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“The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” is comprised of five young artists, hung along the narrow walls of Sulloway & Hollis law offices in Concord, New Hampshire. The unconventional setting provided meaningful context for the work presented here, all of which had power beyond just a pretty picture.The displayed work is grounded in location, with paintings and photographs, including interior and exterior environments, of the New Hampshire area, but in a way that feels refreshing and reflective beyond the obvious charm of the state. The show’s  title is after Carson McCullers’ bittersweet…

If you ever have the pleasure of meeting the fascinating Magda Fernández, you will be encapsulated by her engaging ways of storytelling, kindness, and laughter. Her work is brilliant, raw, captivating, hard to watch, and yet very intriguing. Her way of thinking and building narratives is unlike any other artist I’ve seen. Blurring the line between theater and performance, Fernández’s images pierce through your core and ask you to question your own history. “To eliminate racism, you have to look at your own family history of racism, acknowledge that you were born…

The Newport summer is marked by a few large music festivals, events that have drawn the biggest names in jazz and folk to the island since 1954 and 1959, respectively. This year the Newport Art Museum has decided to join in, with two concurrently running photo exhibits documenting the jazz and country performers of yesteryear. Henry Horenstein’s Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music features simple, black and white photographs taken over the course of several decades. Subjects range from famous country stars— Loretta Lynn, Mother Maybelle Carter—to peripheral industry figures like a…

Enter, sit, read magazine, wait. Then—hair cut. The thought of having a conversation with a stranger while they touch my head and cut my hair has always given me anxiety.  I’ve never actually had to go through that because my father was a hairdresser. He owned a salon appropriately called Ron’s Salon. Wall-length mirrors, dozens of plants, the smell of shampoo, and easy listening FM radio filled the room, although he’d prefer the Rolling Stones. Anytime I walked in to get a buzz cut or quick trim I’d usually have to wait…

When Matter & Light director, Ian Corbin, describes his life’s origin, it is almost unbelievable. This, in part, is due to his aesthetic: he’s on the couch in the back of the gallery finishing up an email on his MacBook in a blue button down, dark jeans, and polished leather shoes. His longish hair is coiffed back and a watch keeps time on his wrist. “My parents were in a reggae band when I was born and they were hippies. Music was very important to them,” Corbin says. He goes on to…

Amy Beecher sat cross-legged and casual on a magenta carpet in a thoroughly pink and red room on a warm Saturday night in May. Speaking in a clear, precise, and uninflected lilt, Beecher read aloud to an audience surrounding her, the group ensconced in the rose-filled room. “What a beautiful evening,” Beecher read. “And I’m going to meet my husband tonight.” The lines seemed arbitrary, as if pulled haphazardly from a teenage rom-com. “Will,” spoke the seated Beecher. “Will you accept this rose? Will, will you accept this rose?” Beecher was reading…

Upon entering the Paris-based Charlotte Moth’s exhibition Seeing While Moving at the MIT List Visual Arts Center I felt an overwhelming sense of nostalgia. While the show has since closed to the public, its sentiment is timely. In a pop culture flooded with re-surging trends and reboots, Seeing While Moving lets the viewer slip into someone else’s past, making the experience accessible and familiar without ever having to experience the event. Charlotte Moth has since been nominated for the 2017 Prix Marcel Duchamp prize, France’s most important award for contemporary art, her work…

Sun Splashed: Nari Ward, the artist’s largest survey to date, is now on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Organized by Ruth Erickson, Mannion Family Curator, with Jessica Hong, Curatorial Associate, this show couldn’t have come at a more appropriate socio-political time while our country is being separated. The monumental works presented here investigate social justice, immigration, memory, oppression, and power while engaging in local sites, history, and many different communities. The exhibition, comprised of works spanning across 20 years, has traveled the last three years, first at the Perez…

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