Two Mass. artists painted this 1,275-foot-long panorama 170 years ago — and it’s on display now

Long before movies, people were entertained by scrolling panoramas and panorama barkers, who narrated the harrowing tales depicted. One of the biggest of these paintings is now on view in New Bedford.

Annie Brewster (left) and Nancy Marks founded The Opioid Project: Changing Perceptions Through Art and Storytelling.


Fighting the opioid crisis, one story at a time

An artist and physician have teamed up to change the conversation around the opioid epidemic.

Jean-François Millet’s “Dandelions” is among 38 objects on view in the MFA exhibition “French Pastels.”

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At the MFA, pastel treasures make a rare appearance

They can be exhibited only once a decade.

“The Phalanx” is one of the postcards on display at the MFA.

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Postcards as propaganda at the MFA

An MFA show looks at propaganda you could stamp and put in a mailbox.

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Stephen Hamilton

Hamilton spoke with the Globe about The Founders Project, public art, and education.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 13-19

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, Old School Game Night, India Day Festival, and more.

Harvard library passport exhibit highlights stories of migration

The colorful quilt of passports look worn and faded. They hang one above the other, remnants of a different time, gatekeepers for countries that no longer exist.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

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The Weekender: ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ Billy Joel, and the Beantown Tapfest

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

Summer Arts Preview 2018

Summer Arts preview

// The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

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Stanley Kubrick’s “Research Scientist for Columbia University.”

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Portrait of Stanley Kubrick as a young photojournalist

In a revelatory exhibition of Kubrick’s photographs, the master filmmaker is apprentice photojournalist.

“The facade,” 2012, shows a facade built prior to Eurovision song contest in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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At MIT, past imperfect and present very imperfect

Mila Teshaieva’s astonishing show “Imagined Communites,” at the MIT Museum, looks at the weight of the past.

Taryn Simon’s “A Cold Hole” at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

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At Mass MoCA, the richness of ritual, the magic of masks

Taryn Simon and Allison Janae Hamilton have shows at Mass MoCA.

An installation shot of “Rachel Stern: More Weight.”

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Hunting witches, searching for justice

Rachel Stern’s “More Weight,” at Brandeis’s Kniznick Gallery, look at trial and error.

Chris Coulon, a.k.a. Tallboy, and Brian Denahy with their 2017 Beyond Walls creation.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 6-12

Beyond Walls Mural Festival, QWERTY Festival, “As You Like It,” and more.

Cirque du Soleil's Luzia - a waking dream of Mexico. (Matt Beard / Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016 Cirque du Soleil)

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.


Beautiful ruins

A gritty take on an extravagant space sets up near Kenmore Square.

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Art Spiegelman gets a MacDowell Medal, and he feels a little funny about it

The 70-year-old Spiegelman said he’s ambivalent about such awards, but acknowledged it’s a cool honor for a guy whose work was greatly influenced by Mad magazine.

CARDIFF, WALES - JUNE 06: Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles perform on stage during the

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The Weekender: Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Mila and Kate, Lenny and Jackie

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

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Getting otherworldly on Newbury Street

Pat Keck heads the lineup for “2018 Fine Choices” at Pucker Gallery.

Centenarian Wan-go H.C. Weng presented the MFA with a scroll painting that dates to 1699.


Marking a milestone with a big gift to the Museum of Fine Arts

The museum receives a major artwork on the 100th birthday of its donor.

Ai Weiwei in Truro.

Ai Weiwei brings a potent show to Provincetown

“Rebar and Case” springs from the moment when the famed artist’s practice slammed into the brick wall of the Chinese government.

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A new public art installation puts the ruins of a Gilded Age ballroom by Kenmore Square

Liz Glynn’s new public art installation evokes the treasures of an unequal age.

David Byrne fronts a 12-piece band for a “choreographed concert” at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion July 31 and Aug. 1.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Judy Pfaff uses many materials and techniques in her new installation, “× × × ÷ ÷ ÷ 
= =
= + + +,” at Gaa Gallery Wellfleet.


In Wellfleet, the world as chaos — but art as order

Judy Pfaff has a show at Gaa Gallery Wellfleet.

Photographer Nan Goldin led the protest at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum.

Opioid protest at Harvard art museum

Led by photographer Nan Goldin, activists criticized tie to benefactor with pharmaceutical fortune.

Joseph Thompson, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Mass MoCA director involved in crash in North Adams that left man dead

Steven Fortier, who had been riding a motorcycle, died in a crash with a car driven by Joseph Thompson, the museum director.

Porcelain teacups by Mark Shapiro of Stonepool Pottery in Worthington.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of July 23-29

Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour & Sale in Western Mass., Circus Smirkus, “A Father’s Lullaby,” and more.

