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Family Entertainment 2018

Family Entertainment: Art picks

A book cover in “Wendell Minor’s America” at Heritage Museum and Gardens.
Wendell Minor
A book cover in “Wendell Minor’s America” at Heritage Museum and Gardens.

CAVERNOUS: THE INNER LIFE OF COURAGE Artist Wes Sam-Bruce based this interactive installation, a mountain filled with portals and tunnels, on the nearly 5-mile-long Hoosac Tunnel, built in the 19th century between North Adams and Florida (the one in Massachusetts). Through May 28. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, 1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org

 

DORA AND DIEGO — LET’S EXPLORE! Youngsters are welcomed into the world where Dora the Explorer and her cousin Diego speak Spanish and English, solve problems, and practice empathy. Boots and Baby Jaguar will be on hand, as will the Pirate Piggies crew. Through July 4. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park. 617-723-2500, www.mos.org

 

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HOME Many students at Japan’s Tohoku University of Art & Design lost their homes in the 2011 tsunami. Their artworks, on view next to “Japanese House,” an exhibition of a 100-year-old Kyoto abode, prompt visitors to consider what “home” means. Through Sept. 30. Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St. 617-426-6500, www.bostonchildrensmuseum
.org/

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KIDS DESIGN GLASS The Museum of Glass in Tacoma invited children to design sculptures. Artists in the museum’s hot shop chose several to bring to fruition, producing whimsical, cartoony critters such as Banana Bam and Coyote in Socks. Through Oct. 8. Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards St., Springfield. 413-263-6800, www.springfieldmuseums.org

 

NEVER ABANDON IMAGINATION: THE FANTASTICAL ART OF TONY DITERLIZZI More than 200 paintings and drawings by the illustrator known to legions of gamers for his Dungeons and Dragons renderings, and to fantasy readers for “The Spiderwick Chronicles.” Through May 28. Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road, Stockbridge. 413-298-4100, www.nrm.org

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PADDINGTON COMES TO AMERICA “A Bear Called Paddington,” the first of the Paddington novels by Michael Bond, was published 60 years ago. Bond died last year, at 91. On view, 70 illustrations by six artists, and Bond’s notes, typewriter, and other memorabilia. Through Oct. 7. Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. 413-559-6300, www.carlemuseum.org

 

PHANTASMAGORIA This re-creation of an early-19th-century entertainment for thrill-seekers, which features hair-raising sounds and moving images cast by magic lanterns, is on exhibit beside a show highlighting the eye-bending optical illusions, tessellations, and mathematical fireworks of M.C. Escher. Through June 24. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org

 

PLAYTIME Play is intrinsic to making art, it’s increasingly infiltrating the workplace, and it’s a go-to online. Here 40 works by 20 artists, including a large-scale interactive installation of pink balloons, explore the changing role of play in society. Through May 6. Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. 978-745-9500, www.pem.org

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SCULPTING WITH AIR: IAN McMAHON AND JONG OH The museum is open during installation through April 15, with McMahon crafting his 65-foot-long puffy plaster pillow, and Oh erecting delicate works that seem to defy gravity. April 20 through Sept. 30. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org

 

WENDELL MINOR’S AMERICA Minor has illustrated children’s books and designed covers for authors such as Nathaniel Philbrick and David McCullough. “A good cover is like a puzzle with a piece missing,” he says. “The reader adds that piece . . . when they read the book.” Through Oct. 8. Heritage Museum and Gardens, 67 Grove St., Sandwich. 508-888-3300, heritagemuseumsandgardens.org

Cate McQuaid can be reached at catemcquaid@gmail.com. Follow her on Twitter @cmcq.