Mass shootings require a call to action. Will we answer?

In Paris, an American icon asks how we will put our kids before guns and make a better future.

Lewis Hine’s “Powerhouse Mechanic,” from 1924, is part of the “Viewpoints: Photographs from the Howard Greenberg Collection.”

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Some of the 20th century’s most famous photos are in this new MFA show

But “Viewpoints: Photographs from the Howard Greenberg Collection” offers more than just famous names and images.

“Monuments to Gestures of Incompleteness (III & VI)” at the Boston Center for the Arts Public Plaza.

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Shaka Dendy

The 26-year-old multidisciplinary artist and member of the industrial-punk hip-hop group Camp Blood is the 2019 Summer Artist in Residency at Boston’s Center for the Arts.

People entered the Underground Ink Block, where Victor and Liza Quinonez, founders of Street Theory, created a showcase for street art.

Critic’s Notebook

For public art in the Boston area, competing interests and big questions

In public art, there’s often a split between the art-world elites and community grass roots. Look around the region: We may agree that it’s a good thing. But few of us agree on what it should be.

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“I really get so much value out of my art when others approach me and tell me that they can relate to it. That’s what I live for.”

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 26-Sept. 8

An art installation explores immigration, the Spencer Fair helps close out summer, an Asian street festival comes to the Seaport, and more.

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Eric Carle Museum explores the enchanted world of children’s book master Peter Sís

A new exhibition surveys the magical, meticulous career of illustrator and children’s book master Peter Sís.

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The Weekender: ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon,’ ‘The Tempest,’ and The Boss

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

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At Brandeis, three women artists rise above devastating forces worldwide

“Root Shock” reckons with the social, economic, and political forces that devastate lives worldwide.

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Upcoming concerts, shows, performances in theater, music, dance, art, and television.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Jill Scott performs onstage at A+E Networks

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

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Steve Locke at the site of his proposed memorial to enslaved people outside Faneuil Hall earlier this year. (Anthony Palocci Jr.)

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Boston lost a powerful, poetic work when artist pulled his ‘Auction Block’ slave memorial

Last month’s controversy over Steve Locke’s memorial to enslaved people denied us a crucial piece of art.

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Demetri Espinosa

His art is less focused on style than it is on a specific philosophy — he believes that abstraction can be harnessed to convey complex ideas.

“The Forty Part Motet” by Janet Cardiff at the Clark Art Institute.

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‘The Forty Part Motet’ strikes a perfect note at the Clark Art Institute

“The Forty Part Motet,” for all its sparsity, gets under the skin of not only its audience but the space it inhabits.

The Emily Dickinson Museum is hosting its first-ever site-specific installation, “In Suspension,” in the conservatory.

Emily Dickinson’s ‘scraps of paper’ inspire art installation at poet’s Amherst conservatory

A group of women artists strung the poet’s conservatory with colorful works, creating a “space of peace” within the Amherst museum.



At Boston’s M Fine Arts Galerie, Mark Knoerzer paintings whirl with pattern and color

Brooklyn painter Mark Knoerzer deploys symmetry and three-dimensional layers to satisfying effect.

Daniela Rivera

Massachusetts artist wins deCordova museum’s $35,000 Rappaport Prize: ‘This is a life-changer for me’

Known for her recent exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Daniela Rivera uses large-scale works to explore national identity and migration.

Emily Dickinson portrait in Amherst vandalized

The same weekend that two consecutive mass shootings killed 33 people, Amherst police discovered a prominent public portrait of Emily Dickinson vandalized: someone had spray-painted a bullet hole onto her forehead, and blacked out her eyes.

Emily Dickinson portrait in Amherst vandalized

Amherst police discovered a prominent public portrait of Emily Dickinson vandalized: someone had spray painted a bullet hole onto her forehead, and blacked out her eyes.

Ida O’Keeffe’s “Creation” (1936).

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Georgia O’Keeffe’s forgotten sister, and a glimpse of what might have been

Ida O’Keeffe dwelled in her famous sister’s shadow. A new show gives a tantalizing view of a little-known talent, and a budding career that Georgia did what she could to stifle.

11ticketpop - Rickie Lee Jones. (Dino Perrucci)

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Nick Cave has brought his inflatable installation “Augment” to the Cyclorama in the South End.

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Inflatable cartoon monsters feel like ‘a form of protest’ at South End’s Cyclorama

Artist Nick Cave dissected and reconstructed inflatable lawn characters for his new “Augment” installation.

Untitled #465 Hellen van Meene (Dutch, born in 1972) 2014 Photograph, chromogenic print *Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson. *© Hellen van Meene. *Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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MFA takes visitors to ‘delectable’ fantasy worlds with two new exhibitions

The Museum of Fine Arts unearths a forgotten fantasy master and challenges our thinking on photography.

“Archive of Mind” is a  hands-on participatory installation at Peabody Essex Museum.

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At the Peabody Essex, exhibition dares museumgoers to trade iPhones for balls of clay

A simple, meditative work by South Korean artist Kimsooja feels radical in the digital age.

Matthew Day Jackson’s “Sacajawea (American Martyr Series)”

Mead Art Museum receives gift of more than 170 contemporary artworks

The donation includes pieces by such well-known artists as David Hockney, Mona Hatoum, Cindy Sherman, Mark Bradford, and Christian Marclay.

