Arts

ARTS
6:46 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Boston City Hall Features Painting Inspired By Marathon Bombings

Months from now when another Marathon is in the books, there will be few signs around Boston of the trauma suffered at last year’s finish line. But a work of art on display at the City Hall aims to capture the events and emotions from that day, as WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen explains.

Arts
8:40 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Arts this Week: Learning From The Past

Scene from The Shape She Makes
Credit American Repertory Theater

From examinations of our childhood to memorializing tragic events, how we mark important moments in our past—and sometimes confront those memories—can make all the difference in our present.

The Shape She Makes, Plays at the American Repertory Theater’s Oberon space through April 27th.

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Arts
12:01 am
Thu April 17, 2014

The Elliot Norton Award Nominations

Joyce Kulhawik and Jared Bowen

The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) released its nominations for its Elliot Norton Awards. The nominees — actors, directors, designers and ensembles — will find out if they won on May 19 at The Wheelock Family Theatre.

The 32nd Annual Elliot Norton Awards Nominations

Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence:

  • Paul Daigneault

Outstanding Visiting Production

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Arts
4:24 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Arts Focus: Coming Out, Suits Of Armor

Check out WGBH News' Arts coverage from the past week:

Despite the legalization of same-sex marriage in states across the country, coming out is one of the most difficult choices many young gay men and women will make. That was the case for Boston University student James Fluhr, who saw his family network collapse. But rather than wallow in the darkness of it all, he turned to theater, creating the one-man show “Our Lady,” playing at New Repertory Theatre.

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ARTS
6:18 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

BU Student Creates One-Man Show To Lighten Coming Out

Despite the legalization of same-sex marriage in states across the country, coming out is one of the most difficult choices many young gay men and women will make. That was the case for Boston University student James Fluhr, who saw his family network collapse. But rather than wallow in the darkness of it all, he turned to theater, creating the one-man show “Our Lady,” playing at New Repertory Theatre

Arts
11:05 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Arts This Week: Expressing Our History, Ourselves

James Fluhr in Our Lady
Credit New Repertory Theatre

Here are four very distinct ways to contemplate expressions of passion and beauty within a historical context, from artful metal craft that went with men into battle, to life for Cubans in exile, to understanding what mattered to classical composers or, more recently, how one gay man's encounters with hatred taught him to embrace himself when nobody else would. 

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ARTS
3:45 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Worcester Art Museum Relives Medieval Times With 'Knights!'

The Worcester Art Museum inherited a world-class array of arms and armor from the Higgins Armory Museum. A fraction of the pieces are now on display in a new show, "Knights!" and it's full of surprises, explained WGBH News arts editor Jared Bowen.

ARTS
5:31 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

From Slums Of Brazil to Boston Ballet: Only When I Dance

Irlan Silva in Christopher Bruce's "Rooster."
Credit Rosalie O'Connor

Among the dancers with Boston Ballet is a young Brazilian man who's quickly become a stalwart with the famed company. This week his backstory was revealed to local audiences in a screening of the documentary “Only When I Dance” at the Belmont World Film festival. WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen hosted the event.

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Arts
10:49 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Arts This Week: Heartbeat Of Home, Matelli Exhibit, Rich Girl

Cast of Heartbeat of Home
Credit www.facebook.com/HeartbeatofHome

Following up twenty years after Riverdance stole the hearts of audiences, a new generation of phenomenal dancers returns the beat with a celebration of dance worldwide. In addition to traditional Irish step dancing, you'll be mesmerized by Salsa, Tango and beautiful staging. 

Heartbeat of Home, Plays at the Citi Wang Theatre through April 6th.

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ARTS
3:38 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Underbelly Of Art Forgery On Display At Springfield Museums

Is this the real Girl With A Pearl Earring painted by Johannes Vermeer? Or a fake one, painted by convicted forger John Myatt? Read this article to find out.
Credit via Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Forgeries in fine art have existed about as long as art itself. They’re notorious, convincing, and lucrative – and they're an unseemly little secret kept under wraps by museums and art dealers. 

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Arts
8:51 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Arts This Week: Intent To Deceive, 'Hello Again' And Cesar Chavez

“In prison, they called me Picasso.” —John Myatt
Credit Courtesy of Washington Green Fine Art

How can you be sure the art you view on museum walls is genuine? After visiting an extensive exhibit in Springfield, where forgeries and originals are juxtaposed, it becomes clear that you really can't distinguish. Hear more about this audacious exhibit below and see more about it Friday night on Open Studio.

