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Jacob Lawrence, "Listen, Father! The Americans have not yet defeated us by land; neither are we sure they have done so by water—we therefore wish to remain here and fight our enemy . . . —Tecumseh to the British, Tippecanoe, 1811​," Panel 21, 1956, from ​"Struggle: From the History of the American People,​ 1954–56," egg tempera on hardboard. Collection of Harvey and Harvey-Ann Ross. (© The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photography by Bob Packert/PEM)

In ‘Struggle,’ Jacob Lawrence Reclaimed African Americans’ Place In American History

In February 1953, Time magazine declared Jacob Lawrence “the nation’s (and probably the world’s) foremost Negro painter.” Lawrence was about…

Meredith Stern, "Carpenter Cats" relief print from her “Cooperation Cats" series.

Meredith Stern’s ‘Cooperation Cats’ Show How We Can Thrive Together

“I really wanted to highlight the strength of the human condition. When we work together we’re stronger,” Meredith Stern says…

Laura McPhee, "Above Warm Springs Creek, Blane County Idaho," 2015. (Courtesy Carroll and Sons)

The Beautiful Desolation Of Photographer Laura McPhee’s ‘Desert Chronicle’

“Laura McPhee: Desert Chronicle”—on view at Boston’s Carroll and Sons gallery from Dec. 4, 2019, to Feb. 1, 2020—is a…

Royal Shawabites, a funerary practice adopted from the Egyptians. They were placed standing against the walls of the burial chamber, surrounding the coffin. From “Ancient Nubia Now” at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Jan. 15, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Reconsidering Ancient Nubia At The MFA

“Ancient Nubia Now”—on view at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts from Oct. 13, 2019, to Jan. 20, 2020—showcases treasures from…

Jeffu Warmouth, "Urgent Blowout," 2019, 54-inch-tall, 120-inch long inflatable fabric sculpture filled with 36 inflatable heads, at Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, Dec. 13, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Jeffu Warmouth's Giant Inflated Head Stuffed With Ideas, Daily Concerns, Neuroses

The centerpiece of Jeffu Warmouth’s exhibition “Urgent Blowout,” at Boston Sculptors Gallery from Dec. 11, 2019, to Jan. 26, 2020,…

Joseph Wheelwright "Sticks, Stones & Bones" at Gallery Kayafas, Boston.

Joseph Wheelwright Found The Fairy Tales Within Sticks And Stones And Bones

Joseph Wheelwright’s sculptures originate in myths or fairy tales—crescent moons with dreamy faces; ancient personages that seem to emerge from…

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

Free! How To Get Into New England Museums Without Paying

Wondering how to get into a New England museum without paying? Below is Wonderland’s guide to free days at institutions…

Phase Zero Design's "Taj Mahal" in Gingerbread Design Competition and Exhibition, Boston Society of Architects Space, Dec. 17, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Can You Recognize These Gingerbread Landmarks From Boston Architects?

Each year the Boston Society of Architects’ “Gingerbread Design Competition and Exhibition”–on view at BSA Space, 290 Congress St., Boston,…

Nick Cave's "Augment," Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama, Aug. 7, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Wonderland's Most-Read Posts Of 2019

Below are Wonderland’s most popular posts of 2019, the ones that brought in the most readers and bots. Thanks everyone…

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…

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…

“Wake, Siren” by Nina MacLaughlin. (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Nina MacLaughlin’s ‘Wake, Siren’: A MeToo Retelling Of Ancient Greek And Roman Tales

Nina MacLaughlin says that she began her brilliant, lyrical, painful new book “Wake, Siren” when she took a stab at…

Maira Kalman, Illustration for "Next Stop, Grand Central" (G. P. Putnam’s Sons). Courtesy of Julie Saul Projects, New York. © 1999 Maira Kalman.

Maira Kalman: ‘If You Don’t Digress And Go Off The Point, I Think You Miss The Point’

“There’s absolutely nothing you can’t talk to children about. They want to know the truth,” author and illustrator Maira Kalman…

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.…

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…

Bread and Puppet Theater performed "Diagonal Life: Theory and Praxis" at First Church in Cambridge, Nov. 7, 2019. (Greg Cook photo)

Bread and Puppet Theater's 'Diagonal Life’ Challenges Baby Jails, Global Warming, The Unthinkable

“Reality is either horizontal or vertical or both,” a woman explains early in Bread and Puppet Theater’s “Diagonal Life: Theory…

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…

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…

Karyn Alzayer caged the "Make Way for Ducklings" statues In Boston's Public Garden to protest abuse of immigrants, Aug. 2, 2019. (Photo: Daud Alzayer)

Artist Cages Duckling Statues In Boston Public Garden To Protest Abuse Of Immigrants

Well before dawn last Friday morning, Karyn Alzayer snuck a group of miniature cages into Boston’s Public Garden via “a…

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…

Woodpecker, March 12, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Woodpecker

Photo copyright 2019 Greg Cook. If this is the kind of coverage of arts, cultures and activisms you appreciate, please…

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…