Racism at the MFA is not an isolated event. It’s a microcosm of life in America

The racism on display at the MFA for the Leadership Academy students is not an isolated event. It’s an ongoing exhibit.

“Rabbit” by Jeff Koons is displayed at Christie's in New York on May 3.


Was Jeff Koons’s balloon bunny worth a record $91 million?

The poster boy of art-world excess, Koons set a contemporary-art price record at auction on Wednesday night. Here’s why.

A distinct line can be seen where the progress that Head of Conservation Gianfranco Pocobene had made as of December, 2018, on removing varnish from Titian's

Gardner Museum masterpiece to be reunited with works in European tour

Titian’s “The Rape of Europa” will be reunited with four of the five other works in the Old Master’s “Poesie” series for the first time in more than 300 years.

FILE - In this June 28, 2017 file photo, Stan Lee arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of


Former manager charged with abuse of Marvel’s Stan Lee

A former business manager of Stan Lee has been charged with five counts of elder abuse involving the late Marvel Comics mogul.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

A Whitney Biennial that speaks in urgent whispers

Serious, subdued, and driven by artworks made by hand, this year’s installment simmers more than it boils over.

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The Leventhal map center at the BPL takes a trip out West

“America Transformed” looks at the years 1800-1862.

Outrage, dismay after allegations of racism at the Museum of Fine Arts

The principal at the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy, a Dorchester charter school, said one museum employee reportedly told students that “no food, no drink, and no watermelon” were allowed during the outing.

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The Weekender: Boston Calling, ‘Aladdin’ flying, and waters rising

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

Winter arts guide 2019

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

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5 things to do in Boston this Memorial Day weekend

Here are ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city.

Willie Cole’s “Five Beauties Rising” (2012), intaglio and relief on paper, are prints of ironing boards named (from left) Savannah, Dot, Fannie Mae, Queen, and Anna Mae .


Impressions of ironing boards, honoring labor

Artist Willie Cole honors housekeepers in “Beauties,” his luminous show at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Tourists walked around the pyramid of the Louvre in Paris on Friday.

Louvre museum pays tribute to architect I.M. Pei

Dozens of employees of the Louvre gathered under the pyramid, which serves as the museum’s monumental entrance, for a minute’s applause.

Passengers, by The 7 Fingers. The group will take part in an early preview of Arts Emerson’s 10th anniversary season.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston May 20-June 2

Preview Arts Emerson’s 10th anniversary season, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Jazz, mock court, and more.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

John Akomfrah’s multichannel video project “Purple” will be at the ICA’s Watershed May 26-Sept. 2.

Summer Arts Preview 2019

Art picks: Close to the sea, after Stonewall, at war

Work by artists from Renoir to Winslow Homer to Jackson Pollock will be on view this season.

Doug Aitken’s summer project is a hot-air balloon traveling dozens of miles from one Trustees property to the next across Massachusetts.

Summer Arts Preview

Artist Doug Aitken takes to the air, in a reflective mood

His summer project — a hot-air balloon traveling dozens of miles from one Trustees property to the next across Massachusetts — is about the nature of permanence itself.

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Gretchen Warsen

“I’m really enjoying sort of this creative explosion. I can’t wait to get into the studio every day,” the artist says.

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence. Pictured: Tshengi Duma, Sthembile Majola, Nontanga Manguthsane, Nonhlakanipho Mndiyatha, Kalipha Ntobela, Ntombephi Ntobela, and Thembani Ntobela, The African Crucifixion, 2008. Glass beads sewn onto fabric. 177 1/2

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Meaning, memories are stitched into South African beadworks

“Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence” at the Currier Museum of Art spotlights a group whose cunning use of the age-old art has fostered their financial autonomy.

Chris Killip, “Crabs and people,” 1983

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Where the greeting is ‘now then’ rather than ‘hello’

Chris Killip’s photographs of Skinningrove, a fishing village in northern Yorkshire, make for a profoundly beautiful exhibit at Howard Yezerski Gallery.

An image from “Elevation #1: escape/release/escape.”

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The disappearing act of the saltmarsh sparrow

A bittersweet art exhibit at Brown University takes the viewer to a marsh in Warren, R.I.

Frida Kahlo’s wheelchair faces her easel in the Casa Azul painting studio.

Considering Frida Kahlo in her element at Casa Azul

The MFA exhibit “Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular” reveals her roots in Mexican folk art, but Casa Azul reveals the woman herself in the process of becoming a pop culture icon.

Nancy Schön sits on


‘Make Way for Ducklings’ artist Nancy Schon unveils new playground sculpture

The statue, “Myrtle the Turtle,” is a model of the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle.

Artist Robert Indiana in 2013.

Robert Indiana’s estate tries to block artist’s reproductions

An attorney representing the estate of the famed Maine artist has filed notices in court terminating agreements with two longtime associates, preventing them from reproducing works including prints and sculptures of the word “LOVE.”


Repurposed newspaper boxes are transformed into mini art galleries in Allston

For just 25 cents, you can buy a limited-edition newsprint poster by a local artist, straight from any of four bright blue bins dotting Western Avenue in Allston.

The computerized busker “386 DX,” created by Alexei Shulgin, began appearing on various street corners in 1998.


