The Quilted Canvas; The Crit Group: 30 Years and Still Quilting
January 11 – April 29, 2017, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell
This exhibit of works by five artists in fiber is a unique insight into the relationships of a critique group. Each of the artists has a distinct style which is acknowledged and encouraged by the others.  They agree that the scariest outcome of a critique group would be to have their works be similar.  Each artist has a different source of motivation or inspiration and employs a unique manner of working.


Cabaret – Broadway in Boston
January 31-Feburary 12, Boston Opera House, Boston
As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Into the Woods, Nine and Chicago, the films) Tony Award-winning production of Cabaret.


Tercentenary: How Plymouth Celebrated Its 300th Anniversary in 1920-21
February 1, – April 30, 2017, Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street, Plymouth
How did Plymouth celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrims a century ago? The Pilgrim Tercentenary of 1920-21 drew enormous crowds and garnered national attention, including the visit of a sitting President. Events included a grand parade, costumed processionals, a reproduction “Indian Village,” an elaborate historical pageant, and an extraordinary level of local involvement. Over 1,300 residents of Plymouth and surrounding towns participated in the 1921 pageant, “The Spirit of the Pilgrims,” billed as one of the most spectacular performances ever presented.

The exhibit presents original costume designs with rare surviving actual costumes worn in the Pilgrim pageant, which covered a vast sweep of history beginning with the arrival of the Vikings in New England. A high-resolution 21-foot panoramic view offers a face-to-face view of the enormous pageant cast. Also on display are hundreds of Tercentenary images, objects, posters, drawings, plans, and memorials that reveal how, a century ago, Americans commemorated the Pilgrims and celebrated the nation’s early founding. The story of the Pilgrim Tercentenary exposes the depth of changes in American culture since 1920, and poses a remarkable model for today, with the pending 400th anniversary of Plymouth, of the challenges of planning and carrying out a nationally significant historical commemoration.


It’s Me, Eloise: The Voice of Kay Thompson and the Art of Hilary Knight
February 12-June 4, 2017 at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst
It’s Me, Eloise includes more than 90 artworks from the Eloise collaborations—as well as art from the rest of Knight’s prodigious career as a children’s book artist, poster artist, magazine illustrator, and painter.


Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power
February 2-April 30, 2017 at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, Amherst
American artist 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.


Let It All Hang: A Year of Collecting at deCordova
April 07, 2017 – September 17, 2017, deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Lincoln
This exhibition presents one year of collecting—1982—at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Drawn entirely from the permanent collection, it focuses on the collecting practices of the museum as a way of reflecting upon how art museums form their collection and the justifications for accessioning art.


Inventing America: Rockwell and Warhol
June 10 – October 29, 2017, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
The first exhibition linking Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol, two iconic visual communicators who embraced populism, shaped national identity, and opened new ways of seeing in twentieth century America.