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Meet Duane Michals

One way or another, Duane Michals tells stories. They are revealed through photographs in the hundreds of exhibitions he’s mounted and in the 30 or so books he’s produced. Get …

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Against the grain

When guests visit the Massachusetts home of Bob and Lillian Montalto Bohlen, they are invited to fill out a questionnaire to rank their Top 10 favorites within the couple’s art …

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Cupid’s dagger

My love affair with knives was born in my Italian grandmother’s kitchen, where dinner preparation was always a spectacle. The aromas! The chopping! The laughter! The yelling (always so much …

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Being audacious

Binh Pho was an architecture student in Saigon during the Vietnam War. In April 1975, as Saigon fell to the Communists, Pho watched the last U.S. helicopter evacuate without him. …

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I, robot

William Gibson wrote that “The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” And even in museums, the future keeps appearing in surprising ways, like the time this …

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Return of the empresses

Sublime piles of snow, menacing icicles and that wan winter light. In the middle of New England’s most challenging season, our curator of Chinese art, Daisy Wang, has a perfect …

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Custom chocolates

My job is to create products for PEM. Every year I try to introduce something unexpected. Having worked with Harbor Sweets of Salem on a number of handmade, gourmet custom …

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Benton and cotton

A few months ago, I gave a lecture at the Art Institute of Chicago called “Cotton Picking, American Art and Thomas Hart Benton.” The Art Institute recently acquired Cotton Pickers …

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Assessing the landscape

“It’s a scary photo, isn’t it?” Jo Ractliffe asks a group of teens.  She notices a few have stopped to inspect an image of seven coveralls hanging by string from …