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The Gadfly

Bread and Puppet Theater founder Peter Schumann is a national treasure. Maybe that’s why George W. Bush wants to bury him.
Nestled in the verdant mountain valley of Glover, Vermont, way up in the northern part of the state, is a farm of rolling meadows, pine forests, and gray barns, all under vast skies.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 28, 2008


A history of violence

Ron Pownall’s photos of the ’68 Democratic Convention
It was August 28, 1968, and Ron Pownall could feel the storm brewing as he arrived at a Vietnam War protest during the Democratic Convention in Chicago.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 26, 2008


A joyful mess

‘Dead and Gong’ at Stairwell; plus, summer at Lenore Gray
“Dead and Gong,” on view at Stairwell Gallery is a hodgepodge installation that feels a bit like a teen’s bedroom, the treasure horde of a Latin American crypt, and a squatter’s camp in the woods.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 20, 2008


Street art

Boston’s Caribbean Carnival at 35
The exhibit’s 37 color photos from 2005 to 2007, plus three plumed headdresses, serve as an appetizer for the Carnival, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this month.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 12, 2008


Off the cuff

ProvFlux’s spontaneous confluence
Feeling lucky? It’s a question to ask yourself when you consider attending the fifth annual ProvFlux art festival.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 05, 2008


No sex, please, it's Boston?

Nicholas Hlobo tones it down at the ICA
It’s a big, curious, floating object, a leaping whale, a flying squash, a makeshift anatomy display, with a bit of carnival atmosphere.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 04, 2008


Peabody rising

Bold leadership and an ambitious curatorial vision have vaulted the Peabody Essex Museum into a spot among the country’s best
Could the Peabody Essex Museum be the Boston area’s most exciting art museum right now?
By: GREG COOK  |  July 23, 2008


Kickstart art

Galleries band together
The straightforwardly named Boston Contemporary Group aims “to support an environment in Boston for critically relevant contemporary art.”
By: GREG COOK  |  July 23, 2008


Affirmative action

YES Gallery’s ‘Lovesick/Seasick’
YES Gallery is located in a gorgeous green wood-frame 1883 building on a quaint strip of boutiques and restaurants that runs parallel to the Warren River.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 23, 2008


Getting hitched

‘Wedded Bliss’ at the Peabody Essex Museum
It's a show that stretches from va-va-voom to the solemn roots of marriage in our culture. And maybe says a bit about — if I dare be so grand — the magical, irresistible force of love.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 23, 2008


Here comes trouble

Street art pisses off neighbors, meat pisses off PETA
There’s nothing like a brouhaha to make art feel relevant. And the Boston art scene has just been blessed by two.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 18, 2008


Road work

Eric Irving’s iconic ‘Mono*liths,’ and more
Urban construction and demolition have become some of the primary themes of Providence art over the past decade or so.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 09, 2008


Stop the bastards!

African exiles get political.
If you’re unfamiliar with the history of Ethiopia, you’ll probably be lost. (Try skimming a summary before you go.)
By: GREG COOK  |  July 08, 2008


Road trips

Luisa does Isabella in China, Gohlke does America
In the fall of 1883, Isabella Stewart Gardner — more than a decade before she would develop her museum on Boston’s Fenway — traveled to China.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 01, 2008


Mixed mediums

‘Jackals and Jerks,’ ‘Domain Error,’ and ‘Protest’
A current running under “Jackals and Jerks,” a group show at Stairwell Gallery, is the thrills and worries of today’s technological, synthetic, bioengineered SimCity world.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2008


Interview: The DeCordova’s new director holds forth

Voice of Kois
Dennis Kois (rhymes with voice) began work as the new executive director of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln on June 2.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2008


Arts and science

Cal Lane’s dazzling metalwork and Harriet Casdin-Silver’s holograms
The power of Casdin-Silver’s work was in her eye for compelling bodies and their fleshy, otherworldly presence in her holograms.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 24, 2008

New galleries sprout on Federal Hill

A mini gallery district is sprouting on Providence’s Federal Hill, with three galleries moving onto Atwells Avenue, all within a few blocks of Gallery Z, which has been there since 2004.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2008


The folk and the fine

‘Keepers of Tradition’ and Alexis Rockman
Here in Massachusetts, our old ways tend to reside in ethnic islands and pockets. They may be famous on their street or in their neighborhood or town, but they’re often unheard of outside it.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 16, 2008


Great pretenders

Photographic self-examination at the Bell Gallery
“Self and Others,” the new group show at Brown University’s Bell Gallery, reminds  me of a definition I recently read: growing up is learning how to pretend to be normal.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2008


Fringe festival

Galleries off the beaten path
Off the beaten path, the fringes of Boston's gallery scene are seeing new development, and even expansion.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2008

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