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ARTS
5:54 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

'The Whale' Play Explores Morbid Obesity

The new play “The Whale” centers on the grim existence of a morbidly obese man largely confined to his Northern Idaho apartment. It's a subject matter rarely dealt with on stage, not to mention life in general.

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Arts
9:50 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Arts This Week: Rigoletto, The Whale and Gallery Street Views

Scene from the BLO's Rigoletto
Credit Eric Antoniou

Change your plans for this weekend. The Boston Lyric Opera's Rigoletto is a don’t miss production—superb direction and sublime performances by baritone Michael Mayes as Rigoletto and soprano Nadine Sierra as Gilda.

Rigoletto, Presented by Boston Lyric Opera, it plays at the Citi Shubert Theatre through Sunday, March 23rd.

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GREATER BOSTON
6:30 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Take A Virtual Tour Of The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

You can tour each room of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and get up close to paintings with the new Google Cultural Institute feature.
Credit Google Art Project

You may be familiar with Google Streetview, which can virtually drop you on sidewalks all over the world for a look around. Now, Google is using that same technology to take you inside museums. 

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ARTS
5:42 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Tale Of Two Plays: Drawing Distinctions And Parallels

Two shows dominating the theater landscape right now are drawing some distinct parallels, despite the fact that they couldn't be more different, as WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen illustrates.

Arts
11:19 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Arts This Week: Chekhov, Cave, Kentridge & Speed

Kate Burton as Arkadina and Marc Vietor as Dorn
Credit T. Charles Erickson

A sure bet for theater goers this weekend is seeing the lovely actress Kate Burton in Chekhov's play The Seagull, presented by the Huntington.  For museum goers, explore new art made from old objects and explore time with video as the medium with two great exhibits installed at the ICA. 

The Seagull, Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company, it plays at their B.U. Theatre through April 6th

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ARTS
5:39 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

'Truth To Power': Political Unrest Reflected In Music

In times of conflict, not all fighting is done with artillery. Unrest is often reflected in art, and that theme is being explored in the New England Conservatory music festival dubbed “Truth to Power,” which WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen has attended.

 

ARTS
12:09 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons Unveils New Season

Andris Nelsons announced the line-up for his first season as the music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Credit Boston Symphony Orchestra

The years of tumult with the Boston Symphony Orchestra ended last spring with the selection of Andris Nelsons as the youngest music director in more than 100 years.

The highly sought-after conductor has been wrapping up commitments all over the world before he can fully take the podium at Symphony Hall this fall. 

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Arts
9:39 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Arts This Week: The Flick, BSO and Belmont Film Fest

Set of The Flick
Credit Playwrights Horizons

  

The Flick, Presented by Company One Theatre with Suffolk University, it plays at the Modern Theatre through March 15th

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LOCAL NEWS
6:13 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

MFA Director Malcolm Rogers: 'Excellence For Everyone'

Malcolm Rogers

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.

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Arts
8:52 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Retiring MFA Director Malcolm Rogers On The Search For Beauty And Meaning

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.
Credit (AP Photo/Angela Rowlings)

Museum of Fine Arts Director Malcolm Rogers announced he would retire on Thursday. He talked to Morning Edition's Bob Seay about his tenure at the musueum.

On his biggest accomplishment at the MFA:

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ARTS
6:23 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Why 'Death Of A Salesman' Still Resonates

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.

Arts
11:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Arts This Week: Say It With Dance And Song

The Boston Ballet performs Close to Chuck
Credit Liza Voll

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

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ARTS
6:03 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Fitchburg Art Museum Strives To Spark Economic Growth

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.

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ARTS
6:01 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Alzheimer's Disease On Stage & Film

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.

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Arts
8:40 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Arts This Week: Life As A Circus

From the Ground Up
Credit CircusOz on Instagram

Circus Oz: playing at the Citi Shubert Theatre through Feb. 23

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ARTS
6:02 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

A.R.T.'s 'Witness Uganda' Tells True Story

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.

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ARTS
11:01 am
Fri February 14, 2014

'The Sleepwalker': Strong Reaction To Wellesley Statue

“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.  

Arts
11:20 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Arts This Week: Asking Big Questions

Dancers in Witness Uganda
Credit A.R.T.

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. 

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ARTS
7:37 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

The Sleepwalker Is 'No Piss Christ'

Credit Wellesley Sleepwalker Facebook page

Love it or hate it, art is meant to elicit a reaction, and a sculpture now on view at Wellesley College is certainly getting people’s attention. 

WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen sat down with the artist who created the sculpture, Tony Matelli. 

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