Massachusetts Museum Guide: upcoming art exhibits at 150 institutions

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Last Chance! These must see 2019 shows are closing soon: Don’t miss ICA Watershed Purple (installation view above) closing September 2;  DeCordova New England Biennial and the Provincetown Art Association & Museum’s 1945 Chaim Gross exhibition close September 15; and catch Renoir at the Clark before it’s gone September 22nd.

A few of the listed upcoming exhibitions to note: the NEW building and exhibits at PEM are opening September 2019; Homer at the Beach is on display at Cape Ann Museum thru December 1 (and catch a Richard Ormond lecture on John Singer Sargent’s Charcoals Sept.28 at Cape Ann Museum (ahead of the Morgan exhibition opening October);  three new shows opening at MFA; Gordon Parks at Addison; and Alma Thomas at Smith. A Seuss-focused experience was pronounced destined for Boston, ahead of its TBD venue, by the LA entertainment company co-founders. Some shows I’ve already visited and may write about, mostly from a dealer’s perspective as that is my background. Exhibition trends continue to evolve and reveal new directions. A few patterns I see in the exhibition titles: what’s annointed for display and how it’s contextualized (corrective labels); immersive exhibits; revisiting colonial methodologies and themes; major solo surveys; women artists (and this upcoming season boost underscoring womens’ suffrage and 100th anniversary of the ratification of women’s right to vote); illustration; environment; and issues of humanity and migration. The list is illustrated with images of the sites. All photographs mine unless otherwise noted. Right click or hover to see info; click to enlarge. – Catherine Ryan

The guide – Massachusetts Museum Guide, Fall 2019

Note from author: The list below is alphabetized by town, and details upcoming exhibitions at each venue as well as some that are closing soon. Click the word “website” (color gray on most monitors) for hyperlinks that redirect to venues. For a list alphabetically sorted by venue, see my Google Map (with a Candy Trail overlay) “Art Museums in Massachusetts” here and embedded at the end of this post. I pulled the map together several years ago. No apps to download or website jumping. Easy scroll down so you don’t miss an exhibit that’s closer than you think to one that you may already be exploring. A few are open seasonally (summer) or weekends only–call first to check before visiting. Major new architectural building projects are underway at BU (closed) and MIT. The 54th Regiment Memorial on Boston Common will undergo restoration. Get ready for close observation of conservation in process.  – Catherine


1. John Greenleaf Whittier historic Home and Museum website 


2. Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art website

  • September 7, 2019- March 1, 2020 Under the Sea with Eric Carle
  • Through October 27, 2019 The Picture Book Odysseys of Peter Sis video of exhibition
  • November 10, 2019 – April 5, 2020 The Pursuit of Everything: Maria Kalman’s Books for Children
  • Through December 1, 2019 William Steig’s Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: A Golden Anniversary

3. Emily Dickinson Museum website ongoing special guided tours through two historic house museums- Homestead and Evergreens, and programs

4. Eli Marsh Gallery – Amherst College website

  • September 16-October 11, 2019 Do Things to Images: An Exhibition by Odette England

5. Mead Art Museum –  Amherst College website

  • Opening September 12, 2019 Rotherwas Project 5 | Christopher Myers: The Red Plague Rid You for Learning Me Your Language
  • Through September 11, 2019 Fleeting Nature: Selections from Collection
  • Fall 2019 Ten Years of Trinkett Clark Memorial Student Acquisitions
  • Opening December 2019 Students’ museum seminar exhibition
  • Through January 5, 2020 Constructing Collage


6. Addison Gallery of American Art Philips Andover website

  • September 1, 2018- July 31, 2020 A Wildness Distant from Ourselves: Art and Ecology in 19th-Century America press release
  • September 1, 2018 – December 15, 2019 The Art of Ambition in the Colonial Northeast press release
  • September 1 – November 15, 2019 George Washington: American Icon press release
  • October 5, 2019 – January 5 2020 Men of Steel, Women of Wonder press release
  • February 1 – April 26, 2020 Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940-1950 press release


7. Cyrus E. Dallin (1861-1944) Art Museum website


8. Attleboro Arts Museum (like NSAA) website


9. The Belmont Woman’s Club & 1853 Winslow Homer (seasonal) website historic house museum


10. Montserrat College of Art website

  • Through September 13, 2019 Montserrat Gallery | Julian Howley: Building Better Mobs
  • Through September 21, 2019 Ashley Brown Durand: It’s Ok to Feel Things
  • Through October 12, 2019 301 Gallery | Adrian Fernandez Milanes

11. Murals, Cabot Street Beverly


12. Beverly Public Library website


13. Long Hill historic home and gardens 114 acres website 


14. Boston Athenaeum website

  • September 17, 2019 – March 14, 2020 Required Reading: Reimagining a Colonial Library on display in the Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery press release

15. Boston Black Heritage Trail, NPS website

photo info: Visitors will see the Robert Gould Shaw 54th Regiment Memorial undergoing conservation beginning fall 2019

16. Boston Children’s Museum website

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  • Through September 30th HUMAN GARDEN | Handmade Installation by Lani Asuncion on display in The Gallery
  • Through Fall 2019 Pickup Music Project
  • iconic permanent public art/architecture, i.e. Hood Milk Carton; mini temporary displays and/or art commissions integrated every floor

17. Boston Freedom Trail website

18. Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park website

(photos show info gateway on the Greenway near the ferry access to Boston Harbor Islands)

  • Summer 2019 public art: Boston Harbor [Re]creation The Project: Artists Marsha Parrilla; Robin MacDonald-Foley; Brian Sonia-Wallace more(Jury: Luis Cotto MCC; Lucas Cowan, The Greenway; Celena illuzzi, National Parks; Caroly Lewenberg; Denise Sarno-Bucca DCR; Courtney Shape, City of Boston; Rebecca Smerling Boston Harbor Now; Kera Washingon; Cynthia Woo, Pao Arts Center)

19. Boston Public Library website

  • Through November 10, 2019 America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century, special exhibitions, more

20. Boston Society of Architects website

  • Through October 25, 2019 Canstruction 2019
  • Through December 31, 2019 2019 BSA Design Awards 
  • December 6 – January 2, 2019 8th Annual Gingerbread House Design Competition
  • January 10, 2020- May 15, 2020 The Architecture of Time
  • February 14 – April 5, 2020 Women in Design Award of Excellence 20th Anniversary celebratin and exhibition
  • February 21 – May 31, 2020 Durable: Sustainable Material Ecologies Vilna Shul website

