Art

At Harvard Art Museums: Lucia Moholy, "Bauhaus Masters Housing, Dessau (Lucia Moholy and László Moholy-Nagy's living room)," 1927–28. Gelatin silver print with opaque watercolor retouching. (Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum)

Bauhaus: ‘The 20th Century’s Most Influential School Of Art, Architecture And Design’

“Let us create a new guild of craftsmen, without the class distinctions which raise an arrogant barrier between craftsman and…

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…

Ansel Adams, "Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park," about 1937, photograph, gelatin silver print. (Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Reckoning With Ansel Adams’s Photos Of A Mythic, Pristine American Wild West

In April 1927, 25-year-old photographer Ansel Adams and a handful of friends climbed toward Half Dome at Yosemite National Park…

Detail of Patssi Valdez, "The Dressing Table," 12-color serigraph, 1988. (Laguna Art Museum)

How LA’s Self Help Graphics & Art Incubated Chicano And Latino Art

In the early 1970s, two young queer Mexican artists, painter Carlos Bueno and photographer Antonio Ibañez, and Franciscan nun and…

Jess T. Dugan, "Jess and Vanessa," 2013.

Photographer Jess T. Dugan: ‘My interest In Gender And Masculinity Comes From My Own Process Of Defining Gender For Myself’

Jess T. Dugan says the photos in her series “Every Breath We Drew”—on view at Montserrat College of Art in…

Danilchuk Auto Body's Patriots versus Rams display, Jan. 30, 2019. (Greg Cook)

Danilchuk Auto Body Predicts Patriots Will (Metaphorically) Murder Rams In Super Bowl

As the Patriots head back to the Super Bowl against the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday evening, Danilchuk Auto Body…

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…

Dana Chandler's “Fred Hampton’s Door 2," 1975.

How Dana Chandler Brought Black Power To Boston Art, Murals And Museums

The April 6, 1970, issue of Time magazine arrived with a portrait of Jessie Jackson on the cover painted by…

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…

“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…

‘To Include All,’ Boston Music Awards Removes Gender From Vocalist Category

When the Boston Music Awards sent out ballots to nominating committee members this morning, there was a change. Instead of…

“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…

Nathaniel Philbrick’s “In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown," 2018. (Viking)

In Nathaniel Philbrick’s New Book, How The French Navy Turned The Tide Of The American Revolution

The American Revolution is in its fifth year in Nathaniel Philbrick’s spirited new history, “In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius…

Ashley Bryan, “Oh, when the children sing in peace” for "All Things Bright and Beautiful," collage of cut colored paper on paper, 2006. (Courtesy)

Ashley Bryan: Pioneering Illustrator Of African Tales

In the 1950s, when Ashley Bryan first came by boat to summer on Maine’s Great Cranberry Island, he recalled, “I…

“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…

Vigil for victims of Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre at Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston, Oct. 29, 2018. (Courtesy David Dower/ArtsEmerson)

At ArtsEmerson, A Stage With 11 Empty Chairs To Remember Victims Of Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre

If you walked into Cutler Majestic Theatre on Monday afternoon or evening, you would have found a stage with 11…

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,”…

Tory Bullock's “The Gentrification Game." (Courtesy)

Tory Bullock’s ‘Gentrification Game’ Aims To ‘Let You Feel What Gentrification Feels Like’

Tory Bullock calls his latest project, “The Gentrification Game,” “A life-sized game for a life-sized problem.” On Oct. 25 and…

Giant Coral Reef Arrives In Boston’s Fort Point Channel As Call For Help

This morning, if all goes according to plan, an artificial coral reef—conceived by Fitchburg artist Jerry Beck of The Revolving…

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)

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.…

“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,”…

Amrutha Ananth dances classical Bharatanatyam during the Dawali celebration at the Gallery, Malden, Nov. 1, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Photos: Celebrating Diwali, The Hindu Festival Of Lights, In Malden

The Gallery on Main Street in Malden hosted a public celebration of the Hindu festival of Diwali tonight. “Diwali is…

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

Enter Leonora Carrington’s Surreal Paintings In Double Edge’s Outdoor Spectacle

In “Leonora’s World,” Double Edge Theatre’s “autumn outdoor spectacle,” the company invites you to enter the surrealist paintings of Leonora…

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…

"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…

Forestdale School float in Malden Parade of Holiday Traditions, Nov. 24, 2018. (Greg Cook)

Malden Celebrates Winter Holidays With Military-Themed Parade

Malden held its annual Parade of Holiday Traditions yesterday. As usual Ward 7 City Councilor Neal Anderson’ annual wintery float…

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…

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…

Garden of plastic flowers along the Northern Strand Bike Trail, just north of Laurel Street in Saugus, Massachusetts. Oct. 10, 2018. (Greg Cook)

The Plastic Garden Along The Saugus Bike Trail

Just north of Laurel Street, along a dirt section of the “Bike to the Sea” Northern Strand Community Trail in…

Giant Coral Reef Arrives In Boston’s Fort Point Channel As Call For Help

This morning, if all goes according to plan, an artificial coral reef—conceived by Fitchburg artist Jerry Beck of The Revolving…

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…