Judith H. Dobrzynski
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Mass MoCA: Vast Space and New Art to Fill It
The Museum Partners With Major Contemporary Artists

November 17, 2014  •  The New York Times

Taking another leap in its evolution from a disused 19th-century factory complex into a 21st-century center for visual and performing arts, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is set to announce on Monday that it has forged six new 15- to 25-year partnerships with big names in contemporary art, including James Turrell; the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; the Easton Foundation, which controls the estate of the sculptor Louise Bourgeois; Laurie Anderson; and Jenny Holzer.

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New Reverence For Often Overlooked Art
A global journey ends in an exhibition that takes folk art seriously.

November 6, 2014  •  The Wall Street Journal

Los Angeles

Three clay jaguars, modeled by hand, then fired and painted, stand—eyeing visitors—at the entrance to "Grandes Maestros: Great Masters of Iberoamerican Folk Art" at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Made in 2011 by Juana Gómez Ramírez, of Mexico, they convey the power, the pride and the beauty of Latin America's largest cat, which roams alone over wide swaths of terrain and is known as a fierce predator.

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Masterpiece: Folding Culture and Politics Into Art
A one-of-a-kind Mexican screen draws on Asian, European and American influences and was used to gain favor with the Habsburgs

November 1, 2014  •  The Wall Street Journal

Envision, if you will, the recently refurbished baroque vice-regal palace in Mexico City about the turn of the 18th century. In 1692, parts of the residence had been destroyed during grain-shortage riots. Four years later, the newly arrived 32nd viceroy of New Spain, José Sarmiento de Valladares y Aines, Count of Moctezuma y Tula, set out to restore the palace's glory and display his wealth and worldly taste at the same time.

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Biomuseo Showcases Panama's Ecological Diversity

October 26, 2014  •  The New York Times

For more than a century, Panama has been known as the mosquito-infested tropical country where workers battled yellow fever as they cut the 48-mile canal connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that changed the course of global trade.

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Forgotten Regal Beauties
Shunned by art history, rarely seen Victorian sculpture comes out of the shadows

September 30, 2014  •  The Wall Street Journal

New Haven, Conn.

When I lived in London many years ago, I sometimes walked past Thomas Goode & Co., the famous Mayfair china emporium, where two stunning, 7-foot-tall gilded Majolica elephants, set on carved, tile-trimmed ebony stands and topped with gold-and-green howdahs, stood in the windows. Said to be for sale, they were bait for buyers and browsers alike. Imagine my surprise when I entered the Yale Center for British Art here recently to see "Sculpture Victorious: Art in the Age of Invention, 1837-1901" and found one of these grandiose decorative specimens in the lobby, billed as a centerpiece of the exhibition.

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