‘The Black Clown’ unveils America’s three-ring circus of racism

A.R.T.’s “The Black Clown” isn’t just a stirring performance of the Langston Hughes poem. From Botham Jean to Colin Kaepernick to Reginald Andrade, it’s the circus of racism in America.

From top: Roger Minick’s “Woman With Scarf at Inspiration Point, Yosemite National Park, California”; Mark Klett’s “Contemplating the View at Muley Pt., Utah”; and Leon Levinstein’s “New York.”

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At the Addison, going back to the land

Excellent new shows at the Addison Gallery of American Art look at landscape and the body.

The design by Adam Pendleton and Adjaye Associates with Future/Pace and David Reinfurt features a bridge and uses the existing slope. At right, the site of the Boston Massacre, a few blocks away.

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Which design for the Boston Common MLK memorial rises to the (mountain)top?

How much should a memorial remake a space before it comes to dominate it? Is dominating that space exactly what a memorial to social activism should do, especially in a city with its own ongoing racial fissures?

Perspective | Magazine

How Boston can still solve the Isabella Stewart Gardner case — before it’s too late

As a new true-crime podcast about the theft launches, a possible path to solving the Gardner heist mystery.

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The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

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Winnie-the-Pooh at the MFA: a honey of a show

At the MFA, “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” celebrates the children’s-book bear.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Art as profit-and-loss statement

Aesthetics meet economics at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.

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Fine art pieces being auctioned by Boston firm on Friday

Skinner Auctioneers has several notable items at its auction.

MFA curator to head Florida museum

Elliot Bostwick Davis will become director of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach.

Fall Arts Preview 2018

Fall arts preview 2018

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/09/19/BostonGlobe.com/Politics/Images/09booksFallReading.jpg The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this fall

Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

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Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic opens at the MFA on Saturday.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston the week of Sept. 17-23

Winnie-the-Pooh at the MFA, Champions of Magic, the Boston Film Festival, and more.

Dr. Mandeep Mehra believes the subject of the portrait may have suffered from an underactive thyroid, also known as hypothyroidism.

What’s the mystery behind Mona Lisa’s smile? Brigham doctor suggests a medical diagnosis

When Dr. Mandeep Mehra, medical director of Brigham and Women’s Heart and Vascular Center, saw the painting while on vacation in Paris he saw the makings of a medical diagnosis.

09FallArtPicks Poetry of Nature: Hudson River School Landscapes from the New-York Historical Society/ Worcester Art Museum. Thomas Chambers (1808-1866), Lake George and the Village of Caldwell, ca. 1850. Oil on canvas. The New-York Historical Society, Purchase, Thomas Jefferson Bryan Fund, 1977.13. Image courtesy of Worcester Art Museum.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Legendary folk music artist Joan Baez, at her northern California home, is on her final tour. MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by Ramona Rosales

Things to Do

The Weekender: Folk heroes, good dogs, and ‘SNL’ stars’ reunion

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

An octagonal cup with the forepart of a lion, from China’s Sui or Tang dynasty, in “Animal-Shaped Vessels From the Ancient World: Feasting With Gods, Heroes, and Kings,” at Harvard Art Museums through Jan. 6.

Art Review

At Harvard, lions and bulls and rams, oh my

“Animal-Shaped Vessels From the Ancient World” is at the Harvard Art Museums through Jan. 6.

Luanne E Witkowski and Denise Marika’s “Strata.”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

When video and painting converse

The late Denise Marika and Luanne E. Witkowski have a joint show at Kingston Gallery.

“Lizzie” costars Kristen Stewart (left) and Chloe Sevigny.

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Chloe Sevigny on her new Lizzie Borden film and teaming up with Kristen Stewart

After years of false starts, ‘‘Lizzie,’’ a tense psychological thriller, is finally making it to theaters.

The Olson house, a farmhouse in Cushing, Maine, once owned by Christina Olson and her brother Alvaro, was the setting for many of Andrew Wyeth’s paintings and sketches, including “Christina’s World.” It’s open for tours.

