Gardner Museum taps George Steel as new curator for music 

The veteran New York impresario, curator, and conductor, takes over Jan. 1.  

Nan Goldin, “Picnic on the Esplanade, Boston,” 1973

Art Review

At Portland Museum of Art, Nan Goldin embraces the transgressive

Among the works on display is the photographer’s famed “Ballad of Sexual Dependency.”

Boston Book Festival, set for Saturday, seeks to make sense of ‘Where We Find Ourselves’

Many of the sessions will offer perspectives on travel and the concept of home, finding oneself by engaging with literature, and where we as a nation find ourselves politically.

Susan Derges’s “Untitled (The Eye #3).”

Photography review

Making a splash at the deCordova

The impressive “Bodies in Water” shows people in, with, and around said liquid.

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This week’s picks from Globe critics.

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Geoffrey Chadsey plays with male self-presentation

His show of portaits is at Boston University’s Stone Gallery.

Art Review

At Worcester, seeing what Winslow Homer learned in England

A new daring and intensity entered his art during the 19 months he spent there.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

MFA builds modern art collection

The Museum of Fine Arts has recently acquired paintings by artists Lawren Harris and David Alfaro Siqueiros.

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Mark Burns’s “GODZILLA VS KINGKITSCH”

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Mark Burns is the John Waters of ceramics

His show at Gallery 224, in Allston, uses ceramics to shock, amuse, and challenge.

Fernand Khnopff’s “Memory of Bruges. Entrance to the Beguinage” from “Nature’s Mirror: Reality and Symbol in Belgian Landscape” at Boston College.

Art Review

At BC, Belgian landscapes from five centuries

“Nature’s Mirror,” at the McMullen Museum of Art, covers lots of ground.

INFORMER

An artist talk, a new college vice president, and an art show

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

The Boston Bhangra Competition comes to the Orpheum Theatre on Nov. 11.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Nov. 6-12

The Boston Bhangra Competition, Lynda Barry at BU, Fenway Open Studios, and more.

Tegan and Sara perform at the Orpheum Nov. 9.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Marta Chilindron’s “TV and Chair.”

Art Review

At the deCordova, a look at screens as more than just personal devices

A pair of shows ponder smartphone screens now and TV screens then.

Chris Hemsworth in “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Hunky vikings, new wavers, and Ms. Jackson (if you’re nasty)

The Globe’s guide to the best things to do this weekend.

This photo of Edwin H. Land demonstrating Polaroid Land instant film in 1947 is part of “At the Intersection of Science and Art — Edwin H. Land and the Polaroid Corporation: The Formative Years.”

When the future was named Polaroid

The first of three shows at Harvard Business School looks at the company’s early years.

Elliot Green’s “Furnace Mountain”

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At Concord Art, spaces tell stories

Thirteen artists look at how volume can do the work of narrative.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield says that it planned to sell 40 works of art, including two by Normal Rockwell.

Maura Healey calls for delay of Berkshire Museum art sale

The state attorney general’s office is seeking a temporary restraining order delaying the controversial Nov. 13 sale.

Janet Jackson will perform at TD Garden Sunday, Nov. 5.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Oct. 30-Nov. 5

Janet Jackson at the TD Garden, “Peter and the Wolf” at Symphony Hall, cheese in Somerville, and more.

Will McGarrahan and Leigh Barrett in “Souvenir,” which is at Lyric Stage through Nov. 19.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

A view of the installation “Eddie Martinez: Ants at a Picknic” at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College.

Art Review

At the Rose and Davis museums, in between representation and abstraction

Joe Bradley and Eddie Martinez explore the territory between.

“Saturday Night Live” writer and “Weekend Update” coanchor Colin Jost is at the Wilbur Saturday night.

Things to Do

The Weekender: An ‘SNL’ anchor, emo heroes, and ’80s immersion

Everything fun to do in Boston and beyond.

Jay Simple’s photograph “Moses Brown’s Plantation” is part of “Who Am I: The Sequel.” 

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At Drive-By Projects, artists look at identity

The Watertown gallery updates a show from seven years ago.

J. Fredric May’s “Author’s Hallucination No. 13 ‘Verna’ ”

Photography review

At the Griffin Museum, six photographers look at identity

They look at layers of meaning, time, surface, material, and meaning.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield plans to sell 40 works from its collection to increase its endowment and fund renovations as part of a shift toward science and history.

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Amid artwork sale controversy, Berkshire Museum head to go on leave

Van Shields will soon undergo major surgery. Norman Rockwell’s family is suing the museum to prevent it from selling his works.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield.

Norman Rockwell’s heirs seek to block sale of artwork

The artist’s family wants to stop the Berkshire Museum from selling 40 works of art.

