Art

Sally Curcio, "Happy Valley (Fall)," 2016. (Courtesy University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum of Art)

In ‘Small Worlds,’ Artists Fashion Tiny Models Of Dreams And Nightmares

In “Small Worlds: Miniatures in Contemporary Art”—at the University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum of Art in Burlington from Feb. 13…

Karen Aqua, “Perpetual Motion," 1992. (Courtesy)

Remembering Cambridge Animator Karen Aqua With Live-Soundtrack Screening Performed By Her Husband

“Once I saw my drawings move, it was a big magical connection,” Cambridge animator Karen Aqua told The Boston Globe…

Greg Cook's "Birds Respect No Borders" banners at AS220 Foo Fest, Providence, Aug. 12, 2017. (Greg Cook)

Bees, Sad Trees, Suns, Migrating Birds: Greg Cook's Banners and Installations

For the past decade, Greg Cook, the editor of Wonderland, has been painting large banners—used in parades and festivals and…

Eileen de Rosas’s temporary mural on Arlington’s Fox Library. (Greg Cook)

Fox, Bear And Deer Mural Is Part Of The Public Art Sprouting In Arlington

Families of fox and bears and deer meander around the brick exterior of Arlington’s Fox Library in Eileen de Rosas’s…

Keaton Fox’s “Green Screen Dreams” at Cambridge Community Television.

Keaton Fox’s ‘Green Screen Dreams’: ‘If You Could Paint Anything, What Would It Be?’

“If you could paint anything, what would it be?” a voice from off-screen asks. In Keaton Fox’s “Green Screen Dreams”…

Tabitha Soren's exhibition, "Surface Tension" on view at Wellesley College's Davis Museum through June 9, 2019. (Courtesy of the museum)

New $15K Prize For Boston-Area Women Artists. Deadline April 8

A new biennial prize—the $15,000 Prilla Smith Brackett Award—aims to honor outstanding woman visual artists based in the Greater Boston…

Brian Kennedy, the new director of Salem's Peabody Essex Museum.

Toledo Museum Director To Lead Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum

Brian Kennedy (pictured above)—director, president and CEO of the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio since September 2010—has been named…

Detail of Louisiana Bendolph, "American Housetop (For the Arnetts)," 2005, color softground etching with aquatint and spit bite aquatint. (Courtesy of Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley, CA)

Prints By Kerry James Marshall, Martin Puryear, Gee’s Bend Quilters And Other African American Artists At Northeastern

“Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press,” at Northeastern University’s Gallery 360 in Boston from…

Design for “The Embrace” by Hank Willis Thomas and MASS Design Group for Boston Common. (Courtesy King Boston)

Monumental Hugging Arms Selected As Memorial To MLK On Boston Common

“The Embrace”—a pair of monumental hugging arms—has been selected to become a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta…

Jackie Shane, 1967. (Numero Group)

Transgender Soul Music Pioneer Jackie Shane Recorded Her Biggest Hit In 1960s Boston

Jackie Shane—the electrifying soul singer, black cult heroine, and transgender pioneer—died this week in Nashville at age 78. “Any Other…

“Space is the Place Film Still,” 1974, by Jim Newman. “Sun Ra and his mysterious mirror-faced companion in Golden Gate Park. The photo is from the opening sequence of the film in which Sun Ra wanders a lush unspecified planet and outlines his theory on how we can move through space propelled by music, a theoretical way of travel he calls ‘trans-molecularization.’” (Courtesy Portland Art Museum)

The Earth Expedition Of Sun Ra, Jazz Visionary And Afrofuturist Pioneer

“There’s no limit to the things that you can do,” go the lyrics to jazz visionary Sun Ra’s “Space Is…

Cliff Notez performs at Hojoko at the Verb Hotel, May 18, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Winners Of 2018 Boston Music Awards

Below are the winners of the 2018 Boston Music Awards, which were announced at Boston’s House of Blues on Dec.…

Minor Mishap Marching Band from Austin, Texas, in the Honk Parade, Oct. 7, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Honk Festival Parade 2018

In this afternoon’s Honk Parade, dozens of bands and activist and community groups marched from Davis Square in Somerville to…

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

Honk: Our Totally Biased Guide To This Weekend’s Festival Of Activist Marching Bands

