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Feb17 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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Feb17 THRU Feb 24

Art

Microbial Visions

Fountain Street Gallery presents Kay Hartung’s Bio Networks 2 in Microbial Visions, on display from Jan. 30 to Feb. 24.

In Microbial Visions, Kay Hartung and collaborators Maria Peñil Cobo and Mehmet Berkmen explore humans’ relationship to microbes by utilizing live bacteria to create encaustic paintings. Jan. 30-Feb. 24.

Fountain Street Gallery 460 Harrison Ave., Boston (774-286-180o) fsfaboston.com. MBTA: Silver Line to E. Berkeley. Wed.-Sun., noon-6 pm.

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Fountain Street Gallery

460 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA United States

(774) 286-1800

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Feb17 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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Feb17 THRU Feb 28

Art

French Eyes on Boston

In French Eyes on Boston, French artist Marguerite Wibaux uses her experience exploring the city to create colorful portraits and landscape paintings. Through Feb. 28.

Set your sights on the French Cultural Center’s latest exhibit, Marguerite Wibaux’s French Eyes on Boston, a collection of oil paintings capturing the city and its youth. The assortment of colorful portraits and architectural landscapes encapsulates Wibaux’s vision of Boston, which she developed after moving to the city from France in 2017. Utilizing traditional French techniques established in the 20th century, Wibaux held live sessions to translate each portrait subject’s personality onto the canvas. She shines a light on the city’s generation of youth, as shown in Medina’s Vibes (seen above), depicting a young man gazing out calmly in front of a fabric-inspired background. Lay your eyes on the works at the French Cultural Center through Feb. 28. / Celia Carbone

French Cultural Center 53 Marlborough St., Boston (617-912-0400) frenchculturalcenter.org. MBTA: Green Line to Arlington. Mon., 5-9 pm; Tue.-Thu., 9 am-9 pm; Fri.-Sat., 9 am-5 pm. In French Eyes on Boston, French artist Marguerite Wibaux uses her experience exploring the city to create colorful portraits and landscape paintings. Through Feb. 28.

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French Cultural Center

53 Marlborough St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 912-0400

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Feb17 THRU Mar 4

Art

First Look 2019

Panopticon Gallery presents Cate Wnek’s ‘Untitled’ and other works in portfolio showcase First Look, on display through March 4.

First Look, Panopticon’s second annual juried portfolio showcase, features photographs by Cate Wnek, Susan de Witt, Catie Soldan, Joshua Sariñana and JP Terlizzi. Through March 4.

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Panopticon Gallery

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

(781) 718-5777

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Feb17 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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Feb17 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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Feb17 THRU May 12

Art

Argentina in Displaying Latin America

Harvard Art Museums presents Club House, Argentina in Displaying Latin America, on view through May 12.

Displaying Latin America showcases the influence of Argentinian architects Jorge Ferrari Hardoy and Juan Kurchan, who worked alongside modernists Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, on cosmopolitan structures in the Americas. Through May 12.

Harvard Art Museums 32 Quincy St., Cambridge (617-495-9400) harvardartmuseums.org. MBTA: Red Line to Harvard. Daily, 10 am-5 pm. $15; $13, seniors; free, Cambridge residents, students and visitors under 18.

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Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

(617) 495-9400

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Feb17 THRU May 12

Art

Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico

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

Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico spans the photographer’s five-decade career, from images of Oxacan goat-slaughtering traditions to the Seri people living in the Sonoran Desert. Jan. 19-May 12.

Focus your gaze on the Museum of Fine Arts’ latest exhibit, Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico, showcasing Iturbide’s 50 years of mastery behind the camera. Separated into nine thematic groupings, the collection of 125 photographs explores the artist’s deep ties to her native country as she captures moments of everyday life, rituals and faith. The collection also provides commentary on the duality of Mexico’s rich culture and social paradoxes through subjects like indigenous rituals, traditions of the Seri people and women’s roles in Zapotec society, as shown in Mujer Ángel (seen above), a silver gelatin print depicting a woman traversing the Sonoran Desert in 1979. Travel through time at the Museum of Fine Arts from Jan. 19 to May 12. / Anapurl Feldman 

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Museum of Fine Arts

465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

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Feb17 THRU Jun 2

Art

Eaglemania: Collecting Japanese Art in Gilded Age America

Soar toward the McMullen Museum of Art at
Boston College from Feb. 11 to June 2.

Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art is sporting a little extra university pride with its winter exhibit Eaglemania: Collecting Japanese Art in Gilded Age America, featuring restored sculptures, ceramics and more from Japan’s Meiji period (1868 to 1912). Recent conservation of a bronze eagle donated to BC in the 1950s by Larz Anderson’s estate sparked a further desire to explore the piece’s Meiji origins and how it ended up in the U.S. Showcasing various depictions of birds of prey in Japanese art, such as in Suzuki Chokichi’s Eagle with Outstretched Wings (seen above), the exhibit also examines American art collectors’ fondness for the pieces. Soar toward the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College from Feb. 11 to June 2. / Caroline Long

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McMullen Museum of Art

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

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