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Seeing Wyeths by land and sea

Tours of Wyeths by Water out of Port Clyde, Maine, and the famed Olson house in Cushing, Maine.

Musician Van Morrison from Northern Ireland performs on the Stravinski Hall stage during the 46th Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, Saturday, July 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Keystone/Jean-Christophe Bott)

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

“Pandas” is screening at the Museum of Science.

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Fall Arts Preview: Family entertainment picks

Pandas, robots, caterpillars, and Gorillaz? A look at attractions for kids of all ages in Boston and beyond.

Thomas Chambers’s “Lake George and the Village of Caldwell” is in “Poetry of Nature.”

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Fall Arts Preview: Art Picks

Cate McQuaid’s picks of 15 notable art exhibitions this season.

Perspective | Magazine

Can the memorial for Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King change perceptions about Boston?

Why entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul English believes the memorial is a chance to rid the city of its racist image.

A view of William Forsythe’s “The Fact of Matter.”

Fall Arts Preview 2018

At the ICA, making the viewer a participant

“William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects” arrives on Oct. 31.

Rena Detrixhe with her piece “Red Dirt Rug.”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

A bit of Oklahoma comes to the South End

Rena Detrixhe brings her ninth soil rug, “Red Dirt Rug,” to Abigail Ogilvy Gallery.

Ms. Graham said her “inspiration often springs from ‘the other side of the tracks’ — urban industrial areas, abandoned buildings, vernacular architecture, minimalist spaces, and clustered housing in foreign lands.’’

Julie Graham, artist and Museum School teacher, at 71

Ms. Graham intertwined light with fragments of everyday life in her paintings.

Poet and literary performer Regie Gibson.

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Writing poetry inspired by paintings; a journalist’s cancer memoir; a Peace First primer

Mass Poetry is running Poets in the Galleries writers’ workshops this fall.

In 2013 the Wee Faerie Village at the Florence Griswold Museum was based on “The Wizard of Oz.”

Fairy magic lifts the Florence Griswold Museum

Annual Wee Faerie Village displays began as a response to the Great Recession.

Top: “Shelf Life Number 15” and “Shelf Life Number 12” by Claes Oldenburg. Above: Delia Gonzalez’s “The N° Five.” Below:

Art review

On the shelf, in the family, near Vesuvius

Two small shows at the MFA and another at the List offer end-of-summer pleasures.

Ethan Hawke, Rose Byrne, and Chris O'Dowd in JULIET, NAKED. Photo credit: Alex Bailey. Courtesy of Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Barenaked Ladies, good dogs, and (actual) crazy rich Asians 

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Kara Elliott-Ortega, chief of arts and culture for the City of Boston.

Kara Elliott-Ortega named Boston’s new chief of arts and culture

In the Cabinet-level post, Elliott-Ortega will focus on increasing diversity in the arts and seeking funding for the local arts community.

Niho Kozuru’s “Infinite Bloom”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Niho Kozuru’s colors dazzle at the Society of Arts + Crafts

The show modernizes a centuries-old tradition.

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Bedelyn Dabel

The 21-year-old artist spoke about inspiration, the creative process, and original characters.

26ticketfolk Description English: The Chamanas official photo by Diego Lucero Espa–ol: Foto oficial de The Chamanas por Diego Lucero Date 12 August 2016, 18:57:47 Source https://www.flickr.com/photos/103008575@N04/32522693932/in/dateposted/ Author Diego A. Lucero This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Chamanas.jpg

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

A hanging scroll in “Empresses of China’s Forbidden City” at Peabody Essex Museum.

Art Review

Imperial pleasures at the Peabody Essex

The Peabody Essex Museum’s “Empresses of China’s Forbidden City” is a revelation.

Melissa McCarthy stars in The Happytime Murders 24murders

Things to Do

The Weekender: Kenny’s return; Dicky’s party; Lenny’s birthday

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Layle Omeran’s “Negotiation of Identity — Portraits” is part of “Resistant Currents” at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Mills Gallery.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

‘Resistant Currents,’ at the Boston Center for the Arts, looks at immigration

“Resistant Currents,” at the Boston Center for the Arts, looks at immigration.

