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    Byzantium to Russia: Origins and Development of Russian Icons, 1200-1900

    Presented by Museum of Russian Icons

    May 2 - September 12, 2015

    This exceptional, compelling selection of 48 icons and extraordinary artifacts from the British Museum traces the stylistic development of sacred art from ancient Byzantium, center of Christian civilization, to the introduction of Christianity to Russia. The exhibition of rare icons will also include Byzantine cast metal objects, ivories and engraved gems.

    This is the first time the renowned British ...more


    AHA! Night (art, history and architecture)

    Presented by AHA! (art. history and architecture)

    Ongoing

    AHA! takes place every 2nd Thursday and is a FREE art and culture event that features exhibits, performances, live music, talks and tours in downtown New Bedford.

     


    JFK Election Victory 1960: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary

    Presented by John F. Kennedy Presidental Library at John F. Kennedy Presidental Library and Museum, Boston

    Ongoing

    Tour the Museum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and relive the powerful story of the Kennedy years. In our three theaters, period settings, and 25 dramatic multimedia exhibits, you...more

    The Art of the Americas Wing

    Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    Ongoing

    The centerpiece of the MFA’s historic 2010 expansion is a spectacular new wing for the Art of the Americas collection, showcasing more than 5,000 works of art produced in North, Central, and...more

    Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art

    Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    Ongoing

    Contemporary art finds a dynamic new home at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with the recently opened Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, located in the MFA’s dramatic I. M....more

    Sea Creatures in Glass: Blaschka Models of Marine Invertebrates

    Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History at Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge

    Ongoing

     Sea Creatures in Glass: Blaschka Models of Marine Invertebrates is a new exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History featuring recently restored invertebrate models created by famed...more

    Boston Black

    Presented by Boston Children's Museum at Boston Children's Museum, Boston

    Ongoing

    Visit a Carnival garage for a traditional Afro Caribbean celebration and help to decorate a float! Go shopping at the Dominican store, learn about different hairstyles and ideas of beauty at John...more

    Free Night at the Museum of Fine Arts

    Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    Ongoing

    Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25).


    Mapparium®

    at Mary Baker Eddy Library, Boston

    March 28, 2015 - January 4, 2022

    Plan your visit to this world-famous, three-story, stained-glass globe — one of the key attractions at the Library. The Mapparium’s three-dimensional perspective of the world...more

    Museum of Fine Arts: Free Admission For Youth 7-17

    Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    March 30, 2015 - March 30, 2018

    The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation’s centennial. Built in Copley Square, the MFA was then home to 5,600 works of art. Over the next several years,...more

    Boston Public Library: Reserve a Museum Pass

    Presented by Boston Public Library at Boston Public Library, Boston

    March 29, 2015 - March 30, 2018

    Thanks to the City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library and various Friends groups of our neighborhood branches, you are able to borrow passes to museums and other local attractions...more

    The Isabellas Free... Forever! program

    at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

    March 28, 2015 - March 24, 2018

    The Isabellas Free... Forever! program provides unlimited free admission to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to everyone with the first name Isabella—forever! Complete and submit a form...more

    Birds of the World

    Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History at Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge

    November 12, 2014 - November 12, 2017

    Boasting over 10,000 species, birds are the most diverse land vertebrates on the planet, surpassing the biological diversity of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Thriving in every corner of the...more

    Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons across Cultures

    Presented by Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Cambridge

    October 18, 2014 - October 18, 2017

    War has been an attribute of human cultures throughout time, and weapons are crafted with a practical, deadly intent. Nearly as pervasive as war itself is the practice of decorating the objects...more

    Stickwork: Patrick Dougherty

    Presented by Peabody Essex Museum at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

    May 23, 2015 - May 28, 2017

    Patrick Dougherty bends, weaves and flexes saplings into architectural sculptures that dynamically relate to the landscape and built environment around them. Over the last 30 years, he has...more

    Sea Creatures in Glass

    Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History at Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge

    March 24, 2015 - March 28, 2017

    Sea Creatures in Glass: Blaschka Models of Marine Invertebrates is an exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History featuring recently restored invertebrate models created by famed glass...more

    Ethan Murrow

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston

    July 11, 2015 - November 27, 2016

    In the nine years since the ICA opened on the waterfront, curators have invited a series of leading contemporary artists to propose and realize monumental, site-specific works on the museum’s...more

    Nature of Scale

    Presented by Peabody Essex Museum at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

    October 10, 2015 - September 18, 2016

    This exhibition in PEM's Art & Nature Center explores the concept of scale – from the subatomic to the galactic – challenging our perception of perspective,...more

