Art

MFA Lays Off 57 And 56 More Volunteer For Early Retirement

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, closed since the evening of March 12 to help stem the spread of coronavirus, announced…

“Roxbury Love” (Mandela) mural painted in 2014 by Richard “Deme5” Gomez and Thomas “Kwest” Burns at Warren Street at Clifford Street in Boston, Sept. 1, 2016. (© Greg Cook photo)

'Roxbury Love' Mural Demolished, Video Shows

“It’s a shame this wall may be on its way to being demolished once building is bought and redeveloped like…

David Fichter (right) with the protest icons at The Movement Continues rally at Cambridge Common, June 7, 2020. (Photo: Marc Levy / Cambridge Day)

The Protest-Artists Behind The Icons To George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery

“It’s one thing to see someone’s name, but to see their face, it’s a reminder that the people are people,”…

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts, May 6, 2019. (© Greg Cook photo)

$424M In Losses For Massachusetts Cultural Nonprofits Due To Coronavirus

At least $424,866,284 in revenue has been lost by Massachusetts’ cultural nonprofits due to coronavirus cancellations and closures, according to…

Curtis Williams begins a mural at Boston's Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, July 5, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Curtis Williams Begins A Mural At Madison Park

Curtis Williams begins a mural at Boston’s Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, July 5, 2020. See updates and more…

Mark Consiglio, president of the Boston Chapter of the Live Events Coalition, at some of the productions he's worked on. (Courtesy)

Rally Tuesday: ‘Live Events Economy Is In Shambles And There’s No End In Sight’

“Since the pandemic started in early to mid-March, we’ve been the first people that have been cancelled and had to…

Somerville Arts Council ArtBeat 2020 poster. (Design by Paula Champagne)

Our Guide To Somerville's ArtBeat--Now Part Pop-Up, Part Virtual

This year’s “ArtBeat” festival from the Somerville Arts Council adapts to coronavirus by expanding to a week of surprise pop-up…

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Dec. 31, 2018. (Greg Cook photo)

Museums Begin To Reopen: A Schedule

Most Massachusetts museums are planning to reopen in the next week or two, after having been closed since mid-March to…

"Black Lives Matter" street mural on Washington Street in Boston's Nubian Square, July 5, 2020. (Courtesy Black Market Nubian)

'Black Lives Matter' Street Mural Painted In Boston's Nubian Square

The Fourth of July dawned in Boston’s Nubian Square with artists shutting down two blocks of Washington Street to paint…

Somerville Arts Council ArtBeat 2020 poster. (Design by Paula Champagne)

Our Guide To Somerville's ArtBeat--Now Part Pop-Up, Part Virtual

This year’s “ArtBeat” festival from the Somerville Arts Council adapts to coronavirus by expanding to a week of surprise pop-up…

Great Scott in Boston's Allston neighborhood.

‘It Is With A Heavy Heart Today That I Announce That Great Scott Will Not Reopen’

“It is with a heavy heart today that I announce that Great Scott will not reopen,” according to a message…

Nathaniel Hefferman plays "Groove Is In The Heart," April 2020. (via YouTube)

For Social Distancing, He Turned Himself Into A One-Man Honk Band

The music video begins with Nathaniel Hefferman, dressed in a Honk T-shirt, blowing the opening notes of Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is…

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…

“A Pale Light in the Black” by K. B. Wagers. (Harper Voyager)

In K. B. Wagers’s Sci-fi Adventure 'A Pale Light in the Black,' A Plot To Upend A Monopoly

A who-done-it sits at the center of K. B. Wagers’s sci-fi adventure novel “A Pale Light in the Black” (Harper…

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,…

Mark Consiglio, president of the Boston Chapter of the Live Events Coalition, at some of the productions he's worked on. (Courtesy)

Rally Tuesday: ‘Live Events Economy Is In Shambles And There’s No End In Sight’

“Since the pandemic started in early to mid-March, we’ve been the first people that have been cancelled and had to…

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

Harvard Study: Ways Theaters Can Adapt To Reduce Spread Of Coronavirus

How can theaters adapt to reduce the spread of coronavirus? That’s the daunting question that the “first edition” of the…

Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield. (© Barrington Stage)

Barrington Stage Plans Live 'Socially Distanced' Theater For August

Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield announced yesterday that it will postpone its planned summer season to summer of 2021 due…

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

How To Present Theater After Coronavirus? A.R.T. Partners With Harvard Science Study

How can theater return as long as coronavirus threatens group gatherings? Cambridge’s American Repertory Theater and the Healthy Buildings Program…

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…

David Fichter (right) with the protest icons at The Movement Continues rally at Cambridge Common, June 7, 2020. (Photo: Marc Levy / Cambridge Day)

The Protest-Artists Behind The Icons To George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery

“It’s one thing to see someone’s name, but to see their face, it’s a reminder that the people are people,”…

Mark Consiglio, president of the Boston Chapter of the Live Events Coalition, at some of the productions he's worked on. (Courtesy)

Rally Tuesday: ‘Live Events Economy Is In Shambles And There’s No End In Sight’

“Since the pandemic started in early to mid-March, we’ve been the first people that have been cancelled and had to…

"Black Lives Matter" street mural on Washington Street in Boston's Nubian Square, July 5, 2020. (Courtesy Black Market Nubian)

'Black Lives Matter' Street Mural Painted In Boston's Nubian Square

The Fourth of July dawned in Boston’s Nubian Square with artists shutting down two blocks of Washington Street to paint…

"Independence Day March" against injustice organized by Demilitarize Gloucester at Gloucester's waterfront, July 4, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Independence Day March Against Injustice In Gloucester

