Tuesday Studio: Winter Wonderland Prints

Date: February 1

Time: 10am – 11am

Website: https://www.cmeaston.org/events/tuesday-studio-snowflake-collage/

Summary: Let’s make reverse art in the Studio. Instead of a dark image on light paper we will print a light image on dark paper for a dramatic result! You can make a print using each plate if you’d like.

Project Vaccine: Our Best Defense

Date: February 1

Time: Museum Hours

Website: https://www.mos.org/exhibits/project-vaccine-exhibit

Summary: The Museum is proud to introduce our newest exhibition, Project Vaccine: Our Best Defense, a key element of our ongoing educational and public health initiative. Learn about vaccines and their development, viral transmission, and the many steps and countless professionals involved in the creation of—and rollout of— vaccines.

Central and South America

Date: February 1

Time: Museum Hours

Website: https://hmnh.harvard.edu/south-america

Summary: This gallery features mounted wildlife specimens from Central and South America. The exhibit includes jaguar, tapir, sloth, and giant armadillo, as well as a wall of hummingbirds, and a seven-foot Amazon pirarucu, one of the largest ever caught. 

FIRST CHILDREN: CAROLINE AND JOHN JR. IN THE KENNEDY WHITE HOUSE

Date: February 1

Time: Museum Hours

Website: https://www.jfklibrary.org/visit-museum/exhibits/special-exhibits/first-children-caroline-and-john-jr-in-the-kennedy-white-house

Summary: “I don’t want them to think they are ‘official’ children,” Jacqueline Kennedy remarked about her toddler daughter and infant son shortly after becoming First Lady in 1961. The exhibition First Children: Caroline and John Jr. in the Kennedy White House looks at the public’s fascination with the President’s progeny, a fascination fed by the media. Through photos, articles, commercial products, and film, the faces of the Kennedy youngsters helped cement the new President in the public’s collective mind as a national figure with whom anyone could identify. While her husband saw value in this humanized imagery, Mrs. Kennedy sought to protect her children from the public eye by focusing her efforts on creating “normal” childhoods for them in the midst of world attention.

The majority of the over 120 objects, images, and ephemera shown are from the Library’s museum collection and archives; most are exhibited for the first time. Included are selections from the gifts sent to the Kennedy children by both heads of state and the public at large; memos that reveal their mother’s efforts to balance media access and privacy; photographs and film footage of the family in both official and private capacities; and games, magazines, comic books, and trading cards created to capitalize on the status of the “First Children” within American celebrity culture.

Among the exhibition highlights are a play house from Charles de Gaulle and a 60” giraffe by Steiff lent by Caroline Kennedy; and an original Grandma Moses painting, July Fourth, on loan from the White House. All were used in Caroline Kennedy’s White House bedroom.

Michael C. McMillen: The Pequod II

Date: February 1

Time: Museum Hours

Website: https://www.pem.org/exhibitions/michael-c-mcmillen-the-pequod-ii

Summary: Michael C. McMillen’s The Pequod II derives its title from the whaling ship in Herman Melville’s 1851 literary classic Moby-Dick. The ship’s name refers to the Pequot tribe whose members survive today in Connecticut. Suspended in air like an apparition, the vessel and its billowing sails suggest constant motion, yet it never makes progress.

Look closely and you can see how McMillen created his meticulously detailed assemblage out of common domestic objects, such as vacuum cleaner parts and colanders. His mastery of illusionary techniques draws on traditions from Hollywood set design. McMillen’s father worked as a set builder and McMillen himself worked on renowned films, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Blade Runner.

Tattoos in Japanese Prints

Date: February 1 – 20

Time: Museum Hours

Website: https://www.mfa.org/exhibition/tattoos-in-japanese-prints

Summary: Some of the world’s most popular tattoo motifs trace back to early 19th-century Edo (modern Tokyo), where tattoo artists took inspiration from color woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e. Today, the global popularity of tattoos has brought renewed attention to the centuries-old Japanese tradition. Drawn from the MFA’s renowned collection of Japanese art, “Tattoos in Japanese Prints” looks closely at the social background, iconography, and visual splendor of tattoos through the printed media that helped carry them from the streets of Edo-period Japan to 21st-century tattoo shops all over the world.

The exhibition features nearly 80 works by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861) and his contemporaries—including his colleague and rival Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1864) and his pupil Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892). Among the highlights are a selection of prints from Kuniyoshi’s best-selling series One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Water Margin (about 1827–30). Oral traditions among contemporary tattoo artists credit these works, based on a Chinese tale of a band of 108 heroic outlaws fighting corrupt officials, for giving rise to a new fashion of extensive pictorial tattoos. Kuniyoshi created spectacular original designs for the heroes, adorning their bodies with fearsome lions, coiling snakes, lush peonies, supernatural beings, and dragons of various kinds.

Exploring the Japanese tattoo’s evolving meanings, from declarations of religious or romantic devotion to symbols punishment and even crime, “Tattoos in Japanese Prints” presents a fascinating history of a tradition that continues to influence artists and enthusiasts today.

The Body Adorned: Artistry and Legacy of the Ancient Americas

Date: February 1 – 27

Time: Museum Hours

Website: https://springfieldmuseums.org/exhibitions/body-adorned/

Summary: Feather textiles, gold pendants, and greenstone ear rods are among the most exquisite adornments crafted by artists working in the ancient Americas. Designed to be worn both in life and in death, these treasures functioned as status symbols, ritual paraphernalia, and sacred channels to a more sublime realm. Often small in scale and intricately crafted, the adornments featured in this exhibition were created in sophisticated workshops by highly skilled artists. These splendid works of art offer insight into the values, beliefs, and achievements of indigenous peoples.

