Check out "Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College" at the ICA.Provided

When the seasons change and foliage turns New England into its very own art exhibit, there’s also some major masterpieces that will be heading into town and setting up shop at Boston’s many museums and galleries. Take a look at a few shows we’re exited to check out this fall:

Le Laboratoire Cambridge

This isn’t your grandma’s art show. Head to Kendall Square’s Le Lab to check out The Trouble with Jellyfish (Sept. 18th - January 2, 2016) an interactive contemporary art installation by artist, Mark Dion, and marine biologist, Lisa-ann Gershwin. Not only will there be a six-foot tank on loan from the New England Aquarium filled with moon jellies, but a simulation chamber will allow guests to safely experience low oxygen levels, mimicking the effects of an ocean “dead zone,” similar to the ones created in areas with overpopulation of jellyfish.

(650 East Kendall St. Cambridge)


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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

If you didn’t manage to jet to Italy on your summer vacation, then you can certainly grab a taste of all things Venetian at the Gardner, where Ornament & Illusion: Carlo Crivelli of Venice (Oct. 22 - Jan. 25, 2016) will celebrate the Italian Renaissance painter with 23 pieces of his work. It’s the first US exhibition of the artist, so be sure to stop by.

(25 Evans Way Boston)

Institute of Contemporary Art

If taking a look inside into some of the greatest creative minds throughout history is your thing, the ICA’s exhibit Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 (Oct. 10-Jan. 24, 2016) will certainly get your heart beating. The exhibition features 261 objects by nearly 100 artists, archival materials, and even a grand piano and dance floor for live, in-gallery performances.

(100 Northern Ave. Boston)

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Ditch Boston for Bengal at Mass Art this fall, where you’ll fine two concurrent photography exhibits that celebrate the magic of India from a variety of perspectives. Seeing the Elephant and Looking In/Looking Out: Contemporary Indian Photography from the Gaur Collection (Sept. 28 - Dec. 5, 2015) dig deep into the mysterious country. Best of all, admission to both is free.

(Bakalar & Paine Galleries, 621 Huntington Ave.)


The night-time contemporary art event is back Boston, this time setting up show on Lansdowne Street. Kicking off HUBWeek, ILLUMINUS (Oct 3-4) features installations and performances by artists who use light, projections, and sound to drive your eyes and ears wild.

(Lansdowne St. Boston)

Museum of Fine Arts

Prepare to “go dutch” at Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer (Oct. 11- Jan. 18, 2016) at the MFA this fall. The 75 carefully selected and beautifully preserved portraits, genre scenes, landscapes and seascapes are a time warp to the Netherlands of the 17th century, when your place in society (mistress or maid?) was as rock solid as a pair of Dutch clogs.

(465 Huntington Ave. Boston)

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