The 13th annual Honk—the infectious street party and festival of activist bands—arrives in Somerville and Cambridge this weekend, featuring an…

Oompa performs at Somerville's Evolution of Hip Hop Festival in Union Square, Sept. 29, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Oompa And Cliff Notez Perform At Somerville Hip Hop Fest

Oompa and Cliff Notez performed at today’s Evolution of Hip Hop Festival in Somerville’s Union Square. Photos copyright 2018 Greg…

"Adele" by Leila Slimani. (Viking/Penguin Books)

Can Sex Cure Bourgeois Boredom? Leila Slimani's 'Adele' Tries To Find Out

“Adele,” the 2014 novel by French-Moroccan writer Leila Slimani, finally arrives in translation for the United States. Adele is bored…

"The Dreamers" by Karen Thompson Walker. (Random House)

In Karen Thompson Walker’s Novel “The Dreamers,” People Just Stop Waking Up

After a night of partying, a college student doesn’t wake up the next morning, or the next. She just sleeps…

“The Stuff of Stars,” illustrated by Ekua Holmes and authored by Marion Dane Bauer, 2018. (Candlewick Press)

With ‘Stuff Of Stars,’ Ekua Holmes Wins Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, Again

This week the American Library Association announced that Boston artist Ekua Holmes had again won its Coretta Scott King Illustrator…

Caleb Neelon pains his Ed Emberley "Drawing Books" mural at the Cambridge Public Library's Children's Room, Jan. 17, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Ed Emberley’s Classic How-To-Draw Books Inspire Cambridge Library Mural By Caleb Neelon

In 1970, “Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals” was published, the first in a long line of how-to draw books…

Reading Room at Boston Public Library at Copley Square, March 25, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Favorite Reads Of 2018, According To Boston Public Library

At the end of each year, the Boston Public Library releases its list of the year’s most borrowed books, offering…

From "Cloud on a Mountain: Comics Poems from Greylock" by Franklin Einspruch.

‘Cloud on a Mountain’: Franklin Einspruch’s Comics Poems From Mount Greylock

“Attention Massachusetts/I have ascended above you,” Franklin Einspruch writes across a watery painting of clouds that opens his book “Cloud…

American Repertory Theater at Harvard's Loeb Drama Center on Brattle Street, Cambridge. (Greg Cook)

Is Harvard’s American Repertory Theater Leaving Cambridge?

A $100 million donation “will enable Harvard to imagine a 21st-century research and performance center in Allston,” the Cambridge university…

“Ajijaak on Turtle Island” by Heather Henson and IBEX Puppetry. (Photo: Richard Termine)

‘Ajijaak On Turtle Island,’ Heather Henson’s Puppet Spectacle With Indigenous Roots

“Ajijaak on Turtle Island”—by Heather Henson (daughter of Muppets creator Jim Henson) and IBEX Puppetry—is an environmental fable, Henson says,…

“Babylon: Journeys of Refugees” by Sandglass Theater: The Man from Syria. (Photo: Kiqe Bosch)

Sandglass Theater’s Refugee Stories: ‘Is It Our Responsibility To Help Everyone?’

Woven through “Babylon: Journeys of Refugees” by Sandglass Theater is a version of the American debate about immigrants and migrants…

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is again partnering with right wing conservative Federalist Society for a 2019 “Shakespeare and the Law” program.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Partners With Right Wing Federalist Society

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is again partnering with the right wing conservative Federalist Society for this year’s “Shakespeare and the Law”…

Ventriloquist David Liebe Hart will perform at the “Living Objects: African American Puppetry Festival and Symposium.” (Photo: Chad Cooper)

‘Is There An African American Puppetry?’ Exhibit Surveys An Often Overlooked Art

“Is there an African American puppetry? That’s the question we’re trying to answer with this exhibit,” says John Bell, director…

Tarish "Jeghetto" Pipkins’s "Just Another Lynching." (Courtesy of the artist)

Puppet Show About Lynching Asks Audience ‘Are They For Justice Or Do They Just Let Things Happen?’

