Museum of Fine Arts Director Malcolm Rogers is as much an institution as the museum he runs. But after nearly 20 years, he has announced he’s stepping down. Rogers spoke with WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen about the reason behind the surprise announcement, the considerable controversy he’s generated over the years, and what he’ll do next.
Architect Norman Foster, left, Malcolm Rogers, center, director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and Spencer de Grey, partner-in-charge of Foster and Partners, pose with a model of a new expanded MFA design.
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston is giving new life to Arthur Miller's “Death of a Salesman.” It’s a searing look at the American dream that’s just as powerful today as when it first opened on Broadway back 1949.
WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen explains what makes this play so timeless.
When we might be at a loss to find the words for friendship, determination, dreams, love or even a desire for justice, we discover that a subtle gesture or the power of song might express our sentiments exactly.
Close to Chuck:presented by Boston Ballet, playing through March 2nd at the Boston Opera House
There's no doubt it's an odd juxtaposition. In Fitchburg, a community with a very depressed economy, there sits a large and robust museum. With a new director at its helm, the Fitchburg Art Museum is rethinking how it can be not only a museum but also a force for change, as WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen tells us.
Nancy Reagan described it as “the long goodbye”: the slow and agonizing loss of one’s memory and identity that comes with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. More than 5 million Americans are living with the disease, and now the new production “Absence” at Boston Playwrights’ Theater brings that stark statistic into perspective.
Sacrificing the comforts of home to lend a hand in a developing country is considered a noble thing to do. But for many well-intentioned volunteers, the reality doesn’t live up to the romantic notion that we all have the power to change the world.
“The Sleepwalker,” a strikingly life-like statue of a nearly naked man, is on display on a green at Wellesley College. The piece is getting international attention and has sparked lively debates about the limits of artistic license.
Director Diane Paulus told me that among her considerations as she stages a play is what the audience will get from the effort. "For me," she said, "it’s always about, 'have we asked a big enough question?'" The same consideration is obvious in the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre presentation, looking closely at aging and dementia, and also present in the very real discussions about museums, taking place at the Boston Athenaeum.
Museums are vessels of antiquity. So, how are museums adapting to the digital age? Does new technology pose a threat or present an opportunity? Those were some of the questions explored as part of the Boston Athenaeum’s series on the future of the museum.
We live in an epicenter of innovation. Advances in technology and medicine are born in Boston and Cambridge all the time, but it can take years for them to make an impact. Author Robin Cook would rather not wait. Instead, he’s imagined a world where doctors are obsolete and smartphones diagnose disease.
Think back to high school history class. Remember learning about the Industrial Revolution and how the rise of factories, mills and mechanized tools changed manufacturing and the landscape of American jobs? It marked a major turning point in history, and now we’re in the midst of another watershed moment.
In her 50 some-odd years, African American artist Alison Saar has experienced a lot. The new exhibition of her work, titled “Still,” on view at MassArt, confronts head-on the stereotypes, injustice and abuse she’s witnessed. WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen takes us there.
We all dread something; public speaking and heights are common fears. But what if you were terrified of both those, along with fainting, closed spaces, germs, vomiting and cheese. If the mere thought of all these things sent you into a panic, it would seem impossible to live a full and productive life.
But the new book “My Age of Anxiety” disproves that theory.
I devoted much of my arts attention this week to the "DIY analysis," of Alison Saar. That's how she described her work to me during our interview. There are many, many layers of thought here for us to explore. Also, I report back from the first of three big conversations on the future of museums, held at the Boston Athenaeum.
In the fine arts world, there was a convening of the gods last night. The Boston Athenaeum hosted a discussion considering the Future of the Museum, bringing together the heads of New York’s Metropolitan Museum, the Getty Trust in LA, and the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston.
Last year, Noel "Paul" Stookey, of famed folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, stopped by the WGBH News for a chat on Boston Public Radio. He discussed legendary folk singer, songwriter and activist Pete Seeger, who died Monday at the age of 94.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who work in low-end retail, you already know most of the jobs in that sector offer minimal benefits, the schedules are unforgiving, and making ends meet is a struggle. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
That’s the central argument in the new book “The Good Jobs Strategy,” which makes the case that retailers would actually boost their bottom line if they paid higher wages.
The latest collection on view at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln is a survey of the most current art from across New England. It also reveals a notable shift in perspective when compared with earlier shows.
Whether you choose to browse through the displays from New England's upcoming artists, listen to the stories of average working Americans, or experience familiar classical music retooled into pulsing club music, there is a way for you see the world and its art through someone else's eyes this weekend.
You may be noticing it at the movies, at the award shows, and even on stages here in Boston: Race is getting another look in 2014, from SpeakEasy Stage Company’s “The Color Purple” to the highly acclaimed movie “12 Years a Slave.”
When you think of hot beds of fashion, you might imagine the runways of Milan or strolling down the Champs Elysees in Paris. But since the early 1980s, Japanese designers have been challenging conventional ideas of beauty. And as WGBH arts editor Jared Bowens shows us, the Far East fashion revolution has come to Massachusetts.
According to critics, there’s plenty to howl about in the new movie "The Wolf of Wall Street." Some have balked at the language; Rolling Stone counted a record 506 F-bombs. Others take issue with its depiction of 1980s excess. But as WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen explains, in both film and on stage right now, it’s a good time for bad guys.