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Neither the economy nor the impending flu epidemic cast their gloomy shadows over the 2012 arts scene, especially in the Boston area. MIT established the Center for Art, Science & Technology and awarded the Eugene McDermott Award to multidisciplinary artist Robert Lepage, who is now an MIT artist in residence and will use the $80,000 prize to further his work in nearly every form of theater craft.

On the other side of the river, The Boston Ballet re-vamped their Nutcracker with all new costumes, sets, and choreography. Legendary Georgetown Cupcake opened on Newbury Street, taking the city’s cupcake-craze a little further. PSY’s Gangnam Style music video released last summer now has the most views in YouTube history. The 2012 Burning Man festival had more interest that ever; over 120,00 tickets were requested, versus the 40,000 that were available. The top-rated films of the year were mostly melancholy or historical (Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, etc.), while the top-grossing films were mostly family-friendly hits featuring superheroes (The Avengers, Batman, Spiderman, Hunger Games, etc.). The Tech shares it’s favorite moments in art from the year.

—Grace Young