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.

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.

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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.

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


Museums where music is part of the experience

Musical instruments are themselves works of art.

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Art Review

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

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

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.

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.


Samson offers its final gallery show

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


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.

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


What brings together everything from art museums to zoos?

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

CAMBRIDGE, MA - 10/04/2017: “Self-Portrait in Tuxedo,”1927 at the Harvard Art Museums Cambridge, Max Beckmann’s painting depending on where you stand, the painting is framed by one, two, or three doorways (seen here in this photograph from a view of 3 doorways ). (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: ARTS TOPIC 15views


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.


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.

An undated photo of Henry David Thoreau.


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”


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.


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”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

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.


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.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Oct. 9-15

New MFA Late Nites, AppleFest at Wachusett Mountain, Environmental Film Festival, and more.

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Ryan Pettaway

The 31-year-old engineer taught himself photography from YouTube videos and practice.

Art on display at Percival Brewing Co.

The One Thing

Tapping into creativity at Percival Brewing Co.

Local beer, local art, what’s not to like?

Mark Dion’s “The Library for the Birds of New York/The Library for the Birds of Massachusetts.”

Art Review

Art that revels in exploration — and registers its costs

With a big-hearted and sometimes angry show at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Mark Dion teases apart how Westerners have come to dominate and study nature.

Zhang Xiaogang’s “My Mother.”

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

‘Chinese Dreams’ examines what was lost in the Cultural Revolution

The exhibition’s opening coincides with the announcement of the Bakalar & Paine Galleries’ upcoming $12 million renovation.


A unique perspective on the Armenian genocide

The Armenian Museum of America in Watertown presents the exhibition “Scars of Silence” through Jan. 27.

Georgi Vladimirovich Kibardin’s “Let Us Build a Dirigible Fleet in Lenin’s Name.”

Art Review

An eye-opening look at Soviet-era propaganda posters

A show at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art summons up an era of revolution in both art and ideology.

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Zack Belmonte

A visit to his Instagram account turns up skateboarders, singers, friends in spooky, abandoned locations, and poignant portraits of the homeless.

Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in “Battle of the Sexes.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Stone on the court, Cruise in the air, and a house on a stage

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

Gyorgy Kepes’s “Deformations.”

Art REview

Photography show pays tribute to a master of light

What interested György Kepes wasn’t external reality so much as perception. His photographs are explorations of seeing.

“Untitled” (1955) by Mark Rothko.

Art Review

A Mark Rothko show at the MFA is very small — and very fine

The MFA shows 11 Mark Rothko paintings on loan from the National Gallery of Art.

Claire Ashley’s “(((CRZ.F.4NRS.AAK)))” is code for “Crazy Female Foreigners Alive and Kicking.”


Claire Ashley’s inflatables take over 808 Gallery

Her “(((CRZ.F.4NRS.AAK)))” is a sly, feminist battle cry.

Bring lunch to Castle Island.

8 ways to celebrate Frugal Fun Day

We set out to find some thrifty things to see, do, and explore in the region.

The nine-piece Scottish band Red Hot Chilli Pipers bring their “bagrock” sound to the Cabot in Beverly.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do, Sept. 25-Oct. 1

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Halloween happenings at Nashoba Valley Ski Area, Roxbury Open Studios, and more.

“Another Axon” by Jennifer Bonner of MALL.


High concept design

Architecture firms show off site-specific projects on the Greenway through Oct. 11.

Julian Janowitz in his home in the woods in Shutesbury.

The curious world of Julian Janowitz

Since the mid-1970s, the psychiatrist-artist has shaped dozens of acres of land where he resides in rural Shutesbury. Now, as his health fades, he imagines what it could become.

Solange performs Sept. 28 at the Orpheum Theatre.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Annette Lemieux’s new exhibition of works at the MFA is based on movies the artist loved while growing up.

Annette Lemieux didn’t intend her new show to be political — but it is

Politics informs her “Mise en Scène,” at the MFA.

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My Instagram: William Mann

While his day job is as a Canton carpenter, he has a side gig shooting everything from weddings to portraits.

A 19th-century fishhook made by a Haida or Tlingit artist is among the objects in the Andover Newton Theological School collection.

Peabody Essex Museum gains ownership of controversial collection

The collection had been the subject of federal warnings over the violation of a law governing the return of sacred objects to native peoples.

Furen Dai’s “The Language-Producing Factory” is about a language used solely by women.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Furen Dai’s installation looks at the intersection of language and power

Her show is at Gallery@Spencer Lofts, in Chelsea.

The Berkshire Museum plans to sell 40 works of art, including two by Normal Rockwell, from its collection.

Massachusetts Cultural Council blasts Berkshire Museum over decision to sell art

The MCC called the plan “a violation of the Museum’s public trust” and has put “a hold” on a $22,000 grant to the museum.

Uniqlo employees learned art-making techniques at the MFA based on themes found in exhibitions at the museum. They will then teach classes at their stores.

MFA partners with Japanese retailer Uniqlo

Museum officials hope the 10-year partnership will showcase the MFA’s celebrated collection of Japanese art.

Abu al-Hasan Ghaffari Kashani Naqqash-Bashi’s “Muhammad Ibrahim Khan Siham al-Mulk, Commander of the Isfahan Division.”

Art REview

Shows at Yale and Harvard look at artistic exile and mingling

Shows at Yale and Harvard look at artistic exile and mingling.

Emily Mure plays Club Passim Sept. 20.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

My Instagram

Inga Sergienko

The 29-year-old Florida transplant created her feed full of little delights last November.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

special section

// 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

special section

// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

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