This week, Jared Bowen heads to Gloucester to see the marine paintings of Winslow Homer, speaks with artist Fatimah Tuggar at the Davis Museum, and reviews “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” at the Huntington Theatre Company.

“Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey, 1869-1880,” on view at the Cape Ann Museum through Dec. 1

Homer at the Beach
Winslow Homer (1836-1910), Children on the Beach (aka Watching the Tide Go Out and Watching the Boats), 1873. Oil on canvas (12 5/8“ x 16 ½”).
Courtesy of Sotheby's, Inc. and the Cape Ann Museum

Today, Winslow Homer is perhaps most known for his paintings of the sea. But it wasn’t until age 33 that Homer exhibited his first seascape painting – mostly to critical scorn. At the Cape Ann Museum, “Homer at the Beach: A Marine Painter’s Journey” traces the trajectory of Homer’s seascapes from the shores of New Jersey, to the maritime industry of Gloucester and on to the rocky coast of Maine.

“He was discovering these places and himself through the application of three essential lessons: Travel widely, experiment boldly, and love deeply,” said curator William Cross. “He was engaged with the people around him in profound ways and he got to know these places very well.”

“Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons,” on view at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College through Dec. 15

Fatimah Tuggar: Home's Horizons
Fatimah Tuggar, Lady and the Maid, 2000. Computer montage (inkjet on vinyl). 108 x 45 in. (274 x 115 cm)
Courtesy of the artist, BintaZarah Studios, and the Davis Museum

Nigerian-born artist Fatimah Tuggar has a major solo exhibition on view right now at the Davis Museum. "Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons" features nearly 25 years of work in everything from photomontage to video to augmented reality. Tuggar’s work collages scenes of human interaction with imagery of wealth, history, and technology. The result is a dissection of power dynamics that upends expectations and questions our understanding of home.

“If you live in one place for your entire life, for example, in the same home, I think there [are] other viewpoints and perspectives that you may not be engaging or understanding,” said Fatimah Tuggar. “That's sort of part of the reason why I engage in that notion.”

“Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead,” presented by the Huntington Theatre Company through Oct. 20

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Alex Hurt (Rosencrantz) and Jeremy Webb (Guildenstern) in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
T. Charles Erickson, courtesy of the Huntington Theatre Company

The Tony Award-winning play “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” has new life at the Huntington Theatre Company. Written by Academy Award and Tony Award-winner Tom Stoppard, the play focuses on the lives — or rather, afterlives — of two deceased minor characters from "Hamlet," who watch in confusion as the play unfolds without them. Directed by Peter DuBois, this production is a delightful and profoundly existential look at life, death, and art.

“This is a production defined by delicateness,” says Jared. “Despite the incredibly weighty and heady issues at play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, in all their warmth, carry us along their existential meanderings with an earnest look at the meaning of life. It’s at once soothing and intellectually vigorous.”

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