Before Provincetown became a place known for its streets flooded with quirky boutiques, seafood dining and decked-out drag queens, it was a brewing art colony. This exhibit, separated into nine sections, showcases over 100 artists from the Cape Cod School of Art in 1899 to present day, including works by Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko and Hans Hofmann, whose “Push and Pull III” (1950) is pictured above.

The Tides of Provincetown: Pivotal Years in America's Oldest Continuous Art Colony (1899-2011)
July 15-Oct. 16, opening reception on July 17, 2-3 p.m., New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington Street, New Britain, (860) 229-0257, nbmaa.org.