Rachel Levitt Slade

The Exhibitionists

When the new ICA opened its doors five years ago, the museum was heralded as Boston’s gleaming shrine to serious, provocative contemporary art. Instead it’s been home to a disappointing string of shallow, blingtastic displays.

Covet

WORKING AT THE ISABELLA STEWART Gardner Museum – surrounded by 16th-century tapestries, Botticelli paintings, and ancient artifacts – gives Anne Hawley plenty to covet. But when we asked the institutions Norma Jean Calderwood director what she wishes for most of…

Aged to Perfection

THE TINY, ANCIENT HOUSE sits on a back road in a small town. It’s uncomfortably close to the street, the way houses built almost three centuries before pavement and automobiles often are. It looks hunkered down for the ages, with…

House Music

THEY MAY OR MAY NOT have been better times, but they sure were more interesting. Decades ago, Bay Village – the six-square-block neighborhood of 19th-century homes shoehorned between the Mass. Pike and Columbus Avenue – was a veritable cabaret of…