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I am of an age that the name Robert Mapplethorpe sets off a visceral reaction in me. I was coming of age as an artist, an activist, a husband, and a father in San Francisco in 1989 when Mapplethorpe’s The Perfect Moment tour erupted into a controversy so heated it threatened the very existence of the National Endowment for the Arts. I was not aware at the time of Boston’s place in that story. Not…

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Patti Smith is a cultural legend, spanning mediums and genres in her artistic endeavors and influence. A musician, author, activist, photographer, singer-songwriter, and poet, Smith’s body of work resonates throughout American punk history and into contemporary zeitgeist, exploring phenomenons that are raw to the human experience. In 1975, Smith released her first album Horses that brought poetry into punk, with lyrics that referenced the legacies of the Beat generation and dove into controversial topics, jolting…

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Throughout the history of fine art, certain artists have enshrined themselves among the pantheon of distinguished voices to challenge the medium, pose aesthetic questions that haven’t been asked and invite us to view what hasn’t been seen. Their legacies left indelibly, these artists have transcended how the human experience is composed, framed, and captured — and as an audience, we are grateful to have witnessed such moments of raw honesty and beauty. One of those…

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Astragales utilizes hands in new and fascinating ways. The stories the company creates with hand and finger puppetry combined with stunning production concepts reveals quintessential human truths. In Cold Blood, audiences are taken through moments of love and loss with exceptional beauty all through intricate set design and multimedia innovations while characters are portrayed with just a few pairs of hands. As we move through our daily lives, we often don’t take the time to…

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