Every week, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen sums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston—and what not to miss on your summer vacation. This week, he's back from New York with a roundup of what's big on Broadway, what's heading that way, and more.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra is heading to Europe for its first tour of the continent since 2007.
The orchestra is opening the two week trip Saturday with a performance at Royal Albert Hall in London, followed by another one Sunday.
The ensemble will hit 8 cities in all, performing in some of the most prominent orchestral venues in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and Germany. The tour wraps up in Berlin on Sept. 5 with a performance at the Berliner Philharmonie concert hall.
Since publicity ramped up earlier this year with the 25th anniversary of the infamous Gardner Heist, security director Anthony Amore says he’s been on the case virtually 24/7.
“You’re trying to deal with leads as they come in and also you’re dealing with media,” he says. “So it takes up a lot of man-hours in the course of a day. I’d say it’s probably a 12-hour a day operation.”
New Delhi-based artist Bharti Kher has exhibited her mixed-media works of the world all over the world. Now, her installation "Not All Who Wander Are Lost" has dressed up the new wing façade of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It maps movement across Europe, the Middle East and Africa with bindis, the dot that many Indian women wear to represent the third eye—in Hinduism, the center of wisdom.
Polish artist Monika Sosnowksa's "Tower" references the facade of Mies van der Rohe's Lake Shore Drive towers in Chicago. The sculpture sits on a porous base that allows water to reach the shaggy grass beneath it. It came in on 10 trucks and was installed with cranes over two weeks.
The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum's new exhibition, "Architectural Allusions," consists of seven contemporary works that take on architecture of yore and today as a subject, championing or countering it. It’s one of the museum’s first themed outdoor showcases and includes sculpture commissioned, on loan and part of the permanent collection, by artists from Boston to Poland.
In the basement of a chic cottage that backs up to Gloucester’s Goose Cove are hundreds of original prints and paintings—two lifetimes of artwork by Mary Ann and Mace Wenniger, now in their early eighties and nineties, respectively. Some are framed and mounted and singled out by studio lights. Many more are stacked against the walls, pinned like clothes on a line, and stuffed into storage cabinets like books of handmade paper—and there’s that, too, sculpturally gathered in a vitrine.
Through this fall, the Cape Ann Museum has on view some of John Sloan's most vibrant oil paintings, from his five consecutive summers in Gloucester. There, between 1914 and 1918, he applied the European modernist approaches to painting he saw at the 1913 Armory Show in New York. And he turned his attention away from dark street scenes and toward the purples and yellows of the New England landscape and sea.
In Amy Schumer’s new hit movie, “Trainwreck,” comedian and actor Mike Birbiglia (“Sleepwalk with Me”) plays an entertainingly plain-vanilla husband and father. Birbiglia and Schumer have been performing at the same New York clubs for more than a decade, and they, along with other cast members and producers, like Colin Quinn and Judd Apatow, are promoting the movie with a comedy tour. Birbiglia recently sat down with WGBH Art Editor Jared Bowen to talk about why Schumer’s style is working and why “Trainwreck” is the rom-com of today.
UPDATE: Follow "The Alphabet" as it unfolds, A to Z, through the slideshow above.
For the next 26 days, one letter will leap out on the front page of Fitchburg’s daily newspaper. Today, it’s a minimalist red A that fills the space above the fold like a house. Tomorrow, B could be big or small, legible or hardly so. Only those putting together the Sentinel & Enterprise’s public art project, "The Alphabet," know, and they’re out to surprise their readers—"make them wonder, what the hell is going on with the paper?" said visual artist Anna Schuleit Haber, who’s steering it all the way to Z.
"Hollywood," by Thomas Hart Benton, 1937-38. Tempera with oil on canvas, mounted on board, 56 x 84 in. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Bequest of the artist. Photo by Jamison Miller.
“Meet me at the sheep” is something you can now say when making plans near Chinatown Park. Artist Kyu Seok Oh’s herd of 10, cast with handmade paper, supported with steel, and coated to resist rain, are perched on red platforms that echo the sculptural gates and are in their element amid the garden's grasses.
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Every week, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen sums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston. Back from a New York theater tour, he's also presenting some of the most-nominated Broadway musicals going into this weekend's Tony Awards.
In recent years, Boston has tried to raise its profile as a city with great public art. And what better venue is there to do that then The Rose Kennedy Greenway? That’s where WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen recently met up with artist Janet Echelman, whose soaring sculpture is, for the moment, redefining the Boston skyline.
Artist Janet Echelman spent more than two years creating her skyline-redefining sculpture, floating above the Rose Kennedy Greenway through early October. A thin, willowy mesh of color and roughly half an acre in size, it soars and breathes the air. The orange, purple and green hues of its fiber glint in the sunlight like a translucent, deep-sea creature. But this is a piece about a neighborhood.
These are not good days at the Boston Public Library. Especially for a historian of Boston Studies like me. The library is my workroom. This – sadly -- means I daily witness the trashing of a building that is arguably the pre-eminent masterwork of three centuries of American architecture. The culprits? The BPL’s own administration.
In the wake of the unfolding saga -- by theft or misplacement -- of two of the library’s significant holdings (prints by Dürer and Rembrandt), I recognize a pattern of parallel abuse of its most intellectually important holdings.
The final "Late Show With David Letterman" airs Wednesday night, and to mark the event, we bring you a bit of local lore from the show. In February 1985, the late inventor, photographer and MIT professor Harold "Doc" Edgerton was a guest on "Late Night With David Letterman," along with his former student Gus Kayafas.
What you'll see at the Newton Festival of the Arts, clockwise from top left: performances by a Ukrainian dance troupe, music from the only Grammy award-winning violist, the satirical play "The Imaginary Invalid," and a performance by the American Chinese Art & Dance Society.
Credit Images courtesy of the Newton Festival of the Arts; produced by Amanda Kersey
May 1 marks the start of Newton’s first Festival of the Arts, a month of performances, scholar and author talks, and parties—both cocktail and family-friendly—to benefit the city's food bank and other nonprofits. Mayor Setti Warren posed the idea to his cultural affairs director more than a year ago, and that meeting turned into a plan for a week of events. But when the city's arts organizations got a hold of it, they all wanted in.