Like a mirror, art reflects the beauty of the world around us, reveals who we truly are, and can contain a lot of naked people. Step into a funhouse of art-mirrors with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two general-admission tickets to the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham (up to a $22 value). Children younger than 17 are admitted free.
A treasury of American art from the 18th century to the present day, with a particular emphasis on the school of Boston expressionism, the Danforth Museum of Art treats patrons to an array of ever-changing exhibits. Running June 12–August 7, the museum's juried exhibitions highlight pieces selected by discriminating art experts, rather than by fickle magic 8 balls. Along with the annual flagship presentation Off the Wall, which features new and exciting work from contemporary artists living and working in New England, this year's new Picture This! exhibit fills the Danforth Children's Gallery with work from regional children's-book illustrators working without the aid of talking-caterpillar apprentices. A third exhibition, A Community of Artists, displays hand-picked artwork chosen after the selection process for the other two showcases.
Other ongoing exhibitions include a collection of sculptures by longtime Framingham resident Meta Warrick Fuller reflecting themes of motherhood and African American culture, as well as an assortment of Native American art, from baskets woven in the Northeast woodlands to Katsina dolls and miniature dream pueblos created by Hopi tribes in the Southwest. The museum's permanent collection of more than 3,500 pieces contains works from artists throughout New England and from around the world.