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Dec10 THRU Dec 13

Art

Strategies of Engagement

Don’t miss Carrie Mae Weem: Strategies of Engagement at the McMullen Museum Sept. 10 through Dec. 13.

McMullen Museum presents Carrie Mae Weems’ If I Ruled the World from Hopes and Dreams: Gestures of Demonstration in Strategies of Engagement, on display through Dec. 13.


Photo: Courtesy of Jack Shainman

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McMullen Museum of Art

2101 Commonwealth Ave. MA United States
(617) 552-8587

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Dec10 THRU Dec 31

Art

Mira Cantor’s Promiseland

Mira Cantor’s Promiseland juxtaposes life-sized sculptures made of clothing and canvas with oversized drawings of other figures to comment on issues like our national power structures, greed, brainwashing and white male power. Through Dec. 2.

Kingston Gallery presents Mira Cantor’s Police Drawings and other works in mixed-media installation Promiseland, on display through Dec. 2.

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Kingston Gallery

450 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA United States

(617) 423-4113

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Dec10 THRU Jan 2

Art

Recollections

. In dual exhibition Recollections, photographer Diana Bloomfield presents 19th-century
printing techniques that use dried flowers on simple backgrounds, while photographer Sal Taylor Kydd details simple, intimate subjects, like children, bugs and flowers, in her series of black-and-white images. Through Jan. 2.

Panopticon Gallery presents Recollections, featuring Diana Bloomfield’s Quince and works by Sal Taylor Kydd, on display through Jan. 2.

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Panopticon Gallery

502c Comm. Ave.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

(781) 718-5777

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Dec10 THRU Jan 5

Art

Human/Nature

Vose Galleries presents Jane Peterson’s ‘Lure of the Butterfly’ and other works in Human/Nature, on display through Jan. 5.

Human/Nature includes more than 50 paintings by American artists that highlight the convergence of the human and natural worlds. Through Jan. 5.

Vose Galleries 238 Newbury St., Boston (617-536-6176) vosegalleries.com. MBTA: Green Line to Copley. Tue.-Fri., 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sat., 10 am-5:30 pm.

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Vose Galleries

238 Newbury S.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 536-6176

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Dec10 THRU Jan 6

Art

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic

  • free for members; $10-23 for non-members

In Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, more than 200 original manuscripts, drawings, photographs, ceramics and other artifacts examine how A. A. Milne and
E. H. Shepard’s children’s book character has stood the test of time.

Revisit your childhood at the Museum of Fine Arts’ Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibit. The beloved teddy bear and his gaggle of friends come to life with more than 80 of illustrator E.H. Shepard’s early sketches, nearly a century’s worth of Pooh merchandise and a handwritten letter from author A. A. Milne to Shepard. Browse original photographs of Milne with his son, the inspiration for Christopher Robin, such as Howard Coster’s 1926 portrait of the two with Christopher’s bear (seen above) from the National Portrait Gallery. Children and adults can ring a bell in a treehouse, cross a footbridge above an animated lazy river or listen to a 1929 recording of A.A. Milne reading Winnie-the-Pooh, his first of two standalone books about the beloved bear. Take a stroll through the Hundred Acre Wood nearly 100 years later at the MFA through Jan. 6. / Natalie Gale

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Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

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Dec10 THRU Jan 14

Art

Sargent on Location: Gardner’s First Artist-in-Residence

  • free with admission

Observe John Singer Sargent at home with the Gardner Museum’s Sargent on Location exhibition.

Sargent on Location: Gardner’s First Artist-in-Residence brings the painting of Gretchen Osgood Warren and her daughter Rachel back to the Gothic Room, where John Singer Sargent completed five portraits in 1903. The work, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, is on display through Jan. 14 alongside the artist’s oil painting of Gardner herself, while the Fenway Gallery hosts photographs of an in-action Sargent in addition to the piece’s props: Italian candlesticks, Renaissance chairs and a 15th-century Virgin and child that he used to pose his subjects. / Sarah Hagman

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115 United States

(617) 566-1401

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Dec10 THRU Jan 20

Art

Starfield through Contemporary Lenses

Visit Starfield through Contemporary Lenses at the Addison Gallery through Jan. 20.

