Here's what the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge thinks of Lana Del Rey’s new album title

“It caught our attention and we were definitely intrigued,” said Laurie Norton Moffatt, director and chief executive of the museum.

At left, John Singleton Copley’s portrait of Nicholas Boylston. At right, the label accompanying the portrait now addresses the family’s ties to the slave trade.

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On the walls at Harvard museums, they’re calling out art’s racist and sexist history

The museums are slowly editing wall labels to reflect neglected chapters of art history.

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Mia Cross

She took a risk to pursue her art, and it seems to be paying off.

Singer-producer Pharrell Williams (left) and contemporary artist Mr. launched


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.

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Jesse David Scott

‘Experimentation should be innate to an artist’

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Sept. 16-22

See the off-Broadway hit “Black Light,” check out the inaugural Latinx Heritage Night, catch a sugar buzz at What the Fluff?, and more.


Harvard Art Museums look at the long, dark road of migration

A new exhibition examines ideas of displacement and belonging apart from our current moment.

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At Mass MoCA, an artist’s border wall rises to meet America’s divisive history

“Us and Them,” from the Mexican-American artist Erre, points out that divisive rhetoric is as old as America itself.

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At the Griffin Museum, three shows and an array of photography talent

Three very different photography shows are on display at the Winchester museum.

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

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The Seven Woes No. 1, 2019. 31.5 x 50” Inkjet print.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Carolina Caycedo, Serpent River Book, 2017. Artist Book and customized table. 38 x 241 x 215 inches. Installation photograph, A Universal History of Infamy, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, August 20, 2017-February 19, 2018, photo: David de Rozas © Museum Associates/LACMA

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At Tufts art exhibition, bibliophiles can survey history’s book innovators

A new art exhibition serves up boundary-pushing and big thinking on printed media.

Clint Baclawski’s “Fringe”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

With a new show, Boston artist Clint Baclawski invites viewers closer for the full story

A new work by Boston artist Clint Baclawski rethinks the relationship between distance and desire.

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Robert Frank, photographer behind 1958’s seminal book ‘The Americans,’ dead at 94

Mr. Frank’s book changed the face of 20th-century photography.

Makimasa Imai, crane-shaped container, ceramic from the Kogei-Kyoto at SA + C Boston showcase.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Sept. 9-15

Celebrating the bond between Boston and Kyoto, Char & Bar Wars, David Byrne’s “American Utopia,” and more.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 28: MARINA performs at the Love Above All Ball at The Rainbow Room on June 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Hatidze Muratova, in

Things to Do

The Weekender: Hard bops, soft fruits, honeybees, and ‘The Donkey Show’

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

“Branch with peach leaf curl Prunus persica.”

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At Harvard, glass flowers that perfect the imperfection of decay

In “Fruits in Decay,” at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, rot runs riots.

Visitors in the exhibition Mural: Jackson Pollock | Katharina Grosse at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. June 27, 2019 Charlotte F. and Irving W. Rabb Gallery * Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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At the MFA, German artist Katharina Grosse contends with Jackson Pollock

A new work by Katharina Grosse hangs alongside Jackson Pollock’s “Mural.” Just don’t call it a response.

Faheem Majeed. Boarded and Backboned, 2019. Whitewood, Assorted Kool-Aid Flavors. Installation shot from Faheem Majeed: Who Takes the Weight.


With new exhibit, Chicago artist builds upon the history of Boston’s black community

New works by Chicago’s Faheem Majeed weigh a history of creativity and hard work.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

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The Weekender

Billy Porter, Vivian Suter, Leslie Jones, and way too many creepy puppets

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

David Hockney, in “A Bigger Splash.”

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At the MFA, two films on two very different masters: painter David Hockney and photographer Robert Frank

At the MFA, viewers get to spend time with painter David Hockney and photographer Robert Frank.

Installation view, Vivian Suter, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2019. Photo by Mel Taing. © Vivian Suter

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An emerging art star in her late 60s, Vivian Suter brings bright, blissful works to the ICA

Suter had her first brush with art-world fame almost 40 years ago. After half a lifetime spent painting in the Guatemalan jungle, she’s ready to give us another look.

“BLK FMNNST Loaner Library 1989-2019,” on the left wall, and “Black and Blue Over You (After Bas Jan Ader for Ishan)” on the center back wall.

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At Mass MoCA, artist Cauleen Smith offers visions of black resilience

Artist Cauleen Smith locates — and celebrates — her community’s strength.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Painter brings sharp eye for light, life to Pittsfield’s Hancock Shaker Village

Barbara Ernst Prey finds beauty in everyday details at Hancock Shaker Village.

Angela Lorenz, Sir Thomas’ more or Utopia Impaled - A Memento Mori: More’s S’more as Metaphor for More’s Mores and More’s Mors, in Morus, 2007.

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

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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.”

Lili Almog’s “Muslim Girl #14” (2009), part of “Crossing Lines, Constructing Home” at the Harvard Art Museums. The exhibit is on display through January 5. Photograph from harvard art museums/fogg museum/©lili almog; courtesy of the artist

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.

Manhattan Whale, poster design commissioned by Arts for Transit, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York City, 2001.

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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.

Zack Gottsagen, Dakota Johnson, and Shia LaBeouf in The Peanut Butter Falcon.

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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.

Daniela Rivera’s “Corner With Used Casings”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

At Brandeis, three women artists rise above devastating forces worldwide

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

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

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

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

Critic’s Notebook

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.