Art

MassArt To Help House Healthcare Workers During Coronavirus Pandemic

As part of the fight against the coronavirus, Massachusetts College of Art and Design will temporarily house area medical staff…

A protective mask has appeared on the 1985 statue of longtime Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach by Lloyd Lillie outside Quincy Market at Faneuil Hall, c. April 6, 2020. (Courtesy)

Statues Of Celtics And Mayors Wear Masks, Joining In Effort To Stop Coronavirus

With Boston Mayor Marty Walsh yesterday urging everyone to wear face coverings when going out as a way to help…

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Feb. 1, 2019. (Greg Cook)

MFA To Furlough Approximately 340, Remain Closed Through June 30

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts plans to furlough “approximately 340 staff,” according to a spokesperson, as it deals with the…

Boston City Hall lit up red for Medicine Wheel's annual AIDS Vigil, Nov. 30, 2016. (Greg Cook photo)

Those We’ve Lost To Coronavirus: 'Jaws' Actress, Artist David Driskell, Boston City Hall Designer

This is intended at a memorial tribute to people in our local cultural community whom we have lost to the…

"Drawing in the Galleries" program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Jan. 15, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

MFA Cancels All Events And Programs Through Aug. 31

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts announced last night that due to the coronavirus, it had decided “to cancel all of…

Tomie DePaola, from “The Art Lesson," 1989.

An Interview With ‘Strega Nona’ Artist Tomie dePaola, Who Died Today At Age 85

Tomie dePaola—the New Hampshire artist and children’s book creator who won the Caldecott Honor for his 1975 book “Strega Nona”…

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Jan. 30, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Museum Of Fine Arts Doesn’t Expect To Reopen Before July, Mulls Layoffs

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts does not expect to be able to reopen before July due to the ongoing spread…

Mass MoCA in North Adams, 2017. (Courtesy Mass MoCA)

Mass MoCA To Lay Off 120 Due To Coronovirus Closure

Mass MoCA in North Adams announced yesterday “that in response to business interruptions caused by COVID-19 and related government mandates,…

Peter Agoos's “PPE for Antonio López Garcia's ‘DAY’” at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, March 22, 2020. (Courtesy Peter Agoos)

Guerrilla Artist Gives MFA’s Giant Baby Head A Coronavirus Mask

In this moment of coronivirus concern, Peter Agoos thought the giant bronze baby heads by Spanish artist Antonio López García…

What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? performs “Medusa: Reclaiming the Myth”at the Boston Museum of Science’s Charles Hayden Planetarium, August 2019. (Jonathan Beckley photo)

This #MeToo ‘Medusa’ Isn’t The Gorgon You’ve Been Told About

One of the terrible things about the way the story of Medusa is usually told is that her iconic snake…

Willie Alexander plays his keyboard in his Gloucester home, July 15, 2017. (Greg Cook photo)

The Secret Art Of The Godfather Of Boston Punk, Willie Alexander

“It’s here. It’s life. It’s everything. Bam!” Willie “Loco” Alexander tells me as we tour a retrospective of his paintings…

Lovely Hoffman and Pier Lamia Porter rehearse "Marie and Rosetta." (Courtesy photo)

Rediscovering African-American Rock And Roll Pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe

“Rebelling against constraint, she let her voice out in ‘Rock Me’ and ‘That’s All,’ and left the house ecstatic,” The…

Environmental Encroachment from Chicago performs in the Honk Parade, Oct. 13, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Honk Parade From Somerville To Cambridge

Honk!—the infectious street party and festival of activist street bands—paraded from Davis Square in Somerville to Harvard Square in Cambridge…

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

As Boston Continues To Exclude Hip Hop, ‘Boston Answering’ Aims To ‘Uplift Some Of The City’s Finest Local Artists’

“A cultural response manifested into a show” is how this Saturday’s “Boston Answering” show at the Strand Theatre in Boston…

Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band performs at Somerville's Quincy Street Open Space as part of the annual PorchFest, May 13, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Somerville PorchFest: Wonderland’s Totally Biased Guide To This Saturday's Music Fest

Somerville’s annual PorchFest is part hootenanny, part a giant open studios for bands. More than 200 bands acts are scheduled…

Tomie DePaola, from “The Art Lesson," 1989.