Aretha Franklin Herb Ritts (American, 1952–2002) 1992 Photograph, gelatin silver print * Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation © Herb Ritts Foundation * Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Sweet sweet Aretha (since she’s been gone)

The Museum of Fine Arts pays tribute to the singer, who died last week, with an installation in its Sharf Visitor Center.

William Hogarth’s “The Lady’s Last Stake “ at the MFA.

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Mass fashion, en masse

Local institutions team up to celebrate the role of fashion in Massachusetts, from the 17th century to today.

Yuiko Hotta, research associate for Japanese art at the MFA, and Katie Getchell, the museum’s chief brand officer and deputy director, with some of the katagami stencils.

Uniqlo to launch T-shirt collaboration with MFA

Uniqlo shirts will feature patterns from centuries-old Japanese stencils. 

Bruce Davidson’s photograph of Martin Luther King Jr. at a 1962 press conference, in Birmingham, Ala. Below: Brad Kayal’s “Job Creator” (left) and Dave Cole’s “American Flag (Toy Soldiers #12).”

Art Review

At RISD, e pluribus . . . what, exactly?

Three shows at the Rhode Island School of Design mix art and politics.

Top: The Fens portion of Fujiko Nakaya’s “Fog x FLO.” Below (from left): Liz Glynn’s “Open House,” Alicja Kwade’s “TunnelTeller,” Yayoi Kusama’s “Where the Lights in My Heart Go.”

Art Review

Four art installations in Greater Boston you’ll want to see

This summer has brought atmospheric environments to get excited about.

Artist Ruben Ubiera (left) was silhouetted chatting with a passerby near the wall he painted for the second annual Beyond Walls Mural Festival in Lynn.

Mural festival seeks to make Lynn a destination for public art

The theme for the second annual Beyond Walls mural festival, which continues through Saturday, is love.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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At the Museum of Fine Arts, two curators promoted, one hired

The Museum of Fine Arts has announced two curatorial promotions, as well as a new curatorial hire.

Seth Casteel’s “Oh No! I Dropped It!”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

At ‘Best in Show II,’ at Lanoue Gallery, art meets arf

The exhibit is a benefit for the MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center.

Titus Kaphar’s “Historical Nonfiction” questions inequalities in art history.

New Haven artist wins Rappaport Prize

Titus Kaphar, renowned for his incisive revisions to classic paintings, has won a no-strings $25,000 award.

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Stephen Hamilton

Hamilton spoke with the Globe about The Founders Project, public art, and education.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 13-19

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, Old School Game Night, India Day Festival, and more.

Harvard library passport exhibit highlights stories of migration

The colorful quilt of passports look worn and faded. They hang one above the other, remnants of a different time, gatekeepers for countries that no longer exist.

12ticketmuseum Painter and Poet: The Art of Ashley Bryant at Portland Museum of Art through Nov. 25, 2018. Ashley Bryan (American, b. 1923) ÒOh, when the children sing in peaceÓ 2006 Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals 24-25 [Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007] Collage of cut colored paper on paper Image: 12 x 20 1/2 in; Object: 14 7/8 x 22 1/8 in.; Mat: 20 x 26 in. Frame: 22 1/8 x 28 1/8 x 3/4 in. Collection of The Ashley Bryan Center Image courtesy of the Portland Museum of Art.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

John David Washington stars as Ron Stallworth in Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, a Focus Features release.Credit: David Lee / Focus Features

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ Billy Joel, and the Beantown Tapfest

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

A view of the end of one of the sections of the “Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ’Round the World.”

Two Mass. artists painted this 1,275-foot-long panorama 170 years ago — and it’s on display now

Long before movies, people were entertained by scrolling panoramas and panorama barkers, who narrated the harrowing tales depicted. One of the biggest of these paintings is now on view in New Bedford.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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Ahead of the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the Globe Magazine explores the history of the project and Kennedy’s vision for it.

Harvard Art Museums

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/02/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/harvardart.jpg Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

An in-depth look at the new complex designed by architect Renzo Piano.