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Looking Local: Boston and Its Contemporary Art

Boston's contemporary art scene is often perceived as a backwater, simply a little sister to New York's. Yet the city has a cultural ecology all its own, one that benefits from a concentration of universities and a strong sense of local community, but that may now be threatened by rising costs of living. The Crimson takes an in-depth look at the area's artistic environment.


A ‘DAMN.’ Disappointment from a Prodigious Artist

Lamar may be more brilliant and more nuanced than other rappers. He may be flat out more talented than anyone in the general vicinity of a microphone. But on “DAMN,” he does his best to obscure that ability almost beyond recognition.

“The Heart Part 4” Successfully Heralds Kendrick’s Return

A clear evolution beyond the other installments of the “Heart” series, the new single is frank, spontaneous, and experimental. Its constantly changing beats reflect the diversity and scope of a confident lyrical master’s thoughts.

On Campus

‘Matisse in the Studio’: A Thorough Look at an Artist’s Work Space

​On April 3, the Museum of Fine Arts previewed its upcoming exhibition, “Matisse in the Studio.” Organized by both the Museum of Fine Arts and London’s Royal Academy of Arts, and in partnership with Nice’s Musée Matisse, which provided the curators with many of the objects and paintings featured in the exhibition, it is the first major international show to highlight not just Matisse’s art, but also the space in which he created his masterpieces.

Arts Asks: Sandra Lerner

Sandra Lerner is a painter based in New York whose work explores the intersections between Eastern philosophy and theories in physics and cosmology. Her work is featured in collections around the world, including the Kampo Museum in Kyoto and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Connecticut. Currently, ten of her paintings are on display in the Gutman Gallery, at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. This exhibit, “Creative Flux,” takes as its theme visual representations of Taoism and modern physics.


‘Going in Style’ Without Substance

Michael Caine is old. “Going in Style” establishes this helpful information early.

Portrait of an Artist: Lisandro Alonso

Lisandro Alonso is an Argentine filmmaker who first gained international recognition in 2001 with his debut film “La Libertad,” and whose last work, “Jauja,” won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2014 Cannes film festival. He is currently a research fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Crimson sat down with Alonso to discuss his thought-provoking body of work.


'Kingdom of the Young': When Style Ruins a Story

Edie Meidav’s short story anthology “Kingdom of the Young” fails to meet high expectations: Though her previous three novels were universally acclaimed, her first anthology does not live up to the hype.

‘Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast’ More of a Four-Course Meal

“A poet’s poet’s poet,” as acclaimed poet John Ashbery described her, Elizabeth Bishop, one of the finest mid-twentieth century American poets, is masterfully portrayed in Megan Marshall’s new biography, “Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast.” Marshall, a former student of Bishop’s, interweaves a richly descriptive account of Bishop’s personal life and artistic output with sections about Marshall’s own life.


Pilot of ‘Shots Fired’ an Ambitious Mess

An unarmed white man is shot and killed by a black police officer, prompting an intense investigation by the Department of Justice. Meanwhile, a black teenager was killed by a police officer months ago, and police have swept this under the rug.


‘Hour Two’ of ‘Shots Fired’ Unfocused and Uninteresting

While the first episode showed signs of a season that would dive deep into socially and politically relevant topics, this episode instead has more of the bad elements from “Hour One” and less of the good.


Salsa, Sparks, and Song: TEATRO!’s ‘In the Heights’

“In the Heights” soared to new levels of theatrical achievement, showcasing student excellence in acting and directing, while also giving voice to the Latino immigrant experience.


‘Ammunition’: A Musical Take on American Women in the War

When the war is over and the men return from combat, the women who want to continue working must grapple with pay inequality and the loss of much of the recognition and freedom they had enjoyed.



Collecting themselves / and breaking apart, sunset the // blood between. Oceans spaced. / How many times have I wrestled // this tongue into Yours?


‘Prison Break’ is Back Baby and, Well, Exactly the Same


A View from the Window

Visual Arts

A.K. Burns: Tracing Sounds at the Carpenter Center


'Wait Till You See Me Dance': A Woeful Anthology


A Fresh Take on “Brave New World”


'Archer' Aims at Noir Dreamland

Picking up with the season seven cliffhanger, the season eight premiere finds ex-spy, ex-drug trafficker, and potentially ex-detective Sterling Archer in a coma.


‘New Girl’ Possible Series Finale Holds Few Surprises

The end of the episode, in which all of the characters are happily coupled, wraps up the show well in theory, but falls short in its execution.​

Visual Arts

Identities Gives a Cutting-Edge Look at Fashion

IDENTITIES 2017 offered a well-engineered look at futuristic fashion.

Visual Arts

HBS Art Society Takes a Holistic Approach to Student Engagement

The Art Society ventures to bring local artists and art appreciation to a space where it might not otherwise receive such focused institutional attention.

Visual Arts

Portrait of an Artist: Roscoe M. Curry

​New England-based photographer Roscoe M. Curry, perhaps better known by his Instagram handle “Ross the Photo Boss,” can sometimes be seen around Harvard’s campus photographing student events.


Who Should Be the 2017 Yardfest Headliner?


‘Queen Lear’ Flawed but Compelling


Recap: ‘You Get What You Need’ Devastating and Magnificent


Recap: No Lines Left to Cross in 'The Americans'


'Bones' Series Finale Bittersweet and Paced Poorly