By Joe Ferguson, contributor
Through the foggy window of a bus, I see scores of tourists queued outside of theaters on Market Street. Despite the rain, they are dressed in their finest—gowns and heels, suits and loafers, big hair and flashy costume jewelry. Above them, glittering marquees advertise faux-Broadway shows.
I am not envious of those folks and their $300 tickets. I don’t enjoy spending two hours in a steamy theater being assaulted by visual spectacle and offensively-loud show tunes. I like my performances to be provocative, intellectually-stimulating, heavy on substance and spare of spectacle.
I’m making my way almost an hour across town to see Katharine Hawthorne’s newest work, Between the Wish and the Thing at the ODC Theater. I’ve seen her works before, so I expect I’ll be rewarded for my effort. About this new piece, however, I know few details. I’ve heard the audience size is kept intentionally small and intimate, and that we have to move around a bit during the performance.
Opening to the public this Monday is "Our Senses: An immersive Experience," the latest multimedia exhibition from New York's American Museum of Natural History.
"Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st-Century Naturalist" is currently on view at ICA Boston. The first mid-career U.S. survey of one of SciArt's most astute contemporary visual commentators, this collection of Dion's work explores nature and natural history in sculpture and installation. Dion's trademark style of artist-as-natural-scientist reframes history and the way we perceive our relationship with nature through his meticulous arrangements, repurposing of scientific objects, and even collaboration with live finches.
Get your spooky fix this Halloween with "Curious and Curiouser: Surprising finds from the Rakow Library" on view at Corning Museum of Glass. Including 19th century art of prosthetic eyes to 20th century patented plans for preserving deceased persons in glass, Corning Museum of Glass's Rakow Library is a treasure trove of the rich history of glass in its variety of material cultural and scientific uses.
This November 4th Future Fires and The Midway present "Luminary (Expanded)." Featuring multimedia works of art that surround the human body, this festival includes performance art, wearable tech, percussion, sculpture, and "selfies [that] rain like confetti from the sky."
Our October issue is live! Read here.