    Lab Lounge at Le Laboratoire Cambridge

    Presented by Le Laboratoire Cambridge

    June 12, 2015 - August 13, 2016

    Come join us for a drink and casual conversation at Le Laboratoire Cambridge's Lab Lounge, which is now open Friday and Saturday nights! The Lab Lounge is a new place to unwind and enjoy the...more

    Ka-Ching! African Tribal Currency Forms

    Presented by Hamill Gallery of African Art

    May 2, 2015 - July 30, 2016

    KA-CHING!  A large exhibition of traditional African metal currency forms from more than fifty tribal cultures.  Most are derived from forms of tools, weapons, bracelets and anklets but...more

    The Art of Engineering: 1846-1873

    Presented by Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Inc.

    June 18, 2015 - May 1, 2016

    The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum proudly presents "The Art of Engineering: 1846-1873," an exhibit of archival, digitally-scanned drawings that celebrate the designs and records of public works...more

    Islands: Evolving in Isolation

    Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History at Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge

    April 25, 2015 - April 25, 2016

    With bizarre woodpecker-like primates, dwarf humans, and flightless birds over nine feet high, islands are havens for some of the most unusual living creatures on our planet. Why are islands such...more

    Diane Simpson

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston

    December 16, 2015 - March 27, 2016

    Chicago-based artist Diane Simpson’s (b. 1935, Joliet, Illinois) elegantly constructed sculpture evolves from a diverse range of material, clothing, and architectural sources. While elements of...more

    Native Fashion Now

    Presented by Peabody Essex Museum at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

    November 21, 2015 - March 6, 2016

    From vibrant street clothing to exquisite haute couture, this exhibition celebrates the visual range, creative expression and political nuance of Native American fashion. Nearly 100 works spanning...more

    Images of Discovery

    Presented by MIT Museum at MIT Museum, Cambridge

    February 28, 2015 - March 1, 2016

    Photographers, image makers, and innovators Felice Frankel, Harold "Doc" Edgerton, and Berenice Abbott are featured in this new exhibition at the MIT Museum. While working at MIT, each...more

    Museum Highlights Tour at Harvard Peabody Museum

    Presented by Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Cambridge

    February 20, 2015 - February 26, 2016

    Visit towering Native American totem poles and precious artifacts of the ancient world. See life-size casts of Maya monuments and changing exhibitions such...more

    Pastoral to Pop: 20th-Century Britain on Paper

    Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    July 11, 2015 - February 21, 2016

    This survey of more than 50 British prints and drawings from the 20th century features rarely seen works from the MFA’s collection as well as recent acquisitions and loans. Ranging from an 1890s...more

    Unfinished Stories: Snapshots from the Peter J. Cohen Collection

    Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    July 11, 2015 - February 21, 2016

    Spanning the 20th century, the almost 300 found photographs in “Unfinished Stories” depict a century of image-making by private photographers. “A quick shot fired by a hunter without...more

    In the Steps of the Master: Pupils of Hokusai

    Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    August 29, 2015 - February 15, 2016

    The amazing versatility of the great Katsushika Hokusai is reflected in the work of his many pupils, who were inspired by their master to produce outstanding prints and paintings of many different...more

    Ornament and Illusion: Carlo Crivelli of Venice

    Presented by Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

    October 22, 2015 - January 25, 2016

    Ornament and Illusion is the first monographic exhibition dedicated to Renaissance painter Carlo Crivelli in the United States. The Gardner’s newly conserved Saint George...more

    Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933 - 1957

    Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Boston

    October 10, 2015 - January 24, 2016

    A small, experimental liberal arts college founded in 1933, Black Mountain College (BMC) has exerted enormous influence on the postwar cultural life of the United States. Influenced by the utopian...more

    Nathaniel Hawthorne and Frederick Douglass: Texts and Contexts

    Presented by Boston College

    October 15, 2015 - January 24, 2016

    Although they are rarely considered in relation to each other, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Blithedale Romance (1852) and Frederick Douglass’ “The Heroic Slave” (1853)...more

    Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer

    Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    October 11, 2015 - January 18, 2016

    Organized by the MFA, this groundbreaking exhibition proposes a new approach to understanding 17th-century Dutch painting. Through 75 carefully selected, beautifully preserved portraits, genre...more

    Words in Air: Jennifer Caine and Rachel Hellmann in Collaboration

    Presented by Addison Gallery of American Art

    September 12, 2015 - January 17, 2016

    nspired by the language of painting and poetry and the powerful ways in which each art form communicates distillations of experience, Edward E. Elson Artists-in-ResidenceJennifer Caine and...more