An Interview With ‘Strega Nona’ Artist Tomie dePaola, Who Died Today At Age 85

Tomie dePaola—the New Hampshire artist and children’s book creator who won the Caldecott Honor for his 1975 book “Strega Nona”…

During World War II, a German Luftwaffe Heinkel He 111 bomber flys over the East End of London at the start of the Luftwaffe's evening raids on Sept. 7, 1940. (German Air Force photographer / Public Domain)

Erik Larson’s ‘The Splendid And The Vile’: Churchill And Leadership During A National Calamity

As best-selling historian Erik Larsons’ new World War II book “The Splendid and the Vile” (Crown Publishing) opens, the military…

Nona Fernández's "Space Invaders." (Graywolf Press)

'Space Invaders'—A Ghost Story Of Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet's Military Junta

A fugue of memories and dreams flow over us in Nona Fernández’s lyrical novella “Space Invaders” (Graywolf Press)—arriving in a…

Karen Krolak, artistic director of Monkeyhouse dance company, performs at the kickoff celebration for the 2020 "Malden Reads," one-city, one-book reading program, at the Malden Senior Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Monkeyhouse Dance At 'Malden Reads' Kickoff

Karen Krolak, artistic director of Monkeyhouse dance company, performs at the kickoff celebration for the 2020 “Malden Reads,” one-city, one-book…

The Rendille of northern Kenya’s Kaisut Desert: "Throughout the [Herr Heroon, or bull] ceremony, warriors gather in small groups to perform leaping dances, expressing their unity as a generation. When two warriors leap together the dance is called woyee," Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher write in "African Twilight: The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent," 2018. (Rizzoli)

Carol Beckwith And Angela Fisher, Photographers Of African Traditions, Speak At Harvard Dec. 5

For four decades, American born Carol Beckwith and Australian Angela Fisher have journeyed over 300,000 miles across the African continent,…

"The Substitution Order" by Martin Clark. (Knopf)

In Martin Clark’s ‘Substitution Order,’ A Bedraggled Attorney Gets Caught In A Con

Kevin Moore had been a star attorney, beloved by his clients as well as fellow lawyers, judges, probation officers and…

Eric Berryman as Detroit Red (Malcolm X’s 1940’s nickname) in "Detroit Red" at ArtsEmerson, 2020. (Randall Garnick Photography)

'Detroit Red': Malcolm X Comes Of Age In Boston

For DigBoston, I recently previewed “Detroit Red,” a “theatrical exploration of the life of Malcolm X as he dwelled and…

Reenacting the 1970 Women’s Strike for Equality in "Gloria: A Life" at American Repertory Theater, Cambridge. (APrioriPhotography.com)

Gloria Steinem At ART’s ‘Gloria’: ‘I Don’t Have Time For You To Applaud Because We Have A Lot Of Organizing To Do’

The audience broke into applause as Gloria Steinem strode onto the stage at the end of Jan. 30 opening night…

Tanya Nixon-Silberg performs a preview of “My Night in the Planetarium" in November 2019. (Tess Scheflan photo)

From The Co-Founder Of Wee The People, A Puppet Show For Kids About Standing Up To Strongmen

“Kids don’t get enough credit that they can understand what’s going on. Racism isn’t going to end until people start…

What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? performs “Medusa: Reclaiming the Myth”at the Boston Museum of Science’s Charles Hayden Planetarium, August 2019. (Jonathan Beckley photo)

This #MeToo ‘Medusa’ Isn’t The Gorgon You’ve Been Told About

One of the terrible things about the way the story of Medusa is usually told is that her iconic snake…

J.D. Mollison in American Repertory Theater's "Moby-Dick." (Maria Baranova photo)

How I Ended Up In A Boat With Captain Ahab Chasing The White Whale In A.R.T.’s ‘Moby-Dick’

Perhaps I should have been mindful that stepping into any boat with Captain Ahab—who doomed his crew via his maniacal…

Bread and Puppet Theater performs the “Honey Let’s Go Home! Opera” at Theater for the New City, New York, Dec. 6, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Bread & Puppet’s ‘Honey Let’s Go Home! Opera’

When people think of Bread and Puppet Theater, they naturally tend to think of the giant puppets and the garlic-slathered…

Tanya Nixon-Silberg performs a preview of “My Night in the Planetarium" in November 2019. (Tess Scheflan photo)

From The Co-Founder Of Wee The People, A Puppet Show For Kids About Standing Up To Strongmen

“Kids don’t get enough credit that they can understand what’s going on. Racism isn’t going to end until people start…

