Contemporary Art

3:04 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

BPR: Politics, Lottery, All Revved Up, Micro Lodging, Jared Bowen

The Boston Convention Center in the Seaport. David Bernstein and Joan Vennochi discussed whether the process to expand the convention center has been too opaque.
Credit Erica Cherup / Flickr
  • On the Monday politics segment, Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi and WGBH contributor and Boston Magazine contributing editor David Bernstein talked about the Boston mayoralty, the state Democratic convention, and the Boston Convention Center.
  • Last year the Massachusetts State Lottery raked in close to $5 billion. Invariably, some of the people who end up playing lotto are the ones who can least afford to lose.
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12:32 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Arts This Week: Barefoot Designer, Seven Bottoms and Fading Gigolo

Carla Fernández: rebozo coat. Model: Liliana Dominguez. Artisans: rebozo by Fermin Escobar. Charro Collection Autumn/Winter 2009.
Credit Graciela Iturbide

Make art your way! This week we meet a designer redefining fashion through the perspective of her roots, irreverent comics telling outrageous versions of fairy tales, and an actor-turned-writer delves into the most ancient profession. In addition, all this week visitors can explore numerous kinds of art popping up around the Boston region.

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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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10:49 am
Thu April 3, 2014

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

Cast of Heartbeat of Home

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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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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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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3:16 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Meet The Man Behind 'Not Art'

In Central Square in Cambridge...
Not Art

In some of the most unlikely spaces around Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston, the spray painted words "Not Art" have been popping up on everything from construction signs, to statues, to abandoned pieces of property, to tree stumps and sidewalks.

It's something the Somerville-based conceptual artist behind the project said is supposed to challenge the idea of what art and beauty is.

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11:06 am
Mon January 27, 2014

At DeCordova Biennial, A Shift Toward Levity In Contemporary Art

The latest collection on view at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln is a survey of the most current art from across New England. It also reveals a notable shift in perspective when compared with earlier shows.


2:25 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Arts This Week: Best in Film, New to Stage

Crystin Gilmore, Maurice Emmanuel Parent, Valerie Houston, Anich D'Jae, Jared Dixon, David Jiles, Jr., Cliff Odle, and Lovely Hoffman in The Color Purple.
Credit Glenn Perry Photography

Just as it's time to review the best Hollywood gave us in 2013, we can look to the stages in Boston for some great live performances.

Oscar Nominations 2014
The nominations have just been released. We'll discuss my expectations for these end-of-2013 films:

12 Years A Slave
August: Osage County
The Wolf of Wall Street
American Hustle

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1:50 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Reflecting Upon The Year In Local Art

Jared in studio with cast members from The Glass Menagerie
Credit Meredith Nierman

The Boston metro region is a place saturated with art of all kinds, and in 2013 we saw the arts community become a force that expresses itself, unifies the local art world and repeatedly launches local talent onto a national stage. Here are just a few of many noteworthy moments to recognize as 2013 comes to an end:

Boston Arts on a national stage: Boston Ballet's summer world tour receives raves; The A.R.T. sends

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12:18 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Arts This Week: Finding What's Missing

Last Seen by Sophie Calle
Credit Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

An artist fills an empty frame with memory, a filmmaker fills a hole in his heart with a story, a man makes a quest to find his dreams and a mother searches for her first born. Below are such unique examples of how art reveals our longing for wholeness.

Last Seen by Sophie Calle, on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum through March 3rd

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6:37 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Sophie Calle, The Gardner Heist, And Absence

The Gardner museum is presenting a new exhibit reflecting on their absence and their value. 

12:57 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Arts This Week: Life & Style

Amy Sillman, Me & Ugly Mountain, 2003
Credit John Berens / Collection of Jerome and Ellen Stern

Amy Sillman describes her artistic process as one divided between a clean room and a dirty room. One is for planning, one for painting. That sounds a lot like life, the details of which can provide inspiration for some of the best art. 

Amy Sillman: one lump or two, on view at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art through January 5, 2014.

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10:55 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Could A Boston Mayoral Candidate Survive An Anthony Weiner-Esque Scandal?

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner found himself in hot water again Tuesday about some of his online activities.
Credit Center For American Progress Action Fund

Boston Public Radio show for 7/24/2013


Former New York Representative Anthony Weiner once again made headlines on Tuesday over his extracurricular, extramarital online activities.

Weiner, who is running for mayor of New York City, held a press conference early Tuesday evening to explain new revelations that he continued to engage in prurient online behaviors after the first scandal broke two years ago. His wife, Huma Abedin, also spoke at the press conference. (See video below)

Jim and Margery asked callers if any one of the Boston mayoral candidates could navigate a scandal the way Weiner has, and survive to realize Election Day success. So far, by anyone's account, all twelve Boston mayoral candidates are squeaky-clean.

Would you vote for a mayoral candidate if he or she had engaged in extramarital dalliances? Does the fact that it happened online mitigate the indiscretion? Should we discount candidates' private lives out of respect for public performance?

Leave comments below, Tweet at us, or comment on our Facebook page.

Also on BPR:

  • CNN's chief national correspondent John King talked about the latest from Washington.
  • Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory talked through the day's headlines — Bill Belichick's press conference, Aaron Hernandez returning to court and the James "Whitey" Bulger trial, as well as a completely bizarre story about a box of bones the Globe featured over the weekend.
  • City design specialist Scott Burnham talked to Jim and Margery about how to reinvent Boston's cityscape. Burnham's Reprogramming The City will be on display until September 29, 2013.
  • Brendan O'Connell is an artist who has found inspiration in the aisles of Wal-Mart. He talked to Jim and Margery about his big box paintings. O'Connell's wife is landscape painter Emily Buchanan.


7:08 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

MASS MoCA Houses Works Of Impressive Scale

A sculpture by Xu Bing.

Even on the outside, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is unconventional.  It’s a sprawling red brick factory complex in North Adams—originally a garment dying mill, then a manufacturing plant. But, its historic buildings belie the fact that inside you’ll find some of the most unparalleled new works of art in the world.

MASS MoCA deputy director Larry Smallwood told Greater Boston's Jared Bowen that the museum structures its buildings and exhibit spaces around artists' work.

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1:38 am
Wed July 3, 2013


Danny Lamere The Boston Sculptors Gallery

It’s a been a long time since Boston made any concerted effort for a large scale show of public art, but if you’re near the Christian Science Plaza this holiday weekend, you’ll see The Boston Sculptors Gallery has staged a sprawling show.

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12:36 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Arts This Week: Loud and Irreverent

Zeke Sulkes and Christine Stulik in the A.R.T.'s Pirates of Penzance.
Credit Evgenia Eliseeva

Pirates of Penzance, playing at the A.R.T.’s Loeb Drama Center through June 2nd

The Hypocrites, known for their insightful illuminations of classic theater texts, will bring Pirates of Penzance to Cambridge, complete with irreverent and hilarious bathing beauties, philosophizing pirates, and plenty of short shorts.

At Any Price, Opens Landmark Kendall Square in Cambridge and the Embassy in Waltham Friday

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2:03 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Greater Boston Video: Street Artist Barry McGee at the ICA

Jared Bowen speaks with Barry McGee, the San Francisco graffiti artist whose career retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art is on view through September 2.