Art

"Rainbow Collapse" at the Boston Center for the Arts. (Greg Cook)

In ‘Rainbow Collapse,’ Fearing Ecological Destruction, Dreaming A ‘Utopian And Impossible’ Future

“Rainbow Collapse”—part of the “Run of the Mills” performance series at the Boston Center for the Arts—“is a piece about…

“Revolution in the Making: The Pussycat Project" at the Fuller Craft Museum. (Courtesy of the museum)

The Pink Pussyhat—Icon Of The Women’s Marches One Year Ago—Is Featured At Fuller Craft Museum

One year after hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets in Women’s Marches across the nation to signal…

Nave Gallery Director Susan Berstler moves a pedestal in a room featuring (from left) Lee Kilpatrick's photo of a woman with “not my president” written on face; Rebecca Schnopp's underwear with sharp pins; Russell DuPont's photo of a “Dump trump” protest sign leaning against park trash barrel; Chris D'Amore's photo of a protest; and Richard Ferrari's sign with movable parts so it says "Restrooms" or "Arrestrooms." (Greg Cook)

Nave Gallery Annex To Close At The End Of This Month

After five years of exhibits, Somerville’s Nave Annex gallery will be closing at the end of this month, writes Nave…

The "Boston Women's March" rally at Boston Common, Jan. 21, 2017. (Greg Cook)

To Do Jan. 19 to 26: Women’s March, Indie Games, Bonfire, Julie Rhodes, Craftivism, Wee the People, Nancy Schön

Friday, Jan. 19 5 p.m. Activism: Poster-Making Party for the Women’s March Boston at Practice Space, Cambridge. 6 p.m. Art:…

Detail of Judith Barry's banner for the Gardner Museum. (Courtesy of the artist)

New Public Art At Gardner Museum Aims To Bring Attention To Refugee Crisis

On Tuesday morning, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hung a new three-story tall banner on its Evans Way façade. “Global…

Vivien Li, then president of The Boston Harbor Association, speaks outside the Boston Public Library in Copley Square at the beginning of the "performative walk" called "Boston Coastline: Future Past" that Andi Sutton and Catherine D'Ignazio led on June 19, 2015. (Greg Cook)

At MIT, Artists Look At How Global Warming Will Put A Lot Of Boston Under Water

By the end of this century, how will global warming and rising seas have changed Boston? A lot more of…

Jannie Ho's final page artwork from “Bear and Chicken." (Courtesy of the artist)

How Jannie Ho Illustrated Her New Picture Book ‘Bear and Chicken’

Having illustrated more than 60 picture books—from “The Great Reindeer Rebellion” and “What Does Cow Say?” to “Road Work Ahead”…

Riley, the Museum of Fine Arts's scent-dog-in-training. (Courtesy of the MFA)

Cute, Cute Puppy Enlisted To Keep MFA Safe From Horrible Insects And Pests

“A Weimaraner puppy named Riley has joined the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as a volunteer—a working scent dog in…

Delphine Diallo. “Highness – Hybrid 5 (Collaboration with Joanne Petit-Frére),” 2011. (Courtesy of the artist)

To Do Jan. 12- 19: Arisia, Battling Robots, MLK March for Justice, ‘Shakespeare In Love’

Friday, Jan. 12 2 p.m. Arisia: “New England’s Largest, Most Diverse Scifi & Fantasy Convention” at Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel,…

Zayda Ortiz of Indivisible Mystic Valley speaks at the Cambridge/Boston Women’s March at Cambridge Common, Jan. 20, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Cambridge/Boston Women’s March: ‘We’re Still Here. We’re Still Marching. And We Are Winning.’