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Lyrical memoir of Haiti; pairing poets and sculptors; grisly Harvard murder

Marilène Phipps arresting, bewitching new memoir is  “Unseen Worlds.’’

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

An image from Nancy Newberry’s “Smoke Bombs and Border Crossings” series.

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At the Griffin, selections and connections

The work of 60 photographers is represented in a wide-ranging juried show.

Janelle Monáe (pictured July 18 in New York) plays Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Saturday.

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The Weekender: Soul superstars, Shakespeare on the Common, and ‘Eighth Grade’

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

Rembrandt’s “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee” was one of the paintings stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

Globe, WBUR team to create Gardner Museum heist podcast

“Last Seen,” a weekly investigative podcast about the notorious art theft, will debut Sept. 17.

Amy Goodwin’s “Twilight Ruby.”

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At Concord Center for the Visual Arts, it’s “Power of the Flower”

At Concord Center for the Visual Arts, it’s “Power of the Flower.”

Cecil Beaton in New York in the 1930s.

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‘Love, Cecil’ looks back at the fabulous career of Cecil Beaton

The documentary is very well done, quite enjoyably swanning around its subject, the famed photographer and designer. Yet like his handiwork, Beaton comes across as cold and calculating, superficial and overdone.

The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Globe critics’ picks for concerts, shows, and events in Greater Boston this week.

“Left Foot Right Foot” by Tira Khan is one of the photographs on display in “Exposure: The 22nd Annual PRC Juried Exhibition.”

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The PRC arrives in Porter Square

The Photographic Resource Center has crossed the Charles to Cambridge, and an affiliation with Lesley University. With “Exposure: The 22nd Annual PRC Juried Exhibition,” featuring 11 photographers, it’s off to a good start.

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The Weekender: Casanova, Beck, Dwayne, and Jason

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

13galleries James Weingrod: For the Tree Contained the Entire Universe at Yellow Peril through August 4, 2018. The Scholars Stone (The Walls of the Cave Were Paved With Stars), (2016- 2018) pentacryl, phosphorescence, with resin + water based polyurethane on preserved wood relief 18Ó x 20Ó (dimensions variable), POR

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Seeing the heavens in a cut of wood

James Weingrod’s show at Yellow Peril Gallery unites the organic and mystical.

Sally Mann’s “Semaphore”

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At PEM, Sally Mann stays outside the comfort zone

“A Thousand Crossings,” a deep and tender examination of Mann’s relationship to the American South, is in Salem through Sept. 23. 

Nam June Paik’s “TV Buddha (Bronze Seated Buddha)

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Nam June Paik turned technology into art — and vice versa

Harvard Art Museums exhibit celebrates his playfulness, his spirit of collaboration, and his insistence on marrying video’s intangible world with the concrete.


Needs a book to pull her in

The photographer Amy Arbus, daughter of Diane and Allen Arbus, has published five books.

Man’s waistcoat, breeches, and vest circa 1750, part of “Casanova’s Europe: Art, Pleasure, and Power in the 18th Century” at the MFA.

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MFA’s ‘Casanova’ a voluptuous look at a notorious voluptuary

The show’s nine galleries examine the excesses of European society on the cusp of revolution.

Ms. Lauryn Hill plays Blue Hills Bank Pavilion July 11.

The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Globe critics’ picks for concerts, shows, and events in Greater Boston this week.

William Henry Fox Talbot’s “Nelson’s Column Under Construction, Trafalgar Square”

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At Yale: on the threshold and under the volcano

An exhibit of early photography is full of marvels, while one focusing on Pompeii conveys an apt sense of gravity.

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Sneha Shrestha

Imagination is the fuel for art, and luckily for Sneha Shrestha of Boston, imagination is her middle name -- or more accurately, her artist name.

Marisa Adesman’s “Vertumnus’ Bride”

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When student work is well worth studying

“Boston Young Contemporaries,” at BU, offers art from 19 artists throughout the region.

Nell Painter during a visit to Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., in 2005.

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A portrait of the artist as an older woman

Historian Nell Painter chronicles her second act as an MFA student at RISD and a painter.

Jan van Goyen’s “View of Rhenen”

Harvard receives gift of 18 Dutch Golden Age paintings

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Comedian Michael Che performs at the Wilbur Theater in Boston in 2017.

The Weekender: Michael Che, Kyrie Irving, and kittens

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

Homer’s photograph “Cliff at Prout’s Neck,” c. 1885

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A different lens for Winslow Homer

A Bowdoin College Art Museum show looks at the painter in terms of photography.

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.