Here come the selfies: ICA acquires Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room

The Japanese artist has rocketed to superstardom with dazzling, mirror-lined installations brimming with otherworldly color and light — must-haves for many people’s social-media checklists. But that leaves out a darker story.

Broadway in Boston’s production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is at the Boston Opera House.

Things to do

The Weekender: Punk rock, pantaloons, and Oompa Loompas

Here’s the best way to spend your weekend, in Boston and beyond.

“Language of the Forgotten,” by Titus Kaphar

Critic’s Notebook

At Mass MoCA, Titus Kaphar leads us back from the abyss

The MacArthur “genius” grant recipient joins a lineage of African-American artists whose work has shed light on hidden histories.

JASON MOMOA as Aquaman in Warner Bros. PicturesÕ action adventure ÒAQUAMAN,Ó a Warner Bros. Pictures release.


Why ‘Aquaman’ is spurring calls to the New England Aquarium

Educators are fielding a lot of questions now that the so-called “Boston Aquarium” makes a cameo in the superhero blockbuster.

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Noname stops by the MFA

The Chicago rapper is making a name for herself.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

A comics poem collection; essays wrestle with racism, misogyny, and alienation

Boston writer and artist Franklin Einspruch’s new book is “Cloud on a Mountain.’’

book review

A fatal heart attack unfurls a history of unrequited love for a wife, a best friend and her husband

British writer Tessa Hadley looks at how the present transforms the past in “Late in the Day.’’

Movie Review

Strokes of genius in ‘The Mystery of Picasso’

At the MFA, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s documentary shows the artist in action.

Holiday Arts Preview 2018

Holiday arts preview 2018

// Best things to see, do this holiday season

From dancing sugarplums to a musical “Grinch,” there’s a bounty of theater, music, TV, and other attractions to enjoy.

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Detail of a quilt by Anna Von Mertens depicting stars fading from view on the morning of Henrietta Leavitt’s birth.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Cosmic images, captured in quilts at Harvard exhibit ‘Measure’

Drawing on the work of Henrietta Swan Leavitt and other Harvard College Observatory women “computers,” Anna Von Mertens stitches patterns of stars and galaxies into quilts.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Caitlin Canty performs at Americanafest Pre-Grammy Salute to Emmylou Harris at City Winery on January 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images) 22ticketfolk

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Jazz history is at the heart of Jason Moran’s ICA exhibition.

Art Review

At the ICA, Jason Moran plays a different tune

The acclaimed jazz composer gets a museum exhibition of his own.

Hank O'Neal, for many years the owner of a jazz record label, keeps an extensive collection of music in his New York apartment.

Music & art

Hank O’Neal’s ‘happenchance’

Author, photographer, record label owner (CIA agent, too): It’s been a wonderful life.

John Judd and Mary Beth Fisher in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of A Doll's House, Part 2, directed by Lucas Hnath, playing January 4 Ñ February 3, 2019 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre. © Photo: Kevin Berne

Things to Do

The Weekender: A brand new Nora, a long lost Ida, and a whole lotta Tay-Tay

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

“The Wanderer Part II” by Jordan Seaberry


At the BCA’s Mills Gallery, cracking some codes

“Coded.” includes work by eight artists.

A detail of Jessica Straus’s “TransAtlantic,” at Boston Sculptors Gallery through Jan. 27.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Leah Aripotch’s “Snake Bag” from “Uneasy Beauty.”

Art REview

Three art shows look at jewelry past and present

The MFA, Fuller Craft Museum, and Society of Arts + Crafts are the venues.

Dicky Barrett and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones play three Hometown Throwdown shows at the House of Blues this weekend.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Hometown throwdowns, holiday cheer, and New Year’s resolutions

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

Caption/credit: Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen, 1880. Bronze with tulle skirt and satin hair ribbon. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop, 1943.1128. Photo: Harvard Art Museums; © President and Fellows of Harvard College.

Marie van Goethem, Edgar Degas’s ‘Little Dancer,’ is nameless no more

A new book looks at the girl who modeled for the French master’s one and only sculpture.