“The Cambridge/Boston Women’s March 2018: The People Persist” attracted tens of thousands of people to Cambridge Common this afternoon. “We’re…

“Revolution in the Making: The Pussycat Project" at the Fuller Craft Museum. (Courtesy of the museum)

The Pink Pussyhat—Icon Of The Women’s Marches One Year Ago—Is Featured At Fuller Craft Museum

One year after hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets in Women’s Marches across the nation to signal…

Detail of Judith Barry's banner for the Gardner Museum. (Courtesy of the artist)

New Public Art At Gardner Museum Aims To Bring Attention To Refugee Crisis

On Tuesday morning, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hung a new three-story tall banner on its Evans Way façade. “Global…

Vivien Li, then president of The Boston Harbor Association, speaks outside the Boston Public Library in Copley Square at the beginning of the "performative walk" called "Boston Coastline: Future Past" that Andi Sutton and Catherine D'Ignazio led on June 19, 2015. (Greg Cook)

At MIT, Artists Look At How Global Warming Will Put A Lot Of Boston Under Water

By the end of this century, how will global warming and rising seas have changed Boston? A lot more of…

Downtown Boys. (Farrah Skeiky / Sub Pop)

Downtown Boys: This Song Is For Everyone Healing From Natural Disasters And ‘Disasters Caused By Capitalism’

“This song goes out to Mexico and Puerto Rico and everyone who’s there healing from the natural disasters and all…

The Year In Photos: Art And Activism In 2017

Art and activism around around greater Boston as we saw it in 2017. Help us keep producing our great coverage…

The Krampus Society of New England's Krampus Ball in Providence, Dec. 16, 2017. (Thomas Dragone)

Partying With The Krampus Society of New England’s Favorite Christmas Demon

The Krampus Society of New England hosted their 2017 Krampus Ball—in celebration of their favorite Christmas demon—at Providence’s Mediator Stage…

Intergalactic Night at Stone Zoo's ZooLights, Dec. 10, 2017. (Greg Cook)

How Li’l Kylo Ren Met Big Kylo Ren At Stone Zoo’s Intergalactic Night

The 4-year-old was so excited to go to the Stone Zoo’s Intergalactic Night. In addition to the Stoneham zoo’s annual…

"Reindeer Against Global Warming" group in Malden's Parade of Holiday Traditions, Nov. 25, 2017. (Greg Cook)

'Reindeer Against Global Warming' in Malden's Holiday Parade

Thanks to everyone who joined us in the “Reindeer Against Global Warming” group in Malden’s annual Parade of Holiday Traditions…

Reindeer mask making workshop at Malden Public Library, Nov. 18, 2017. (Greg Cook)

Masking-Making For ‘Reindeer Against Global Warming’ Parade

We had a great time with everyone making reindeer masks at the Malden Public Library on Nov. 18. The workshop…

"Reindeer Against Global Warming / Save Winter" in Malden Parade of Holiday Traditions. (Graphic by Kari Percival)

Join Us In Parade: ‘Reindeer Against Global Warming’

Be one of the “Reindeer Against Global Warming” in Malden’s annual Parade of Holiday Traditions beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday,…

The School of Honk plays as the Honk Parade reaches Harvard Square, Cambridge, Oct. 8, 2017. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Honk Festival Parade 2017

Photos from the 2017 Honk Festival of Activist Marching Bands parade from Davis Square in Somerville to Harvard Square in…

Zayda Ortiz of Indivisible Mystic Valley speaks at the Cambridge/Boston Women’s March at Cambridge Common, Jan. 20, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Cambridge/Boston Women’s March: ‘We’re Still Here. We’re Still Marching. And We Are Winning.’

“The Cambridge/Boston Women’s March 2018: The People Persist” attracted tens of thousands of people to Cambridge Common this afternoon. “We’re…

"Rainbow Collapse" at the Boston Center for the Arts. (Greg Cook)

In ‘Rainbow Collapse,’ Fearing Ecological Destruction, Dreaming A ‘Utopian And Impossible’ Future

“Rainbow Collapse”—part of the “Run of the Mills” performance series at the Boston Center for the Arts—“is a piece about…

Danza Organica rehearses “Melaza," Jan.. 10, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Danza Organica Rehearses ‘Melaza,’ A Dance About U.S. Oppression Of Puerto Rico

“Melaza” (Molasses), the new work from the Boston-based social justice oriented dance theater company Danza Organica, addresses the United States’…

Boston skyline along the Charles River, Jan. 5, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Frozen Charles River

Boston skyline along the icy Charles River, Jan. 5, 2018. (Copyright Greg Cook)

