This week, WGBH News’ Arts Editor Jared Bowen gives us a spoiler-free preview of “Avengers: Endgame” and tours two new exhibitions in Massachusetts.
“Avengers: Endgame,” in theaters now
The epic conclusion to the "Avengers" saga has finally arrived! Picking up after the devastating finale of “Avengers: Infinity War,” in which half the universe was obliterated by Thanos, “Avengers: Endgame” follows the remaining heroes as they rally to try and save what’s left of the universe from Thanos and his all-powerful Infinity Gauntlet. Billed as the conclusion to Marvel’s 22-film Avengers saga, “Endgame” is a humorous and emotional last ride — or is it? (No spoilers here!)
“This is a film that, in the end, must be about tone,” says Jared. “On that front, ‘Endgame’ acquits itself with elegance.”
“DeCordova New England Biennial 2019,” on view at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum through Sept. 15.
A diverse exhibition of contemporary art from across New England is on view for the summer at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. The deCordova New England Biennial 2019 features 23 artists from across all six New England States, showcasing a variety of media including ceramics, fiber art, painting, photography, sculpture and video and featuring artists from a variety of professional backgrounds.
“It’s something about the energy,” said curator Sarah Montross. “There was something about the work now, in conversation with contemporary culture, and also the methods in which they’re making that felt particularly urgent to display.”
“Huma Bhabha: They Live,” on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art / Boston through May 27.
The largest ever survey of artist Huma Bhabha’s work is now on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art. “Huma Bhabha: They Live” features an expansive collection of the Pakistani-born artist’s drawings, photographs and otherworldly sculptures. Bhabha’s works are often described as dark and draw from a variety of influences: From her upbringing in Pakistan – a cultural intersection that has also seen its share of violence – to her love of contemporary pop culture, including science fiction and even South Park.
“She really does love the movies. Sci-fi movies, horror movies,” said ICA chief curator Eva Respini. “If you’re sci-fi buffs, you’ll see that these characters are supernatural: They look like aliens, they look like warriors.”