New Year, New Art: Exhibit Openings in January

Check out art exhibits with works influenced by African, Haitian, Persian, South Korean, and American cultures.

Lois Mailou Jones artArtwork via @locsandcolor on Instagram

While another spring season of art exhibitions in Boston approaches, satisfy your winter craving for new works by checking out the following openings this month at some the city’s top galleries.

Loïs Mailou Jones

New at the MFA this month is Loïs Mailou Jones’s paintings and drawings to be displayed in Gallery 231. The exhibition features 30 of her works spanning various points in her career, showing her inspiration stemming from Haitian and African cultures, her time as a teacher at Howard University, and her travels elsewhere. As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House, there will be a 15-minute Spotlight Talk on Jones’s exhibition.

Exhibit open Jan. 19-Oct. 14, 2013, tickets $23-25 and free for children under 6, Spotlight Talk on Monday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m., Gallery 231, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-267-9300,

Multiple Mourning Room: Mirrored

Artist Haegue Yang, of South Korea, working together with graphic designer Manuel Raeder, will revive the popular Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall at the ICA with their installation titled “Multiple Mourning Room: Mirrored.” The works are expected to be on display until February 2014.

Opens Jan. 19, tickets $10-15, Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-478-3103,

Norma Jean Calderwood Islamic Art Collection

The Norma Jean Calderwood Islamic Art Collection at Harvard’s Arthur M. Sackler Museum will present 150 breathtaking objects of Persian influence including glazed ceramics, medieval poem manuscripts, and early modern lacquerware. Alongside the exhibition will be a catalogue of illustrations and essays written by scholars and conservation scientists.

Open Jan. 31-June 1, 2013, tickets $6-9 and free for youths under 18, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge, 617-495-9400,

Lesley Art Institute of Boston Graduate Exhibition

From now until Saturday, January 12, check out the works by 17 graduates of The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University’s Master of Fine Arts program. The exhibition will include a wide range of art forms such as paintings, sculptures, photography, video, and more. The pieces will be displayed in two locations: the Main Gallery at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley in Boston and the University Hall Gallery in Cambridge.

Until Jan. 12, free admission, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Saturday at The Art Institute of Boston Main Gallery, 700 Beacon St., Boston; 12-6 p.m. through Friday at the University Hall Gallery, 815 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. For more information, please call 617-585-6600.