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10:14 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Art Up Close: deCordova Sculpture Park's 'Architectural Allusions'

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.
Credit Amanda Kersey / WGBH News

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.

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ARTS
9:49 pm
Sun July 26, 2015

After 40 Years Selling Fine Prints, Wennigers Settle Down With Their Own Work, At Home

Mary Ann Wenniger in the home studio she shares with her husband, Mace.
Credit Amanda Kersey / WGBH News

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.

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ARTS
9:35 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Art Up Close: 'John Sloan Gloucester Days' At The Cape Ann Museum

Sunflowers, Rocky Neck, 1914. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Cape Ann Museum. Gift of Alfred Mayor and Martha M. Smith, 2008. © 2015 Delaware Art Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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.

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ARTS
8:24 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Mike Birbiglia On Why 'Trainwreck' Is The Rom-Com Of Today

Actor and comedian Mike Birbiglia.
Credit WGBH News

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.

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ARTS
1:18 pm
Wed July 15, 2015

'Trainwreck': Judd Apatow On The Confrontational Allure Of Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer wrote and stars in the new comedy "Trainwreck," out Friday in Boston theaters.
Credit Universal Pictures

Comedian Amy Schumer has knocked the way men and the media treat women for more than a decade, and now she’s stretched her seriously funny writing into a feature-length film. 

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ARTS
1:57 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

For 26 Days, Fitchburg's Sentinel & Enterprise Is Featuring An Expressive Alphabet On Its Front Page

New York type designer Russell Maret made the "O."
Courtesy of Sentinel & Enterprise

UPDATE: Follow "The Alphabet" as it unfolds, A to Z, through the slideshow above. 

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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.

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ARTS
1:41 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

Arts This Week: Provincetown Players Centennial, Cirio Collective & 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

The Wharf Players collect pennies for a permanent theater in Provincetown, which would become the Provincetown Playhouse.
Credit Courtesy of Provincetown Art Association

Every week, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen sums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston.

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ARTS
3:14 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

Arts This Week: Thomas Hart Benton, 'Newsies' & 'Ted 2'

"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.
Credit Art © T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trust/UMB Bank Trustee/License by VAGA, New York, NY

Every week, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen sums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston.

AMERICAN EPICS: THOMAS HART BENTON AND HOLLYWOOD, at the Peabody Essex Museum through Sept. 7

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ARTS
1:28 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

Arts This Week: 'Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them,' Arlene Shechet At The ICA & 'Jurassic World'

Eddie Shields (Benji), Maria Jan Carreon (Edith) and Gideon Bautista (Kenny) in "Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them," at Company One Theatre through June 27.
Credit Paul Fox

Every week, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen sums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston.

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ARTS
12:53 pm
Thu June 11, 2015

Arts This Week: 'after all the terrible things I do,' Boston Gay Men's Chorus & Whitney Museum

Zachary Booth and Tina Chilip in "after all the terrible things I do".
Credit T. Charles Erickson.

Every week, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen sums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston.

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ARTS
7:35 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Before Retiring, Three Museum Directors Talk What They've Built And How Art Has Changed

From left to right, Harvard Art Museums director Tom Lentz, Isabella Stewart Gardners Museums' Anne Hawley and MFA's Malcolm Rogers spoke to Jared Bowen about their tenures and what's next for them.
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ARTS
3:48 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Greenway Conservancy Shepherds Flock Of Paper Sheep To Chinatown Park

"Wandering Sheep" is the Rose Kennedy Greenway's latest public art installation.
Amanda Kersey WGBH News

“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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ARTS
3:17 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

Arts This Week: 'Crossing' And Three Tony-Nominated Broadway Musicals

Alexander Lewis, James Onstad, Rod Gilfry, Michael Kelly, Edward Parks, Jorell William.
Credit Gretjen Helene Photography

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.

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ARTS
4:47 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

With Echelman Sculpture, Boston Raises Its Public Art Profile

Janet Echelman's aerial sculpture, "As If It Were Already Here" is here on the Rose Kennedy Greenway through early October.
Credit Amanda Kersey / WGBH News

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. 

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ARTS
2:34 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Arts This Week: Joan Jonas At MIT, 'Light Up The Sky' & 'I'll See You In My Dreams'

A screenshot of Joan Jonas's 1984 film "Double Lunar Dogs."

Every week, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen sums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston.     

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Commentary
12:16 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Misplaced Priorities At The Boston Public Library: Missing Art Is Not The Half Of It

Bates Hall: The reading room at the Boston Public Library.
Credit Wikimedia Commons/Brian Johnson

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.

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ARTS
3:16 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Arts This Week: 'The Last Two People On Earth,' 'Mothers & Sons,' 'Iris' & 'Tomorrowland'

Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac in "The Last Two People On Earth."
Credit Gretjen Helene Photography

Every week, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen sums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston.   

