Obama ‘Hope’ artist returns with ‘We the people’ posters

Shepard Fairey chose images of three women to represent America for his latest political art.

Michael Keaton in “The Founder.”

THINGS TO DO

The Weekender: Poets, POTUS, photos, and toe shoes

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance, SOUNDspace (c) Matthew Murphy

THINGS TO DO

The Weekender: Neglected Afflecks, fancy footwork, and legendary ducklings

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Sarah Lewis

Art

Putting a lens on race, photography, and citizenship

Harvard scholar Sarah Lewis’s work is having quite a moment.

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Photographic Resource Center told it must leave BU

The nonprofit will have to be gone by July 1

From touching to fabulous to fierce at the Worcester Art Museum

A new installation integrates the John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection of arms and armor with other objects from the period between 500 and 1500, give or take a few decades.

THE INFORMER

The Informer: An environmental education fair, an art demonstration, and a concert

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

See Essex County through local lenses

A reception for Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest winners will be held Jan. 25 at Hunt’s Photo & Video in Melrose.

galleries

Taking her camera to where frontiers meet

The Kurdish performance artist Fatma Bucak is drawn to borders.

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THE INFORMER

The Informer: An art show, a lecture series, a DVD screening, and a gallery exhibition

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

Nathan Benn’s “Fourth of July Parade, Rockport.”

Photography review

A vivid time capsule of the North Shore

In a Cape Ann Museum exhibit, Nathan Benn’s 1978 photographs cover the waterfront from Salem to Salisbury.

Instrument maker Jeremy Adams in his workshop.

Music

For this craftsman, there is more to instruments than the sound

A show at the Cape Ann Museum celebrates North Shore instrument maker Jeremy Adams.

 A grant from the Henry Luce Foundation will support the Worcester Art Museum’s collection of pre-contemporary American art, which includes Asher B. Durand’s “Capture of Major Andre.“

Worcester Art Museum gets $825,000 grant

The Henry Luce Foundation has singled out the Worcester Art Museum.

Dennis Miller’s “point.line.plane.”

Galleries

When mathematics and art collaborate

A show at Suffolk University Gallery doesn’t just crunch the numbers.

From left: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae in “Hidden Figures.”

The Weekender

The Weekender: Marvelous math, pop heroes, and ‘Bright Lights’

The Globe’s picks for weekend fun in Boston and beyond.

Margo Margolis, Red Ears, flashe on canvas, 72 x 60 inches

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Adding emphasis to ‘Paintings & Works on Paper’ at Beth Urdang Gallery

The Margo Margolis show adds percolation to canvas and paper.

Robert McCloskey illustration for “Make Way for Ducklings.”

Art review

Robert McCloskey, the man behind ‘Make Way for Ducklings,’ gets a show at the MFA

Children’s book illustrators Robert McCloskey and Ed Emberley get museum shows.

George Lucas and his art team will soon decide whether to put the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in San Francisco (rendering above) or Los Angeles.

George Lucas museum cliffhanger: LA or San Francisco?

George Lucas is no stranger to epic struggles on the big screen, but he didn’t expect one off-camera when it came to his art collection.

The top behind-the-scenes moments from the White House

White House photographer Pete Souza — a South Dartmouth native and graduate of Boston University — shares his selections for photos of the year.

For “Rock ’n’ Roll 70,” Gillian Wearing gave self-portraits to technicians who specialize in age-progression software and had them render versions of her at age 70.

Revealing portraits, fast-forwarded to age 70

For Gillian Wearing’s ICA installation “Rock ’n’ Roll 70,” the artist gave self-portraits to technicians who specialize in age-progression software and asked them to render versions of her at age 70.

Steven Rose of Ice Effects worked on an ice sculpture for the First Night First Day celebration.

New Year’s Eve 2016

First Night ice sculptures are going swimmingly

Eight nautical sculptures will adorn Copley Square as part of the celebration.

David Fratkin’s Burble, 2016 urethane and other acrylic mediums.

Galleries

Spinning paint into gold in a show at HallSpace

Five abstract painters in the exhibit “Painting Is Not a Good Idea” find their own ways to glimmer.

Gail and Ernst von Metzsch have befriended regional artists.

Art

North Shore couple’s collection inspires show at New Britain Museum of Art

The von Metzsches collection of paintings is notably local in its focus on contemporary Boston-area artists and landscapes.

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

THINGS TO DO

The Weekender: Hometown heroism, lonesome blues, and Christmas cheer

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Ragnar Kjartansson’s “The Man,” with Pinetop Perkins, is screening in the ICA’s “First Light” series.

Art Review

Spellbound by ‘The Man’ at the ICA

At the ICA, Ragnar Kjartansson’s video presents a performance by bluesman Pinetop Perkins.

Drawn to Light #4, 
35mm processed film on paper, 12-by-12 inches

Galleries

What the light reveals in a new exhibit at Kingston Gallery

Cree Bruins’s show Kingston Gallery shows film coming full circle.

Geoffrey Farmer’s “Boneyard,” part of a solo show at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

THE YEAR IN ARTS

Much great art, many fine shows, but no blocks busted

Sebastian Smee reflects on his favorite art shows in 2016, even if no one exhibit was huge.

