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Theater & art

What’s up at Boston-area art galleries

The Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts has given the summer to “Drawing Connections: 23d Drawing Show,” an exhibition that started out as an annual affair, and now comes every other year. A good many of them this century have gone googly-eyed over how versatile drawing is: Look! You can do it in performance! It can drive a piece of video art!

By now, drawing’s ability to leap from medium to medium is widely embraced. “Drawing Connections” curator James Hull makes a canny move by returning to fundamentals. That doesn’t mean everything here is graphite or ink on paper. Rather, the show embraces the idea that almost everybody draws — we doodle and scribble, we diagram and underline — and art springs from that impulse.

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