21. Boston University BU Art Galleries website

  • Reopening Fall 2020 – 808 Gallery (temporary closures)
  • Reopening Fall 2020 – Faye G., Jo & James Stone Gallery (temporary closures)
  • Annex

22. Design Museum, Boston website

23. Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway website 

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  • Unveiled 2019 – Super A (Stefan Thelen) Resonance, 2019, latex and spray paint
    • Note to Greenway (see photo notes below): food trucks by the stop should be relocated to other food truck areas (and maybe one tree) to optimize and welcome sight line to the Greenway and public spaces from streets, sidewalk, and South Station. There are pauses elsewhere along the lattice park links, and a generous approach past the wine bar. The temporary commissioned mural could extend verso (or invite a second artist) so that the approach from Zakim Bridge/RT1/93North is as exciting as the approach from Cape Cod.
  • Skip the app AI download– swamped my phone battery despite free WiFi on the Greenway.
  • See complete list of 2019 public art currently on view at The Greenway here
  • The Greenway packs a lot of punch in a compressed area; its lattice of dynamic public spaces and quiet passages are an easy stroll into the North End or along the HarborWalk to the ICA, roughly similar in size and feel as walking Battery Park and Hudson River Park in New York City.
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photo credit: Grounds help | College students from Boston University volunteering before the semester kicks off at The Greenway, Boston MA © c ryan _20190828_
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p.s. Need to add ICA to The Greenway wayfinding 

24. Innovation and Design building (aka Boston Design Building makeover in process in winter 2016 photos posted here) website

25. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum website

  • Through September 15, 2019 BIG PLANS: Picturing Social Reform more
  • Through October 20, 2019 Contemporary Art  Joan Jonas: i know why they left more
  • Through January 14, 2020 Anne H. Fitzpatrick Facade Laura Owens: Untitled 
  • October 17, 2019 – January 20, 2020 In the Company of Artists featuring Sophie Calle, Bharti Kher, Luisa Lambri, Laura Owens, Rachel Perry, Dayanita Singh, and Su-Mei Tse

26. Guild of Boston Artists website

  • Through September 28, 2019 Annual Regional Juried Exhibition 2019 Winners announced September 21, 2019. The 2018 gold winner, Leon Doucette of Gloucester, exhibiting again, and Melissa Cooper. more

27. ICA Institute of Contemporary Art website

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  • On display at The Water Shed ICA Boston venue

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  • Through September 2, 2019 at The Water Shed, ICA Boston John Akomfrah: Purple more 
  • What’s coming in 2020 to The Water Shed? Still TBA
  • Through September 22, 2019 ICA Less Is a Bore: Maximilist Art & Design more

Nice installation with a few surprises and thoughtful connection to other exhibtions on view. (The LeWit and Johns selections triggered what about that work or artist? I wish May Stevens and Harmony Hammond were included and my list grew from there. That’s part of the fun of the exhibit.)

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  • September 24 – February 7, 2021 ICA Yayoi Kusama: Love is Calling more
  • September 24 – February 7, 2021 ICA Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama more
  • October 23, 2019 – January 26, 2020 ICA When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art more
  • Through December 31, 2019 ICA 2019 James and Audrey Foster Prize Boston area artists: Rashin Fahandej; Josephine Halvorson; Lavaughan Jenkins; Helga Roht Poznanski more 
  • Through December 31, 2019 ICA Vivian Suter more 
  • January 17, 2020 – March 15, 2020 ICA Fineberg Art Wall | Nina Chanel Abney mural more

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  • January 20, 2020 – July 5, 2020 ICA Tschabalala Self: Around the Way more
  • January 20, 2020 – July 5, 2020 ICA Carolina Caycedo more
  • February 26 – May 17, 2020 ICA Sterling Ruby more
  • July 1, 2020 – October 18, 2020 ICA Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech more

28. John F. Kennedy JFK Presidential Library & Museum, UMASS Boston website

  • Through November 28, 2019 JFK 100: Milestones & Mementos  more
  • Through December 31, 2019 Freedom 7 Space Capsule more

29. Massachusetts State House art collection website  and Boston Commons public arts and spaces

30. McMullen Museum of Art BC – Boston College website

  • September 9, 2019 William Trost Richards: Hieroglyphs of Landscape more
  • September 9, 2019 Simon Dinnerstein: “The Fulbright Triptych” more
  • September 9, 2019 Alen MacWeeney and a Century of New York Street Photography more 
  • September 9, 2019 Mary Armstrong: Conditions of Faith more

31. MAAH – Museum of African American History, Boston website

32. MFA – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston website 

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  • September 13, 2019 – May 3, 2021 Women Take the Floor (The fugitive textiles and printmaking sections will rotate out Part 1 May 2020) at the MFA more 
  • October 12, 2019 – August 9, 2020 Weng Family Collection of Chinese Painting: Family and Friends at the MFA more
  • October 13, 2019 – January 20, 2020 Ancient Nubia Now at the MFA more 

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  • Through October 14, 2019 Community Arts Mindful Mandlas at the MFA
  • Through December 15, 2019 Viewpoints: Photographs from art dealer Howard Greenberg Collection at the MFA more 

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  • Through January 20, 2020 Make Believe: Five Contemporary photographers at the MFA more
  • Through January 20, 2020 Kay Nielsen’s Enchanted Vision at the MFA more
  • Through February 20, 2020 Hyman Bloom: Matters of Life and Death at the MFA more
  • Through February 23, 2020  Jackson Pollock |  Katharina Grosse Abstraction on a Massive Scale at the MFA more

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  • March 1, 2020  – May 25, 2010 Lucian Freud: The Self Portraits at the MFA more 
  • Through March 8, 2020 Collecting Stories: Mid Century Experiment at the MFA
  • Through March 29, 2020 Boston Made Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork at the MFA more
  • Through June 30, 2020 Conservation in Action: Japanes Buddhist Sculpure at the MFA

33. Otis House Museum, Historic New England website historic house museum

34. Paul Revere House website

35. Society of Arts & Crafts, at Pier 4 Boston website 

  • Sepember 10 2019 – November 10, 2019 Kogei-Kyoto x SA+C, Boston more
  • save the date: Society visits Gloucester, Mass

