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- Magic Moments: The Screen and the Eye–9 Artists 9 Projections
- (TAPESTRY) RADIO ON: New Work by Victoria Morton at the Gardner
- Points of View: 20 Years Artists-in-Residence at the Gardner
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- Henrik Håkansson: Cyanopsitta spixii Case Study #001
- Michele Iodice: A Pagan Feast
- Variations On a Theme by Sol Lewitt and Paula Robison
- Danijel Zezelj: Stray Dogs
- Dayanita Singh: Chairs
- Maurizio Cannavacciuolo: TV Dinner
- Elaine Reichek: madamimadam
- Joseph Kosuth: Artist, Curator, Collector
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- Manfred Bischoff
- Ackroyd & Harvey: Presence
- Laura Owens
- New Works by Denise Marika
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Raised in a family of writers (his father was a journalist and his stepmother a poet), Gregory Maguire grew up with a great love of books, especially fairy tales and fantasy fiction. He composed his own stories from an early age and released his first book for children, The Lightning Time, in 1978, just two years after graduating from the State University of New York at Albany.
In 1995, he published his first adult novel. A bold, revisionist view of Frank L. Baum's classic Oz stories, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West places one of literature's most reviled characters at the center of a dark dystopian fantasy and raises provocative questions about the very nature of good and evil. Purists criticized Maguire for tampering with a beloved classic, but the book received generally good reviews (John Updike, writing in The New Yorker, proclaimed it "an amazing novel"). Maguire's currency increased even further when the book was turned into the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Wicked in 2003.
In the wake of his breakthrough novel, Maguire has made something of a specialty out of turning classic children's tales on their heads. He retold the legends of Cinderella and Snow White in Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (1999) and Mirror, Mirror (2003); he raised the ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge in Lost (2001); and, in 2005, he returned to Oz for Son of a Witch, the long-awaited sequel to Wicked. He has reviewed fantasy fiction for the Sunday New York Times Book Review and has contributed his own articles, essays, and stories to publications like Ploughshares, The Boston Review, the Christian Science Monitor, and The Horn Book Magazine.
In addition, Maguire has never lost his interest in—or enthusiasm for—children's literature. He is the author of The Hamlet Chronicles, a bestselling seven-book series of high-camp mystery-adventures with silly countdown titles like Seven Spiders Spinning and Three Rotten Eggs. He has taught at the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and is a founding member of Children's Literature New England (CLNE), a nonprofit organization that focuses attention on the significance of literature in the lives of children.
As artist-in-residence, Gregory Maguire held a book signing for his book, Seven Spiders Spinning, after he gave a lecture as part of The Eye of the Beholder series. In his lecture, Death and Perfection: The Gardner Madonnas Speak, Maguire discussed the themes of motherly attitudes and the nature of childhood as seen through the different depictions of Madonna and Child in the Gardner collection. He illustrated his talk with ten Madonnas in the Museum, located in the East Cloister, the Dutch Room, the Tapestry Room, the Raphael Room, the East Italian Room, the Long Gallery, and the Veronese Room. About the title he said:
"The title comes from the interest in the fact that it is a common parental thing to perceive their child as perfect and immortal and then to have to grapple with the reality that neither is true."
Maguire also participated in many education visits working with children from local elementary schools. He shared his own experience of becoming and author with students from the Lincoln School, the Farragut School, and the Tobin School, and helped them develop their own writing by keeping journals. He returned to the Gardner in April 2006 to give a Noontime Talk, and read from new work.