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Art of Africa: Role of women examined in exhibit, immersion dinner

It’s a woman’s world at the Museum of African Culture, which opens a new exhibit for the March First Friday Art Walk.“The Role of Women in African Society” opens Friday, March 6, with a “participatory edible culinary immersion dinner” on Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m.The museum, located on Brown Street in Portland, plans to celebrate the contributions of African women through art, meals, artifacts and lectures, says Oscar Mokeme, founder and executive director.

Past futures: Sci-fi meets the politics of otherness at new Bowdoin art show

A new exhibit at Bowdoin College Museum of Art offers a multifaceted look into the intersection of science fiction and post-Cold War cultural consciousness amongst Latin American artists.Curated by Sarah J. Montross, Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral curatorial fellow, Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel, and Postwar of the Americas, opens March 5. Perhaps the most appealing theme to sci-fi fans or to armchair art historians will be the invocation of “icons of the Space Race”:…

Visiting the studio of Toni Jo Coppa

It is easy to imagine the horror visitors might feel if they were to stumble into this space at night. In one corner a life-sized human form spined head to toe with two-inch nails faces the wall like something from Hellraiser. Beside that looms a centaur frozen mid-trot fixed atop a bureau, covered in plaster, wax, and fluff. It bares one quail wing from its bust and a human face tied on with silver tape.…

A fleeting look at climate change

We tend to view science and art as distinct, exclusive pursuits of the left and right-brained, respectively. But they are both largely born out of the same innate sense of curiosity. The drive to spend hours stippling dots onto a canvas or making observations through a microscope aren’t really that different at their root — they are both ways or trying to get to some larger understanding of the world around us.
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