Winter Arts Preview: Upcoming Exhibits in Boston
Artwork by Mickalene Thomas. (Image via kkaza on Instagram)
While we have yet to see much snowfall (and letâ€™s not jinx it, shall we?), winter is upon us. When you are not spending your weekends on the ski slopes or skating on Frog Pond this season, you might just find yourself in search of a cultured indoor pastime. Check out the following selection of upcoming or existing art exhibits around the city.
Ever wondered what types of masterpieces could be made from Chinese lacquer? Perhaps not, but it may surprise you to learn that it has been used for more than 2,000 years, was a luxury good owned by the elite, and was made into various ornate objects, from incense boxes to birdcages to furniture. This striking collection, on display until September of next year, highlights Chinese and Ryukyu island lacquer creations from 1200-1800.
Until Sept. 2013, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., mfa.org
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
If you havenâ€™t had a chance yet to take in the contemporary art exhibit Raqs Media Collective: The Great Bare Mat & Constellation at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, do so this month or next before it ends on January 7. Located in the Hostetter Gallery, the exhibit features an intricate carpet woven by Bulgarian weavers, as well as a video projection that highlights narrative metal surfaces, sparking images in the viewersâ€™ minds. On December 8,Â attend the program â€śWhy Does Music Move Us?â€ť as part of the exhibition, and listen to four speakers discuss the importance of musicâ€™s existence.
Exhibit until Jan. 7, 2013; program on Dec. 8, 1 p.m., $5-15 tickets, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, gardnermuseum.org
On December 12, head to the Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser Gallery at the ICA and indulge in some of Mickalene Thomasâ€™s colorful painted creations thatâ€”decorated with rhinestonesâ€”portray â€śfemale sexuality, beauty, and powerâ€ť with African American women as her subjects. Elsewhere, check out Iceland native Ragnar Kjartanssonâ€™s Song, an exhibition that incorporates performances and videos through which he intends to pose questions about myth, culture, and identity among viewers.
Both exhibits open Dec. 12-April 7, Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., icaboston.org
Mary Baker Eddy Library
For those seeking an artsy, family-oriented New Yearâ€™s Eve, The Mary Baker Eddy Library will be holding activities like arts and crafts, interactive museum exhibits (try walking through the famous Mapparium), face painting, and live performances from three local music groups: The Chinese Dulcimer Guzheng Youth Band, Odaiko New England, and Back Bay Ringers.
Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Massachusetts Ave., marybakereddylibrary.org
Boston Public Library
Whether you are a fan of the MBTA or not, the â€śAn Elevated View: The Orange Lineâ€ť display at the Boston Public Library is worth a visit. It serves as a bit of a city history lesson, bringing viewers back to the mid-'80s when T changes were in the works. When the Orange Line was relocated, URBANARTS began â€śArts in Transit,â€ť a project that allowed photography students to shadow professionals as they snapped images of the process and the surrounding environment. The exhibit features 65 of these remarkable photos.
Until Jan. 19, Boston Public Library, Wiggin Gallery, 700 Boylston St., bpl.org/exhibitions
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