Top 10 New England Art Exhibits of 2010

Art – and art spaces — of all sizes
By GREG COOK  |  December 28, 2010


The Peabody Essex Museum scored two major curatorial coups this year. In "The Emperor's Private Paradise," curator Nancy Berliner put on public view for the first time 90 treasures commissioned by an 18th-century Chinese emperor for his private Forbidden City retreat. In "Fiery Pool," Brown University professor Stephen Houston and PEM curator Daniel Finamore assembled 90 Maya artifacts that tapped recent scholarship to argue the hitherto unrecognized centrality of the sea to ancient Yucatán Peninsula civilization. The only other institution in the region that borrows on this level is the Museum of Fine Arts, as it did for its 2009 "Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese" show. But beginning with its landmark Joseph Cornell retrospective in 2007, the Salem museum has made the getting of major loans a habit.

SLIDESHOW: "The Emperor's Private Paradise."
SLIDESHOW: "Fiery Pool."

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