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Autumn blossoms: Our 10 most anticipated art shows this fall

This season, the galleries are filled with light shows, monster rock and roll, and naked ladies
By GREG COOK  |  September 14, 2011

This fall is a season of celebrations and new beginnings as the Museum of Fine Arts opens its new contemporary art wing, the Institute of Contemporary Art turns 75, the Addison Gallery reopens after fixing its roof, and Brandeis's Rose Art Museum reopens after a mini renovation and settling a lawsuit by backing off from its threat to close for good. And the galleries are filled with light shows, monster rock and roll, death, and naked ladies.

1.-Pompeii 

 

"A DAY AT POMPEII" | Museum of Science | October 2–February 12

In the year 79, Mount Vesuvius buried the Roman city of Pompeii under lava and ash. Civilizations collapsed and memories faded and the city was lost until the mid-18th century. This traveling exhibit offers actual frescoes, jewelry, statues, coins, frying pans, and oil lamps. Most haunting are casts of bodies — a pair of young women, families, a dog — frozen in place as the terror, and the lava, overcame them.

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