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The MFA pulls out the stops for contemporary art with the Linde Family Wing

A conundrum lies at the heart of the Museum of Fine Arts' Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, which debuted last weekend: how does a museum showcase a subject it has long neglected?
Playing catch-up
By GREG COOK  |  September 23, 2011
Jen Mergel's STUFF

Jen Mergel's STUFF


Jen Mergel isn’t one of those curators who know more about the objects inside the museum than the city and neighborhoods surrounding it. The new...
By Carol Beggy  |  February 08, 2010
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Modern times

Does Jen Mergel's appointment mean that the MFA is getting serious about contemporary art?
Does Jen Mergel's appointment mean that the MFA is getting serious about contemporary art?
By GREG COOK  |  January 08, 2010
Curatorial rivalry between MFA and ICA heats up with new appointment

Curatorial rivalry between MFA and ICA heats up with new appointment


Jen Mergel Museum hot seatsBoston’s Museum of Fine Arts announced today that it has lured away the most senior curator at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary...
By Greg Cook  |  December 22, 2009
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Video vérité

Javier Téllez's 2007 black-and-white film "Letter on the Blind, For the Use of Those Who See" starts with a catchy premise: he gathered six blind New Yorkers at an empty public pool in Brooklyn to act out the fable of the blind men and the elephant.
'Acting Out' at the ICA, plus Eileen Quinlan
By GREG COOK  |  April 03, 2009
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Styrofoam sorcery

They seem like something dreamed up by a mad-scientist Martha Stewart tinkering in her cellar late at night.  
Tara Donovan's mad-scientist magic invades the ICA
By GREG COOK  |  October 15, 2008


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No sex, please, it's Boston?

It’s a big, curious, floating object, a leaping whale, a flying squash, a makeshift anatomy display, with a bit of carnival atmosphere.
Nicholas Hlobo tones it down at the ICA
By GREG COOK  |  August 04, 2008
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Promise deferred

Last December 10, the Institute of Contemporary Art moved to brand new digs on the South Boston waterfront, tripling its exhibition space in the process.
The new ICA’s visual arts at one year
By GREG COOK  |  December 09, 2007