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2018, file photo, Kanye West attends the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary Event held at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park during New York Fashion Week in New York. West appeared to reignite a feud with the fellow rapper in a series of tweets on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in which he claimed Drake had called trying to threaten him. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, File)


Kanye West pays a visit to MASS MoCA

The rapper visited James Turrell’s installation, “Into The Light,” at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams on Thursday.

Isabel Bishop’s “Five Women Walking.”

Art REview

A bit of New York then in Springfield now

“Isabel Bishop’s Working Women: Defying Convention” gives an underappreciated artist her due.

The new Museum of Black Civilizations in Dakar, Senegal, focuses on Africa and its diaspora and has been decades in the making.

At new Museum of Black Civilizations, a call to come home

The museum in Senegal opened amid a global conversation about the ownership and legacy of African art.

“The Rape of Europa” was cleaned in the conservation lab.

Gardner Museum masterpiece gets restored — and gets big travel plans

Titian’s “The Rape of Europa” is undergoing a dramatic restoration before leaving for a global exhibition, one that could ultimately reframe the public view of the museum.


‘Fortnite’ and the legal dance battle royale

With more than 200 million registered players, it’s a game of world-building and post-apocalyptic battles and cultural appropriation.

Boston, MA 11-28-18: Lawrence Rines as the Bear is pictured during a dress rehearsal of the Boston Ballet's Nutcracker held at the Boston Opera House. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Turner and Constable: The Inhabited Landscape, on view December 15, 2018-March 10, 2019 at Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA. Caption: Joseph Mallord William Turner (English, 1775-1851), Rockets and Blue Lights (Close at Hand) to Warn Steamboats of Shoal Water, 1840. Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 48 1/8 in. Clark Art Institute, 1955.37.

Art Review

Rivalry and revelations from Turner and Constable

The two towering figures of British landscape painting are reunited in a show at the Clark Art Institute, with gently subversive results.

This image released by Disney shows Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in

Things to Do

The Weekender: Christmas carols, starchy nannies, and minimalist kicks

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

New artwork by Banksy popped up on the exterior walls of a parking garage in Port Talbot, Wales.

Banksy’s new artwork in Wales: A comment on air pollution?

A mural in Port Talbot references the town’s air pollution.

Otto Dix’s “Wounded Soldier, Autumn 1916,” 1924

Art Review

At Smith, remembering World War I in art

“No Man’s Land: Prints from the Front Lines of WWI” imagines the unimaginable.

“Fresh Snow, Back Bay” by George Nick, whose work anchors “Outsiders.”


Snow, sky, roads, trees: capturing the beauties of landscape

The title of “Outsiders,” at Musa Collective, suggests a show about the fringes. In a way, it is: It’s a landscape exhibition. 

The Year in Arts

The Year in Arts: The best in music, dance, television, art, theater

From Ariana Grande to art in the #MeToo era, with Globe critics’ Top 10 picks in TV, music, theater, art, and dance for 2018.


Public art gets interactive at the Prudential Center

Boston-based artist Stephanie Cardon created the installation, called “Unless,” out of 3,400-square-feet of repurposed neon orange and brilliant blue construction debris netting.

Print of Pooh sitting on a branch with honeypots by Ernest Howard Shepard, 1970.


A walk through the MFA’s Winnie-the-Pooh exhibit wraps visitors in warmth

The Winnie-the-Pooh exhibit at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts explores more than the Hundred Acre Woods. It’s a reflection of human emotion.

Faith Ringgold’s “For the Women’s House” was in the ICA’s “We Wanted a Revolution”

The Year in Arts 2018

The art world’s gaze in the #MeToo era

Women artists and artists of color have long worked to claim attention, and in 2018, this suddenly mattered in a new way.

“Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace” at Arnold Arboretum.

The Year in Arts 2018

Best art museum shows of 2018

Choreographic art, Chinese empresses, and Winnie-the-Pooh? Those were among the best museum shows of the year.

