From left to right: Boston Lyric Opera General and Artistic Director Esther Nelson, Emerson College President Lee Pelton, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen, Boston Chief of Arts and Culture Julie Burros, and Huntington Theatre Company Managing Director Michael Maso.
Since 1982, Boston University has been an instrumental financial partner of the Huntington Theatre Company, a relationship that saw the Huntington become one of the region's chief theatrical engines. But Wednesday afternoon, the two entities announced they're parting ways.
For new Museum of Fine Arts director Matthew Teitelbaum, these are the getting-to-know-you days. It’s the first time in 20 years the Museum of Fine Arts has a new director. Teitelbaum arrived at the MFA in August from The Art Gallery of Ontario which he’d led for the past 17 years. Taking in the MFA, he’s not exactly a stranger in a strange land, having been a curator at the ICA back in the early '90s. But he concedes he has a lot to learn.
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.