Art Review

Current ICA exhibitions show institute in transition

ICA/Boston - Exhibition: Mona Hatoum Mona Hatoum, Rubber Mat, 1996, silicone rubber, 1 x 23 ½ x 31 ¼ inches. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Gift of Barbara Lee, The Barbara Lee Collection of Art by Women. Courtesy Alexander and Bonin. ©Mona Hatoum -- 30Hatoum

Alexander and Bonin

Caught on the cusp of full-fledged maturity, the Institute for Contemporary Art still shows adolescent growing pains in a handful of current shows.

From left: Marc Pierre, Melissa Jesser, and Nael Nacer in “The Flick.”

Stage review

Movie theater misfits in compelling production of ‘The Flick’

Annie Baker’s drama about a trio of lost souls in a fading movie theater unfolds with a leisurely pace that becomes surprisingly compelling.

Dance Review

// MADBOOTS DANCE is full of feeling at Jacob’s Pillow

MADBOOTS DANCE’s two performances are awash in the messiness of big emotion, but also its mystery and glory.

An untitled work from the “In Front of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral” series.


Donald Blumberg’s photographic politics of seeing

The show can almost seem like just five photographs, albeit five highly varied and extensive photographs.

Monika Sosnowska’s “Tower.”

Art Review

New deCordova show emphasizes outdoor space

The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum impresses with its second themed exhibition for the park, the first to seriously highlight sculpture.


Centastage helping playwrights find their voice, audience

Centastage is producing “Academy Fight Song,” by Andrew Clarke, which runs Sept. 10-26 in the Calderwood Pavilion.

Corita Kent’s faith-infused Pop art, on view at Harvard

An exhibition of the activist nun, educator, and artist who designed Dorchester’s iconic gas tank seeks to put Kent on par with Pop artists like Warhol.

Lorenzo Pagano, Mariya Dashkina Maddux, and Lloyd Mayor in Martah Graham’s 1958 “Embattled Garden.”

Christopher Duggan

Dance review

Martha Graham brings unbalanced program to Jacob’s Pillow

The Martha Graham Dance Company has had tricky decisions to make in terms of how to navigate life after its iconic leader has passed on.

Stage review

// Commonwealth and Landmarks share ‘Dream’ at Esplanade

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company joined forces with Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell for a playful version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

// Now a Marvel hero, champion bike racer enjoying her powers

27-year-old Bernardston native Louise Forsley returns to her home state as the Black Widow in “Marvel Universe Live!,” at the DCU Center.

Special section

summer arts preview

// The best of upcoming arts events

Critics suggest where you should go, what you should see, who you should hear, and what you should be reading this summer.


Felice Regan’s “Whale, Endangered.’’

Week ahead: Music, theater, art, and more

Critics’ picks for noteworthy events in Boston and the surrounding area this week.

Local galleries

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// Vigorous ceramics at Gallery 224, fashionable formalism at Klein

Ceramic artist Jessica Brandl completes her Harvard residency with an exhibition brimming with energy; a Robert Klein Gallery show examines fashion photography.

Don Aucoin

Theater critic

Aucoin is the Globe’s theater critic, and has covered everything from television to politics to the Catholic Church’s abuse scandal.