“Los Angeles” by Franco Fontana.


At Robert Klein Gallery, Franco Fontana’s photographs shape the world with color and abstraction

Italian master Franco Fontana finds geometry in urban scenes and rural landscapes.

“Augment” by Nick Cave

Boston funding seven new public art projects

Works by artists including Nick Cave, Rob Gibbs, and Victor Quinonez are among the chosen projects, which will receive a total of $75,000 to bring them to fruition.

This image released by Universal Pictures shows, foreground from left, Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba and Jason Statham in a scene from

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‘Hobbs and Shaw,’ ‘Gertrude and Claudius,’ and all that (Newport) jazz

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

“The Hull” by Hyman Bloom

Art Review

This Boston artist shunned the limelight. He deserves to be famous.

Hyman Bloom was admired by the Abstract Expressionists but relegated to the art-history sidelines. A powerful new show at the Museum of Fine Arts makes a case for his place in history.


Beasts, monsters and a master artistic storyteller

Illustrator, book artist, and printmaker Barry Moser glories in threading mythic implications into fictional portraiture.


Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine

Readers share their thoughts on essays about girl power and parting with vinyl albums as well as a story on Western Mass.’s arts economy.

James Weldon Johnson at the Writing Cabin, Five Acres, Great Barrington, circa 1930 -1936

Couple to restore Berkshires writing cabin of poet, civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson

Rufus Jones and Jill Rosenberg Jones are working to restore the creative haven of James Weldon Johnson to advance and extend his legacy, as well as to welcome more artists to the space.

Country singer-songwriter Lori McKenna - photographed in Annapolis, Maryland, last month - says she aims to push her songs to

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Garry Winogrand,

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Much more than only a paper moon

With “Apollo’s Muse,” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, lunar and aesthetic meet.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt star in ONCE UPON TIME IN HOLLYWOOD. (Andrew Cooper)

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The Weekender: ‘Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood,’ a love letter to Houston, and a farewell to ‘Orange’

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

James Collins,

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Group shows at PRC and Griffin combine quality and quantity

“Exposure 2019” runs through Aug. 11, “25th Juried Members’ Exhibition” through Sept. 1.

Charles “Teenie” Harris’s “Children Showered by Fire Hydrant.”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

‘Water’ works prove refreshing at Gallery Kayafas

The show, which features images by more than 60 artists, cools on a hot day, slakes thirst, and invites play. 


ICA to screen extended version of Solange Knowles’s film, ‘When I Get Home’

The latest work by Solange Knowles will screen in Boston on Sunday.

The Worcester Art Museum has received a $10 million donation, the largest in its history.

McDonough donates $10 million to Worcester Art Museum, largest gift of its kind in museum’s history

The donation is intended to strengthen the museum’s existing operations and endowments while fostering its future ambitions.

Christina Lynch Markham and Sean Mahoney from Paul Taylor Dance Company

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

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Brendan MacAllister

The 25 year old spends most of his time working three jobs. During his free time, he’s still hard at work — on his illustrations which he highlights on his Instagram.

Martine Gutierrez’s “Demons, Xochiquetzal, ‘Flower Quetzal Feather,’ p95 from Indigenous Woman”

Photography Review

Sweetness, ferocity, and sparkle in portrait photos since Stonewall

This exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art mines a rich vein.

Olivia Parker,

Photography Review

At the Peabody Essex, marvelousness made visible

Two very different photography shows both display the fantastic.

A rendering of Doug Aitken's New Horizon (2019).

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The Weekender: ‘The Lion King,’ rock royalty, and one fierce queen

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

Julie Kramer holding prints of Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Chrissy Amphlett of Divinyls.

Photo exhibit recalls a time when WFNX’s Julie Kramer and rock artists clicked

The “Basement Archives” exhibition will feature over 100 portraits that the radio personality had stored away for years.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

An artist’s love letter to feminist forebears

“Tory Fair: Portable Archive” is at Drive-By Projects.

Installation view of Ericka Beckman: Double Reverse at MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA, 2019. Photograph by Peter Harris Studios. Pictured: Cinderella, 1986, 16mm film transferred to HD video, color, sound, 28:00 min.; foam and papier-mache rocks, fiberglass-coated foam tools, wood and fiberglass anvil, Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles.

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Fairy tales, video games, and hard labor in this artist’s hallucinatory films

“Ericka Beckman: Double Reverse” is on view through July 28 at the MIT List Visual Arts Center.

CAMBRIDGE, MA - 7/12/2019: Apollo 11 exhibit in the lobby of Draper Labs in Cambridge. Draper, in an ealrier incarnation, played a major role in the moon shot. (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: BUSINESS TOPIC

‘One giant leap’: How to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing around Boston

July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and the breathtaking historical moment will be marked with a variety of events around Boston.

The Peabody Essex Museum will celebrate the opening of its new 40,000-square-foot addition and renovated galleries with a ribbon-cutting, kick-off party, live art-making, and live music on Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Peabody Essex Museum expansion to open in September

The Salem museum will be adding 40,000 square feet.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, July 15-21

Celebrate Irish culture in song, trade your old books, mark the moon landing, and more.

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Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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// The Kennedy Institute opens

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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// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

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