The cardboard pickup truck drives through the audience, blinding people with its headlights, in Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins’s puppet show “Just…

Maghrib (evening) prayer during the “Candlelight Vigil for Victims of the New Zealand Mosque Attacks." at Cambridge City Hall, March 19, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Vigil for Victims of New Zealand Mosque Attacks: ‘That Could Have Been Me’

“That could have been me. That could have been my brother. That could have been my own family,” Farida Moustafa…

Youth Climate Strike at Massachusetts State House, Boston, March 15, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Youth Climate Strike: 'Climate Now, School Later'

“Hey, hey, ho, ho! Climate change has got to go,” chanted hundreds of people at the Youth Climate Strike at…

Crayon guns from “One Gun Gone” project. (Courtesy Scott Lapham)

'One Gun Gone': Turning Guns Into Art To Buy More Guns Off The Street

For years, Providence photographer and sculptor Scott Lapham has taught art to teens and young adults. “Four of my students…

At the pond during Double Edge Theatre’s “Leonora’s World,” Ashfield, Mass., Oct. 19, 2018. (Greg Cook)

The Year In Photos: Art And Activism In 2018

Art and activism across Boston and New England as I witnessed it in 2018. All photos copyright 2018 Greg Cook.…

"Medicine Wheel" at Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama, Nov. 30, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Landmark AIDS Memorial Quilt Joins Annual Boston AIDS Vigil At BCA

Twenty sections from the landmark AIDS Memorial Quilt frame this year’s 27th annual “Medicine Wheel” AIDS vigil. The event begins…

“Rally To Protect Mueller & Rosenstein - You Can't Fire The Truth" on Boston Common, Nov. 8, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Boston Rally To Protect Mueller Investigation: ‘Trump Is Not Above The Law’

“We are here today because we believe in the rule of law and we have a president who does not,”…

Purim Party at Gloucester's Temple Ahavat Achim, March 20, 2019. (Greg Cook)

In Gloucester, Celebrating Purim With Costumes, Stories And Beer: ‘It Is A Mitzvah’

As is traditional, the families gathered at Gloucester’s Temple Ahavat Achim for their annual celebration of the Jewish holiday of…

Maghrib (evening) prayer during the “Candlelight Vigil for Victims of the New Zealand Mosque Attacks." at Cambridge City Hall, March 19, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Vigil for Victims of New Zealand Mosque Attacks: ‘That Could Have Been Me’

“That could have been me. That could have been my brother. That could have been my own family,” Farida Moustafa…

Purim shpil performed at Gragger!5779 at SEIU 32BJ Meeting Hall in Boston, March 16, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Gragger Retells The Jewish Purim Tale As A Radical, Queer Burlesque

Gragger—Boston Workmen’s Circle’s annual, grown-up “evening of gender-bending, ancestral-healing, world-transforming Purim festivities”—is named for the clacker or rattle traditionally used…

Youth Climate Strike at Massachusetts State House, Boston, March 15, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Youth Climate Strike: 'Climate Now, School Later'

“Hey, hey, ho, ho! Climate change has got to go,” chanted hundreds of people at the Youth Climate Strike at…

Lion Dance by Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy during Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration at Malden High School, Jan. 26, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration In Malden

Chinese Culture Connection hosted its annual Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration at Malden High School on Jan. 26, 2019. All…

Window of Semper Vi, 304 Essex St., Salem, Jan. 9, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Patriotic Skeletons

Window of Semper Vi, 304 Essex St., Salem, Jan. 9, 2019. Copyright 2019 Greg Cook)

Purim Party at Gloucester's Temple Ahavat Achim, March 20, 2019. (Greg Cook)

In Gloucester, Celebrating Purim With Costumes, Stories And Beer: ‘It Is A Mitzvah’

As is traditional, the families gathered at Gloucester’s Temple Ahavat Achim for their annual celebration of the Jewish holiday of…

Purim shpil performed at Gragger!5779 at SEIU 32BJ Meeting Hall in Boston, March 16, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Gragger Retells The Jewish Purim Tale As A Radical, Queer Burlesque

Gragger—Boston Workmen’s Circle’s annual, grown-up “evening of gender-bending, ancestral-healing, world-transforming Purim festivities”—is named for the clacker or rattle traditionally used…

Pableaux Johnson, "Sudan SAPC," 2010. (Courtesy Fowler Museum, UCLA)

New Orleans Second Line Parades Photographed By Pableaux Johnson

“My goal with these photographs is to capture in a single frame what it feels like to be in the…

Lion Dance by Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy during Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration at Malden High School, Jan. 26, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration In Malden

