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“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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Peabody rising

Bold leadership and an ambitious curatorial vision have vaulted the Peabody Essex Museum into a spot among the country’s best
Could the Peabody Essex Museum be the Boston area’s most exciting art museum right now?
By: GREG COOK  |  July 23, 2008


Kickstart art

Galleries band together
The straightforwardly named Boston Contemporary Group aims “to support an environment in Boston for critically relevant contemporary art.”
By: GREG COOK  |  July 23, 2008


Affirmative action

YES Gallery’s ‘Lovesick/Seasick’
YES Gallery is located in a gorgeous green wood-frame 1883 building on a quaint strip of boutiques and restaurants that runs parallel to the Warren River.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 23, 2008


Getting hitched

‘Wedded Bliss’ at the Peabody Essex Museum
It's a show that stretches from va-va-voom to the solemn roots of marriage in our culture. And maybe says a bit about — if I dare be so grand — the magical, irresistible force of love.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 23, 2008


Here comes trouble

Street art pisses off neighbors, meat pisses off PETA
There’s nothing like a brouhaha to make art feel relevant. And the Boston art scene has just been blessed by two.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 18, 2008


Road work

Eric Irving’s iconic ‘Mono*liths,’ and more
Urban construction and demolition have become some of the primary themes of Providence art over the past decade or so.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 09, 2008


Stop the bastards!

African exiles get political.
If you’re unfamiliar with the history of Ethiopia, you’ll probably be lost. (Try skimming a summary before you go.)
By: GREG COOK  |  July 08, 2008

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