"24 Hour Vigil – Day With(Out) Art -World AIDS Day" art installation at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama on Tremont Street on Sunday, Dec. 1. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Annual AIDS Vigil at Boston Cyclorama

The 28th annual “24 Hour Vigil – Day With(Out) Art -World AIDS Day” art installation took place at the Boston…

Shepard Fairey at "Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand" exhibition at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, Feb. 3, 2009. (Greg Cook photo)

Shepard Fairey Returns To Providence: ‘It’s Pretty Punk Rock To Try To Unite’

Shepard Fairey—one of the most famous street artists in the world, known for his “Obey” Andre the Giant graphics to…

Environmental Encroachment from Chicago performs in the Honk Parade, Oct. 13, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Honk Parade From Somerville To Cambridge

Honk!—the infectious street party and festival of activist street bands—paraded from Davis Square in Somerville to Harvard Square in Cambridge…

Domenic Esposito's Opioid Spoon on view at the Cambridge Public Library, Sept. 16, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Giant Opioid Spoon Arrives At Library To Protest Companies Behind Drug Crisis

In June 2018, an 800-pound, 4-foot-high, 10-foot-long aluminum spoon appeared in front of the headquarters of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma…

The Boston Climate Strike heads up Park Street to the Massachusetts State House, Sept. 20, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Boston Climate Strike Demands Action To Halt Global Warming

Thousands rallied at Boston City Hall Plaza for the Boston Climate Strike today and then marched to the State House.…

Nancy Schon's 1987 "Make Way for Ducklings" statues wear masks to protect them from coronavirus at Boston Public Garden, March 22, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Boston During Coronavirus

Scenes from greater Boston since it began shutting down to stem the spread of coronavirus during the week of March…

Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion Dance Troupe's Cubs performed at the Lunar New Year Festival at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum, Jan. 25, 2020. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Lunar New Year at Peabody Essex Museum

Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum hosted its annual Lunar New Year Festival on Jan. 25. It featured performances by the Gund Kwok…

Pixie Dance of FJW Dance Studio performed at Chinese Culture Connection's annual Lunar New Year Celebration at Malden High School, Jan. 18, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Lunar New Year Celebration In Malden

Chinese Culture Connection hosted its annual Lunar New Year Celebration, to mark the start of the Year of the Mouse…

Pascal Michel paints his mural on the side of Highland Creole Cuisine, 2 Highland Ave., Somerville, Aug. 28, 2019. (Greg Cook)

The Year In Photos: Art And Activism In 2019

Art and activism across Boston and New England as I witnessed it in 2019. (Note: Some photos feature events by…

Bread and Puppet Theater performs the “Honey Let’s Go Home! Opera” at Theater for the New City, New York, Dec. 6, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Bread & Puppet’s ‘Honey Let’s Go Home! Opera’

When people think of Bread and Puppet Theater, they naturally tend to think of the giant puppets and the garlic-slathered…

"24 Hour Vigil – Day With(Out) Art -World AIDS Day" art installation at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama on Tremont Street on Sunday, Dec. 1. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Annual AIDS Vigil at Boston Cyclorama

The 28th annual “24 Hour Vigil – Day With(Out) Art -World AIDS Day” art installation took place at the Boston…

Gund Kwok Asian Women’s Lion Dance Troupe's Cubs performed at the Lunar New Year Festival at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum, Jan. 25, 2020. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Lunar New Year at Peabody Essex Museum

Salem’s Peabody Essex Museum hosted its annual Lunar New Year Festival on Jan. 25. It featured performances by the Gund Kwok…

Pixie Dance of FJW Dance Studio performed at Chinese Culture Connection's annual Lunar New Year Celebration at Malden High School, Jan. 18, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Lunar New Year Celebration In Malden

Chinese Culture Connection hosted its annual Lunar New Year Celebration, to mark the start of the Year of the Mouse…

The Rendille of northern Kenya’s Kaisut Desert: "Throughout the [Herr Heroon, or bull] ceremony, warriors gather in small groups to perform leaping dances, expressing their unity as a generation. When two warriors leap together the dance is called woyee," Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher write in "African Twilight: The Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies of the African Continent," 2018. (Rizzoli)

Carol Beckwith And Angela Fisher, Photographers Of African Traditions, Speak At Harvard Dec. 5

For four decades, American born Carol Beckwith and Australian Angela Fisher have journeyed over 300,000 miles across the African continent,…