Chinese Culture Connection hosted its annual Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration at Malden High School on Jan. 26, 2019. All…

House at 401 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus, 2018. (Greg Cook)

The Best Christmas Decorations (And A Lobster Trap Menorah) Around Boston

Below is Wonderland’s guide to dazzling holiday decorations around greater Boston, from Attleboro to Somerville (listed by community, in alphabetical…

Lighting the Lobsta Trap Menorah for the third night of Hanukkah at Temple Ahavat Achim, Gloucester, Dec. 4, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Lighting The World’s Only Lobster-Trap Menorah: ‘We Need Light In Darkness’

“This is a time when we need light in darkness,” Rabbi Steven Lewis of Gloucester’s Temple Ahavat Achim told the…

Eileen de Rosas’s temporary mural on Arlington’s Fox Library. (Greg Cook)

Fox, Bear And Deer Mural Is Part Of The Public Art Sprouting In Arlington

Families of fox and bears and deer meander around the brick exterior of Arlington’s Fox Library in Eileen de Rosas’s…

Design for “The Embrace” by Hank Willis Thomas and MASS Design Group for Boston Common. (Courtesy King Boston)

Monumental Hugging Arms Selected As Memorial To MLK On Boston Common

“The Embrace”—a pair of monumental hugging arms—has been selected to become a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta…

Joan Jonas "Blue to Blue" banner on facade of Gardner Museum, Feb. 1, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Pioneering Video And Performance Artist Joan Jonas Draws At The Gardner

During Joan Jonas’s 2017 residency at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the pioneering 82-year-old video and performance artist found herself…

Citgo sign in Boston's Kenmore Square, March 29, 2013. (Greg Cook)

Walsh To Veto Landmark Status For Citgo Sign As Real Estate Deal Protects It

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will veto the Boston Landmarks Commission’s vote to grant landmark status to the Citgo sign in…

Citgo sign in Boston's Kenmore Square. (Greg Cook)

Boston Shouldn’t Give Kenmore Square’s Iconic Citgo Sign Landmark Status

There’s no question that the Citgo sign that shines above Kenmore Square is one of the landmarks of Boston. But…

Halloween: Melrose: 223 Washington St., Oct. 19, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Where To Find The Creepiest Halloween Decorations Around Boston

Halloween is a most wonderful time of year—that season when the lengthening nights make us suspect that the boundaries between…

Mars photo booth at “Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience" at Boston’s Museum of Science. (Greg Cook)

The 5-Year-Old’s Guide To ‘Space’ At Boston’s Museum Of Science

Twice this fall, the 5-Year-Old visited “Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience,” which is on view at Boston’s Museum of Science through Jan.…

Jewel beetles in the “The Rockefeller Beetles” exhibition at Harvard's Museum of Natural History in Cambridge. (Greg Cook)

The Dazzling ‘Rockefeller Beetles’ Debut At Harvard’s Natural History Museum

The earth is home to 450,000 species of beetles, Brian Farrell, the Harvard University professor and curator of entomology, told…

Northern Strand Bike Trail between Lincoln Avenue and Summer Street in Lynn, Massachusetts, Oct. 10, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Fall Bike Ride: Through Lynn Marshes Via The Northern Strand Community Trail

Between Lincoln Avenue and Summer Street in Lynn, there is a dirt stretch of the “Bike to the Sea” Northern…

Dogwood seedling from Starting Over Festival sprouting. May 31, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Dogwood Seedling From Starting Over Festival Sprouts

At the Starting Over Festival that I helped organize in Somerville on April 22, we gave out seedlings. A month…

Alewife migrating upstream at the Upper Mystic Lake Dam fish ladder in Winchester, Massachusetts, May 27, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Alewife Migrating Upstream Along Mystic Lake

Alewife migrating upstream at the Upper Mystic Lake Dam fish ladder in Winchester, Massachusetts, May 27, 2018. Photos copyright Greg…

A young American alligator in “Crocs” at Boston’s Museum of Science. (Greg Cook)

Do Crocodiles Make Good Pets And Other Important Facts We Learned At The Museum Of Science’s New ‘Crocs’ Exhibit

Crocodiles, alligators and other crocodilians have flourished for more than 200 million years and now they’ve come to Boston’s Museum…