the influential artist collective African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA). His work translates AfriCOBRA’s aesthetic principles—to create images inspired by the lived experience and cultures of people of the African diaspora in an accessible graphic style with shining Kool-Aid colors—into woven tapestries, mosaic tile works, shrine-like sculptures, and varied works on paper. 

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Silent Scenes, Blue Muse © Stephen Albair 

Silent Scenes 

The Griffin Museum of Photography 

67 Shore Road, Winchester MA 01890  

  

Exhibition is included in General Admission; March 15, 2022 – June 5, 2022 

Details at https://griffinmuseum.org/show/stephen-albair-silent-scenes/ 

 

San Francisco's artist Stephen Albair brings the tableau photography exhibition “Silent Scenes” to the Griffin Museum. "Life’s ambiguities—love, loss, and longing—are subjects for my artworks. [...] This process is based on traditional tableau photography in which models on a stage remain motionless for an observer. The camera simply records the scene. In my works, Found objects combined together in a tight space link, and create a dialogue. Just as there are many ways of looking at the past and the present, tableaus narrate many possibilities. Story threads diverge while the viewer searches for meaning. The resulting photograph has a painterly quality which reveals and conceals layers of information. While specific interpretations are left to the viewer, according to their own experiences, my staged objects create an expectation that something meaningful just happened—or is about to”. 

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Martin Parr, Glenbeigh Races, County Kerry (A Fair Day), 1983. 

Martin Parr: Time and Place 

McMullen Museum of Art  

2101 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02135  

  

Exhibition is included with General Admission; January 31 - June 5, 2022 

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

 

Martin Parr (born Epsom, United Kingdom, 1952) is a photographer whose work evinces a global sensibility presented with the closely observed, precise detail of the local. His images underscore how global continuities diminish distinctions among local cultures. This is Parr’s first wide-ranging museum exhibition in the United States with over 135 works and an extensive selection of photobooks on display. Martin Parr: Time and Place features at its core a career-spanning selection of Parr’s Irish photographs, which describe the radical evolution of Ireland over the last four decades and the major themes of his work—social class and consumption, curiosity and humor, humanity and its predictable idiosyncrasies. 

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Barkley L. Hendricks, Self-Portrait with a Black Hat, 1989-2013. Digital c-print. © Barkley L.Hendricks. Courtesy of the artist's estate and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

"My Mechanical Sketchbook" — Barkley L. Hendricks & Photography 

The Rose Art Museum  

415 South St, Waltham, MA 02453 

  

Exhibition is included with General Admission; February 10 - July 24, 2022 

Details at https://www.brandeis.edu/rose/exhibitions/2022/barkley-hendricks.html 

 

"My Mechanical Sketchbook" — Barkley L. Hendricks & Photography focuses on the significant and multifaceted role of the camera and the photographic image within Barkley L. Hendricks's artistic practice. The show presents Hendricks's photographs as autonomous artworks, models for oil paintings, and as "mechanical sketchbooks"—to cite the artist's own words—that helped Hendricks capture and recall sights and insights. The exhibition illuminates the deep connections between Hendricks's myriad forms of creative expression with photographs, Polaroids, paintings, and works on paper. 

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Joana Vasconcelos: Valkyrie Mumbet

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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Amy Genser, part of upcoming Shifting exhibition, 2022 

Amy Genser: Shifting 

Fuller Craft Museum  

455 Oak St, Brockton, MA 02301 

 

Exhibition is included with General Admission; February 5, 2022 - December 4, 2023 

Details at https://fullercraft.org/event/amy-genser-shifting/ 

 

Connecticut artist Amy Genser works with paper and paint to explore her ongoing obsession with texture, pattern, and color. Using paper as pigment, she layers, cuts, rolls, and combines the humble material into vibrant tableaux that are inspired by the natural world—the flow of water, the shape of beehives, the organic irregularity of plants, and more. 

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Marilyn Pappas, Nevertheless She Persisted II, 2018, 58 1/2 x 16 x 11” cotton, linen, wood 

Marilyn Pappas: A Retrospective 

Fuller Craft Museum  

455 Oak St, Brockton, MA 02301 

 

Exhibition is included with General Admission; March 12 - August 28, 2022 

Details at https://fullercraft.org/event/marilyn-pappas-a-retrospective/ 

 

Fuller Craft Museum is proud to present the first museum retrospective of Somerville textile artist Marilyn Pappas. The exhibition features works from all stages of her 60-year career, from her socially minded, garment-based work of the 1960s to her travel-inspired collages to her outsized textiles depicting sculptures of ancient goddesses. At once timeless and highly relevant to today, Pappas’s forms chronicle the many stages of her life while offering powerful statements on the enduring strength, vibrancy, and resilience of women. 

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Roberto Lugo, 2 Queens, 2018, porcelain, china paint and luster. © Roberto Lugo. 2019. 

Us Them We | Race Ethnicity Identity 

Worcester Art Museum  

55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609 

 

Exhibition is included with General Admission; February 19 - June 19, 2022 

Details at https://www.worcesterart.org/exhibitions/us-them-we/ 

 

Addressing identity as a socio-political issue has been a central theme for artists since the 1970s. Us Them We | Race Ethnicity Identity will consider the ways that contemporary artists accentuate concepts like race and ethnicity through various visual strategies. Four formal devices serve as the foundation for the exhibition: Text, Juxtaposition, Seriality, and Pattern. Artists often employ one or more of these approaches as means of storytelling, protest, and celebration. 

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Matthew Angelo Harrison, Bated Breath,  installation view part of Proto at Kunsthalle Basel, 2021. Photo: Philipp Hänger / Kunsthalle Basel. 

Matthew Angelo Harrison: Robota 

MIT List Visual Arts Center  

20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15, Atrium level, Cambridge, MA 02139 

 

Exhibition is included with General Admission; March 25 - July 17, 2022 

Details at https://listart.mit.edu/exhibitions/matthew-angelo-harrison-robota 

 

In his sculptures and installations, Detroit-based artist Matthew Angelo Harrison traces intersections of labor, technology, and cultural heritage. The objects he creates, as well as those that he incorporates into his works, often speak to the impact of colonialism, capitalism, and racism while subtly addressing the aspects of identity formation and desire that underlie our relationship to objects. Harrison’s experience working as a clay modeler at Ford Motor Company established a fundamental framework that has endured in his interest in the prototype—a design stage the artist describes as “an in-between state as both a reality and a possibility,” and a concept that remains central to his artistic practice. 

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Fire and Water

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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Mechanized Transportation

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.