36. USS Constitution, NPS website


37. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History website

  • Long term display in the Naturescape Gallery James Prosek and Barbara Harmon (see also Thornton Burgess in East Sandwich) 


38. Fuller Craft Museum heads into 51st season website

  • Opens September 7, 2019 Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty press release 
  • Opens September 7, 2019 Gleam: Golden Selections from the Permanent Collection press release
  • Through September 8, 2019 Mano-Made: New Expression in Craft by Latino Artists
  • Opens September 28, 2019 Human Impact: Stories of the Opiod Epidemic
  • Through October 6, 2019 Brockton Youth Creates
  • Opens October 19, 2019 Stitch by Stitch: Activist Quilts from the Social Justice Sewing Academy
  • Through October 27, 2019 Take It Outside: Works from the Boston Sculptors Gallery
  • Through October 27, 2019 Maine Crafts Association: Ten Years of Master Craft Artists
  • Through November 17, 2019 Elizabeth Potenza: “Look up,” she said, “there is more color than you ever imagined.
  • Opens January 25, 2020 Stephanie Cole: Secular Cathedral
  • Opens May 2, 2020 Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage
  • Through May 3, 2020 Tending the Fires: Recent Acquisitions in Clay


39. Larz Anderson Auto Museum website

  • Through mid April 2020 Golden Age – Era of Distinction, Style and Grace 1915-1948 more
  • Permanent display – The Anderson Collection 


40. Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate  website

41. Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon website

  • Through September 15, 2019 Under Pressure– Birds in the Printed Landscape: Linocuts by Sherrie York more
  • Through September 29, 2019 The Shorebird Decoys of Gardner & Dexter more


Harvard – 

42.  Harvard Art Museums (Fogg; Busch-Reisinger; and Arthur M. Sackler) website

Why do any of the Harvard museums charge an entrance fee?

  • Through January 5, 2020 Winslow Homer: Eyewitness (in conjunction with Cape Ann Museum Homer exhibition) University Research Gallery
  • Through January 5, 2020 Early Christian Africa: Arts of Transformation
  • Through January 5, 2020 Critical Printing
  • Through January 5, 2020 Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art
  • Through November 14, 2021 On Site Clay — Modeling African Design

43. Harvard – Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts website

  • Through September 29, 2019 Anna Oppermann: Drawings

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The Carpenter Center was closed for an event on the day I scheduled to see the Oppermann exhibition – good reminder to call first for the must see shows on your list.

  •  Jonathan Berger: An Introduction to Nameless Love
  • Harvard Film Archive weekly film series

44. Harvard – ‘The Cooper Gallery’ / The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art website

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  • September 16 – December 13, 2019 The Sound of My Soul: Frank Stewart’s Life in Jazz photography, curated by Ruth Fine
  • the Gordon Park exhibition that recently closed was on my list of top shows for 2019

45. Harvard – Gutman Gallery website

  • Through August 30, 2019 Sneha Shrestha (aka Imagine), Ed.M.’17

46. Harvard –  Graduate School of Design Gund Hall Exhibition website

47. Harvard – Ernst Mayr Library website

48. Harvard – Houghton Library website

49. Harvard – Lamont Library (Harvard ID required) website

  • Through March 29, 2020 Harvard College International Photo Contest Winners

50. Harvard –  Museum of Natural History website

  • September 25, 2019 – December 31, 2019 Rotten Apples: Botanical Models of Diversity and Disease at Harvard Museum of Natural History more
  • Ongoing, Glass Flowers Gallery

51. Harvard – Peabody Museum of Archaeology website

  • Through December 31, 2019 Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology more

52. Harvard- Pusey Library Exhibition Gallery website

  • Through October 31, 2019 Mapping the Moon in Black and White Harvard Map Collection
  • Through January 22, 2020 The Rittase Touch: Photographic Views of Harvard in the 1930s

53. Harvard – Widener Library (Harvard ID required) website

  • Though September 30, 2019 Colonial North America: Portals to the Past

54. Central Square Murals, Cambridge website


55. MIT Museum website  **OCTOBER 2021 MIT Museum moving to KENDALL SQUARE**

  • Through September 1, 2019 Arresting Fragments: Object Photography at the Bauhaus  more
  • Opens October 11, 2019 The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology more 
  • Opens November 7, 2019 Making Digital Tangible more
  • Through May 1, 2021 Lighter, Stronger, Faster: The Herreshoff Legacy design and engineering and the Hereshoff Manufacturing Co. more
  • Ongoing Harold Edgerton exhibit; Holography collection; and Gestural Engineering: The Sculpture of Arthur Ganson

56. MIT List Visual Arts Center website MIT Media Lab more

  • Through September 15, 2019 Student Lending Art program more
  • Through October 20, 2019 List Projects: Farah Al Qasimi more
  • October 18, 2019 – January 5, 2020 Alicja Kwade: In Between Glances more
  • December 12, 2019 – February 9, 2020 List Projects: Becca Albee more
  • February 7, 2020 – April 12, 2020 Christine Sun Kim: Off the Charts more
  • February 7, 2020 – April 12, 2020 Colored People Time: Mundane Futures, Quotidian Pasts, Banal Presents more
  • March 17, 2020 – May 17, 2020 List Projects: Rami George more

57. MIT Hart Nautical Gallery website

58. MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery student projects website

59. MIT School of Architecture Galleries website

  • September 1 Gallery 9 SA+P Thesis show website
  • School of Architecture Dean’s Gallery website
  • School of Architecture Keller Gallery website
  • Rotch Library Exhibition space website
  • Through September 30 GRAND CANYON: Geology, Exploration Tourism and Architecture more 
  • Through October 4, 2019 A theater without theater on display Maihaugen Gallery and Rotch Library more
  • Opens December 9, 2019 ACT Fall Studio Final exhibit
  • PLAZmA Digital Gallery website

60. MIT Wiesner Student Art Gallery website Stratton Student Center

  • Through September 15, 2019 Surrounded by Digitized Faces and Bodies 

61. Mount Auburn Cemetery website 

62. Museum of Science, Boston website

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  • Temporary art and photography exhibitions top floor moments of excellence
  • Ongoing George Rhodes 1987 commission, Archimedean Excogitation, mesmerizing audiokinetic sculpture (Relocated to lobby 2015- I prefered lower level.)
  • Ongoing Katherine Lane Weems (1899-1989) animal sculptures. MoS is the largest repository of her work.
  • Historic Eames installation dismantled 😦


