Arts

ARTS
4:58 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

'When The Stars Begin To Fall' Eyes South As Real And Fabled Place

Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art has gone south. Its latest exhibition, "When the Stars Begin to Fall," focuses on the many different aspects of the American South, featuring a range of artists from the celebrated to the incarcerated. WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen has more.

Arts
11:08 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: Intimate Apparel, Oceanside, LIFT/ Women Powerlifters

Amanda Ruggiero and Kris Sidberry of Intimate Apparel, playing at the Lyric Stage Company through March.
Credit Glenn Perry

Intimate Apparel Plays at the Lyric Stage Company through March 14th

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ARTS
7:13 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Father Of Modern Iranian Sculpture's First US Show At Wellesley

Legendary Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli had never had a museum show in the United States before the Davis Museum at Wellesley College came out with a retrospective of the 77-year-old artist's work.

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ARTS
6:37 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Vienna To Boston: Stolen Art Finds New Home At MFA

Commode with corner cupboards (commode a encoignures); Promised gift of the heirs of Bettina Looram de Rothschild
Credit Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

During World War II, the Nazis waged a relentless campaign to loot many of the great art treasures of Europe. The legendary Rothschild family was among the victims. And while much of what was stolen from them was recovered by Allied troops, it was decades later until all the art was returned to the family.

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Arts
5:45 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Oscar Contender: Rory Kennedy's Vietnam Documentary

Aboard the USS Kirk, crew members signal the Chinook to hover over the deck and drop its passengers out. April 29, 1975
Credit Courtesy of Hugh Doyle

 All eyes will be turned to the television this Sunday night to catch Hollywood’s glitterati attending the 87th Academy Awards, and WGBH News will watching, too.  Our interest is most keen for the results of “Best Documentary Feature”, where the locally-produced "Last Days in Vietnam," directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, is a contender.

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Arts
12:01 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Why The 'Selma' Soundtrack Deserves An Oscar

"Within the Black experience, whether historical or contemporary, music is never simply a background. Music is the foreground and it matters!"

Selma is powerful, provocative, conversation starter on race relations in our nation. While pundits and critics focus on the portrayal of President Lyndon Johnson and others bemoan the lack of awards, don’t sleep on the music!

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Arts
12:02 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: Parviz Tanavoli, The Wiz, The Last Five Years

Parviz Tanavoli, Lion and Sun, 2013. Silkscreen, 70 x 100 cm. Collection of the artist.

Parviz Tanavoli On view at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College through June 7th

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ARTS
6:21 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Progress Through The Lens Of Gordon Parks

"Untitled," St. Louis, Missouri; Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006); 1950; Photograph, gelatin silver print
Credit Photograph by Gordon Parks. Courtesy and © The Gordon Parks Foundation / Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Acclaimed photographer Gordon Parks' assignment for Life Magazine to depict the realities of life under segregation had the making of a searing series. But the story was never published, and the pictures never saw the light of day, until Museum of Fine Arts Curator Karen Haas unraveled some of the mystery. 

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ARTS
6:55 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

After 25 Years Amid Breathtaking Art, Gardner Director Anne Hawley Stepping Down

Anne Hawley has headed the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for 25 years. She recently announced that she would step down at the end of the year.
Credit Courtesy of Gardner Museum

After 25 years at the helm, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Director Anne Hawley announced she's stepping down at the end of the year. But she still has the energy and enthusiasm of a brand-new arrival.

"I love this place, and I think it’s going to have an even greater future because I think museums are public spaces where people who are so worn down by the constant assault of media from their devices or from the wear and tear of everyday life can come and find themselves again," Hawley said.   

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Arts
10:53 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: Gordon Parks, When The Stars Begin to Fall, Father Comes Home From The Wars

Gordon Parks, Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan, 1950.
Credit Photograph by Gordon Parks, courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Gordon Parks Foundation

Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott On view at the MFA through September 13th

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STYLE
2:20 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Before Women's Lib, Opera Divas Weighed Down By Diamonds And Haute Couture

Melrose, Mass.-born Geraldine Farrar, the daughter of a men's clothier, would come to wear haute couture as she performed throughout Europe and America.
Images courtesy of Kathleen McDermott; produced by Amanda Kersey

Until the early 20th century, few women could make art and travel the world. Still fewer could do it with enough flair to become famous and stockpile a fortune in jewels while fostering gender equality. But a number of women born into families of musicians or trained in singing managed it—at least while their voices held out—as opera divas. MassArt fashion historian and artist Kathleen McDermott has put a striking touch on surviving images of 26 of them in "A Diva Story-Book, 1700-1920."

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Arts
10:05 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: The Second Girl, Breath And Imagination, Jupiter Ascending

MacKenzie Meehan, Kathleen McElfresh, and Christopher Donahue in the Huntington Theatre Company production of the moving Irish drama The Second Girl by Ronan Noone, directed by Campbell Scott, playing January 16 – February 21
Credit T. Charles Erickson

The Second Girl Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company, it plays at the Calderwood Pavilion through February 21st

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ARTS
12:26 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

deCordova Museum Presents Contemporary Artists' Takes On 'Walden'

It was 170 years ago when Henry David Thoreau famously went into the woods, living the spartan life and eventually producing his treatise Walden. In its latest show, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum commissioned a group of artists to reconsider Thoreau in Walden, revisited

ARTS
3:10 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

'The Second Girl' A New Twist On A Eugene O’Neill Classic

"Long Day’s Journey into Night" is Eugene O’Neill’s harrowing play about a broken-down family. Below stairs, the servants now get their due in playwright Ronan Noone’s latest work, "The Second Girl," which imagines their world. 

