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Year in Review: Arts

12/29/2009, 10:07 a.m.


            From his humble beginnings plastering images of Andre the Giant on street signs to his lofty perch as the creator of arguably the most iconic image of President Barack Obama, Shepard Fairey (above) has made his name by pushing boundaries. (Top: “Obama HOPE;” Inset, “Portrait of the artist.” Images courtesy of Obey Giant Art)

            “ARTiculation,” presented by Company One in January, followed six Boston poets using wordplay, written by the performers themselves, to wend their way through an imaginative landscape featuring ruminations on life, love, youth, race, art and more.  (Photo courtesy of Company One)

            Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute presented an exhibition of works in December by the renowned American figurative painter Jacob Lawrence (1919-2000). Pictured is “The March.” (photo courtesy Artists Rights Society)

            “The Secrets of Tomb 10A: Egypt 2000 BC” exhibition shown in May by the Museum of Fine Arts was the first public display of the largest burial assemblage ever discovered from the Middle Kingdom (2040-c.1640 BC) of Egypt. Pictured is the “Procession of Model Boats, 2010–1961 B.C.” (Image courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

            (From left): Angela K. Thomas, Joe Wilson Jr. and Barbara Meek portrayed the classic characters of Beneatha, Walter Lee and Lena Younger in the Providence, R.I.-based Trinity Repertory Company’s February production of Lorraine Hansberry’s legendary play “A Raisin in the Sun.”  (Photo courtesy of Trinity Repertory Company)

            Ruben Studdard performs in a scene from “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” the revival of the Tony Award-winning 1978 musical that played at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester in April. The Grammy-nominated crooner, who rose to fame by winning the second season of Fox’s “American Idol,” performed the lead role in the production. (Jeffrey Richards photo)

            Legendary jazz percussionist and Roxbury native Roy Haynes (right) celebrated his 84th birthday with his nephew, Kenneth Haynes, during Jazz@Union at the Union United Methodist Church on March 14, 2009. (Lolita Parker Jr. photo)

            Since owner Patrick Targete opened its doors in the summer of 2006, MOD Boston has given fashion-conscious Dorchester women a taste of Newbury Street right in the heart of their own neighborhood. (Photo courtesy of MOD Boston)

            Grammy Award-winning superstar Philip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire performs with Berklee College of Music gospel ensemble, Overjoyed, during the “Shining Stars: The Music of Earth, Wind and Fire” concert on March 7, 2009, at the Berklee Performance Center. (Phil Farnsworth photo)

             

            Members of the cast of the first national tour of “The Color Purple: The Musical about Love” perform “Miss Celie’s Pants,” one of many numbers in the show. The touring production opened its two-week run in Boston at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in June. (Paul Kolnik photo)