Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power

Kara Walker has become one of the most widely-known and controversial artists working today. Exploring the painful history of American race relations through large-scale silhouette installations, Walker’s work transforms historical materials, literary sources and popular culture, challenging us to access buried emotions about our nation’s past. In her hands, the medium of silhouette becomes a tool for examining the traumatic legacy of slavery.

On view through April 30, 2017 Location: The University Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at UMass Amherst

Vistas del Sur: Traveler Artists’ Landscapes of Latin America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection

Vistas del Sur features more than 150 rarely seen paintings, photographs, works on paper, and books dating from 1638 to 1887, that trace the evolution of Latin American landscapes by artists from Europe and the Americas. This presentation represents the NBMAA’s first collaboration with the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection. The exhibition will occupy the largest footprint of an NBMAA exhibition to date, and will be the first bilingual presentation at the museum, offering text in English and Spanish.

On view through April 16, 2017 Location: New Britain Museum of American Art

No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki

This exhibit is the first American retrospective of pioneering Chinese-French artist, Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013), who immigrated to Paris in 1948 and soon took the international art world by storm. Renowned for the fluidity with which he moved between European modernism and Chinese aesthetics, Zao’s work is distinguished by his unique approach to abstraction.

On view through June 4, 2017. Location: Colby Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

Ingo Günther: World Processor

Ingo Günther has been mapping data onto a sea of illuminated globes in his World Processor series for fifteen years. The artist’s envisioning of complex data on physically identical but content-specific illuminated globes foregrounds scientific, economic, and historical information to create multilayered accounts of the relationship between humans and the planet. This exhibition is paired with Mining Big Data: Luis Delgado-Qualtrough and Amy Balkin in the Strauss Gallery, Hopkins Center. Both exhibitions reveal how artists use information to create new forms and ways of understanding global issues.

On view from March 24, 2017 through May 28, 2017 Location: Hood Downtown

My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea by Mary Jane Begin

Mary Jane Begin has twenty-five years of experience as a professional illustrator and notable faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design. Begin was selected by the Hasbro toy company to write and illustrate the newest book in the My Little Pony series. Begin does an inimitable job of portraying characters from the well known children’s franchise in a setting not commonly associated with ponies. Her bold and intense use of colors in the underwater environment and nuanced depictions of the facial expressions convey the characters’ wonderment at the strange and new world they experience.

On view through May 26, 2017. Location: National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI

The Art and Crafts of Jessica Hill Bond (1908-2001)

Jessica and Eugene Bond moved to Dorset, Vermont, in 1955. She had long been interested in researching and duplicating stencils on toleware and other household items, but when she moved in Vermont, her focus enlarged to include the many stencil patterns found on the walls in many old buildings. The Dorset Historical Society is proud to present a rotating exhibit showcasing Jessica's important research into the stencil patterns used around the region two centuries ago.

Permanent exhibit with rotating objects. Location: Dorset Historical Society, Dorset, VT

City Science

This new, 2,500 square foot exhibit incorporates live animals, interactive components, and natural history specimens, to give children and families the opportunity to experiment, engineer, and observe the science that is happening on our streets and in our neighborhoods. Experience firsthand that the way we design and build our cities has many impacts on people, animals, civic life, and the larger environment. Inspired by the City of Worcester, City Science features a magnificent three-dimensional, 60-foot long cityscape mural, which highlights iconic structures in Worcester.

Permanent Exhibit Location: EcoTarium, Worcester, MA