Where did all the Net art go?

How a movement of Web-based art lost its territory

A view of Colby College’s installation of Facsimile Cabinet of Women Origin Stories, by Theaster Gates.

Art Review

At Colby, a cabinet of hidden wonder

Artist Theaster Gates has always questioned who gets to say what’s important. In Maine, he makes a case, literally, for Ebony and Jet magazines.

Victoria Byrd and Ireon Roach in School Girls at SpeakEasy. (Maggie Hall Photography)

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Ben Shahn’s “Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco” (1931-32)

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Lincoln Kirstein, impresario and tastemaker, at MoMA

New York’s Museum of Modern of Art salutes Lincoln Kirstein, impresario and tastemaker.

Sun Li in the film ShadowA scene from the film Shadow.

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The Weekender: Master of the universe, fairy godmothers, and galaxies far, far away

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

Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen’s “Hubris Atë Nemesis” is at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

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An artistic tidal wave as nature fights back

A wild installation in Maine updates an artistic tradition warning of the unforgiving ferocity of the sea.

An employee rolls out dough at New Paris Bakery on Cypress Street.

Snapshots of working in Brookline

Over the course of six months, Lynn Osborn photographed 27 small businesses throughout Brookline.

Lynda Schlosberg’s “Tuning In”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Paintings awaken the eye at Kingston Gallery

Lynda Schlosberg’s gorgeous, effervescent tangles of seductive color are less about what you see than how you see it. 

Rendering of the Paine Gallery at the new MassArt Art Museum set to open February 2020.

MassArt to reopen contemporary gallery in February

Shuttered since June 2018, the revamped space will allow year-round programming where summer shutdowns were previously routine.

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Here’s what celebrities wore to the Met Gala

Celebs were out in force in New York wearing a range of fashions, including Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of May 6-12

American art at the PEM, book talk with Craig Ferguson, improv meets musical theater, and more.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Edward Hopper, Manhattan Bridge Loop, 1928. Oil on canvas, 35 x 60 inches. 1932.17, Gift of Stephen C. Clark, Esq.

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Impressive ‘In and Out of Place’ looks at how the land has shaped us

Featuring dozens of gems, from Homer to Hopper, Hartley, and Dove, the show at the Addison Gallery is a rumination on locale in the American psyche, finding isolation at its core.

My Instagram: Eli Portman

“I grew up here in Boston, and I've always had a fascination with, not just urban architecture, but also the way things display themselves,” he says.

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Is it possible to be a great artist and a great mom?

Myla Goldberg’s new book is “Feast Your Eyes.’’

Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) and Charlotte Fields (Charlize Theron) in LONG SHOT.

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The Weekender: Women in the running, ladies who slay, and weirdo widows

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

Trenton Doyle Hancock, Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass, B5, visual arts, installation views

Art Review

A hero’s tale, freshly told at Mass MoCA

The struggle between good and evil is age-old. But artist Trenton Doyle Hancock makes it sparkle with his own playful, dazzlingly original vision.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

‘Photographing the Female’ captures a range of experience

A celebratory yet sober exhibition at Beacon Gallery seeks to depict the experiences of women and girls around the world, addressing topics from gender identification to self expression.

Lorraine O’Grady’s “Art Is. . . (Metropolitan Baptist),” 1983/2009

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Harlem, Coney Island, the Combat Zone, and beyond

Striking images abound in four strong shows at the Addison Gallery of American Art.

Commissioned by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, 38-year-old artist Stefan

Here’s a look at the new Dewey Square mural that’s going up near South Station

The giant image of two barn swallows is being installed by Dutch artist Stefan Thelen, who goes by the alter ego Super A.

Alicia Keys, left, and Swizz Beatz arrive at the 61st annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)


Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz take in Gordon Parks photography show at Harvard

The music industry titans, who married in 2010, own the largest private collection of work by Parks, the renowned photographer who captured African-American life in the 20th century.

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 04: Elizabeth Banks speaks onstage at CinemaCon 2019- Frankly Speaking: The Ever-Changing World of Filmmaking Today, Tomorrow and Beyond at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 4, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for CinemaCon)


Elizabeth Banks shares a photo of her visit to the Museum of Fine Arts

It seems like the Pittsfield native had a fun a visit to her home state over the past few days.

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Massachusetts museum condemns use of its art by German far-right party

A Massachusetts art museum is demanding that a German far-right party stop using one of its paintings, portraying a 19th-century slave auction, on an anti-Muslim campaign poster.

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Katie Langlois

The 26-year-old Haverhill artist illustrates the female form in many ways mainstream media typically doesn’t: plus-sized, makeup-free, unplucked.

“America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century” opens this week at the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of April 29 to May 5

A labyrinth walk, a love letter to soccer, a spring farm festival and more events throughout the region.

Artist Justin Richel will create a smaller version of his sandwich sculpture, “Tall Order,” for the winner of an auction at MassArt on Saturday.

This sandwich will likely cost thousands of dollars — but you can’t actually eat it, because it’s art

One of artist Justin Richel’s works, a towering sandwich made of silicone and other materials, will be for sale at MassArt’s 30th anniversary auction this weekend.

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