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Art and artifacts that tell the stories of New England
The exhibit is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through May 2023. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
“For people newly arrived in this country, local markets provide more than familiar food. They are places of connection and social support, and they offer owners and their families a path to economic independence. This was true in the past and continues today,” says Charlotte Barrett, Community Preservation Manager for Historic New England. “The stories of markets established by immigrants and refugees embody timeless values of hard work, resourcefulness, resilience, and commitment to family and community.”
The web app MorethanaMarket.org has archival photos, audio clips, and stories about early markets.
For more information and to see additional images.
This Historic New England exhibition explored an art form that was once banned in Boston, but today is seen as a creative mode of self-expression.
Loud, Naked, & in Three Colors: the History of Tattooing in Boston explores this phenomenon through a stunning selection of flash art, photography, and advertisements that paint a rich picture of this unique period in the history of tattooing. The exhibition traces the popularization of tattooing in Boston through the stories and memorabilia of the city’s leading tattoo pioneers.
The exhibition featured the work of Frank Howard and the Liberty family who dominated Boston’s tattoo scene from their shops in Scollay Square. Their stories reveal the complex and nonconformist tattoo culture and the people, businesses, and communities surrounding the tattoo trade.
Loud, Naked & in Three Colors: the History of Tattooing in Boston was on view at the Eustis Estate in Milton, Mass., through October 30, 2022.
The exhibition was a collaboration between Historic New England and Maine College of Art & Design.
The artists explored themes of queer ecology, from questioning the human versus nature paradigm to celebrating the beauty of transgenderism, with works in painting, mixed media, sculpture, and video.
Watch This Space featured the work of six Maine College of Art & Design alumni, including Kyle Hardy, Lindsay Mercer, olivier, Mai Snow, Benjamin Spalding, and Shel Stefan.
The exhibition was on view at Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center through October 2022.
More than forty works of art from the Historic New England collection were on display during Artful Stories: Painting From Historic New England. The exhibition provided a fresh look at the regional stories told through art – stories about the people who sat for portraits, the artists, the owners, and the places. If you missed the exhibition while it was on display at the Eustis Estate, you can still see these exquisite works of art by by visiting online.
In 2021, Historic New England and New England Sculptors Association (NESA) partnered on an outdoor sculpture exhibition, Looking Back with 2020 Vision. It featured more than twenty-five sculptures by New England artists that reflected issues that were at the forefront in 2020. Learn more.
|Everyone's History||Collection Highlights|
|African American Tourist Destinations||Blue Printed Pottery|
|North Shore Fried Clams||Lost Gardens of N.E.|
|Plum Island Aviation||Newbury Furniture|
|Verner Reed Photographs|