The cooler months are the perfect time to come indoors and experience all the culture Boston has to offer
Browsing through paintings, sculptures and other inspiring objects in these freezing times is the perfect way to lift your spirits. If that’s just the recipe to warm you up, the Boston area’s world-class museums have you covered. the Museum of Fine Arts does not open its blockbuster JMW Turner exhibition until the spring, but its permanent collection as well as several special exhibitions currently on view, including Tattoos in Japanese prints, through Feb. 20, and multimedia works exploring the lives of women of color by Helina Metaferia (pictured) — certainly make a visit to this Fenway favorite worth checking out. Also in the Fenway, the spectacular garden courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a welcome winter oasis, as is the museum’s next exhibition from February 10 which features images of South Africa’s LGBTQIA+ community by renowned photographer Sir Zanele Muholi. There, in the seaport, the Institute of Contemporary Art features an installation by Mexican artist Raúl de Nieves, as well as exhibitions of work by photographer Deana Lawson and colorful banners by Somerville-based artist Renée Green through February 27. Starting February 17, a retrospective highlighting the bold art of Roxbury-Napoleon Jones-Henderson debuts. Down in Cambridge, Harvard Art Museums always has something special to cook in addition to his impressive funds. This season is no different, because Social fabrics: inscribed textiles from medieval Egyptian tombs and Himalayan Art: Divine Abode Art are both unveiled on January 22. Just north of Boston in historic Salem, the venerable Peabody Museum of Essex continues its epic Salem Witch Trials show through March 20 while launching several new exhibits, including the reimagined Native American and American art collections beginning February 26.
Boston’s vibrant gallery scene shouldn’t be overlooked either. Technology-centric Boston Cyberarts Gallery at the Green Street MBTA Orange Line station in Jamaica Plain is hosting a mind-blowing show by the duo known as the bent/haus through Feb. 20, while the Fort Point area in South Boston is the site of several shows overseen by the Fort Point Arts Community, including Once upon a time there was parking-an intriguing group exhibition exploring community and gentrification which is punctuated throughout its run by several special performances -at the Envoy Hotel’s Assembly Art Space until February 27. The South End features some of Boston’s most exciting galleries, including the Boston Center for the Arts‘ Mills Gallery, home to the interactive and thought-provoking exhibition Raafat Majzoub: Lands until February 20. A multitude of galleries inhabit the South End SoWa District, where patrons can appreciate new contemporary art, including works in progress at Bromfield Gallery which spotlight the winners of its annual SOLO competition through January 30. Appropriately titled Bromfield’s Valentine’s Day themed group show Ardor, opens February 2.
As of January 15, the City of Boston requires patrons of indoor spaces to wear masks and show proof of vaccination. Cambridge also has a mask mandate for all indoor spaces. Many institutions allow entry only at designated times. Please check the websites for more details.