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Talking about a revolution: ''Histories of Now'' at the School of the MFA

Last January, less than a year after crowds in Cairo's Tahrir Square overthrew Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts presented "Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo."

By GREG COOK  |  February 08, 2013
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Radcliffe Bailey and ‘Six Artists from Cairo’

From a distance Radcliffe Bailey's 2009 installation Windward Coast looks like a rolling ocean of big, burned matches, or maybe straw.
Global unrest
By GREG COOK  |  March 16, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: ''Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo'' at the School of the MFA + ''Memory as Medicine'' at Davis Museum

''Histories of Now: Six Artists from Cairo'' is at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts through March 17, 2012. "Memory as Medicine'' is on display through May 6, 2012 at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum.
Through March 17, 2012 + Through May 6, 2012
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  March 16, 2012
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Photo: COURTESY OF THE SCHOOL OF THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON Have you ever found yourself making purchasing decisions on the basis of brand...
By Scott Kearnan  |  October 04, 2010
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Naked Boston

Every year, Ol' Man Winter cruelly turns Bostonians' bodies into shriveled, cracked sacks of atrophied muscle and lumpy goo — not exactly fodder for Playmate of the Month.
Spring has finally arrived! So take off all your clothes with these seven ways to celebrate nudity in greater Boston.
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  March 19, 2010
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5 for '10

I love baby bands, and I hope the ones I mention here don't mind my calling them that.
New locals to love right away
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 22, 2010


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Braziliant

As if puny, leaf-free trees and a general lack of flowers in late April weren't enough of a message to the post-winter season to hurry its shit up, art schools across Boston are poised to open their annual May fundraisers, all in the name of spring.
'Brazil on Screen 2009,' Mass Art shorts, and spring sales at Mass Art and the SMFA
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  May 01, 2009
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InsideOut: The Museum School Art Sale
(formerly known as the December Sale) has a new name, but its goal is the same: to showcase the work of Boston’s talented artists and raise funds for Museum School scholarships to help put other aspiring artists through school. It’s also a great place for fledgling art collectors to pick up some unique, locally produced pieces. The sale runs November 19 through 23 (noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday; noon to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday) on the first floor of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (230 the Fenway, Boston, 617.369.3204), with a kick-off celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. on November 19. Admission to this rotating show of more than 4000 pieces — including everything from paintings, photographs, and prints to jewelry and
By Staff@Night  |  November 14, 2008

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Id vicious

Money is a dominant topic of conversation in the art world even when there isn’t a global financial crisis.
The Museum School Art Sale at SMFA, ‘Sex, Drugs and Rock + Roll’ at Steven Zevitas Gallery
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  November 13, 2008
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Boys’ life

The art features boy toys (no dolls, thank you very much), gadgets, and secret clubhouses.  
Childhood play becomes macho in Boston galleries
By GREG COOK  |  October 15, 2008
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The devil in the details

It’s hard to imagine stopping to look at drawings that don’t coalesce till you let them pull you in and spin you around a bit.
‘Drawn to Detail’ and ‘Laylah Ali’ at the DeCordova, Esteban Pastorino Díaz at the SMFA, and Student Loan Art Program at MIT
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 28, 2008


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Documentary evidence

The theme of MassArt’s “War Stories” is what we talk about when we talk about war — the Iraq War in particular.
‘War Stories’ and Maori tattoos, plus the SMFA’s ‘Traveling Scholars’
By GREG COOK  |  February 27, 2008
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Skin deep

The facial and body tattoos of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people were originally chiseled into the skin by means of an albatross bone and vegetable-based pigments.
‘Maori Tattoo’ at the Peabody Essex, Jim Henderson and Ann Torke at Boston Sculptors, and Student Shows at the MFA and SMFA
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  February 12, 2008
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Land ho!

