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Theater & art

Galleries

What’s up at area art galleries

Before there were museums, there were cabinets of curiosities: rooms filled with works of art, antiquities, and examples of flora and fauna. Intended to provoke awe and reverie, these collections, which emerged in Europe in the 16th century, might appear quirky and haphazard today.

“Beyond the Wunderkammer,” a deep and dreamy show in the Main Gallery at Lesley University College of Art and Design, gathers the works of artists whose pieces echo the spirit of those early collections — in German, “wunderkammers.”

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