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Arts This Week | May 31, 2018

Arts This Week: 'Fall,' 'Sculpting with Air,' Shara Hughes

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Josh Stamberg and Joanne Kelly in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of "Fall"
T. Charles Erickson, courtesy of the Huntington Theatre Company
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Arts This Week | May 31, 2018

This Week, Jared Bowen reviews "Fall," presented by the Huntington Theatre Company and takes a tour of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum's latest exhibition, "Sculpting with Air." Plus, the latest Greenway mural by artist Shara Hughes is unveiled.

"Fall," presented by the Huntington Theatre Company through June 16

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Nolan James Tierce and Josh Stamberg in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of "Fall"
T. Charles Erickson, courtesy of the Huntington Theatre Company

A new play at the Huntington Theatre unpacks the personal life of a theater giant. “Fall” tells the true story of playwright Arthur Miller, one of the great playwrights of the 20th century, and the son with Down Syndrome that he essentially deleted from his life. “I don't know if it was a protection,” says playwright Bernie Weinraub, “but I think he felt … enormous guilt and shame.” Author of such works as “All My Sons,” “Death of a Salesman,” and “Crucible,” Miller was considered the moral voice of American theater. This world premiere directed by Peter DuBois looks at the dichotomy between Miller’s public conscience and contrasting actions in his life.

"Sculpting with Air," on view at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum through September 30

Sculpting with Air
"Tether" by Ian McMahon
Clements Photography and Design, Boston, courtesy of the artist and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

At deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, a new exhibition showcases sculpture with an unlikely material — air. “Sculpting with Air” features radically different but complimentary installations by contemporary sculptors Ian McMahon and Jong Oh. “Both these sculptors play with vision and visuality,” says curator Martina Tanga. “Their work deceives the eye, and really forces us to double think, and double question ourselves. And to sort of suppress our dominance on vision.” It’s a work, Jared says, that must be seen in person and demands slow looking.

2018 Greenway Mural, a new mural by Shara Hughes titled “Carving Out Fresh Options” is now on view at the Rose Kennedy Greenway

2018 Greenway Mural
"Carving Out Fresh Options" by Shara Hughes
Howard Powell | WGBH News

The Rose Kennedy Greenway has unveiled a new mural by Brooklyn-based artist Shara Hughes and curated by deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Titled “Carving Out Fresh Options,” this fantastical mural with a landscape of Hughes’s imagining complements the urban landscape. “There's this huge rock in the very center of it that kind of mimics the buildings around it,” says Hughes, “and there's a cutout in the rock … as if it's a window to another world.” This is Hughes' first large-scale mural project. The work will be on view through 2018.

Where does the Greenway mural transport you? Tell Jared about it on Facebook or Twitter!

Correction: This article has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of Shara Hughes' name.

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