The Los Angeles site of the Center for Land Use Interpretation keeps a low physical profile.
Matthew Coolidge at the Carpenter Center, ‘Ana Maria Pacheco’ at the Danforth, and the December Sale at the SMFA
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  November 27, 2007
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Utopia station

The grimy surfaces of walls, sidewalks, and utility poles in neighborhoods of San Juan have replaced canvas as a medium for Puerto Rican artist Rafael Trelles.
Contemporary Caribbean Art at the Museum School, “Gods In Color” at Harvard, “Arts Of Japan” at the MFA, and the new Proof Gallery
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 12, 2007
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Staged?

In a photograph taken in 1978, you see a kid staring blankly into an open refrigerator.
Philip-Lorca diCorcia at the ICA, ‘Self-Entanglements’ at GASP, Jim Falck at Montserrat, and ‘Jamaica Plain Spoken’ in JP
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  May 22, 2007


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Real women do burlesque

The catcalls get louder just before I peel off my top.
Putting the tease — and some other things — back in striptease
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  February 17, 2007
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Must warn others

It’s a cliché of bad novels and late-night movies that scientists and artists represent two extreme — and mutually exclusive — poles of objectivity and subjectivity.
"It's Alive!" at Montserrat, "2007 North American Print Biennial" at 808 Gallery
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  February 06, 2007
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Who are you?

I’d hazard that when most of us think of pictures with “hidden meanings,” we don’t envision portraits, a genre that usually entails straight-ahead representations of, well, heads, at least.
"Identy Construction" at G-A-S-P, "Sensorium II" at MIT, "Traveling Scholars" at the MFA
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 30, 2007
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Karma chameleon

“Kesa” is the term for the traditional, oblong prayer robes worn by Buddhist monks in Japan — and this spiritually rich garment is the subject of Betsy Sterling Benjamin’s “A Sense of Place, an Artist's Tribute to the Seven Continents,” which opens at th
‘A Sense of Place’ at the Peabody Essex Museum, a guided tour of the ‘MFA Thesis Exhibition’ at Tufts, and the last Mad Dash at Green Street
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  December 12, 2006
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Holiday, it would be so nice!

The Museum of Fine Arts offers a full-out festive immersion approach to the impending holidays this year — a line of attack that, in keeping with the contemporary spirit of art, embraces performing arts, multimedia, and site-specific.
Seasonal cheer at the MFA and the SMFA, Helen Molesworth at the Carpenter Center, Andrea Modica at BU
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  November 28, 2006


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Hand made

Eight years after Loïs Mailou Jones’s death, School of the Museum of Fine Arts curator Joanna Soltan is proclaiming her to be “among the most significant African-American artists of the 20th century.”
Loïs Mailou Jones and Clare Rojas
By GREG COOK  |  October 04, 2006
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Full disclosure

Back in 1927, Hermann Hesse in Steppenwolf likened the hidden layers of the human personality to an onion: “made up of a hundred integuments, a texture made up of many threads.”
‘Reveal’ at the New Art Center, Loïs Mailou Jones at the Museum School, Sharon Harper and Helen Mirra at the Carpenter Center, and a new gallery in Malden
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 05, 2006

Flashbacks: August 18, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Paul Babin and Sam MacLaughlin.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By FLASHBACKS  |  August 17, 2006
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Les fleurs du shopping mall

Are   we what we buy?
‘Made in America’ at Judi Rotenberg, Jetta Indeck at Montserrat
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  July 25, 2006
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Your tax dollars at work

This isn’t the sort of government-funded art rife with smut, perversion, and blasphemy that sparks legislative hearings — unfortunately.
Spook show at Boston Sculptors Gallery, plus Shira Avidor
By GREG COOK  |  June 14, 2006


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Steering off course

We recommend the course taught by the indie filmmaker, the course inspired by a Daily Show regular, and the course considered “experimental.”
Some classes sound like so much fun they might as well be extracurricular
By ELLEE DEAN  |  May 08, 2006
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Break on through (to the other side)

Rachel Perry Welty sees art where many of us see annoying little things to be thrown away or deleted: the funny-shaped plastic tabs cleverly invented to close the bag around a loaf of bread; the identifying stickers found on most fruit; answering-machin
Traveling Scholars and rock posters at the MFA, student annual at the SMFA, and Islamic drawings at the Sackler
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  February 10, 2006