63. Museum of Russian Icons website

  • Through October 20, 2019 Wrestling With Angels Icons from the Prosopon School of Iconology and Iconography more
  • November 15, 2019 – March 8, 2020 Emil Hoppe: Photographs from the Ballet Russes more


64. Louisa May Alcott Orchard House 399 Lexington Road, Concord, Massachusetts 01742, United States (978) 369-4118 guided tours year round plus special events

65. Ralph Waldo Emerson House (seasonal) website

66. Walden Pond State Reservation – Henry David Thoreau website

67. Concord Museum website

  • Opening October 19, 2019 Concord Collects 
  • February 14, 2020 Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere press release


68. Cahoon Museum of American Art website

  • September 6 – October 30, 2019 Through the Looking Glass: Daguerreotype Masterworks from the Dawn of Photography
  • October 6 – October 30, 2019 Cahoon Contemporaries: Jodi Colella, Jackie Reeves, Kimberly Sheering
  • November 8 – December 22, 2019 Soo Sunny Park: Boundary Conditions installation
  • November 8 – December 22, 2019 Gretchen Romey Tanzer Weaver
  • Rotating – Highlights from the collection; New Acquisitions; Cahoon studio tours; and historical installation designed by Mary Ann Agresti  


69. Crane Museum of Papermaking website Founded in 1930. Mill venue dates to 1844, built after papermaker Zenas Crane’s retirement


70. Cape Cod Museum of Art – 39th year website

  • Through October 6, 2019 Milton Teichman sculpture
  • Through October 20, 2019 Ship of State…Paintings by Robert Henry
  • Through December 21, 2019 Interpreting Their World: Varujan Boghosian, Carmen Cicero, Elspeth Halvorsen and Pual Resika


71. The Art Complex Museum (Weyerhaeuser collection) website

  • August 18 – November 10, 2019 Steve Novick: Approximation 
  • September 15 -January 12, 2020 Draw the Line
  • September 15 – January 12, 2020 Rotations: Highlights From the Permanent Collection Nocturne including Lowell Birge Harrison (American, 1854–1929), Suzanne Hodes (American, b. 1939), Kawase Hasui (Japanese, 1883–1957), George Inness (American, 1825–1894), Johan Barthold Jongkind (Dutch, 1819–1891) Martin Lewis (American, 1881–1962), and Henri Eugene Le Sidaner (French, 1862-1939)
  • November 17 – February 16, 2020 George Herman Found Paintings


72. Thornton W. Burgess Society Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen website *may join Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster to combine and become the Cape Cod Museums of Natural History


73. Essex Shipbuilding Museum website

  • September 8th and 15th, 2019 Clam Basket Making Workshop
  • September 12-13th,2019  The Great Rowing Adventure, the first collaborative rowing program with Lowell’s Boat Shop and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum

74. TOHP Burnham Town Hall & Library, Essex website don’t miss Alexia Parker paper collage

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75. Fitchburg Art Museum (FAM) website

  • Through September 1, 2019 84th Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft
  • Through September 1, 2019 Broad Strokes: American Painting of the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries from the FAM collection
  • September 7, 2019 – January 5, 2020 Sage Sohier/David Hilliard: Our Parents, Ourselves more
  • September 21, 2019 – November 10, 2019 Adria Arch: Reframing Eleanor more
  • September 21, 2019 Daniela Rivera: Labored Landscapes (Where Hand Meets Ground) more 
  • September 21, 2019 – January 12, 2020 David Katz: Earth Wares more
  • Ongoing Evoking Eleanor; Discover Ancient Egypt; Thurston sculpture by Douglas Kornfeld


76. Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham State Univ.  website

  • September 7 – October 13, 2019 Populux Steven Duede | Sean Sullivan on display in the works on paper gallery
  • September 7 – December 30, 2019 Dressed! Exhibiting artists include Catherine Bertulli, Jodi Colella, Merill Comeau, Mia Cross, Nancy Grace Horton, and Marky Kauffmann
  • September 7 – May 2020 Highlights from the Permanent Collection



77. Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester website outstanding permanent collection

  • Through December 1, 2019, Winslow Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey 1869-1888. press release Numerous ancillary exhibitions and special programs include:
    • Through December 1, 2019 Along the Shore – Photographs by Steve Rosenthal
    • FOUR-PART LECTURE SERIES: Winslow Homer and Women’s Bathing Practices Presented by Elizabeth Block from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Saturday, August 17 at 10:30 a.m.; Winslow Homer: Picturing the Tropics Presented by Dana Byrd, Bowdoin College Thursday, August 29 at 7:00 p.m.; Homer’s Wine-Dark Seas Presented by Marc Simpson, Independent Scholar Saturday, September 14 at 2:00 p.m.; Winslow Homer and the North Sea, Presented by Elizabeth Athens, University of Connecticut, Saturday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m.
    • SYMPOSIUM Winslow Homer: New Insights Saturday, October 5

78. Beauport, the Sleeper McAnn Historic New England (seasonal) website Ongoing – guided tours of this supremely influential home and stunning design. Special programming, exhibits, and research. National Historic Landmark 

79. Virginia Lee Burton writing cottage at Lanesville Community Center website

80. Edward Hopper All Around Gloucester website


81. Gloucester City Hall website renowned WPA era murals, art collection and archives

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82 Gloucester HarborWalk website  permanent outdoor exhibit, self guided trail. Also digital catalogue.

83. Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library website  Saunders and Monell historic buildings (Massachusetts modernism trail)

  • Through September 21, 2019 Once Upon a Contest: Selection from Cape Ann Reads original children’s picture Books
  • Through September 21, 2019 Once Upon A Contest invited artist: Claire Wyzenbeek: paintings from Water and Lunar series
  • monthly exibitions at the Matz Gallery
  • permanent collection includes major Stoddard murals and Fitz Henry Lane paintings

84. Gloucester murals 


85. Gloucester’s Schooner Adventure National Historic Landmark website seasonal see also annual Labor Day Gloucester Schooner Festival

86. Gloucester Stacy Boulevard, public art, memorials, and gardens

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  • Fisherman’s Memorial sculpture commission awarded to Leonard Craske 1923 (alternate titles Man at the Wheel memorial )

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  • Ongoing – -promenade and original park design by Thomas Warren Sears, 1907 contemporary additions under directon of DPW – Ann Gilardi Johnson and Generous Gardeners | leads into Stage Fort Park, protected as public park 1897 more

87. Gloucester Writers Center website

  • September 27-28, 2019 The Dogtown Writers Festival press release
  • First Monday of the month Open Mic

88. Hammond Castle historic house museum website

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  • Guided and self guided castle mansion & collections tours; ongoing art and photography exhibitions; research; and events more
  • Opening September three weeks to see special textiles from the Hammond collection, Mariano Fortuny Gowns – nowhere else in the United States are any Fortuny gowns on public display
  • October 6, 2019 “Be Our Guest” favorite fairy tale characters and charming castle theme family activities
  • October Halloween season at the Castle (2019 theme: Halls of Darkness Fears and Phobias)

89. Ocean Alliance website

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90. Maritime Gloucester (seasonal) website

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  • Labor Day weekend Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival; and Maritime Heritage Day
  • September Gloucester Harbor Race
  • Ongoing –  Aquarium and Sea Pocket Lab; Sarah Fraser Robbins Education Center; interactive Stellwagen exhibit;  and Gorton’s Gallery & exhibit space

91. North Shore Arts Association NSAA (seasonal) website

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92. Rocky Neck Art Association website

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  • Joan Snyder: Goetemann Residency Distinguished Artist Teacher, August 2019
  • Matthew Trueman: Goetemann Environmental/Installation Artist, September 2019
  • JJ Baker: Goetemann Residency Artist, October 2019
  • October 17 – November 24, 2019 PaperWorks: Art as Evidence more

93. Sargent House Museum (seasonal) website

  • Through October 6, 2020 1919 Recreated: A Gallery Showing celebrating museum’s centennial year more
  • September 28, 2019 The Dogtown Writers Festival Finding Words in Place: The workshop with Anna Solomon – One Place, Infinite Encounters will be held at the Sargent House Museum
  • September 28, 2109– 3PM at Cape Ann Museum —Richard Ormond Lecture on John Singer Sargent Charcoals ahead of Morgan exhibition opening October
  • ongoing: historic house museum and collections; Judith Sargent Murray writer, activist papers

94. Isabel Babson Memorial Library (no website) Ongoing in venue at 69 Main St, Gloucester, MA 01930 (978) 283-5624. Honors single mom and midwife emigrated to US in 1637; purchased land at 75-77 Front Street, Gloucester in 1642. Lore describes her “log cabin” home basically situated now as then.  

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95. TS Eliot House website invitation only


96. Fruitlands website

  • Through September 8, 2019 Shaker Gifts: Seeds, Herbs and Medicinal Plants
  • Through November 3, 2019 Wilhelm Neusser: Pastoral Present
  • Through November 3, 2019 Esther Solondz: Floating Between Two Worlds
  • Through November 5, 2019 A New View: Landscapes from the Permanent Collection
  • Through March 22, 2020 Visions of Design: Parallels in Mid Century Modern and Shaker Furniture 
  • Through March 22, 2020 A New England State of Mind: The Pioneering Collector, Clara Sears


97. Buttonwoods Museum, Haverhill website

  • October 5 – October 26, 2019 Women’s Suffrage Movement: In conjunction with the Haverhill League of Women Voters
  • Ongoing – History and significance of Greater Haverhill area, 17th Century through to today


98. Ipswich Museum website historic Heard museum building; Whipple historic house museum; and Arthur Wesley Dow collection

  • September 9 – Brown Bag Lunch – Patton Homestead Historic Site
  • September 18 – Wednesday Evening Lecture – Bob Booth: Reinterpretation of 16 Elm
  • October 7 – Brown Bag Lunch – Suzanne Kiley: Clementine Churchill Suzanne Kiley has series of talks on historical figures for the Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute
  • October 16 – Wednesday Evening Lecture – Doug Stewart: The Ocean Liner that Switched Sides, Leviathan
  • November 4 – Brown Bag Lunch – Curator Katherine Chaison Immigration Story from Greece
  • November 20 – Wednesday Evening Lecture – Stephanie Gaskins Neighborhood Talk specific Ipswich Street series

99. Crane Estate mansion Castle Hill estate, Ipswich  website Through November 11, 2019 Spirit of Place 6 month outdoor exhibition. Plumbing fortune. Ongoing:  guided tours, public art commissions, and special events

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100. The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home website

101. Tanglewood Music Center website


102. Minute Man National Historical Park website

103. Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library National Heritage Museum website

  • Through January 25, 2020 100 Years of DeMolay
  • Through March 7, 2020 Paul Revere’s Ride Revistied: Drawings by Fred Lynch


104. DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park website 

  • Through September 15, 2019 DeCordova New England Biennial 2019
  • October 12 – March 29, 2020 All the Marvelous Surfaces: Photography Since Karl Blossfeldt more
  • October 12, 2019- March 29, 2020 Truthiness and the News more
  • October 12, 2019- March 29, 2029 Peter Hutchinson: Landscapes of my life more
  • Through October 14, 2019 PLATFORM 22: Cat Mazza, Taking the Cure
  • Through October 14, 2019 PLATFORM 21: Saul Melman, Best of All Possible Worlds
  • Through December 31, 2019 PLATFORM 24: Wardell Milan, Sunday, Sitting on the Bank of Butterfly Meadow
  • Through May 31, 2020 PLATFORM 19: Letha Wilson, Hawaii California Steel

105. Groupius House, Historic New England website

  • October 6, 2019 Two Homes by Two Masters: Walter Gropius and Walter Bogner
  • Ongoing launched 2019: Gropius web app


106. Whistler House Museum of Art (WHMA) founded in 1908,  birthplace of Whistler and permanent home of Lowell Art Assoc.  website

  • permanent collection includes Arshile Gorky early work
  • Through October 26, 2019 Fiber Fusions: Juried Art Quilt Exhibition on display in the WHMA Parker Gallery
  • Deadline October 15th, 2019 Call for Entries  fall/winter juried member exhibition 2019

107. New England Quilt Museum website

  • Through September 8, 2019 New England Quilts – the Best of the Region Biennial Festival- multiple venues *”The New England Quilt Museum, together with the Lowell National Historical Park, Whistler House Museum of Art, Brush Art Gallery, and Arts League of Lowell, present the biennial festival.”


