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  • The We That is Me

    Studio window, South Boston When I was growing up, neuroscience believed that the human brain develops during a critical period in early childhood and then remains relatively unchanged. The scientific consensus has now changed. Neuroplasticity is the new norm, the belief that human brains continue to form and change throughout the course of a life. […]

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  • The Wheel Inside the Wheel

    Adam Gopnik‘s recent piece in the New Yorker codifies the suspicions many of us have been sharing with each other: “We are living in the Matrix, and something has gone wrong with the controllers…The people or machines or aliens who are supposed to be running our lives are having some kind of breakdown. There’s a […]

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  • The Night of the Iguana

    Tennessee Williams (photo: Yousuf Karsh) It is an artistic exercise of a particular kind to comb through the books and plays of the past and to find those that achieve resonance—or a fresh reading—for contemporary audiences. American Repertory Theater has taken that tack in past seasons (a production of Paradise Lost, written by Clifford Odets […]

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  • Ways to Picture the World

    Angelina Pwerle, Bush Plum, 2005. Pwerle is one of the artists featured in the exhibit, “Marking the Infinite.” (Photo: Bett Gallery) Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, is an exhibit that is making its tour of the U.S. before finishing up at the Phillips Collection in DC in June, 2018. The catalog […]

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  • Clew: In Process

    Clew: A Rich and Rewarding Disorientation, opens at the Lamont Gallery in Exeter, New Hampshire, on Friday, January 20. This is the completion of an 18 month long exploration of ideas with collaborators Todd Hearon, Jung Mi Lee, Lauren O’Neal and Jon Sakata. I don’t think any of us imagined that this would culminate in […]

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  • Clew: A Collaboration

    Estana 1, 36 x 36″, mixed media on canvas Clew: A Rich and Rewarding Disorientation Deborah Barlow, Todd Hearon, Jung Mi Lee and Jon Sakata Lamont Gallery Phillips Exeter Academy January 20 – April 15, 2017 Opening Reception: Friday, January 20, 5-7pm Gallery Talk: Saturday, January 21, 10am For more information about the collaboration and […]

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  • Makers Unite

    My granddaughter Siena drawing in the Rothko room at the newly opened East Building of the National Gallery, Washington DC (Photo: Mona Wilcox) We have to help each other. That may sound trite, but it has come to mean a lot more to me over the last dark weeks. When my spirits flagged, I have […]