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ARTS
5:39 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

30 Years Ago, Two MIT Scientist-Photographers Made David Letterman Pop

Credit © Harold Edgerton, 2013, courtesy of Palm Press, Inc.

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.

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ARTS
11:22 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Arts This Week: Janet Echelman's Greenway Sculpture, 'Mr. Nice Guy,' 'Mad Max' & More

Brookline-based artist Janet Echelman's new sculpture, "As If It Were Already Here," sways above the Rose Kennedy Greenway through early October.
Credit Amanda Kersey / WGBH News

Every week, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen sums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston. 

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ARTS
3:46 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Arts This Week: 'Samurai!', Boston Ballet's 'Edge Of Vision', & More

The Worcester Art Museum is presenting samurai with a twist. It’s a contemporary take on the way of the warrior that's on view through Sept. 6.
Credit Amanda Kersey / WGBH News


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ARTS
3:55 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Newton Presents Its First Festival Of The Arts, All This May

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.

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ARTS
5:02 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Arts This Weekend: 'The Grand Parade', 'Don Giovanni', 'Dior And I', & 'The Avengers'

Mardi Gras, acted out by Jeremy Eaton, Milena Dabova and Matthew Glassman.
Credit Maria Baranova / ArtsEmerson

 

The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century), at the Paramount Center through Sunday

Think for just a moment of the events that define the 20th century: the atomic bomb, AIDS, the Kennedy assassination. It’s a sprawling history and one Double Edge Theatre conjures in a new ArtsEmerson show, drawing from the surreal style of Russian artist Marc Chagall, who lived through most of the century, to take us on a grand parade through prohibition, war, jazz and disco.

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ARTS
2:30 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Arts This Week: 'The Art Of Baseball,' Women In Comedy Festival And More

"The Art of Baseball" is at the Concord Museum through Sept. 20.
Credit Amanda Kersey / WGBH News

The Art of Baseball, on view at the Concord Museum through Sept. 20

The Concord Museum is hoping for a home run with its spring exhibition, “The Art of Baseball,” which showcases memorabilia, folk art and well-known works that explore the development of the sport and personal connections to the game.

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ARTS
5:23 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Bill Brett Remembers Capturing The Martin Richard Vigil In Black And White

Photographer Bill Brett captured the April 16, 2013 memorial for the Boston Marathon's youngest victim, Martin Richard.
Credit Courtesy Bill Brett

One of the striking moments in Boston’s history that longtime Boston Globe photographer Bill Brett presents in his new book, “Boston Irish,” was the April 16, 2013 vigil for Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing. He spoke to WGBH Arts Editor and Open Studio host Jared Bowen about how 5,000 people came together in Dorchester's Garvey Park that night and how he captured the scene.

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ARTS
4:41 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare, Juliette Binoche In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria' & More

British actress Stacey Norris plays Helena or Hermia in Sh*t-faced Shakespeare's irreverent "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Credit Magnificent Bastard Productions Ltd.

Sh*t-faced Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream" at the Davis Square Theatre through May 1

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ARTS
6:29 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

WATCH: Jared Bowen Interviews New MFA Boston Director, Matthew Teitelbaum

Matthew Teitelbaum
Credit Art Gallery of Ontario

Matthew Teitelbaum has spent the last 22 years at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, running a large and complex institution that he turned into a city hotspot. So why the MFA? 

"Well the quality of the collection is extraordinary," he said. "The staff that care for it is extraordinary. Boston is an incredible city, and there’s something exciting about the challenge of helping this institution get to the next level."

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ARTS
10:38 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Boston's Photography, Theater & WWII Artifacts To See ASAP

"The Great Wave," by Katsushika Hokusai.
Credit William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, MFA

    

“Hokusai,” at the Museum of Fine Arts through Aug. 9

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Arts
11:59 am
Thu April 9, 2015

New Museum Of Fine Arts Director Matthew Teitelbaum Vs. Malcolm Rogers: 5 Things To Consider

Matthew Teitelbaum
Credit AGO

If, at first glance, you think the new director of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 59-year-old Matthew Teitelbaum, director of Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario, is a chip off the old block, then you are correct — somewhat.

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ARTS
10:59 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: 'City Of Angels,' Big Apple Circus & 'Woman In Gold'

Helen Mirren (left) and Ryan Reynolds (right) star in 'Woman in Gold,' now playing in select theaters.
Credit Weinstein Co.

City of Angels The Lyric Stage Company, through May 2

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ARTS
7:38 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Behind-The-Scenes Story Of 'Woman In Gold,' And The Film's Connection To Boston

"Adele Bloch-Bauer I," by Gustav Klimt.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

"Woman in Gold" refers to a 1907 elaborately detailed painting by Gustav Klimt of Adele Bloch-Bauer. When the Nazis annexed Austria in 1938, they seized the painting. The efforts of Adele’s niece, Maria Altmann, to have the work returned some 60 years later is the subject of a new film.

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