108. Lynn Museum website

  • Opening September 2019 Todd Gieg’s Diorama of Lynn 1895 railroad
  • Ongoing – Industry & Craft: People at Work in Lynn; The Lynn Beach Painters, Postcards of Lynn; and Collecting For: The Artifacts of Lynn

109. Beyond Walls, Lynn street art contemporary murals website

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110. Manchester Historical Museum website

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  • Honoring Our Brave: They Fought By Land, Sea and Air more


111. Tufts University Gallery website

  • TUAG venue at Tufts University, Medford Campus, Shirley and Alex Aidekman Arts Center
    • Through September 29, 2019 Julie S. Graham: Stack, Layer, and Arrange more
    • October 8 – December 15, 2019 Sanford Biggers, more 
    • Through December 15, 2019 Bookworks artist-made books at Tisch and Koppelman Galleries more
    • Through December 15, 2019 Student-Facing, Student-Focused more
  • TUAG venue at School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), Barbara and Steve Grossman Gallery
    • Through October 26, 2019 Faheem Majeed: Who Takes the Weight more


112. New Bedford Art Museum website

113. New Bedford Whaling Museum website


114. Mass MoCA – Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art website

  • Through October 2019 Trenton Doyle Hancock:
  • Opens October Sarah Oppenheimer S-337473  more
  • Opens December 14, 2019 Ledelle Moe: When more
  • Through December 2019 Rafa Esparza Staring at the Sun 
  • Through January 2020 Annie Lennox Now I Let You Go 
  • Through 2020 James Turrell Into the Light 
  • Through at least 2020 Mary Lum Assembly 
  • Through at least 2020 The Metabolic Studio/Optics Division Hoosic The Beyond Place
  • Through at least 2020 Barbara Ernst Prey Building 6 Portrait Interior
  • Through at least 2020 Sarah Crowner Wall (Hot Blue Terra Cotta)
  • Through at least 2020 Sol LeWitt Structures
  • Through at least 2020 Joe Wradwell Hello America: 40 Hits from the 50 States
  • Through at least 2020 Gunnar Schonbeck No Experience Required
  • Through at least 2020 Spencer Finch: Cosmic Latte
  • Numerous exhibitions ‘on view now’ – Bruce Odland & Sam Auinger: Harmonic Bridge; Zarouhie Abdalian: Chanson du Riochet; Richard Nonas Cut Back Through (for Bjorn); Julianne Swartz: In Harbonicity, The Tonal Walkway; Marko Remec Would That I wish For Tall Totem; Don Gummer Primary Separation; Victoria Palermo Bus Stand; Stephen Vitiello All those Vanished Engines; Michael Oatman: all Utopias Fell; Natalie Jermijenko Tree Logic; Anish Kappor; Joseph Beuys Lightning with Stag in Glare; Franz West Les Pommes d’Adam; Nicholas Whiman; Jarvis Rockwell; Natasha Bowdoin Maneater; Joe Manning Looking at North Adams; Tom Slaugher Icon Alphabet 


115. Smith College of Art website

  • On View Talk Back: Art in Converstation Faith Ringgold, Here Comes Moses, screenprint
  • Through September 8, 2019 Kyung Woo Han: Green room 
  • Through October 6, 2019 Younès Rahmoun: Habba (Seed)
  • Through November 10, 2019 Fragile Earth coinciding with Smith College’s year on Climate Change
  • Through December 1, 2019 Alma Thomas: The Light of the Whole Universe more
  • Through December 8, 2019 Defiant Visiion: Prints & Poetry by Munio Makuuchi more
  • January 17 – April 12, 2020 Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem more
  • Through June 2020 Object Histories: From the African Continent to the SCMA Galleries

116. Calvin Coolidge Museum of Art and Forbes Library website

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117. Berkshire Museum of Art deaccessioned the best of their collection unnecessarily more


118. Pilgrim Hall Museum website


119. Provincetown Art Assoc & Museum website

  • Through September 8, 2019 Selections from the Pat and Nanno De Groot Collection
  • Through September 15, 2019 Studio Icons from the Permanent collection
  • Through September 15, 2019 Circa 1945: Abstract Art in the Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation Permanent Collection more  exhibition checklist here
  • Through November 3, 2019 Color Beyond Description 


120. Thomas Crane Public library website May Stevens and Carl Andre grew up here


121. Rockport Art Association & Museum website 

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  • September 28, 2019 – October 27, 2019 Movalli in the Moment: The Art of Charles Movalli 

122. Babson Historical Association James Babson Cooperage museum (open July-August)  website

123. Halibut Point State Park website

  • annual summer event(s) Windhover Center for the Performing Arts presents Quarry Dance series at Halibut Point and other quarries

124. The Paper House (seasonal) built in 1922 website

125. Rockport Public Library website and Town Hall just down the block

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126. Shalin Liu concert hall, Rockport website


127. Peabody Essex Museum website

  • SEPTEMBER 29, 2019 THE $125M NEW WING OPENS! Ennead Architects designed the expansion replete with 15000 ft’ new gallery space and 5000 ft’ garden designed by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects.
  • September 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020 Hans Hofman: The Nature of Abstraction
  • September 22, 2019 – March 7, 2021 Where the Questions Live: An Exploration of Humans in Nature more
  • September 28, 2019 – January 1, 2022 –
    • The Creative Legacy of Nathaniel Hawthorne: Selections from the Phillips Library Collection
    • Maritime Art Gallery
    • Asian Export Art
    • Fashion and Design Gallery
    • Powerful Figures 
    • Yoan Capote: Immanence
    • Chalres Sandison: Figurehead 2.0
    • Vanessa Platacis: Taking Place
  • Through November 11, 2019 Order of Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker
  • Through December 1, 2019 A Passion for American Art: Selections from the Carolyn and Peter Lynch collection more
  • January 18 – April 26, 2020 Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle more
  • Through January 19 ,2020 Kimsooja Archive of Mind more
  • May 16 – September 7, 2020 Made it: The Women who Revolutionized Fashion more
  • Through May 17, 2020 A Lasting Memento: John Thomson’s Photographs Along the River Min more

128. House of Seven Gables historic house museum website 

129. Philips House, Historic New England property website

130. Pioneer Village Salem in 1630 America’s first living history museum (seasonal) website

131. Salem Maritime, NPS website

132. Salem Witch Museum website


133. Heritage Museums and Gardens website Ongoing permanent collection (including famous carousel) and special exhibitions

