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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.