Addison Gallery presents Abelardo Morell’s Cliché Verre #4 in Starfield through Contemporary Lenses, its look at sculptor Paul Manship on display through Jan. 20.

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Addison Gallery of American Art

Phillips Academy, 180 Main St.
Andover, MA United States

(978) 749-4015

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Dec10 THRU Jan 21

Art

Candice Breitz: Love Story

  • $25; $23, seniors and students 18 and older; $10, ages 7-17 during school hours; free, visitors under 18 on weekdays after 3 pm, weekends and Boston Public School holidays; free, members

A seven-channel video installation, Candice Breitz’s Love Story spotlights the global refugee crisis by presenting interviews with six individuals who fled their native countries alongside their stories acted out by Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore.

Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

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Dec10 THRU Feb 21

Art

Choreographic Objects

  • $10 - $15

Swing by the ICA’s newest, playground-like exhibit

Beginning on Oct. 31, get moving at the Institute of Contemporary Art’s Choreographic Objects, the first comprehensive U.S. exhibit by William Forsythe. The former director of the Frankfurt Ballet invites the public to wind through 80 hanging pendulums, cross a gallery using gymnastic rings and try (spoiler: and fail) to hold a feather duster absolutely still. Beyond the small- and large-scale installations, watch two dancers slowly twist their bodies in video Alignigung 2, and mark your calendar for Feb. 21, the final day of the exhibit when the Vermont-based choreographer chats with chief curator Eva Respini. / Sarah Hagman

Photo: Dominik Mentzos

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Institute of Contemporary Art

25 Harbor Shore Drive
Boston, MA 02210 United States

(617) 478-3100

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Dec10 THRU Mar 10

Art

Collecting Stories: Native American Art

  • $25; $23, seniors and students 18 and older; $10, ages 7-17 during school hours; free, visitors under 18 on weekdays after 3 pm, weekends and Boston Public School holidays; free, members

Collecting Stories: Native American Art features Navajo weavings, Zuni Pueblo pottery, Plains Indians beadwork and other rarely seen works.

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Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

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Dec10 THRU Mar 31

Art

The Little House: Her Story

The Little House: Her Story celebrates the career of Gloucester native and children’s book author and illustrator Virginia Lee Burton, with archival drawings, prints and a model of the home in her ‘The Little House.’ Nov. 3-March 31.

Make yourself at home at Cape Ann Museum’s latest exhibit, The Little House: Her Story, a collection of prints, drawings and illustrations by children’s author Virginia Lee Burton. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Burton captured the hearts of many thanks to her books’ universal themes, such as in The Little Houses plot of a simple country home that is threatened by urbanization. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Burton’s trademark tale, Cape Ann Museum worked with Tokyo’s Gallery A4 to create a traveling exhibition of Burton’s works, including Little House (pictured), which features the titular house surrounded by rolling hills glowing with golden wheat and foliage-bedecked trees, celebrating the natural beauty of the countryside. Find a home away from home at Cape Ann Museum through March 31. / Jennifer Suryadjaja

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Cape Ann Museum

27 Pleasant St.
Gloucester, MA 01930 United States

(978) 283-0455

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Dec13 THRU Feb 24

Art

Ansel Adams in Our Time

Ansel Adams in Our Time features works by the American landscape photographer displayed alongside images by his predecessors and contemporary artists grappling with similar themes such as environmental threats and land rights. Dec. 13-Feb. 24.

Refocus at Museum of Fine Art’s Ansel Adams in Our Time, featuring a collection of works by the late American landscape photographer. Inspired by government survey and expedition photographers of the late 19th century, Adams set out into the uninhabited American West to capture snaps of Yosemite Valley and Yellowstone. The pictures grappled with themes like wilderness spaces, indigenous peoples and environmental threats, such as in Pine Forest In the Snow (seen above) taken at Yosemite National Park in 1932. The exhibit presents his renowned work alongside that of his predecessors, as well as contemporary artists like Mark Klett, Trevor Paglen and Catherine Opie, whose works touch on land rights and natural resource issues. Venture into the wilderness at the MFA from Dec. 13 to Feb. 24. / Natalie Gale

Photo: The Lane Collection / The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust / Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

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