    Crafted: Objects in Flux

    Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    August 25, 2015 - January 10, 2016

    “Crafted” explores this moment of “flux” in the field, focusing on contemporary craft-based artists who bridge cutting-edge concepts and traditional skills as they embrace and explore the...more

    Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt

    Presented by Addison Gallery of American Art

    September 12, 2015 - January 10, 2016

    This exhibition celebrates the close friendship between two of the most significant American artists of the post-war era: Eva Hesse (1936–1970) and Sol LeWitt (1928–2007). While their...more

    Nature, Sculpture, Abstraction, and Clay: 100 Years of American Ceramics

    Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    January 17, 2015 - January 3, 2016

    This exhibition explores ceramic art from the late 19th century to today–from the Arts and Crafts movement to Midcentury Modernism to Studio Craft and contemporary practice. Outstanding...more

    Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen

    Presented by Peabody Essex Museum at Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

    September 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016

    PEM presents the first major American exhibition of Theo Jansen's famed kinetic sculptures. Dynamic and interdisciplinary, Jansen's Strandbeests ("beach animals") blur the lines between art and...more

    Corita Kent and the Language of Pop

    Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge

    September 3, 2015 - January 3, 2016

    American artist Corita Kent juxtaposed spiritual, pop cultural, literary, and political writings alongside symbols of consumer culture and modern life in order to create bold images and prints...more

    In Tandem: Inspirations and Collaborations

    Presented by Addison Gallery of American Art

    September 1, 2015 - January 3, 2016

    Exchanging ideas with mentors and peers—fellow students, friends, studio mates, travel companions, or collaborators—has always been a significant source of inspiration for artists. For some,...more

    Freedom 7 Mercury Space Capsule

    Presented by John F. Kennedy Presidental Library at John F. Kennedy Presidental Library and Museum, Boston

    September 12, 2012 - December 31, 2015

    Freedom 7 splashes down at the JFK Presidential Library.

    The Freedom 7 Mercury space capsule that launched the first American, Alan Shepard, into space has landed at the Kennedy...more

    The Glass Flowers

    Presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History at Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge

    October 9, 2012 - December 31, 2015

    3,000 amazingly realistic models of plants, flowers and fruits, painstakingly crafted in glass from 1886 to 1936 by German glass artists, father and son Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka. Some 4,000...more

    Freedom Rising: Reading, Writing and Publishing Black Books

    Presented by Museum of African American History: Boston Campus at Museum of African American History, Boston Campus, Boston

    January 1 - December 26, 2015

    Museum of African American History's exhibition Reading, Writing and Publishing Black Books  examine historical and cultural implications of forbidding...more

    Holiday Wrap Up Celebration

    Presented by Fuller Craft Museum at Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton

    December 19, 2015

    Join us for an evening of holiday cheer with craft activities for the whole family. Come learn how to make origami ornaments and boxes. Create cards and ornaments from reused Christmas cards. More...more

    John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred

    Presented by McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College and Boston College at McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, Chestnut Hill

    September 1 - December 13, 2015

    John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred presents more than eighty-five paintings, stained glass windows, and works on paper by one of America’s finest and most complex artists. John...more

    Finding Our Way: An Exploration of Human Navigation

    Presented by Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

    February 12 - December 11, 2015

     This exhibition explores both the biological underpinnings of human navigation and its technological history, from the sea-faring cultures of the southern Pacific to early European mariners....more

    Lecture with Sebastian Smee

    Presented by Addison Gallery of American Art

    December 6, 2015

    Lecture with Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer-Prize-winning Boston Globe art critic. Smee will talk about friendships between prominent artists, the subject of his forthcoming book. This program...more

    MFA First Fridays

    Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    September 6, 2014 - December 4, 2015

    MFA First Fridays: Enjoy a seasonal cocktail and music with friends!

    MFA First Fridays is on the first Friday of each month from 6:00–9:30 pm. Join us for fine art, music, cash bars...more

    Lecture for Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt

    Presented by Addison Gallery of American Art

    December 3, 2015

    Lecture in conjunction with Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt with Kirsten Swenson, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell....more

    American Folk Art, Lovingly Collected

    Presented by Worcester Art Museum at Worcester Art Museum, Worcester

    July 15 - November 29, 2015

    One of the most important private collections of folk art in the country has been assembled near Worcester, with an unusual focus on Central Massachusetts portraits and painted furniture. The work...more

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