November Community Calendar Events:

The 2nd Annual Boston Shriners Hospital 2021 Virtual Haunted Walk

Date: November 1st

Time: Various

Location: Shriners Hospitals for Children – Boston, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA

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Simply register for free and ask friends and family to join or support your team. Walk, jog, or skip anywhere you like and celebrate your impact anytime during the Virtual Haunted Walk week.

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Help spread the word and support excellence in pediatric specialty care at the Boston Shriners Hospital. All proceeds from the Virtual Haunted Walk will advance world-class pediatric acute burn care, reconstructive plastic surgery and cleft lip and palate care, always regardless of families’ ability to pay.

Every Path Laid Open: Women of Concord and the Quest for Equality

Date: November 1st – November 7th  

Time: Various

Location: Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA

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Every Path Laid Open: Women of Concord and the Quest for Equality includes rare artifacts from the collection that tell the story of Concord women of the past – some famous and some almost invisible. Each portrait, needlework, or piece of historic clothing, carefully preserved by succeeding generations and now by the Concord Museum, makes it possible to create meaning from the lives of ordinary citizens as well as prominent residents. There is also a special media component in the exhibition celebrating today’s women of Concord – from educators to entrepreneurs, firefighters to farmers, and artists to activists. The title of the exhibition comes from a compelling quote by 19th century feminist Margaret Fuller describing the ultimate goal of her fellow advocates for women’s suffrage: “We would have every path laid open to woman as freely as to man.”

Frida Kahlo: POSE

Date: November 1st – December 19th

Time: Various

Location: Rose Art Museum, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA

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Frida Kahlo: POSE is a focused exhibition that presents select paintings, drawings, and prints; a rich array of vintage photographs (some never before seen); and rare archival footage and ephemera, providing new perspectives on Kahlo’s complex identity as a path-breaking individual and artist. Organized in five overlapping sections – posing; composing; exposing; queering, and self-fashioning – this research-based show examines the relationship between photography and art within Kahlo’s world; explores her mode of composing herself and her paintings; and shines a light on Kahlo’s queer identity and gender fluid self-presentations. Contemporary artworks from the Rose Art Museum’s permanent collection that explore queer identity will be placed in dialogue with Kahlo’s work, pointing to this transgressive artist’s inspiring legacies and cultural impact.

What the Nazis Stole from Richard Neumann

Date: November 1st – December 31st    

Time: Various

Location: Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA

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This exhibition presents 14 paintings and sculptures from the once extensive art collection of Dr. Richard Neumann (1879-1959), recently reunited following his and his family’s efforts over 75 years to regain possession of them. The president of a successful textile company with mills throughout Austria and Bohemia, Neumann was a lover of the arts and an avid collector. In 1921, his collection was officially recognized with landmark status in Austria with 28 of the over 200 works acknowledged as particularly important. Following Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria in 1938, Neumann’s collection was inventoried in accordance with anti-Jewish laws put in place by the Nazis. It was seized through forced sales and denied requests for export licenses, as the family fled first from Vienna and later from Paris to Cuba. In this exhibition, we present the extraordinary story of Richard Neumann—a discerning collector committed to promoting the role of the arts in civic life—, the family’s persecution during World War II, and the long struggle to reassemble the collection. The small fraction of his collection that has been successfully restituted to his heirs are currently on loan to the Worcester Art Museum in recognition of Dr. Neumann’s commitment to make his collection accessible to the public.

First Children: Caroline and John Jr. in the Kennedy White House

Date: November 1st – January 8th

Time: Various

Location: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, MA

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“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.

Black Histories, Black Futures

Date: November 1st – January 17th

Time: Various

Location: Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

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Curated by young scholars as part of the MFA’s new partnership with local youth empowerment organizations, “Black Histories, Black Futures” focuses on works by 20th-century artists of color. It represents a major rethinking and reinstallation of a central area in the Museum that stretches between the Huntington Avenue and Fenway entrances. Forming a literal centerpiece of the MFA’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2020, the exhibition carves out a space for stirring exploration and celebration of Black histories, experiences, and self-representations.

The exhibition includes works by well-known artists such as Archibald Motley, Norman Lewis, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and Dawoud Bey and brings fresh attention to artists with connections to Boston, such as SMFA graduate Loïs Mailou Jones and longtime South End resident Allan Rohan Crite. The teens organized the exhibition into four thematic sections: “Ubuntu: I am Because You Are” presents images of community life and leisure activities; “Welcome to the City” focuses on paintings of urban scenes in both figurative and abstract styles; and, with photographs and works on paper depicting intimate moments from everyday life, “Normality Facing Adversity” and “Smile in the Dark” both consider the radicality of simply being oneself.

The teen curators—fellows from youth empowerment organizations Becoming a Man (BAM), The BASE, and the Bloomberg Arts Internship Boston program managed by EdVestors—used skills they developed as paid interns in a pilot internship program at the MFA to research, interpret, and design the exhibition. Their work highlights areas of excellence within the Museum’s collection and lays foundations for the future.

Paper Stories, Layered Dreams: The Art of Ekua Holmes​

Date: November 1st – January 23rd

Time: Various

Location: Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

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A lifelong resident of Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, Ekua Holmes (b. 1955) is an artist and community activist whose body of work explores themes of childhood, family bonds, memory, and resilience. This exhibition focuses on her award-winning children’s book illustrations—vibrant collages revealing stories of self-determination, love, and community that reflect the artist’s distinctive vision and commitment to Black imagery and representation.

The more than 40 works on view include original illustrations from Holmes’s published book projects: Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (2015) by Carole Boston Weatherford, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets (2017) by Kwame Alexander, and Black Is a Rainbow Color (2020) by Angela Joy. The exhibition also features a selection of Holmes’s luminous illustrations for the recently released book Saving American Beach (2021) by Heidi Tyline King—on view for the first time—as well as a selection of her independent work, including portrait installation pieces. Interpretive materials include a video interview with the artist and a group of wall texts written by teen participants in the MFA’s Curatorial Study Hall program.

In a time of significant diversification of children’s literature, Holmes and her artistic vision are part of the vital change embraced by this generation’s publishing industry. By daring to challenge norms and push boundaries, new literary and visual narratives are being created for all children to explore and see themselves. Influenced by the artist’s life experiences, familial connections, and friendships, Holmes’s artwork is an invitation for all to see the world anew.

New Light: Encounters and Connections

Date: November 1st – February 6th

Time: Various

Location: Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

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Spanning cultures and geographies, and sometimes millennia too, “New Light: Encounters and Connections” presents more than 60 works of art from across the MFA’s collection, many of which are on view for the first time.

The exhibition is organized into 21 “conversations”—in each, a contemporary piece that has recently joined the collection is juxtaposed with one or two rarely seen objects acquired earlier in the Museum’s history. The contemporary pieces include work by emerging as well as local or Boston-born artists—among them Dana C. Chandler Jr., Alison Croney Moses, Eben Haines, Stephen Hamilton, Tomashi Jackson, and Lavaughan Jenkins. The objects in conversation with these recent additions range from an ancient Egyptian carving of a princess to experimental miniature vases made by French ceramicist Auguste Delaherche. Placed in dialogue, these objects, old and new, invite visitors to explore an array of subjects. A portrait by Stephen Hamilton featuring weaving and dyeing techniques learned in Nigeria engages 20th-century textiles from southwestern Nigeria and Gee’s Bend, Alabama, in a meditation on ancestral heritage, while encounters elsewhere address childcare, queer communities, and Native resistance, among other topics.

Together, these conversations reveal the potential of every addition to the collection to spark unexpected connections and new narratives.

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