134. Sandwich Glass Museum website

  • Through November 3, 2019 McDermott Glass Studio


135. Saugus Iron Works NPS website


136. Kendall Whaling museum website


137. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum website

  • August 31, 2019 to June 21, 2020 Money Matters: Meaning, Power, and Change in the History of Currency website
  • August 31, 2019 to June 21, 2020 Katrien Vermeire: Der Kreislauf (A Handful) website
  • Through June 21, 2020 In the Making: The Mount Holyoke College Printmaking Workshop website
  • Through June 21, 2020 Major Themes: Celebrating Ten Years of Teaching with Art website 
  • Through June 21, 2020 Special Loans from the David C. Driskell Center website


138. Springfield art museums compound (including Seuss) website

  • Through October 14, 2019 Van Gogh and Japanese prints
  • November 14 – January 12, 2020 The Art of Observation: The Best of Photographer Elliott Erwitt
  • Through February 16, 2020 Bahaus: 100 years Later 
  • Through February 24, 2020 Fanny Palmer: The Artist Behind Currier & Ives Greatest Prints
  • Through May 10, 2020 The Baby’s Biography: Theodor Seuss Geisel
  • Through July 12, 2020 People at work and Other Environmental Portraits by Tad Malek


139. Norman Rockwell Museum website

  • Ongoing Norman Rockwell’s 323 Saturday Evening Post covers dating 1916-1963
  • Through October 27, 2019 Woodstock to the Moon: 1969 illustrated more
  • Through October 27, 2019 Norman Rockwell: Private Moments for the Masses more  includes Shuffleton’s Barbershop 1950 deaccessioned by Berkshire Museum on display here until it lands at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
  • Through October 27, 2019 Inspired: Norman Rockwell and Erik Erikson more
  • November 10, 2019 – May 25, 2020 Finding Home: Four Artists’ Journeys- Frances Jetter, David Macaulay, James McMullan, and Yuyi Morales
  • June 6 – September 7, 2020 Enchanted: A History of Fantast Illustration
  • Dates TBD Reimagining The Four Freedom: Student Works from the Capital Region
  • Feb 2 reception –  The 34th Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show


140. Old Sturbridge Village website (closed January)


141. Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University website

  • Through August 25, 2019 Maya Watanabe: Liminal 
  • Through January 5, 2020 Selections from the Permanent Collection, 1957-2018 
  • Through January 5, 2020 Mark Dion: The Undisciplined Collector
  • September 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020 Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect

142. Lyman Estate, Historic New England website


143. Armenian Museum of America website  (see also – Armenian memorial on the Greenway)


144. Wenham Museum children’s and historic house museum website

  • Through December 2019 New Exhibit: Equestrian Horses more
  • Ongoing extensive collection model trains and toys; Claflin-Gerrish-Richards historic house museum; Patton Family archives; special exhibitions and rotating curation of permanent collection; contemporary arts and illustrator exhibitions (Children’s picture books)


145. Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College website

  • September 13 – December 15, 2019 Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons more
  • September 13 – December 15, 2019 Kanishka Raja: I and I more
  • September 13 – December 15, 2019 Recent Aquisistions New Photographs more
  • September 13 – December 15, 2019 Hidden Histories: Inhaling the Life of a Painting
  • September 13 – December 15, 2019- August 2020 Alexandria Smith: Seed to Harvest 


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146. Clark Art Institute website

  • Through September 22, 2019 Renoir The BODY, the SENSES the first comprehensive investigation of Renoir’s nudes  press release
  • Through October 14, 2019 Art’s Biggest Stage: Collecting the Venice Biennale 2007-2019 press release
  • Through October 14, 2019 Ida O’Keefe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow press release
  • November 16, 2019 – February 9, 2020 Travels on Paper “this exhibition will take visitors on a world tour featuring prints, drawings, and photographs by Camille Corot, Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps, John La Farge, Robert Macpherson, Thomas Moran, Félix Teynard, and many others.”
  • December 14, 2019 – March 22, 2020 Arabesque in the ascendant—from German Romanticism to the Pre-Raphaelites, Nabi artists, and Art Nouveau press release 

147. Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) website

  • Opens September 9, 2019 AI collections prototype: All At Once is an independent research project by Studio TheGreenEyl more
  • September 6 – December 9, 2019 Alex Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano LA more
  • September 6 – Ongoing Shift: New Interpretations of American and European art from WCMA canonical collection
  • September 6, 2019 – December 15, 2019 Katie Paterson: Candle [from Earth in to a black hole]
  • September 20, 2019 – January 26, 2020 Sense and Suggestion contemporary art group show
  • September 18, 2019 – December 22, 2019 Neil Leonard: Sonance for the Precession site-specific sound installation  (daily 30 minutes before sunset)
  • September 27, 2019 Michael Rakowitz: The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist (Room Z, NW Palace of Nimrud) scale recreation of Room Z King Ashurnasirpal II’s 9th Century BCE palace, Nimrud destroyed by ISIS 1915. Collecting cultural heritage.
  • 2019 Object Lab: Fall 2019 classes – faculty selections for their courses more study like the students
  • Ongoing WCMA new Mellon Digitial Project, open access data and images already used for research in interactive data visualizations


148. Griffin Museum of Photography website

  • Closing September 1, 2019: 25th Annual Juired Members’ Exhibition; Eleonora Ronconi; Kay Kenny; and Jennifer McClure
  • Opens September 5th, 2019 Photography Atelier 30 group show, Griffin Main Gallery
  • Opens October 24, 2019 Isa Leshko: Allowed to Grow Old, Griffin Main Gallery
  • TBD Griffin Main Gallery 2 and the Founder’s Gallery
  • Opens September 5, 2019 Sal Taylor Kydd/ Jaus Rising, Griffin Gallery
  • Opens October 24, 2019 Susan Rosenberg Jones: Widow/er, Griffin Gallery
  • Satellite Galleries
    • Through September 14, 2019 In Your Mother Tongue: A Word and Image Dialogue at the Lafayette City Center Passageway
    • Through September 17, 2019 James M. Collins Patio Life at the Griffin Museum @WinCAM
    • Opens September 19, 2019 Melissa Lynn: American Mosaic, The Griffin Museum atWinCAM
    • Opens October 12, 2019 Double Take group show, Griffin Museum at Greater Boston Stage Company
    • October 13, 2019 Arthur Griffin Repose Griffin Museum at the Jenks Center
    • Through October 23, 2019 Laura J. Bennett Dames of Anatomy Griffin Museum Critic’s Pick
    • Through October 23, 2019 Jim Lustenader City Streets Griffin Museum Virtual Gallery more
    • Through October 31, 2019 25th Juried Exhibition Slide Show and Instagram The Instagram Exhibition more
    • Through November 3, 2019 John O. Roy Women’s March, at the Griffin Museum at SoWa
    • Opens November 5, 2019 Becky Behar: Seeing You, Seeing Me, The Griffin at 530 Harrison Avenue in SOWA
    • Opening January 4, 2020 The Griffin Museum Secondary School Photography Exhibit at the Regis College Carney Gallery


