This season, the galleries are filled with light shows, monster rock and roll, and naked ladies
"LAUREL NAKADATE: SAY YOU LOVE ME" | Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University | November 17–December 22
A survey of Nakadate's videos documenting the comely young artist flirting with pathetic-seeming middle-aged men. Her art crackles with feelings of danger, desire, vulnerability, sadness, and exploitation.
AND DON'T MISS:
"22ND DRAWING SHOW: RESIDUE"| Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery | October 14–November 27
Guest curator Steven Holmes of the Bass Museum in Miami and Cartin Collection mulls "tracks left behind" in this edition of the BCA's annual drawing roundup.
"OTTO PIENE: LICHTBALLETT" | MIT List Visual Arts Center | October 21–December 31
One of the stories our museums often neglect to tell is the pioneering role our artists played in tech art over the past century. So consider Groton's Piene, who was a founding member of the kinetic — and performance art — collective Group Zero in his native Germany in 1957 (it included Jean Tinguely and Yves Klein) and was later director of MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies. "Lichtballett" (Light Ballet) rounds up his sculptures of the '60s and '70s, ranging from globes covered with flickering lightbulbs to devices that project dancing patterns of light.