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The other stuff

Machines with Magnets’ Museum of Small Finds
The apparent inspiration for the Museum of Small Finds at Machines with Magnets is a Renaissance cabinet of wonders
By: GREG COOK  |  October 22, 2008

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Afterglow

Rachel Whiteread’s dollhouse village at the MFA, Erwin Redl’s red-light district at Emerson
The installation is a bit of a shift for Whiteread, who’s best known for making plaster, rubber, resin, or concrete casts of old used mattresses, a staircase, the entire interior of rooms.  
By: GREG COOK  |  October 27, 2008

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Peter the gadfly

Bread and Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann is a national treasure. Maybe that’s why George W. Bush wants to bury him.
Bread and Puppet Theater is the landmark political troupe that has been pricking US presidents and policies with a unique brand of street theater since JFK was in office.  
By: GREG COOK  |  October 16, 2008

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Back to the barricades

Can reenacting Vietnam-era protests help us rethink Iraq?
In the fall of 2005, when the artist and curator Mark Tribe began teaching at Brown University, he was struck by how little protest there was on campus at a time of war.  
By: GREG COOK  |  October 22, 2008

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Chihuly lite

RISD’s sprawling exhibit could use more ‘wow’
The main problem with “Chihuly At RISD,” on view at the RISD Museum’s new Chace Center (through January 4), is that there’s not enough Dale Chihuly here.  
By: GREG COOK  |  October 16, 2008

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Styrofoam sorcery

Tara Donovan's mad-scientist magic invades the ICA
They seem like something dreamed up by a mad-scientist Martha Stewart tinkering in her cellar late at night.  
By: GREG COOK  |  October 22, 2008



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Bicyclists to spell support for Obama

Election cycle
There are the usual ways of spelling out your support for a candidate, and then there’s this weekend’s “Bike Write for Obama.”  
By: GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2008

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Funhouse

“New Obstructions” at AS220; “Trash” at 5 Traverse
AS220’s exhibit “New Obstructions” is one of those right-on ideas that seem to come so naturally to the institution.  
By: GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2008

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Boys’ life

Childhood play becomes macho in Boston galleries
The art features boy toys (no dolls, thank you very much), gadgets, and secret clubhouses.  
By: GREG COOK  |  October 15, 2008

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RISD redefined

With the dramatic new Chace Center, the art school reaches outward
Rhode Island School of Design’s new Chace Center is the physical embodiment of the 131-year-old institution’s effort to rebrand itself as a more open place.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 25, 2008

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Generation gap

"Black Womanhood" at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum and Cultural Center
It’s an uneven show with a dour vision that leaves a mediciny taste in your mouth — and, I think, offers signs of a generation gap among curators.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 23, 2008



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Big Red

Brown offers a mirror-view of the 20th century
“Views and Re-Views: Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons” is one of the best exhibits you’ll see in New England this year.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2008

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Stone age

Assyrians get their war on at the MFA
The works range from the ninth to the seventh century BC, when Assyria dominated the Near East, ruling lands from present-day Iran to Israel to Egypt.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 16, 2008

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Autumn views

New spaces and fresh faces
The big news of Providence’s fall arts season is the completion of the RISD Museum’s Chace Center, which offers new exhibition, educa-tion, retail, and administrative space.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 10, 2008

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Photos: Bread and Puppet Theater

Photographs from Bread and Puppet performances in Vermont
Photographs from Bread and Puppet performances in Vermont
By: GREG COOK  |  August 31, 2008

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The Gadfly

Bread and Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann is a national treasure. Maybe that’s why George W. Bush wants to bury him.
Nestled in the verdant mountain valley of Glover, Vermont, way up in the northern part of the state, is a farm of rolling meadows, pine forests, and gray barns, all under vast skies.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 28, 2008



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A history of violence

Ron Pownall’s photos of the ’68 Democratic Convention
It was August 28, 1968, and Ron Pownall could feel the storm brewing as he arrived at a Vietnam War protest during the Democratic Convention in Chicago.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 26, 2008

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A joyful mess

‘Dead and Gong’ at Stairwell; plus, summer at Lenore Gray
“Dead and Gong,” on view at Stairwell Gallery is a hodgepodge installation that feels a bit like a teen’s bedroom, the treasure horde of a Latin American crypt, and a squatter’s camp in the woods.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 20, 2008

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Street art

Boston’s Caribbean Carnival at 35
The exhibit’s 37 color photos from 2005 to 2007, plus three plumed headdresses, serve as an appetizer for the Carnival, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this month.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 12, 2008

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Off the cuff

ProvFlux’s spontaneous confluence
Feeling lucky? It’s a question to ask yourself when you consider attending the fifth annual ProvFlux art festival.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 05, 2008

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No sex, please, it's Boston?

Nicholas Hlobo tones it down at the ICA
It’s a big, curious, floating object, a leaping whale, a flying squash, a makeshift anatomy display, with a bit of carnival atmosphere.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 04, 2008


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