As the leaves turn — artists are opening their studios, and museums are exploring … This year, sculpture finds organic forms at WCMA and Hancock Shaker Village and the Mount, and abstraction spills color at the Clark.

The Norman Rockwell Museum looks into representations of people of color in illustration, reckoning with the past and widening into vivid explorations as people dream their futures and tell their own stories.

And the fall brings new work. Keep an eye out for a rideable sculpture at Mass MoCA, as E.J. Hill finds inspiration in roller coasters in October.

Sculptors explore patterns in abstraction and in communities, as Korean artist Kimsooja creates a weaving with vsitors in the meeting house at Hancock Shaker Village, and WCMA shows the arched curves of work New York artist Mary Ann Unger created more than 30 years ago, when she was pregnant with her daughter — the sculptor Eve Biddle, who now has work showing beside hers.

Downtowns hold their own shows, and as you look at them you can imagine what it might be like to see a whole city turn into a museum. How does it feel when artists can turn any corner into their own work, even bus stations and old churches?

In the Berkshires, it feels familiar. Around here we paint crosswalks and overpasses. An old stone quarry plays spontaneous music at sunset and historic houses set up outdoor sculpture in the woods.

Artists explore the body and the natural world, as they celebrate strength and mourn loss, from contemporary paintings and illustrations at the Norman Rockwell Museum to abstractions at the Clark, sculpture at Mass MoCA and the Mount, WCMA and Hancock Shaker Village, oen houses for artists in residence at the Barn in Lee and more …

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