"24 Hour Vigil – Day With(Out) Art -World AIDS Day" art installation at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama on Tremont Street on Sunday, Dec. 1. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Annual AIDS Vigil at Boston Cyclorama

The 28th annual “24 Hour Vigil – Day With(Out) Art -World AIDS Day” art installation took place at the Boston…

City Councilor Neal Anderson in the Malden Parade of Holiday Traditions, Nov. 30, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Malden Parade Of Holiday Traditions

“Songbirds for Diversity” by Wonderland Spectacle Co. and friends were honored to be part of the 2019 Malden Parade of Holiday…

“Gardens of Light” illuminates the Chinese Garden at the Jardin Botanique de Montréal, September 2019. (© Espace pour la vie / Claude Lafond)

Dazzling Chinese Lanterns At Montreal’s Jardin Botanique

One of the highlights of Montreal each fall is the “Gardens of Light,” which illuminates the Chinese Garden at the…

A protective mask has appeared on the 1985 statue of longtime Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach by Lloyd Lillie outside Quincy Market at Faneuil Hall, c. April 6, 2020. (Courtesy)

Statues Of Celtics And Mayors Wear Masks, Joining In Effort To Stop Coronavirus

With Boston Mayor Marty Walsh yesterday urging everyone to wear face coverings when going out as a way to help…

Shepard Fairey at "Shepard Fairey: Supply and Demand" exhibition at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, Feb. 3, 2009. (Greg Cook photo)

Shepard Fairey Returns To Providence: ‘It’s Pretty Punk Rock To Try To Unite’

Shepard Fairey—one of the most famous street artists in the world, known for his “Obey” Andre the Giant graphics to…

“Gardens of Light” illuminates the Chinese Garden at the Jardin Botanique de Montréal, September 2019. (© Espace pour la vie / Claude Lafond)

Dazzling Chinese Lanterns At Montreal’s Jardin Botanique

One of the highlights of Montreal each fall is the “Gardens of Light,” which illuminates the Chinese Garden at the…

Helen Bur finishes painting her mural on the Cabot Theatre, Beverly, Massachusetts, July 20, 2019. (Greg Cook)

New Murals On Beverly’s Cabot Theatre Aim To Illuminate All The Creativity Going On Inside

NOTE: I’ve been commissioned by the Essex County Community Foundation to help document/promote cultural projects from its Creative County Initiative,…

Mural on It's Raining Pets, Salem, Massachusetts, Sept. 7, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Mural At Salem's It's Raining Pets

Mural at It’s Raining Pets, a dog grooming business in Salem, Massachusetts, Sept. 7, 2019. If this is the kind…

Pascal Michel paints his mural on the side of Highland Creole Cuisine, 2 Highland Ave., Somerville, Aug. 28, 2019. (Greg Cook)

First Look At Three New Somerville Murals

“I wanted to share this idea of home, with the community, with the city of Somerville,” Imagine (Sneha Shrestha), a…

Mount Misery in Pachaug State Forest, Connecticut, Aug. 25, 2018. (Greg Cook photo)

The Unhappy History Of Mount Misery, Connecticut

Note: Nonrequired travel between New England states is not recommended during the coronavirus pandemic. As of April 5, the state…

Mount Misery in Lincoln, Massachusetts, March 26, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

The View From Mount Misery in Lincoln, Massachusetts

The first article in Wonderland’s series about Miserable Places: At 227 acres, Mount Misery is considered to be the largest…

Markhor at Stone Zoo in Stoneham, March 20, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Taking Care Of Animals At The Stone Zoo During Coronavirus

The flock of flamingos in the Caribbean Coast exhibit continues their honking and fluttering around regardless of the fact that…

Snow in Malden, Massachusetts, Dec. 19, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Snow!

Snow in Malden, Massachusetts, Jan. 18 to 19, 2020. Photos copyright 2020 Greg Cook. If this is the kind of…

Winter solstice sunrise at Revere Beach, Dec. 21, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Winter Solstice Sunrise At Revere Beach

Winter solstice sunrise at Revere Beach, Massachusetts, Dec. 21, 2019. If this is the kind of coverage of arts, cultures…

Herring swim up the fish ladder at the Upper Mystic Lake Dam in Medford as part of the fish’s annual upstream migration, May 22, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Herring Migrating Upstream In Medford

The Mystic River Watershed Association held a River Herring Open House on May 22, inviting visitors to watch herring swimming…