“Landscape of Suzhou Sceneries” (detail) by Shen Zhou, dating from 1484 to 1504, is among the works being donated to the Museum of Fine Arts by collector Wan-go H. C. Weng.

MFA receives giant gift of Chinese art

Wan-go H.C. Weng has donated his family’s collection of 183 works of art — spanning 13 centuries and five dynasties of Chinese Imperial rule.

Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) and Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) in Sony Pictures Animation's SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Holiday gift guide edition!

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

The best books of 2018

Our critics share their favorites in fiction, general nonfiction, mystery, sports, and graphic novels.

New England Literary News | Nina MacLaughlin

Celebrating Calderwood Courtyard; newly discovered Plath story to be published

“Rhythm & Light’’ tells the history of the Calderwood, how it came to be in 1927 and was redesigned by Renzo Piano in 2014.

“Threaded Drain Plate” by Alice Adams.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Rawness and mystery in the early work of Alice Adams

A splendid exhibition at David Hall Fine Art traces the artist’s trajectory.

“Monolith — The Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park” by Ansel Adams.

Photography Review

You probably remember Ansel Adams from dorm-room calendars. But there’s much more

You’ve seen Ansel Adams’s famous photographs before. Now, in a sprawling exhibition at the MFA that opens Thursday, his visions — and that of other artists — are on display.

The work of nature photographer Ansel Adams will be featured in an exhibit opening at the MFA on Thursday. Above: Adams’s Clearing Winter Storm, taken at Yosemite National Park about 1937.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Dec. 10-16

Ansel Adams exhibit at the MFA, tips on traveling better from globe-trotting journalists, the Cultural Survival Bazaar, and more.

HIP HOP NUTCRACKER Touring Company By Tim Norris

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

“Francis Grant, Mule Spinner, Bartlett Yarns, Harmony, ME” by Steve Dunwell

Art review

The clothes some wore, the clothes some made

A show at Massachusetts Historical Society and one at the Charles River Museum dress up history.

Brooklyn, NY - 28 July 2017. A crowd estimated at 9,000 filled the Prospect Park Bandshell, with an estimated 3,000 outside the fence, for a concert by Esperanza Spalding and Andrew Bird at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Esperanza Spalding on stage. (Photo by: Ed Lefkowicz /VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images)

Things to Do

The Weekender: Visionary singers, stirring stories, and RuPaul’s ‘Holi-slay Spectacular’

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

Alexandria Smith

Alexandria Smith’s work is hard to miss these days

The artist’s work can currently be seen in Boston, Medford, Cambridge, and North Adams.

Love Story Candice Breitz (South African, born in 1972) Featuring Alec Baldwin 2016 7-Channel Installation *Museum purchase with funds donated by Lizbeth and George Krupp *Courtesy, Goodman Gallery, Kaufmann Repetto + KOW *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Art Review

With Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore, seeing double and thinking twice

In an arresting video piece at the Museum of Fine Arts, artist Candice Breitz enlists A-list celebrities to tell the stories of six refugees, highlighting our outsize attention span for the famous — and our lack of it for everything else.

Alexandria Smith’s “When the Bough Breaks.”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Searing images in a sweeping show about race and democracy

“Nine Moments for Now,” at Harvard’s Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, ranges from slavery’s bitter history to the subjects of protest and social action.

Installation view of Andy Warhol - From A to B and Back Again (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, November 12, 2018-March 31, 2019). From left to right: Silver Marlon, 1963; Triple Elvis [Ferus Type], 1963; Single Elvis [Ferus Type], 1963; Large Sleep, 1965; Marilyn Diptych, 1962. Photograph by Ron Amstutz. © 2018 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Art Review

Andy Warhol, beyond the limelight

A new retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art of the best-known artist of our time looks past the apex of his fame to craft the fullest portrait yet.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Dec. 3-9

Hanukkah at the MFA, the Harvard Square Holiday Fair, and more.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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// The Kennedy Institute opens

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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// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

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