Sunday, April 14, 2024

Museums

Museum Pieces: Exploring Island history

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“A visit to a museum is a search for beauty, truth, and meaning in our lives.” This statement from artist Maira Kalman, which I came across by accident the other day, hit me deeply. I...

Bob Dylan Center: A trip to remember

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My husband, documentary photographer Edward Grazda, was invited to attend the May 2022 opening of the Bob Dylan Center in Tulsa, Okla. Still squeamish about traveling, he decided we should not attend, and it...

At ‘Home’ at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum

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Home can be a sanctuary, a community, a place of yearning, and the new exhibition at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum looks at home from many different angles, using engaging art, audio recordings, and places...

‘A Kid’s Life’

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You’re never too old to play. And the Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s new exhibition, “1923: A Kid’s Life,” asks you to do just that. This fun and engaging show, which is part of its centennial...

‘They Were Heard: The Unique Voice of the Martha’s Vineyard Deaf Community’ at M.V....

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“They Were Heard: The Unique Voice of the Martha’s Vineyard Deaf Community” is a small exhibit that tells a big story about inclusiveness, which is welcome in our time, often fraught with tensions around...

Wood boats brought to life

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As a born-and-bred Manhattanite, boats were not part of my life. Moving here full-time, it seemed, much to my surprise, that everyone around me talked about boats an awful lot. After writing an article...

Miss West at the museum

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“From ‘the Kid’ to Miss West: The Extraordinary Life of Dorothy West” opened Memorial Day weekend at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum. The exhibition is made up of letters, memorabilia, photographs, even the Smith Corona...

History’s flight

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“Please touch!” That’s exactly what we’re encouraged to do with the five larger-than-life sculptures of birds that no longer grace this earth but stand as sentinels of the past on the lawn in front...

100 years of history

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The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is celebrating its 100th birthday with a series of exhibitions and events that reflect the changes in their vision, growth, and purpose as the organization has evolved over the years....

‘Martha’s Vineyard Flavors’

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Food crosses cultures and times. We eat it, think about it, cook it, celebrate with it, and some of us grow it. Food is also central to the Island, and accordingly, the Martha’s Vineyard...

Blockbuster on board

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You would be hard-pressed to find an Islander, vacationer, or much of the general public who doesn’t know about the connection between the movie “Jaws” and the Island. I saw this very first summer...

‘She Who Speaks with the Ocean’

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Marion Wilson engages our senses and intellect in her new, immersive exhibition at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum that, through sights and sounds, beautifully interweaves art, ecology, and science into a thought-provoking experience. COVID gave birth...

What we weave

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The new exhibition “Woven: Art and Industry on Martha’s Vineyard,” at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, is sure to get you thinking about the historic importance of weaving here, beginning with the ancestors of the...

Eye-opening exhibit

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History is typically written by those in power, and museum exhibitions often focus on people at the top of the social pyramid with the ability to be the master of their own fate. The...

‘Freedom dreams’

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As you walk down the hall on the second floor of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, the vibrant, 30- by 42-in. photographic portraits in the large, light-filled Hollinshead gallery straight ahead beckon to you. There...

‘Let’s Dance!’

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How do you bring dance to life in a museum exhibition, which is inherently made up of objects that don’t move? Exhibitions assistant Kate Logue skillfully animates the show by covering the walls with...

A museum of understanding

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When is a museum more than a museum? When it’s Oak Bluffs’ Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center, which is a welcoming, light-filled space brimming with art expressions of many kinds. The museum was...

‘Stan Murphy at 100’ on exhibition at the M.V. Museum

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Stan Murphy was renowned as a premiere and well-respected Island artist. The current exhibition at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum is an overview of his life and art, celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth. He...

Seeing beauty in the ordinary

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The Mariposa Museum was bustling with activity Friday afternoon. Children surrounded a table littered with scissors, beads, yarn, and other art equipment, focused on making magic wands from the available objects. In the back...

Four great artists included in museum exhibit ‘Work of the Soul’

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The Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s special exhibition “Work of the Soul: Meta Warrick Fuller, Lois Mailou Jones, Delilah Pierce, and Olive (Cutie) Bowles” offers an unprecedented opportunity to see the art of four significant Black...