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Rachele Buriassi and Roddy Doble in Jiří Kylián's Wings of Wax; photo by Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy Boston Ballet.

THEATER REVIEW: Boston Ballet’s Kylián/Wings of Wax at the Boston Opera House

Balanchine’s “Donizetti Variations” opened a three-part program by teaching our wings to soar to Gaetano Donizetti’s dreamy, sprightly, symmetrical melodies from his 1843 opera, “Don Sebastien.”

The vigor of the music belied our modern stereotypes of the classical as bland, of the romantic as naïve. And the dancers inhabiting Donizetti’s lively, questing inspirations with quick-silver turns seemed to grasp myriad opportunities to soar or slow, improbably, just before the musicians in the orchestra pit announced them!

Pedro E. Guerrero, I’m an Architect, Taliesin, Spring Green, WI, 1947, silver gelatin print. © Pedro E. Guerrero Archives. Courtesy of Edward Cella Art +Architecture Los Angeles, CA.

Guerrero and Wright: Architecture Stories: Photographs by Pedro E. Guerrero at The Art Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University

The year was 1939 — when the then 22-year-old Pedro E. Guerrero, his portfolio in hand, arrived at Taliesin West in Scottsdale in search of a job. Frank Lloyd Wright, in the midst of building the campus, needed someone to document the process. Despite the paltry pay and lack of job security, Guerrero signed on.

Wright had made an uncanny choice in hiring the young man who’d just narrowly escaped the segregated schools and pervasive prejudice of Mesa, Ariz. Guerrero’s intelligence and quick wit would stand him in good staid with the boss, and his remarkable portraits of Wright suggest the ease with which the two took to each other’s company. There was no question but that Guerrero would play a significant role in reinvigorating Wright’s career; his iconic photographs continue to exert a force.

Juan Roberto Diago, Sin título (Untitled), 2011

Diago: The Pasts of This Afro-Cuban Present” at The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art

So many insights in art, in scholarship and in life derive from accidents of attention grasped by some intuition insisting sotto voce, “Hey! This is important!” For me it was a prompt to walk once again through the first retrospective exhibition of the Afro-Cuban artist Roberto Diago currently at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art — though I had already Velcroed and snapped my overshoes against the snow waiting in Harvard Square.

Gail Sauter, Just Hanging Out, oil on linen.


I found myself at the opening reception for the Copley Society of Art’s 2017 Winter Members Show, “Shaken and Stirred,” strangely resonating with its title. I seemed to have left my wife back at the Park Street Red Line station under a misunderstanding too complicated to explain, so I suffered some suspense while waiting for her to reappear.

Yayoi Kusama, Dots Obsession (Love Transformed into Dots), 2007.

Wanderlust: Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

The retrospective, “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors,” at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., until May 14, includes paintings, three room-size installations (“All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins,” “Chandelier of Grief” and “Where the Lights in My Heart Go”) and sculptures. They provide a complete lexicon of her motifs, color, layering, light, reflection and exploration of the body and the celestial universe.

Tom Rakewell (Ben Bliss) falls captive to Mother Goose’s ladies (Photography by T Charles Erickson © T Charles Erickson Photography).

Tom Rakewell (Ben Bliss) falls captive to Mother Goose’s ladies (Photography by T Charles Erickson © T Charles Erickson Photography).

Boston Lyric Opera presents The Rake’s Progress

A new production by director Allegra Libonati illuminates the Cutler Majestic’s historic stage and house with a tale at once simple and profound.

Artscope Magazine: Ongoing

Here’s a list of New England’s ongoing events!

March/April 2017

Article Excerpts: Welcome | Cornered: Mohamad Hafez| An Exodus Frozen in Time | Exploring the Space Within | Coding as a Design Tool at Tufts | Weapons Unloaded in Maine | It’s a Wonderful Life | Multisensory Surprise at Phillips Exeter | COSO’s Winter Members Show | Shacking Up in Ptown | An Exuberance of […]

March/April 2017 Centerfold

    Artscope 67, March/April 2017   art: Golden Abstract artist: Wilda Squires medium: photography theme: Artficial Intelligence My entrance into the world of abstract photography began serendipitously ten years ago. Unable to sleep very early one morning, I watched the shadows that the rising sun created within the folds of the bedroom window curtains. […]

Krzysztof Wodiczko (courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York).

Social Justice Artist, Practitioner of Interrogative Design and Harvard University Professor Krzysztof Wodiczko

Krzysztof Wodiczko, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design’s Professor in Residence of Art, Design and the Public Domain, who also works with the Interrogative Design Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), combines art and technology with emerging social issues to produce creative projects involving veterans of war, disasters and other trauma.