Trenton Doyle Hancock @ Mass MoCA

Every art show is the result of the artist’s imagination pouring out into reality, allowing ideas to seize tangible representation in the physical universe. But Trenton Doyle Hancock’s new show at Mass MoCA, “Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass,” is also an effort to pull visitors inside the imagination of the Houston-based artist. The show [...]

Pat Falco: Antiques that challenge assumptions

The artist Pat Falco was born and raised in Boston, and he hasn’t left. That’s reflected in the Boston-centric nature of his art, which tackles issues like income inequality, gentrification and racism in context of real estate development and the cost of living in his hometown. But now he’s bringing his work across Massachusetts to [...]

Taryn Simon @ Mass MoCA

In her new show at Mass MoCA, artist Taryn Simon offers ways in which the personal and the powerful interact on an intangible, emotional level, translating an individual’s singular passionate reaction into tacit approval of something larger. Alongside an expansive survey of her book-making work, Simon’s show features two distinct parts that each stand on [...]

Allison Janae Hamilton @ Mass MoCA

A new show at Mass MoCA takes a closer look at the landscape — not just as a visual attraction, but as something that affects everyday human lives and communities. Although the scope of this theme is extensive, the vessel to address it is more personal: The artist Allison Janae Hamilton uses scenes from her Southern childhood [...]

Viewer’s Discretion: “The Breadwinner” and “The Square”

‘THE BREADWINNER’ (AMAZON, GOOGLE PLAY, NETFLIX, VUDU) Based on the book by Deborah Ellis, this gorgeous Oscar-nominated animated film tells the story of Parvana (Saara Chaudry), a young girl living in Afghanistan during the rule of the Taliban. She usually accompanies her father, a former teacher, to the marketplace to help sell off their belongings [...]

Rachel Howard @ Mass MoCA

With her new show at Mass MoCA, British painter Rachel Howard’s reputation has preceded her.A former spot painter for Damien Hirst in the 1990s, Howard is now an acclaimed abstract painter, with the British newspaper The Telegraph proclaiming her “one of the finest abstract painters of her generation.” Her focus on dark topics, like sin [...]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘The Detectorists’ and ‘Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable’

‘DETECTORISTS’ (ACORN) There was never a chance that a comedy about a group of English metal detectors — or, more properly, as the title states, detectorists — was going to present typical people in normal lives. If England is the spiritual home to quiet eccentrics, then “Detectorists” took it upon itself to offer a series that gave laughs, but [...]

Liz Glynn @ Mass MoCA

Liz Glynn’s new installation at Mass MoCA, “The Archaeology of Another Possible Future,” is a sprawling wonderland of industrialism and progress in the museum’s massive Building 5 gallery. The new gallery offers an appropriate space to mirror the size of the financial system Glynn’s work tackles — a topic so big that it’s hard to [...]

The Unexpected Path: Mass MoCA curator Denise Markonish

Massachusetts Museum of Art curator Denise Markonish is pretty sure her job title doesn’t accurately describe the job she does. You can scrap “curator” — she prefers “producer.” “When you’re working with contemporary artists to make new works, the scholarship and all that is important, but I’m trying to get the thing made,” Markonish says. “I always [...]

Lisa Nilsson

The technique of paper quilling isn’t a common one in the contemporary art world, but North Adams resident Lisa Nilsson embraced the antediluvian medium and elevated even beyond her contemporaries that to her inventive and intricate — and almost obsessive — images that stretch the form to its limits. Quilling is a hundreds-of-years-old paper craft that involves rolling strips [...]

Mass MoCA finds wonder in the everyday

Ryan and Trevor Oakes put their own spin on 14th-century architect and designer Filippo Brunelleschi’s linear theory in “Have No Narrow Perspectives” (2008–09 — stainless steel, enamel, epoxy), part of “Explode Every Day “ at Mass MoCA beginning Saturday. (Courtesy Ryan and Trevor Oakes — mass moca) A new show at Mass MoCA takes the notion of wonder and [...]

The Space Between @ Mass MoCA

The galleries at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art are renowned for the challenging, inventive creations featured in them, but a new show at the museum challenges visitors to pay attention to the areas between the galleries. With “The Space Between,” which opens on Saturday, April 16, Williams Graduate Curatorial Intern Nina Wexelblatt has fashioned [...]