ARTS
6:35 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Remembering 'Sidewalk Sam,' Who Brought Color To Boston's Streets

After receiving an elite art education and showing work in galleries, Boston artist Bob Guillemin left that lifestyle to paint the city's streets, which he did for decades.
Credit Wendy Maeda / Courtesy of The Boston Globe

Bob Guillemin could very well have spent his life in hallowed museum and gallery halls, but he preferred life on the street. For decades beginning in the 1970s, he chalked and painted on pavement, earning the nickname Sidewalk Sam. It was an effort to pry art away from its lofty perch and bring it out into the open air for everyone to see.  

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Arts
10:45 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Arts This Week: Motown The Musical, Herbie Hancock, Black or White

Motown: The Musical, presented by Broadway in Boston, playing at the Boston Opera House through February 15th.

Motown: The Musical Presented by Broadway In Boston, it plays at the Boston Opera House through February 15th

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LOCAL NEWS
5:49 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Harvard Brings Damaged Rothko Murals Back To Light

What’s old is new again at the Harvard Art Museums, thanks to some very creative use of technology. A conservation team has brought new life to a priceless series of artworks that were thought to be damaged beyond repair some 35 years ago. 

LOCAL NEWS
5:15 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Remembering Boston Artist John Wilson

Artist John Wilson’s talent was evident virtually from the moment he began sketching Roxbury streetscapes. His career since was both storybook and searing as the African American artist witnessed decade after decade of social injustice. The Boston native died Thursday at his home in Brookline at the age of 92. 

Arts
12:56 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Arts Report: A Future Perfect, Walden Revisited, Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol

A Future Perfect, Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company, playing at the Calderwood Pavilion through February 7th
Credit Craig Bailey / Pespective photo

A Future Perfect Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company, it plays at the Calderwood Pavilion through February 7th

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ARTS
6:53 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Sitting Down With 'American Sniper' Star Sienna Miller

The movie "American Sniper " got six 2015 Academy Award nominations, including best picture and best actor. The film is based on the true story of the man known as the most lethal sniper in Navy SEAL history. Actress Sienna Miller plays that man’s wife, Taya Kyle, in the film, and WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen recently sat down with her to talk about the experience.

Arts
10:31 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Arts this Week: Oscars, Muckrakers, American Sniper, Blackhat, A Most Violent Year

Esme Allen and Lewis D. Wheeler of "Muckrakers." Presented by New Repertory Theatre through February 1st.
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BOOKS
7:00 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

'Boston Strong' Highlights Untold Stories Of Marathon Bombing

Dave Wedge and Casey Sherman, the authors behind the new book “Boston Strong,” say there’s more to the story than the narrative we all know so well and shared some of what they uncovered. 

Arts
11:47 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Arts This Week: Red Hot Patriots, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Downton Abbey, Inherent Vice

Marcia DeBonia, Martin Moran, Candy Buckley, and Tyler Lansing Weaks in Christopher Durang’s smash-hit Broadway comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, directed by Jessica Stone, based on the Broadway direction of Nicholas Martin, playing January 2 – February 1, 2015 at the BU Theatre / Avenue of the Arts.
Credit Jim Cox

        

Red Hot Patriots: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins Plays at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston through January 31st

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ARTS
6:53 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Keeping Up Appearances On The Set Of 'Downton Abbey'

Season five of PBS’s hit show “Downton Abbey” premiered Sunday night. And the new year is bringing new rules, new technology and new drama to the estate. So what does it take to create this world of aristocracy, secrecy and intrigue? WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen recently got some insight from some of the foremost authorities.

 

ARTS
7:09 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Meet Boston's First Arts Czar, Julie Burros

Boston's new arts czar Julie Burros came from Chicago, where she was director of cultural planning.
Credit WGBH News

The focus on arts and culture in Boston is entering new territory, with the first ever cabinet-level chief of arts and culture. Julie Burros, already known around the city as the arts czar, arrived to Boston from Chicago, where she was director of cultural planning. 

Read an excerpt of WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen's interview with Burros, and watch the entire conversation below:

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ARTS
7:01 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Must-See Holiday Movies

ARTS
6:58 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Greater Boston's Holiday Book List

The holiday season is the perfect time to curl up with a good book. We’ve assembled a panel of notable local authors to share some must-reads that also make great gifts.

William Martin is a best-selling author whose latest historical suspense thriller is "The Lincoln Letter."

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the author of "Truth be Told," the third book in her crime-novel series that was just chosen as a best of 2014 by Library Journal.

Matthew Gilbert's new book, "Off the Leash,” chronicles his transformation from homebody to active member of a group of colorful and eccentric dog lovers.

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ARTS
3:52 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Annual Greater Boston Holiday Books And Movies Special

Watch the full show above, or see segments by clicking the links below.

The holiday season is the perfect time to kick back and watch a movie or curl up with a good book. We’ve assembled a panel of notable local authors to share some must-reads that also make great gifts. And our critics will tell you which new flicks are worth the price of admission. 

Have a story idea? Email us at GreaterBoston@WGBH.org.

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