Dozens of people participated in the “Independence Day March” against injustice, a July 4 protest at Gloucester’s waterfront, organized by…

Artists and supporters of the African American Master Artists In Residence Program protest outside the studios building at 76 Atherton St. in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood, June 27, 2020. (Photo © copyright Don West / fOTOGRAfIKS)

'Give Us The Keys'—Black Artist Group Protests Northeastern 'Lockout'

“Where are the keys? Give us the keys!” protesters chanted outside the African American Master Artists In Residence Program studios…

A Night of Prayer for Racial Justice at Malden High School, June 26, 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Night Of Prayer For Racial Justice In Malden

“A Night of Prayer for Racial Justice” gathered about 80 people outside Malden High School last night. Organizers said on…

"Independence Day March" against injustice organized by Demilitarize Gloucester at Gloucester's waterfront, July 4, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Independence Day March Against Injustice In Gloucester

Dozens of people participated in the “Independence Day March” against injustice, a July 4 protest at Gloucester’s waterfront, organized by…

A Night of Prayer for Racial Justice at Malden High School, June 26, 2020. (©Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Night Of Prayer For Racial Justice In Malden

“A Night of Prayer for Racial Justice” gathered about 80 people outside Malden High School last night. Organizers said on…

Photos: Black Lives Matter March in Malden

Thousands of people participated in the Black Lives Matter March in Malden, Massachusetts, this afternoon. It began at the high…

Thousands gathered in Boston's Peters Park to protest the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. May 29, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Thousands In Boston Protest George Floyd's Murder By Minneapolis Police

The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police promoted thousands to gather in protest at Peters Park in Boston’s South…

Arnold Arboretum, Boston, May 5, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Arnold Arboretum: How Frederick Law Olmsted And Charles Sargent Created A National Historic Landmark

“A visitor driving through the arboretum will be able to obtain a general idea of the arborescent vegetation of the…

Windstorm at Lynn Shore Drive, near Red Rock Park, Lynn, April 13, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Windstorm At Lynn Shore Drive

The National Weather Service recorded winds gusting up to 59 miles per hour around Boston today. The high winds whipped…

Boston Pride Parade, June 9, 2012. (Greg Cook photo)

Boston Cancels Parades And Festivals Through Labor Day

The city of Boston has cancelled all parades and festivals “this summer, up to and including Labor Day on September…

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…

“Roxbury Love” (Mandela) mural painted in 2014 by Richard “Deme5” Gomez and Thomas “Kwest” Burns at Warren Street at Clifford Street in Boston, Sept. 1, 2016. (© Greg Cook photo)

'Roxbury Love' Mural Demolished, Video Shows

“It’s a shame this wall may be on its way to being demolished once building is bought and redeveloped like…

Curtis Williams begins a mural at Boston's Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, July 5, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

Photos: Curtis Williams Begins A Mural At Madison Park

Curtis Williams begins a mural at Boston’s Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, July 5, 2020. See updates and more…

"Black Lives Matter" street mural on Washington Street in Boston's Nubian Square, July 5, 2020. (Courtesy Black Market Nubian)

'Black Lives Matter' Street Mural Painted In Boston's Nubian Square

The Fourth of July dawned in Boston’s Nubian Square with artists shutting down two blocks of Washington Street to paint…

Rob "ProBlak" Gibbs paints his "Breathe Life" mural at Boston's Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, July 5, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

Rob 'ProBlak' Gibbs’ New 'Breathe Life' Mural At Boston's Madison Park High School

“At a time when my people cannot breathe, I’m asking us to always ‘Breathe Life,'” Boston artist Rob “ProBlak” Gibbs…

“Freedmen’s Memorial Monument” or “Emancipation Group” in Boston’s Park Square, June 18, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

Boston Art Commission Votes To Remove Emancipation Monument

The Boston Art Commission voted unanimously tonight to remove the controversial Emancipation monument in Boston’s Park Square, which depicts President…

“Freedmen’s Memorial Monument” or “Emancipation Group” in Boston’s Park Square, June 18, 2020. (© Greg Cook photo)

As 12K Sign Petition Saying Boston Emancipation Monument Should Go, City Schedules Hearing

In less than two weeks, more than 12,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the removal of “Freedmen’s…

Wonderland Spectacle Co. | Rain (© Kari Percival & Greg Cook June 2020)

Wonderland Spectacle Co. | Rain

Enjoy a rainy day with Wonderland Spectacle Co. in our new video for kids and families. Play in puddles. Learn…

Purgatory Chasm, Sutton, Massachusetts, May 26, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Descending Into Purgatory Chasm

An article from Wonderland’s series about Miserable Places: Despite Purgatory Chasm’s dismal-sounding name, most visitors have found the gorge stirring.…

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

Boston Zoos Begin Reopening May 28

Franklin Park Zoo in Boston will reopen on May 28, followed by Stone Zoo in Stoneham on May 30, Zoo…

DeWitt Godfrey's "Lincoln," 2012, at DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Sept. 15, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Trustees To Reopen DeCordova, Naumkeag, World's End, Fruitlands, Crane Beach

The Trustees of Reservations will reopen deCordova Sculpture Park in Lincoln, the grounds of the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Naumkeag…

Arnold Arboretum, Boston, May 5, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Arnold Arboretum: How Frederick Law Olmsted And Charles Sargent Created A National Historic Landmark

“A visitor driving through the arboretum will be able to obtain a general idea of the arborescent vegetation of the…

Beginning of the Ponakpog boardwalk at the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, Massachusetts, April 22, 2020. (Greg Cook photo)

Walking The Boardwalk Through Ponkapoag Bog In The Blue Hills

For about a decade and a half beginning in the 1930s, Professor William J. V. Babcock had been taking his…