Work 0808, glazed stoneware by Harumi Nakashima
Work 0808, glazed stoneware by Harumi Nakashima

BOSTON -- Blue and white, a classic color combination, has been around for centuries, especially in the beloved porcelain created a millennium ago in the Islamic world and Asia and favored in Europe and America.

Today's artists give the old favorite a contemporary twist for the modern sensibility in New Blue and White at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

On view Feb. 20 through July 14, the exhibit features artists exploring blue and white design in ceramics, fashion, decorations and more.

Highlighted are nearly 70 works by an international group of artists, many showing never-before-seen work. They include Ann Agee of the U.S., Katsuyo Aoki of Japan, Felicity Aylieff of the United Kingdom and Ah Xian of Australia. Recent works by ceramic sculptor Chris Antemann and fashion designer Rodarte will be featured from the MFA collection.

Dress, silk by Rodartephotos Courtesy/Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Dress, silk by Rodarte photos Courtesy/Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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  • VACATION FUN FOR KIDS: The Discovery Museums, Main Street, Acton, are open Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 16-24, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for info...Old Sturbridge Village has activities planned Feb. 16-24, including sleigh rides, ice skating, sledding, crafts and games. Visit for details.
  • MEET MR. LINCOLN: President Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, visits the Concord Museum, 1-2 p.m. on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18. In addition, there will be presidential crafts Monday-Thursday, Feb. 18-21, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. with admission. Call 978-369-9763, ext. 216, for reservations for performance. Crafts are included in museum admission.
  • RESCHEDULED: Due to the storm, the Zeitgeist Coop Members Reception has been rescheduled to Saturday, Feb. 23, 5-8 p.m. at 167 Market St., Lowell. The exhibit will be on view beginning Tuesday, Feb. 12. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 617-875-1790 for info.

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