This exhibition explores the artistic adornment of the ancient American cultures of Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, and Mexico, as well as the influence that metalwork, textiles, and ceramics had on future generations of artists. In addition to including work made between 400 and 1550 CE, the display includes works by 20th century American designer and jewelry maker William Spratling (1900-1967), who spent over three decades in Mexico and was inspired by Mesoamerican art and architecture. The exhibition celebrates the enduring power of these brilliant motifs, and bring together different eras in dialogue.

Art Study Center Seminar at Home: George Abrams on Rembrandt

Date: February 11

Time: 11am – 12pm

Website: https://harvardartmuseums.org/calendar/art-study-center-seminar-at-home-george-abrams-on-rembrandt

Summary: From quick sketches of figures and faces to Dutch landscapes to biblical scenes, Rembrandt animated his renderings of a now-lost world. George Abrams, a distinguished collector of Dutch drawings, will share insights and observations about his favorite works by Rembrandt in his own collection and those at the Harvard Art Museums. He will also introduce prominent followers and students of the great Dutch artist, whose identities are coming to light thanks to ongoing research.

FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES

Date: February 12

Time: 12:55 – 3:55 pm  

Website: https://www.clarkart.edu/event/detail/1936-87541

Summary: The Clark joins in the Metropolitan Opera’s national encore broadcast of Fire Shut Up in My Bones in celebration of Black History Month. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir. The first opera by a Black composer presented on the Metropolitan’s stage features  a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons and tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown—two of the creators of the recent production of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess—co-direct this new staging. Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera’s most exciting young artists, stars as Charles, alongside sopranos Angel Blue as Destiny/Loneliness/Greta and Latonia Moore as Billie.

Educators’ Night with Raúl Colón

Date: February 17

Time: 7 – 8:15pm

Website: https://www.carlemuseum.org/visit/events/educators-night-raul-colon

Summary: The Carle is pleased to welcome award-winning illustrator Raúl Colón as guest speaker for Educators’ Night. Colón will discuss how daydreaming can support one’s creative process.

Colón is the recipient of the Golden Kite Award, the Pura Belpré Award, and the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Award. In 2021 he was a Carle Honor Artist Honoree for lifelong innovation in the field.

This virtual event is free and open to all educators as space permits.

Us Them We Race Ethnicity Identity

Date: February 19

Time: Museum Hours

Website: https://www.worcesterart.org/exhibitions/us-them-we/

Summary: Addressing identity as a socio-political issue has been a central theme for artists since the 1970s. Us Them We | Race Ethnicity Identity will consider the ways that contemporary artists accentuate concepts like race and ethnicity through various visual strategies. Four formal devices serve as the foundation for the exhibition: Text, Juxtaposition, Seriality, and Pattern. Artists often employ one or more of these approaches as means of storytelling, protest, and celebration. This exhibition demonstrates how these organizing principles serve as a common tool through which personal and communal social status are explored.

Co-curated by Nancy Kathryn Burns, Stoddard associate curator of prints, drawings and photographs at WAM, and Toby Sisson, associate professor and program director of studio art at Clark University, Us Them We | Race Ethnicity Identity will feature over 50 objects across a broad spectrum of media including: photography, prints, painting, and sculpture. Presented across two galleries, the exhibition features significant loans and some rarely-seen objects from the Worcester Art Museum’s permanent collection. Highlights include works by Edgar Heap of Birds, Byron Kim, Roberto Lugo, Shirin Neshat, and Lorna Simpson.

LEGO Maritime Festival

Date: February 19 – 27

Time: 10am – 5pm

Website: https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/events/lego-maritime-festival/

Summary: Calling LEGO fans of all ages– it’s time for the USS Constitution Museum’s annual LEGO Maritime Festival! Get ready to build your best ship throughout February School Vacation Week. From 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM each day, our museum theater is transformed into a LEGO and DUPLO shipyard with thousands of bricks to choose, and tables and chairs to sit together and build. What will you create?

And don’t forget to enter your ship into our annual LEGO Ship Shape Competition! There will be two versions this year: a daily contest for visitors to the Museum, and a week-long contest for those who build at home. The grand prize winners will receive Ship-in-a-Bottle LEGO kits. 

February School Vacation Week Discovery Adventures

Date: February 21 – 25

Time: 9am – 3pm

Website: https://www.osv.org/event/february-vacation-week-discovery-adventures/

Summary: Discovery Adventures are immersive day programs that give kids a chance to step back in time and experience life in the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village. Every session offers kids the opportunity to explore an aspect of 19th-century history and daily life. All programs include an afternoon snack, hands-on crafts, and the chance to learn something new while making lasting friends and memories.

2022 INSPIRE STEM Gala

Date: February 26

Time: 6pm

Website: https://www.nsbeboston.org/

Summary: NSBE Boston Professionals invites you to the 4th Annual INSPIRE STEM Scholarship Fundraiser & Awards gala on February 25, 2021. This year’s hybrid event will benefit NSBE Boston’s year-round Youth STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) initiatives and also honor the accomplishments of Black leaders who are inspiring a generation of future black innovators.

Faye Webster

Date: February 26

Time: 8pm

Website: https://massmoca.org/event/faye-webster/

Summary: Atlanta singer-songwriter Faye Webster pairs close, whisper-quiet, home-recorded vocals with the unmistakably intimate vibe of musicians together in a room. Her sound draws as much from the lap-steel singer-songwriter pop of the 1970s and teardrop country tunes as it does from the audacious personalities of her city’s rap and R&B community. Since finding her way onto none other than Barack Obama’s 2020 year-end list, Webster’s status has skyrocketed with her fourth studio album I Know I’m Funny haha dropping in June 2021 to a shower of critical acclaim. With shows selling out across the country, Webster adds a stop in North Adams and you’ll be glad she did.

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