Visiting exhibits that left a lasting impression

“The Wall that Heals” during its 2009 stopover in Lynn.
Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe/File
“The Wall that Heals” during its 2009 stopover in Lynn.

The Wall that Heals Traveling Wall

Fraser Field, in Lynn, August 2009; Forest Dale Cemetery in Malden; Beachmont VFW in Revere, June 2013

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington is a somber and elegant dedication to the more than 58,000 US military personnel who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. The Wall that Heals, a traveling replica accompanied by a mobile museum, comprises 24 panels and is about 250 feet long, listing names by date of casualty. The exhibit was unveiled in 1996 and has since been displayed in hundreds of cities and towns nationwide.

In Conversation: Modern African American Art

Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, June-September 2013

The 20th century was a tumultuous period for civil rights. This show, organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, featured the work of 43 black artists, including John T. Biggers, Melvin Edwards, and Romare Bearden. Through paintings, photographs, prints, and sculpture, the artists explored the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s, and cultural phenomena such as jazz.

Annie Leibovitz: Women

Endicott College in Beverly, January-March 2010

Annie Leibovitz is famous for photographing famous people, anyone from John Lennon to Miley Cyrus. This collection of 29 large-sized portraits was devoted to women in various settings and societal roles, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and chef/restaurateur Alice Waters, as well as an assortment of everyday people like a Las Vegas showgirl and an elderly chiropractic massage therapist.

Suited for Space

American Textile Museum in Lowell, December 2012-March 2013


As the saying goes, it’s the final frontier. But while many have pondered the moon, sun, planets, supernovas, and the concept of black holes, few have considered one of the most intricate marvels of space travel: the spacesuit. This exhibit, provided through the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, provided a rare view of the specially engineered gear that evolved over time. Items on display included a replica Apollo spacesuit.

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