Every week, WGBH Arts Editor  Jared Bowensums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston.

Edward Steichen: 20th Century Photographer, on display at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum through March 26, 2017

deCordova's Synopsis: "Drawn primarily from deCordova's permanent collection, Edward Steichen: 20th Century Photographer presents a dynamic survey of photographs by Edward Steichen, whose innovation as a photographer helped define the breadth of the medium in the twentieth century.  This exhibition traces his exploration of the range of representation enabled by the photographic medium, from his early expressive, pictorialist images, to his work as the head of the Naval Aviation Photographic Unit in World War II, to his decades-long work as a commercial photographer taking portrait photographs of the rich and famous for Condé Nast."

Jared Says: "A photographer who shaped photography in the twentieth century."

Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston CollectionsA city-wide collaborative exhibition also on display at the McMullen Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Harvard’s Houghton Library through January of next year

Beyond Words' Synopsis: "Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections is the first exhibition to showcase highlights of illuminated manuscripts in the Boston area. An ambitious collaborative project, Beyond Words is notable for the size of its curatorial team, the number of lending institutions, and a multi-venue display. The exhibition presents more than 260 outstanding manuscripts and printed books from nineteen Boston-area collections, dating from the ninth to the seventeenth centuries. The exhibit is supplemented by an extensive catalog, a three-day symposium, and public programming." 

Jared Says: "This is your only chance in this lifetime to see this."

William Merritt Chase, on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston through January 16, 2017

MFA's Synopsis: "William Merritt Chase (1849–1916) was a brilliant observer, an innovative painter, and a leader in international art circles at the turn of the last century. Rediscover this important and overlooked master, praised for his artistic skill in both oil and pastel, as well as for the variety of his subjects: sympathetic images of women, jewel-like landscapes, views of urban parks, and scenes of children at play. The first complete examination of the artist in more than three decades, “William Merritt Chase” brings together 80 of the painter’s finest works in both oil and pastel, drawn from public and private collections across the US." 

Jared Says: "There are many, many pieces here that will lift you out of your life with wonderful distraction for days afterward."

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