De-icing a jet at Boston's Logan Airport, Dec. 25, 2017. (Greg Cook)

De-Icing Jet At Logan Airport

De-icing a jet at Boston’s Logan Airport, Dec. 25, 2017. (Copyright Greg Cook)

Polar bear at Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Dec. 29, 2017. (Greg Cook)

Polar Bear Playing In Snowstorm

Photos of a polar bear playing in a snowstorm at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, Dec. 29, 2017. (Copyright Greg Cook)

Detail of Judith Barry's banner for the Gardner Museum. (Courtesy of the artist)

New Public Art At Gardner Museum Aims To Bring Attention To Refugee Crisis

On Tuesday morning, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hung a new three-story tall banner on its Evans Way façade. “Global…

Founders Memorial by John Francis Paramino, 1930, on Boston Common at Beacon and Spruce Streets. (Greg Cook)

Boston Has Lots Of Monuments To White Guys. How Can The City Do More To Honor Other Folks?

Boston has long been criticized for having too many bronze monuments to white guys. Or in the words of Boston…

Matthew Hoffman’s “May This Never End" reinstalled in Boston's Allston neighborhood. (Courtesy of City of Boston)

A New Home For Public Artwork 'May This Never End'

Chicago artist Matthew Hoffman’s “May This Never End”—a 319-foot-long text artwork that debuted along Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway in 2016—has…

Nancy Schön “Make Way for Ducklings" sculptures in Boston's Public Garden. (Greg Cook)

Thoughts On Art And Life From The Sculptor Of Ducklings In Boston’s Public Garden, Nancy Schön

“I wanted my sculptures to be outdoors in parks, where people of all ages could touch and enjoy them,” writes…

Mierle Laderman Ukeles (far right) at her “Galaxy Dance Floor” at Cambridge's Danehy Park, Nov. 14, 2017. (Greg Cook)

Trailblazing Feminist Artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles Plans Cambridge Projects

Trailblazing feminist artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles (far right) was up here from New York last week to plan projects with…

Matthew Hincman's 2006 "Jamaica Pond Bench." (Greg Cook)

Jamaica Plain Library To Get Public Art By Artist Behind Iconic Jamaica Pond Bench

Matthew Hinçman—the Boston sculptor behind the iconic Jamaica Pond Bench (pictured above) and a guerrilla memorial to Trayvon Martin at…

Boston-based indie folk singer-songwriter Grace Givertz performs. (Greg Cook)

Grace Givertz's Songs Are Sweet And Salty, Witty And Resolute In The Face Of Heartbreaks

“My blood comes from / A scab I picked too early / And my sweat comes from / Global warming…

The Suicide Magnets perform in a Boston Hassle show at Dorchester Art Project, Dec. 17, 2017 (Omari Spears)

Folks Behind Boston Hassle Music Shows To Run Dorchester Art Project

Dorchester Art Project—the artist-run, alternative space in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood devoted to “innovative artistic practice outside of the city’s academic…

Carissa Johnson plays at the 2017 Boston Music Awards at the House of Blues, Dec. 7, 2017. (Greg Cook)

Local Music To Hear Live This Winter: Oompa, Julie Rhodes, Dutch ReBelle, Weakened Friends, Palehound, Carissa Johnson, PVRIS, Jonathan Richman

WONDERLAND’s guide to local bands to check out live from January to March—including Victoria Shen’s sonic experiments, Hayley Thompson-King’s country,…

Jay Hale’s photo of Mike McColgan and Ken Casey of Dropkick Murphys during the "Do or Die" record release show, Feb. 8, 1998. (Courtesy)

Seeing Boston Punk And Hardcore: Two Decades Of Photos From Cambridge’s Middle East

Jay Hale moved to Boston for college in 1995 at “the tail end of the alternative era.” Bands like Buffalo…

Downtown Boys. (Farrah Skeiky / Sub Pop)

Downtown Boys: This Song Is For Everyone Healing From Natural Disasters And ‘Disasters Caused By Capitalism’

“This song goes out to Mexico and Puerto Rico and everyone who’s there healing from the natural disasters and all…

Tim Catz (right) plays his beloved red Gibson Thunderbird bass in the early 1990s. (Courtesy Tim Catz)

For Two Decades Tim Catz Regretted Selling His Custom Guitar. Then A Friend (Maybe) Found It On The Internet.

