Boxers or briefs? Boy shorts or bikini?
What do you wear under there? What are you trying to hide? What does that reveal about you? What can you share and what is truly unmentionable?
The Loading Dock Gallery considers these questions and gets intimate this month -- in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- with its new show "Unmentionables" on view through Oct. 29.
The juried show features 2-D and 3-D creations in all mediums by New England artists translating their visions of undergarments into provocative works of art.
Jurors are Staci Layne Wilson, a Hollywood journalist and award-winning filmmaker, and her mother, Nancy "Buni" Bacon, a former pin-up model, actress and author whose latest tell-all memoir, "Legends and Lipstick: My Scandalous Stories of Hollywood's Golden Era," was released earlier this year.
A reception with the artists takes place Saturday, Oct. 7, 5-7 p.m., following ARToberfest at Western Avenue Studios Open Studios, 122 Western Ave., Lowell, noon-5 p.m. with a gallery reception Saturday, Oct. 7, 5-7 p.m.
Loading Dock Gallery, a part of Loading Dock Arts Inc., is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. For info, call 978-656-1687 or visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com.
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REVOLUTIONARY REMINDER: The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton presents "Migration & Memory: Jewish Artists of the Russian and Soviet Empires." On view Oct. 12-Jan. 28, it features about 100 works from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection that explore the creative responses of Jewish artists born, raised or active in the Russian and Soviet empires during the 20th century. It is organized by Boston's Ballets Russes Arts Initiative, curated by BRAI Executive Director Anna Winestein, and structured around the themes of memory and migration that are central to the Jewish experience during this period. The opening coincides with the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution of 1917, which transformed the choices and options for Russian Jews, including artists, in many positive ways, but also brought displacement and violence. Most items on display are from the 20th century, primarily from the start of World War 1 in 1914 and the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991. Featured are paintings, drawings, posters, illustrated books and 3-D works by nearly 50 artists. The opening reception on Oct. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., features a talk by the curator. Call 978-598-5000, ext. 121, or visit www.museumofrussianicons.org/event/opening-migration-memory/.
KEROUAC RECEPTION REMINDER: Opening receptions are Friday, Oct. 6, for two art exhibits related to this weekend's Lowell Celebrates Kerouac events. Barbara Gagel's "Gray Words: The Dark and Light of Jack Kerouac" at Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle St., opens 4:30-7 p.m., with a wine reception. "Vast! Mad! Striving! Kerouac's Lowell Today," curated by Mary Hart and featuring work by artists in various media that examine Lowell as Kerouac might have seen it, opens at Lowell Telecommunications Center, 246 Market St., with a 6-8 p.m. reception. Visit www.lowellcelebrateskerouac.org for details.
ARCHAEOLOGY MONTH: October is Archaeology Month in Massachusetts, and Minute Man National Historical Park is participating with two special programs. The first on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m., at Minute Man Visitor Center, 250 North Great Road, Lincoln, features archaeologist Meg Watters sharing details about the Parker's Revenge Project that located a key Lexington battle site from April 19, 1775. Included are a walk to the scene of action and re-enactors demonstrating how experts believe the battle was fought, based on project findings. The second program, on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 1 p.m., at the Major John Buttrick House, 174 Liberty St., Concord, features Nikki Walsh of museum services of the Northeast Region of the National Park Service, sharing various artifacts found throughout the park from Concord to Lincoln to Lexington. Free admission to both. Call 978-369-6993 or visit www.nps.gov/mima.
JAPANESE CREATIVITY: "Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics," on view Oct. 18-April 1 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is an inventive exhibition that juxtaposes paintings and sculptures by one of the most imaginative artists working today with treasures from the MFA's renowned collection of Japanese art. The exhibition reveals how Murakami's contemporary vision is richly inflected by a dynamic conversation with the historical past, framed by a creative dialogue with Japanese art historian and professor Nobuo Tsuji. Murakami, Tsuji and Anne Nishimura Morse, the MFA's senior curator of Japanese art, chose the objects on view. They include such masterpieces as the Heiji Scroll, from the 13th century, which is one of the most famous Japanese works outside of Japan, and several paintings by Soga Shohaku. Murakami calls himself a "spiritual heir" to Shohaku, and the MFA houses a large collection of works by the eccentric 18th-century artist who is known for his unconventional techniques and irreverent humor, including "Dragon and Clouds" (1763). Murakami drew inspiration from the 35-foot composition of a dragon swooping down through a whirl of clouds for his "Dragon in Clouds -- Red Mutation" (2010), a 59-foot painting created in 24 hours as a response to a challenge from Tsuji. The two works are displayed together for the first time in this exhibition. Organized into six sections, the exhibit also debuts a newly commissioned, large painting by Murakami, plus other works featuring his signature characters, including Mr. DOB, Kaikai and Kiki. The artist's association with the MFA dates back to 2001, when the museum presented his first solo exhibition at a major U.S. museum. An after-hours celebration takes place Friday, Oct. 13, the first in the new MFA Late Nites series. The MFA's new XPass -- an exclusive six-month trial membership -- is available through the run of the exhibit. On Saturday, Oct. 14, the museum hosts an afternoon program with Murakami as part of the annual Ruth and Carl Shapiro Celebrity Lectures. Visit www.mfa.org for info and details.