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Classic Rock?

The myth of the pilgrims is so ingrained in our culture, it's a part of our national DNA. But one trip to the Plymouth area could change all that.
If you're looking for meaning in the overly sanitized myth that is our national Thanksgiving celebration, a good place to start is southeastern Massachusetts, where nearly 400 years ago that band of hungry, ill-prepared religious zealots tried to colonize the middle of nowhere at the start of winter.  
By: GREG COOK  |  November 26, 2009

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Magpie and copyist

Iris Apfel at PEM, Mary McFadden at MassArt
If you were going to recount the evolution of hippie guy fashion, you might say that what began with psychedelic ruffled shirts and corduroy pants in 1968 has in late middle age split into two streams: collarless white button-down shirts, usually buttoned right up to the neck and worn with a black vest, and Hawaiian shirts.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 24, 2009

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Airing it out

Works by Aschheim, Buck, Gottlieb, and Prine
New York painter Eve Aschheim has said that she uses geometry in her abstractions "to 'think about' the intersection of nature and cityscape. My works might suggest the chaotic geometry of the city, the expectant stillness of air, the tenuous balance of a wire line against a building."
By: GREG COOK  |  November 24, 2009

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Channel surfing

Videos at Gallery Z, animation at AS220
In May 1978, Providence police raided the exhibition “Private Parts” at the Electron Movers loft on North Main Street to enforce a then-new state obscenity law.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 17, 2009

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Narrative truth

Krzysztof Wodiczko’s war story at the ICA
For the majority of us Americans, Iraq and Afghanistan are a series of news-data points — number of Americans killed today, number of car bombs, spending tallies, estimates of civilian deaths.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 11, 2009

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Biker gang

 ‘Procycle 2009’ at Machines with Magnets
You’re looking over the handlebars of a bike, down the narrow canyon between a pair of city buses heading right at you.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 12, 2009



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Wizards and masterpieces

Harry Potter at the Museum of Science, and another look at the Rose
At “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” at the Museum of Science, when a robed attendant places the sorting hat on a visitor’s head and soon after a door whooshes open to reveal the Hogwarts Express, you find yourself filled with the kind of giddy expectation you feel when getting your hands on a Potter book the day it’s released.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2009

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Gang of four

 New work at 5 Traverse and Providence College
The elegantly simple shapes of Providence artist Lisa Perez’s shallow wooden wall sculptures at 5 Traverse Gallery take on charming, wobbly, bubbly forms with uneven edges, as if they were worn away by rivers.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 03, 2009

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Harvard ‘ACT UP’ show gets rise from right-wingers

Tea Baggers Meet the Tea-Baggers Dept.
Taking a detour from directly bashing President Obama, right-wingers are now hot and bothered by a Harvard art exhibit. And they have an Obama administration foil toward whom they can channel their bile.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 02, 2009

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In focus

‘Focus on Four’ is a sharp sampler
Photography has been New England’s greatest contribution to art of the past century.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 29, 2009

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Casting spells

Tomb 10A at the MFA; ACT UP at Harvard
In 1915, Harvard University and Museum of Fine Arts archæologists digging in a rocky cliff at Deir el-Bersha unearthed the 4000-year-old tomb of the Djehutynakhts, an ancient Egyptian governor and his wife.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 21, 2009



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Hootenanny!!

AS220’s ‘Do It! Show It! Sing It! Work It!,’ and Holly Ewald
It's not quite right to call "Do It! Show It! Sing It! Work It!" the AS220 biennial.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 21, 2009

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Alternative energy

GASP marks five years
At the end of August, the seven-month-old Massachusetts Creative Economy Council released its first report on the state of culture here.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 19, 2009

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Searching for a vision

New photographs at Stairwell and RIC’s Bannister Gallery
Haley O'Connor, the co-founder of Stairwell Gallery, includes a few of her own photos in the gallery's new show, "Yesterday Today and Tomorrow."
By: GREG COOK  |  October 13, 2009

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MFA neglects to award prize for neglected female artists

Missing Maud Dept.
In 1993, on the occasion of her 90th birthday, friends of prominent Cambridge artist Maud Morgan donated funds to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to establish a prize in her name. (She died six years later.) The Maud Morgan Purchase Prize would celebrate under-appreciated mid-career Massachusetts female artists.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 07, 2009

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Lasting impressions

RISD’s ‘The Brilliant Line’ details the history of engraving
The Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries didn't become known as the European age of rebirth for nothing.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 07, 2009



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Weather reports

Landscape nostalgia, plus climate, the nature of community, and drawing show #21
One of the great themes in America is nostalgia for the "good old days," which flame into being and then fade into the distance.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2009

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Graffiti gone good

Healing Art Dept.
One after another, young patients approach Caleb Neelon as he paints in the lobby of Children's Hospital Boston.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 30, 2009

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The digerarti

 ‘Pixilerations’ plugs in Providence art
Strapped into Erik Conrad’s electronic vest, I stood waiting for the personal digital assistant, attached by a wire to the outfit, to make a GPS connection.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 02, 2009

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Gang of six

‘4 Thieves’ at Firehouse 13; Mays and Sgouros at the PAC
Around town lately, you may have noted the screenprint that Andrew Moon Bain designed for the four-person exhibit “4 Thieves” at Firehouse 13.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 23, 2009

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Love bug

Damián Ortega rides into the ICA
At the 2003 Venice Biennale, Damián Ortega presented what has become his signature sculpture, Cosmic Thing . He dissected a 1989 Volkswagen Beetle and suspended the individual parts in mid air so that they resemble a 3-D assembly diagram.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 25, 2009


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