“We all have regrets about guitars we lost / sold in our past,” writes bassist Tim Catz (pictured above right…

Vivien Li, then president of The Boston Harbor Association, speaks outside the Boston Public Library in Copley Square at the beginning of the "performative walk" called "Boston Coastline: Future Past" that Andi Sutton and Catherine D'Ignazio led on June 19, 2015. (Greg Cook)

At MIT, Artists Look At How Global Warming Will Put A Lot Of Boston Under Water

By the end of this century, how will global warming and rising seas have changed Boston? A lot more of…

Polar bear at Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Dec. 29, 2017. (Greg Cook)

Polar Bear Playing In Snowstorm

Photos of a polar bear playing in a snowstorm at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, Dec. 29, 2017. (Copyright Greg Cook)

Mark Dion and Dana Sherwood's "Encrustations," 2012, with found objects and real marine specimens artificially weathered, "a marvel of 'fantastical archaeology' and trompe l'oeil sculpture." (Greg Cook)

Seeing ‘Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st-Century Naturalist’ With The 4-Year-Old

The 4-year-old and I are on the MBTA’s Silver Line heading to see the exhibition “Mark Dion: Misadventures of a…

Blanding’s turtle. (Courtesy Zoo New England)

Conservation Group Working To Save Turtles Merges With Local Zoos

Grassroots Wildlife Conservation—a Concord, Massachusetts, nonprofit devoted to ecological education and on-the-ground protection of rare New England species—will merge with…

Bogin-Olson family garden on Marble Road, Gloucester. (Greg Cook)

Backyard Growers’ Urban Garden Tour

Photos from Backyard Growers’ “Incredible Edible Downtown Garden Tour,” the community gardening group’s “first-ever, self-guided urban garden tour,” in Gloucester,…

"Tiny Great Outdoors Festival" featured in May/June 2017 Scout Somerville. (Adrianne Mathiowetz/Greg Cook)

‘Tiny Great Outdoors Festival’ in Scout Somerville

“Tiny Great Outdoors Festival” featured in May/June 2017 Scout Somerville.

"Rainbow Collapse" at the Boston Center for the Arts. (Greg Cook)

In ‘Rainbow Collapse,’ Fearing Ecological Destruction, Dreaming A ‘Utopian And Impossible’ Future

“Rainbow Collapse”—part of the “Run of the Mills” performance series at the Boston Center for the Arts—“is a piece about…

Liars & Believers. (Courtesy)

‘Irresistible’ Is An Immersive Variety Show With A Message About Our Politics Today

“The moment you walk in stuff is going on around you already,” explains Jason Slavick, director of Liars & Believers’…

George Olesky as Shakespeare and Jennifer Ellis as Viola in “Shakespeare In Love." (Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Shots)

In SpeakEasy Stage’s ‘Shakespeare In Love,’ What’s It Like To Be The Great Playwright?

In SpeakEasy Stage Company’s “Shakespeare In Love”—being performed at the Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion from Jan. 12…

Danza Organica rehearses “Melaza," Jan.. 10, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Danza Organica Rehearses ‘Melaza,’ A Dance About U.S. Oppression Of Puerto Rico

“Melaza” (Molasses), the new work from the Boston-based social justice oriented dance theater company Danza Organica, addresses the United States’…

“Pretty Fair Miss Crankie” by Ellen Gozion.

Vermont Crankie Fest Showcases Old Time, Handcrafted Moving Pictures

Saturday brings the 4th annual Vermont Crankie Fest to New England Youth Theater in Brattleboro. “Crankies are scrolling illustrations that…

“Ada/Ava” by Manual Cinema. (Courtesy)

Theater To See This Winter: Sondheim, Shadow Puppets, Arab Spring, Mass Shooting, Art Forgery, ‘Shakespeare In Love’

WONDERLAND’s guide to theater and performance art to check out from January to March—including Sondheim, shadow puppets, and shows about…