An avalanche of summer art exhibits

Klondikes to watch out for
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  June 8, 2012


While New England winters are often cause to forget certain colors even exist, summer around here is easily the best season for mind expansion. As life returns to our surrounding landscape after a long, gray hibernation, it brings a rainbow of vibrancy to each moment spent outdoors. And this summer, New England museums are poised to compete with nature's beauty — in fact, this list of contending exhibitions may lure you right back indoors. After all, the Peabody's playing host to Ansel Adams's vision of the ocean, and the Concord will soon have landscapes from famed portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz.


The Great White North dominates on maps, but rarely claims so much space in the art world. Mass MoCA's "Oh, Canada" is an unprecedented survey, featuring Canadian creativity represented by more than 100 multimedia works. With a collection set to spark conversation on modern expression, installations are a whimsical display of maker culture — from repurposed picnic tables, to a perforated car body turned lampshade. The musical manifestation of Neo-Lumberjack Abstraction and a gallery treasure hunt for Canadian coins further exemplify our northern neighbor's playful approach to cultural commentary.

Mass MoCA, 87 Marshall St, North Adams | 413.662.2111 | | Wed-Mon, 11 am–5 pm | Admission $15; $11 students; $5 ages six-16; free for ages five and under

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  • States of the art
    In New England, where you can't swing a sack of cranberries without hitting a venerable cultural institution, anyone with access to a car (or even a subway pass) can scope out these topnotch art museums.
  • Art in the air conditioning
    From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
  • Portraiture dominates Boston gallery exhibits this spring
    "I figured," Alex Katz said of his paintings of his wife Ada in 1969, "well, if I get Ada right, if you only get one person right— if you get a woman or a man right — it's universal."
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