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Boston arts institutions flexed their muscles in 2011

The following rundown of the best art exhibits of 2011 shows how greater Boston is now consistently offering some of the richest institutional art exhibition programs in the country.
Boom town!
By GREG COOK  |  December 23, 2011

The Week in Geek April 4-11: Laugh while you can, monkey boy


And now, for some nerd-inspired slam poetry:This is for the nerds who want to get involved with humanoid robots but never had a chance to...
By Alec Ernest  |  April 04, 2011
"César Monteiro, Poet-Provocateur" at the Carpenter Center

"César Monteiro, Poet-Provocateur" at the Carpenter Center


Long isolated from mainstream European cinema, Portugal has only in recent years shared with the rest of the world its distinctive movie treasures. Those include...
By webteam  |  May 12, 2010
HFA presents Victor Gaviria retrospective

HFA presents Victor Gaviria retrospective


How to depict poverty and desperation without exploitation? “The Poetic Realism and Casual Expressionism of Victor Gaviria" evokes the tragedy and dignity of the barrios...
By webteam  |  May 05, 2010
HFA's "Sternberg Before Dietrich"

HFA's "Sternberg Before Dietrich"


The Blue Angel (1930) made both its director and its star famous, but there was a lot of “Sternberg Before Dietrich,” as this weekend’s eye-opening...
By webteam  |  April 14, 2010


"Films of Abdellatif Kechiche" at Harvard

"Films of Abdellatif Kechiche" at Harvard


The convergence of Arabic and Western culture in France has spawned some conflict but also some great movies. Case in point: The Secret of the...
By webteam  |  March 24, 2010
"Sweetgrass" at the Harvard Film Archive

"Sweetgrass" at the Harvard Film Archive


A kind of pared-down, real-life, modern-day Heaven's Gate without the range war or the auteur pretensions, the epic documentary Sweetgrass (2009) records the lives of...
By webteam  |  March 03, 2010
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Cube root

"I've been told it's the largest single piece of glass in the world," Helen Molesworth, the Institute of Contemporary Art's new chief curator, said at a press preview last week.
Roni Horn at the ICA, Andrea Fraser at Harvard
By GREG COOK  |  February 26, 2010
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A walk on the wild side

Everyone looks so weary in Howard Yezerski Gallery's gritty documentary photos of Boston's dear departed Combat Zone from 1969 to 1978. The year's still young, but this glimpse into our past from Roswell Angier, Jerry Berndt, and John Goodman may be one
The Combat Zone, plus burlesque, drag, cross-dressing, and the avant-garde
By GREG COOK  |  February 19, 2010
"Three Films By Amie Siegel" at the Carpenter Center

"Three Films By Amie Siegel" at the Carpenter Center


At last, someone to bring the fun back into discussions of psychoanalysis, cinema theory, and the history of East Germany. The Harvard Film Archive's "Three...
By webteam  |  February 17, 2010


"Peter Bogdanovich, Between Old and New Hollywood" at the HFA

"Peter Bogdanovich, Between Old and New Hollywood" at the HFA


Those rooting for Jeff Bridges to receive a Best Actor Oscar might recall that he first got nominated for one in Peter Bogdanovich’s 1971 movie...
By webteam  |  January 27, 2010
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Fresh fruit and vegetables

The bleakest months of New England winter are ahead of us, so the prospect of leaving your toasty house to see art may not be at the top of your to-do list.
A winter crop of art
By GREG COOK  |  January 01, 2010
"Film and Video Works by Vlada Petric"

"Film and Video Works by Vlada Petric"


One of the most valuable of local film resources, the Harvard Film Archive owes much of its heart and soul to former curator Vlada Petric....
By webteam  |  December 01, 2009
Tales Of A Wandering Camera: The Films Of Ulrike Ottinger

Tales Of A Wandering Camera: The Films Of Ulrike Ottinger


If cinema's purpose is to reveal the world, then Ulrike Ottinger is on the right track. The Harvard Film Archive retrospective "Tales Of A Wandering...
By Jason OBryan  |  October 14, 2009
Global Voices Festival

Global Voices Festival


Every once in a while we need to be reminded that there's a whole world out there and it's falling apart. Cue the United Nations...
By Jason OBryan  |  October 06, 2009


ACT UP New York: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis 1987-1993

ACT UP New York: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis 1987-1993


AIDS has been a dire problem for a great deal longer than the government has cared about it, as "ACT UP New York: Activism, Art,...
By Jason OBryan  |  October 06, 2009
America As Seen By: The Lapirovs Go West + France Made in USA

America As Seen By: The Lapirovs Go West + France Made in USA


The Harvard Film Archive’s “America As Seen By” series continues with French documentarian Jean-Luc Léon’s The Lapirovs Go West (1994), which is about a Russian...
By Shaula Clark  |  May 27, 2009
“Place over Time: Recent Films by James Benning”

“Place over Time: Recent Films by James Benning”


Over his 35-year avant-garde-film career, James Benning has refined the art of looking at places a...
By Shaula Clark  |  April 22, 2009
“A Media Archaeology of Boston”

“A Media Archaeology of Boston”


Nothing sends a dopamine wave of pleasant nostalgia washing over your gray matter like classic loc...
By Shaula Clark  |  April 22, 2009
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Pushing up daisies

If the phrase "April showers bring May flowers" has any cred, it might ring true with a new installation at Boston Sculptors Gallery.
Beth Galston & Lorey Bonante at Boston Sculptors Gallery, ‘Remembering Albert Alcalay’ at Harvard's Carpenter Center
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  April 10, 2009


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The whiff of art

The stench came from the rotting corpse — well, it appeared to be a corpse — of a woman who'd been laid out on a metal table like an exhumed murder victim awaiting a coroner's examination.
Heide Hatry, Misaki Kawai, Andrew Mowbray, and William Pope.L
By GREG COOK  |  March 03, 2009
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The Apocalypse versus stupid human tricks

Among the most poetic and moving artwork to come out of 9/11 is Paul Chan’s series of videos The 7 Lights .
Paul Chan, Adel Abdessemed, and Andrew Neumann
By GREG COOK  |  December 02, 2008
MOVIE MAGIC: PANTOMIME REALITIES

MOVIE MAGIC: PANTOMIME REALITIES


 Someday, perhaps, movies will be regarded as quaint artifacts like the pre-cinema apparatus e...
By Shaula Clark  |  November 05, 2008
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Time is on my side

We tend to take the passage of time for granted, reconciling such disparate experiences as 10 minutes spent rushing through lunch and 10 minutes spent waiting for a bus.
David Claerbout at MIT, Children at the DeCordova, Kabuki Theater at the Peabody Essex, and more
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 29, 2008