A detail of “Dragon in Clouds — Red Mutation: The version I painted myself in annoyance after Professor Nobuo Tsuji told me, ‘Why don’t you paint something yourself for once?’ ”

Art Review

Fun, fun, fun, with Takashi Murakami at the MFA

The Japanese artist shows why he belongs to a “Lineage of Eccentrics.”

Athanasius Kircher’s “Mundus Subterraneus,” c. 1665.

Art Review

At the BPL, maps of things otherwise unseen

“Beneath Our Feet” examines how we look at what’s underground and under the ocean.

Carly Gold as Small Alison, Robert Petkoff as Bruce, and Kate Shindle as Alison in “Fun Home.”

The Weekender: ‘Fun Home,’ funny guys, and Pooh bears

Your guide to the best things to do in Boston and beyond.

“Henry James,” John Singer Sargent, 1913.

Art Review

The Gardner looks at Henry James and his painter friends

The novelist knew everyone who was anyone, and that included in the visual arts.

Galleries

Samson offers its final gallery show

As its title suggests, there’s a strong political focus to “Immigrancy.”

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Robert Frank’s work pops up at Tufts

An unconventional pop-up exhibit on Robert Frank is at Tufts University’s Tisch Library through Nov. 5.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

In Stoneham, opening a theatrical conversation

“Alligator Road,” off-beat comedy by Callie Kimball is the inaugural play in a new series at the Greater Boston Stage Company.

Dan Yaeger is executive director of the New England Museum Association.

MUSEUMS SPECIAL 2017

What brings together everything from art museums to zoos?

The New England Museum Association celebrates its 100th birthday next year.

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MUSEUMS SPECIAL 2017

When a museum really gets the hang of it

Seven examples of works in area museums that are placed just so.

Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum in Cheshire, Conn.

MUSEUMS SPECIAL 2017

New England museums you likely haven’t heard of — and might want to

From comics to costumes, snowboards to waterworks, these offbeat institutions have it all.

“Ocarinas of the Americas” at Harvard’s Peabody Museum.

MUSEUMS SPECIAL 2017

Museums where music is part of the experience

Musical instruments are themselves works of art.

An undated photo of Henry David Thoreau.

MUSEUMS SPECIAL 2017

Ambitious Thoreau show brings two museums together

“This Ever New Self” looks at Concord’s most famous son through his journals.

One of several whale skeletons on display at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Museums Special

When seeing is restoring: A Midwest visitor renews her love of art at N.E. museums

A critic on sabbatical reboots with the help of New England institutions large and small.

Melchior Lorck’s “Tortoise and view of a walled, coastal town”

MUSEUMS SPECIAL 2017

At RISD, drawing anything but conclusions

“Lines of Thought: Drawing From Michelangelo to Now: From the British Museum” showcases artists’ creative processes.

Josh Homme and Queens of The Stone Age play Agganis Arena Oct. 21.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world this week

Picks from Globe critics.

Paul Laffoley’s “The Ultimate Quest” at the deCordova.

MUSEUMS SPECIAL 2017

A season for art at New England museums

Notable shows this autumn range from ’60s psychedelia to Soviet propaganda posters.

“Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer” will screen during the GlobeDocs Film Festival.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Great docs, cranky comics, jock gems, and Wonder Women

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

12dutchgift / Osias Beert (Flemish, about 1580–1623) Still Life with Various Vessels on a Table about 1610 Oil on canvas Overall: 72.4 × 108.6 cm (28 1/2 × 42 3/4 in.) Framed: 97.8 × 132.1 cm (38 1/2 × 52 in.) Susan and Matthew Weatherbie Collection

Massive gift of Dutch art is a coup for MFA

The donation of 113 Dutch and Flemish paintings, including masterpieces by Rembrandt and Rubens, marks one of the most important gifts in the museum’s 140-year history.

Jeannie Motherwell’s “Mysterious Condition”

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Jeannie Motherwell’s paintings revel in abstraction

The artist’s show at Rafius Fane Gallery is full of energy.

“Still Life with Glasses and Tobacco” by Willem Claesz.

Rembrandt, Rubens, and more you can see from the MFA’s new gift

The MFA has created a special installation showcasing Dutch masters from the gift, on view starting Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a civil rights march down Charles Street in Boston on April 23, 1965.

Commentary

How Boston could make an MLK memorial stand with the best

There are lots of monuments and memorials around Boston, and many are wonderful. But some are flops. What makes the difference?

Bruno Mars plays TD Garden Saturday and Sunday.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Paranoid androids, jazz heavies, and some decent costume ideas

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

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield recently removed a mural featuring an image of a Chinese character that plays into an archaic stereotype.

Critic’s Notebook

In Springfield, Dr. Seuss is at center of a cultural clash

An image created by Theodor Geisel years ago is resonating in an unintended — and to some, an unpleasant — way today.

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.