149. Holy Cross, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery website

  • September 5 – December 14, 2019 Dharma and Punya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal press release

150. Worcester Art Museum website

  • Through October 6, 2019 Central Massachusetts Artist initiative: Randy LeSage
  • Through December 1, 2019 Radiance Rediscovered: Stained Glass by Tiffany and La Farge more
  • Through March 1, 2020 Arachaic Avante Garde: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Horvitz collection


151. Edward Gorey House website

  • September 21 – December 15, 2019 With Child: Otto Dix / Carmen Winant more
  • November 16, 2019 – February 16, 2020 Photo Revolution: Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman more
  • Through December 29, 2019  Hippity Wippity: Edward Gorey and the Language of Nonsense more
  • October 23, 2019 Deadline for Uncomfortable Creatures Envelope Art Contest more
  • March 28, 2020 – October 25, 2020 20 x 20 Marking 200 years of Maine History
  • February 15, 2020 – June 7, 2020 Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere 
  • Ongoing Remastered: A New Look at Old Masters

further afield MAINE

Center for Maine Contemporary Art website

  • Through September 21, 2019 Melt Down: Portland Public Lirary Lewis Gallery satellite show
  • Through October 6, 2019 Tetonic Industries: Dreams Can Come True
  • Through October 13, 2019 Ann Craven: Birds We Know more
  • Through October 13, 2019 Dan Mills: Human Topographies
  • Through October 13, 2019 Screen – Andrew Elijah Edwards: Monochromatic
  • November 2, 2019 – February 23, 2020 Temporality: The Process of Time featuring Gideon Bok, Astrid Bowlby, Caleb Charland, Amy Stacey Curtis, Nathan Kroms Davis, Grace DeGennaro, Clint Fulkerson, Carly Glovinski,  Robin Mandel,Julie Poitras Santos, Jesse Potts, and Deborah Wing-Sproul
  • March 14, 2020 – June 7, 2020 Erin Johnson | Ellis Beauregard Fellowship Exhibition

Farnsworth Art Museum Maine artists website

  • Through Septembre 22, 2019 Contemporary screens by Allison Davis, Gigi Aea with cabinet maker Owain Harris, Johanna Moore, Laurie Downey with woodworker Ryan Rhoades, Susan Levett, Alla Broeksmit of Brooklin in response to two screens in the museum’s collection
  • Through October 28, 2019 Jamie Wyeth: Untoward Occurrences and Other Things
  • Through December 29, 2019 On a Mountain in Maine including Fitz Henry Lane, John Joseph Enneking, Marsden Hartley, James Fitzgerald, Andrew Winter, and Carl Sprinchorn
  • Through February 9, 2020 Andrew Wyeth’s World War
  • Through February 20, 2020 Slab City Rendezvous (Red Grooms painting title) featuring artist group including: Rudy Burckhardt, Lois Dodd, Rackstraw Downes, Red Grooms, Mimi Gross, Yvonne Jacquette, Alex Katz, Neil Welliver, and Bernard Langlais, among others.

Portland Museum of Art website

  • Through October 6, 2019 The Expansion of Cubism 1911-1920 
  • October 4 – January 12, 2020 N.C. Wyeth New Perspectives
  • November 2, 2019 – March 1, 2020 Ragnar Kjartansson: Scenes from Western Culture 
  • February 7, 2020 – June 7, 2020 Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times
  • July 1, 2020 – September 27, 2020 Mythmakers The Art of Winslow Homer and Frederick Remington more
  • Ongoing Winslow Homer historic home and studio tour more

Bowdoin website

  • Through September 29, 2019 Let’s Get Lost and Listening Glass site specific line drawing and interactive sound installation
  • October 24, 2019 – December 13, 2020 Assyria to America: Bowdoin’s 6 Reliefs from ancient Nimrud *see Williams College
  • November 7 , 2019 – February 9, 2020 African/American: Two Centuries of Portraits prior to abolition
  • Through November 10, 2019 Art Purposes: Object Lessons for the Liberal Arts
  • December 12, 2019 – May 31, 2020 Maine’s Lithographic Landscape: Town & City Views 1830-1870
  • December 12, 2019 – May 31, 2020 Rufus Porter’s Curious World: Art and invention in America, 1815-1860
  • Through January 5, 2020 Emerging Modernisms, American and European art 1900-1950
  • Through January 12, 2020 The Nineteenth Century: American and European Art

further afield NEW HAMPSHIRE

Currier Museum of  Art website 

  • Through September 8 , 2019 Bill Viola the raft
  • On view till 2020 Edward Hopper’s last painting, Two Comedians

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth website

MAY STEVENS collection Hood Museum Dartmouth

  • Through September 22, 2019 Creating Knowledge and Control more
  • Through Februry 16, 2020 Cubism and its Aftershocks
  • Through February 23, 2020 Portrait of the Artist as an Indian ? Portrait of the Indian as an Artist 

  • Through August 16, 2020 American Art, Colonial to Modern 


Google Map – ‘Museums in Massachusetts’ by Catherine Ryan

Don’t miss an exhibit that’s closer than you think to one that you may already be exploring. A few are open seasonally (summer) or weekends only–call first to check before visiting.

  • Brown icons – Google maps of Massachusetts museums, mostly art. Plus select notable historic house museums, private collections, public libraries, and art associations.
  • Yellow icons – NH and ME museums for distance reference
  • Red/green points- overlay of my Candy Trail in Massachusetts


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