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excursions "curatorial excellence" Peabody Essex Museum England region. From Boston to the Berkshires and points north and south, our institutions exhibit exceptional strength. and Lee Miller late last year) and a stunning assemblage of Native American sacred and artistic objects encountered on a recent visit. "Thrilling" is not too strong a word to describe the clothing, ceram- ics, textiles, and paintings of "Shapechanging," an epochal exhibition leavened by wildly irreverent humor and surprising constructions. PEM, along with all its other strengths, counts two centuries of collect- ing Native American works, some as current as today. Does my self-designed tour of New England's art museums allow comparison with the encyclopedic collections of New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan, or the Morgan? Recently, I visited all three to create a personal benchmark against which to compare home team. Once the museums of Boston and its nearby suburbs are taken into consideration, it's easy to see why we New Englanders field a solid lineup. Bench depth, however, is somewhat of an issue. New York is a special case, representing accruals of wealth and connoisseurship beyond the reach of even London and Paris. But what has become apparent to me (and quite gratifyingly so) are the high standards of collecting and curatorial excellence uniform throughout the New 176 Special Rewards Even in relatively small institutions like New Hampshire's Currier Museum of Art—a veritable jewel box—or the Worcester Art Museum's eclectic collections, both compel deep contemplation while bestowing special rewards. As regional phenomena, they must stand among the best in the world. There is a mystery about these places—one without limit or ready explanation. Spend an hour or a lifetime, gaze upon a wide plain or Currier Museum of Art, (Origins by Mark diSuvero) WellesleyWeston Magazine | summer 2012 PHO TO COURTESY ISABELLA STEW ART GAR DNER MUSEUM JOSE MART INEZ PETER GOLDEN

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