The Sound of Music Kerstin Anderson as Maria Photo cedit Matthew Murphy

Your week ahead

Five things to do, Dec. 19-Jan. 1

“The Sound of Music” in Worcester, Hanukkah tunes, Jimmy Tingle, and more.

Florine Stettheimer’s “Picnic at Bedford Hills,” from “Women Modernists in New York” at the Portland Museum of Art.

Top 10 of the year in art

Sebastian Smee’s picks for New England art shows in 2016.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in “La La Land.”

THINGS TO DO

The Weekender: Dancing feet, first Impressionists, and dirty Waters

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Juliann Cydylo’s “Topdo,” at VERY

GALLERIES

Think of John Guthrie’s gallery as an art party

The gallery is named VERY, and the works on display are its guests.

Edgar Degas’s “Six Friends at Dieppe” is part of “Inventing Impressionism” at the RISD Museum of Art.

Art Review

Rough edges at RISD

Something lurks behind the loveliness at “Inventing Impressionism.”

Frame by Frame

Thinking pig in Providence

A 2,000-year-old sculpture at the RISD Museum is as much about home as animal.

Aleksandr Rodchenko’s “Pioneer With a Bugle.”

photography review

Three shows at New York’s MOMA capture the dynamism of artistic upheaval

Somehow, the Russian Revolution also inspired an artistic revolution, one of extraordinary resilience.

A rendering of the Peabody Essex Museum’s expansion and renovation, looking west on Essex Street in Salem.

Peabody Essex Museum breaks ground on expansion

The 40,000-square-foot new wing is just one element in what the Salem museum’s officials say will be a radical reimagining of the entire institution.

“Reading in the Kitchen” is part of “Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant.”

Art Review

Fragonard’s drawings enchant at the Met

Mystery, secrecy, and a love of nature are themes of the artist’s work at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ariana Grande will perform at the Kiss 108 Jingle Ball.

THINGS TO DO

The Weekender: Seeing stars, Cirque Dreams, and finely tuned machines

Top picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Chuck Hoberman’s installation “10°,” at Le Laboratoire Cambridge.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Solving problems by degrees

Chuck Hoberman’s sculptures, at Le Laboratoire Cambridge, are as much design as art.

Arthur Ganson’s kinetic sculpture “Child Watching Ball.”

Art Review

The sculpture goes round and round, to delightful effect

With breathtakingly elaborate mechanics and charmingly simple effects, Arthur Ganson’s kinetic sculptures at the MIT Museum are a marvel.

Maya Lin designed the Novartis building at 181 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. It is covered with interlocking blocks of granite pierced with a pattern of holes.

ROBERT CAMPBELL | ARCHITECTURE CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK

New Novartis building is a work of art on Mass. Ave.

Novartis’ Cambridge facility is the most interesting new building in town.

Rachel Harrison, Voyage of the Beagle (detail), 2007.

Art REview

Seeing art through artists’ eyes at Boston’s ICA

At the ICA, a new show celebrates artists who work with collections and archives.

Mr. Sow’s imposing figures, bristling with energy, seemed to embody the fierce spirit of postcolonial Africa.

Ousmane Sow, 81, sculptor of African people

Mr. Sow, often called the Auguste Rodin of Senegal, was a physical therapist who became a full-time sculptor in his 50s.

Carrie Mae Weems’s “The Louvre,” at Ethelbert Cooper Gallery.

Photography Review

Harvard, BU photography exhibits take a deep look at race

A Carrie Mae Weems retrospective at Harvard and a group show at the PRC look at race.

Keith Lockhart conducts the Holiday Pops shows through Dec. 24.

THINGS TO DO

The Weekender: Murder mysteries, folk histories, and Holiday Pops

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

“Wyoming Avenue,” 2014

Galleries

Photographer Justin Kimball focuses on the down and out

His timely, sobering photographs at Carroll and Sons depict the fallen.

Francis Frith’s “The Pyramids of El-Geezeh, From the Southwest.”

photography review

Photography and the power to collapse time and space

At the Clark Art Institute: oh, the places that early photography would go.

An exhibit at Salem State University has been reopened after some modification.

NAMES

Salem State art exhibit closed over KKK painting to reopen

After abruptly suspending “State of the Union” last week, Salem State University reopened a modified version of the exhibition Wednesday

Garry Harley’s KKK painting at a Salem State art exhibit was particularly disturbing to some students.

Salem State art exhibit closed over KKK painting to reopen

An exhibit that was closed when some students complained about a painting depicting Ku Klux Klan members is reopening — with some changes.

Frame by Frame

Deadlier than the male

Peter Paul Rubens’s “Head of Cyrus Brought to Queen Tomyris” is bloody good.

Francis Bacon’s portraits capture the human psyche at the very moment when composure breaks down and the animal — adrenalized, alert, ready to snarl — is revealed.

critic’s notebook

Art as mirror of this dark moment

Not all art is there to console us. Some expresses brutal truths about our times.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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Ahead of the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the Globe Magazine explores the history of the project and Kennedy’s vision for it.

Harvard Art Museums

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An in-depth look at the new complex designed by architect Renzo Piano.