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Harvard Art Museums launched their "ReFrame" initiative to change sightlines into galleries to highlight works of underrepresented artists. Shown: "Portrait of Asia-Imani, Gabriella-Esnae, and Kaya Palmer," 2020, by Kehinde Wiley.

A change in perspective for Boston museums

From centering underrepresented artists to owning up to past mistakes, Boston museums are both rising — and struggling — to meet the current moment, shaped by the pandemic and protests for racial justice. Here’s where they’ve succeeded, and where they still need to stretch.

ART REVIEW
In "Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience" at the Strand Theatre, visitors are invited to step into more than 300 of Van Gogh's sketches and drawings.

Drowning in ‘Immersive’ Van Gogh

Whatever the digital experience, it has little to do with art, history, or anything other than spectacle.

Will Wilson, "Auto Immune Response: Confluence of Three Generations," 2015.

Out of focus: ‘Devour the Land’ at Harvard Art Museums looks at military impact on American soil through a blurred lens

The show also touches upon racism, economic inequality, climate change, immigration, and incarceration.

ART REVIEW
Marla McLeod's textile/sculpture "Anonymous Woman"

Marla McLeod tells a story with every stitch in ‘We the People (Our Love Will See Us Through)’ at Brandeis

“Garments are a representation of the self,” McLeod said. “Looking at Black history, I wanted an image of the self, the Black body, that was of pride.”

ART REVIEW
The iconic portrait of Allie Mae Burroughs in Walker Evans's 1936 photograph "Alabama Cotton Tenant Farmer Wife."

Walker Evans close up: Portland Museum of Art shows ‘American Photographs’ as they were meant to be seen

In this era of grinding uncertainty, maybe there’s solace in seeing the hardship Evans captured — even if it’s only to know that, eventually, it ended.

ART
Artist Faith Wilding poses for a photo while working on a new drawing in her home studio in Providence.

Faith Wilding, foremother of feminist art, draws on activist history in new shows at Brown, Tufts universities

Tears can be alchemical. They open into vulnerability; they rupture propriety. Wilding’s work is like that, full of trauma and growth.

MUSIC
"ELLIS," an immersive performance by Guerilla Opera chronicling the stories of some immigrants who passed through Ellis Island, incorporates historical footage into the show.

Guerilla Opera’s ‘ELLIS’ tells immigrants’ stories

For over six decades, millions of immigrants passed through Ellis Island. For two nights only, Guerilla Opera will explore some of their stories.

VISUAL ARTS
Eben Haines's Shelter in Place gallery has hosted more than 100 exhibitions, most by local artists.

From Instagram to the MFA, pint-size Shelter in Place shines a light on big issues

ICA Foster Prize winner Eben Haines started a Lilliputian gallery for local artists that’s become a commentary on affordability and who gets to take up space.