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The old neighborhood

Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris at Gallery Kayafas, plus videos at MIT
Some call Charles “Teenie” Harris’s five decades of photos of Pittsburgh one of the grandest chronicles of African-American life ever assembled.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2007


Brown puts Italian epic painting online

Big art
The problem with an enormous piece of art, though, is where to do you put it?
By: GREG COOK  |  December 05, 2007



Can a striking exhibit at Harvard really make us see ancient Greek and Roman sculpture — and the roots of racism — as we never have before?
“Gods in Color: Painted Sculpture in Classical Antiquity” presents striking evidence that the white marbles were once painted in bold Technicolor.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007


Following the evidence

‘CSI’ at the Museum of Science, plus Tom Sachs at Brandeis
“CSI: The Experience,” like a B-movie, is best if you don’t think too hard about it.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007


Promise deferred

The new ICA’s visual arts at one year
Last December 10, the Institute of Contemporary Art moved to brand new digs on the South Boston waterfront, tripling its exhibition space in the process.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007


Sketch artists

The BCA’s ‘20th Drawing Show,’ plus Little Lulu
A man with an ax walks out onto ice crusting over part of a pond and proceeds to chop a wavy line.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007

New gallery opens on Providence’s industrial waterfront

In late August, a new art gallery opened in a storefront in a warehouse at 200 Allens Ave.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 19, 2007


The kids aren’t all right

Unsettling photographs at the Bell Gallery
Children inhabit strange synthetic worlds in the exhibition “KIDS” at Brown University’s Bell Gallery.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 13, 2007


Apocalypse now

Cliff Evans at the Gardner, Félix González-Torres at Harvard
Empyrean is one of the rare Internet-inspired pieces with rich, complex, coherent form.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 15, 2007


From a distance

Intriguing glimpses of China at URI
In “China seen by . . ." 14 photographers reflect and try to make sense of the industrial dynamo that is China today.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2007


Girls, girls, girls

Japanese ukiyo-e paintings and more at the MFA
Around 1600, after a century of civil wars, Japan settled into an era of relative peace under the samurai warriors of Edo (present-day Tokyo).
By: GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2007


Faux and Fabulous

Kenneth Jay Lane’s classy costume jewelry at the RISD Museum
Lane seems forever a child of the ’60s: psychedelia, India, and all that.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 30, 2007



Naked ladies, bearded ladies, naked dolls, and more
In Carolee Schneemann's 1975 performance Interior Scroll, she stood naked and read about sexism from a three-foot-long strip of paper that she pulled out of her vagina.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2007



The dazzling art of Boston’s Sister Corita
The question that arises when you consider the dazzling screenprints of the late Boston artist Sister Corita Kent is: how could an artist so good be so ignored?
By: GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2007


Going underground

The hidden quality of the Providence art scene is a big part of what sets it apart
The project in which Michael Townsend and seven collaborators created a secret apartment at Providence Place began as an adventure in which four friends tried to live in the mall for a week.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 10, 2007


Learning to fly

Kerry Stuart Coppin’s images of Africa and beyond
“I look at the picture,” Coppin tells me, “and what I think of is how Africa has been picked clean by European colonialism.”
By: GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2007


Ready for war?

Claire Beckett looks for the 'human level'
Private Dan Floyd lays face and belly in mud during basic training at Fort Knox in Kentucky.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 02, 2007


Sounding off

Nick Cave’s wearable mash-ups
Chicago artist Nick Cave (no, not the musician) remembers the Rodney King beating as a turning point in his artwork.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 03, 2007


Take it to the streets

Mexican street graphics at MassArt
“¡Sensacional! Mexican Street Graphics" is a funhouse of brilliantly clunky handmade Mexican street art.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 02, 2007


Mortification of the flesh

'Global Feminisms' turns sexism inward
“Global Feminisms” at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum could be one of the most important exhibits of the year.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 26, 2007


Sound and silence

Old and new images meet at the RISD Museum
The RISD exhibit reminds us that filmmakers at the forefront of the medium have been consistently drawn to the novelty of the medium.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2007

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