Top 10 New England Art Exhibits of 2010

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


Washington Street in Boston, between Stuart Street and Downtown Crossing, was long the city's officially sanctioned area for adult bookstores, clubs, and movie houses — as well as not-so-sanctioned prostitution. It was mostly cleaned up in the 1990s, but this year Howard Yezerski Gallery revisited our sordid past in its exhibit "The Combat Zone: 1969–1978." Gritty vintage photos by Roswell Angier of Cambridge, Jerry Berndt of Paris, and John Goodman of Wellesley documented the strip clubs, hookers, and sketchy street denizens. The show was a model of local history and local art (plus sex) that our museums could learn from. Nicest curatorial touch: in the gallery's window hung the blinking neon sign from the Naked i strip club, which was demolished in 1996.

SLIDESHOW: "The Combat Zone: 1969 - 1978."

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