Visual Art

2:16 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Jamie Wyeth Retrospective At The MFA

The “Wyeth” name is one of the most famous on the American art scene. Needham native N.C. Wyeth created more than 3,000 paintings. Works by his son, Andrew Wyeth, hang on the walls of most major American museums.  And now, the Museum of Fine Arts is presenting the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of Andrew Wyeth’s son, Jamie. WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen recently spoke with Jamie Wyeth about the collection. 

6:55 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Concord Museum Recalls 'Shot Heard Round The World' Hour By Hour

The infamous “Shot Heard Round the World” was a turning point in American history, one we all read about in school. But now, the Concord Museum is doing one better than the history books by creating an hour-by-hour account of the day that shot was fired. WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen has our story.

6:39 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Fridays Open Art To Everyone

Massachusetts is home to dozens of art institutions and historical landmarks that bring in billions in tourism dollars, but the price of admission keeps some local residents from experiencing the cultural gems attract so many out-of-towners. That’s the reason behind Highland Street Foundation's “Free Fun Fridays.”

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6:06 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

'Give More Than You Take' A Unique Portrait Of The 1980s

The 1980s seem to be on its way to becoming an art movement. A time rife with huge social issues like the AIDS crisis, it's also come to define many artists who professionally came of age then. That's the case in the Institute of Contemporary Art's newest show titled “Give More Than You Take,” a retrospective of artist Jim Hodges.

3:08 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Madeleine Albright Gets Right To The Point— Even At Wellesley College

Serpent, Designer Unknown (USA), c. 1860

From lizards and snakes to mushrooms and monkeys, from antique eagles to homemade hearts, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s collection of pins is on display at Wellesley College.

The exhibition, “Read My Pins,” has toured the nation and stopped at Albright’s alma mater for a special visit. WGBH spoke with Secretary Albright, famous for her diplomatic usage of brooches and pins, about some of her favorites and the stories behind them.

Pins With a Purpose

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3:06 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Arts This Week: Madeleine Albright's Pins, Dramatic Drone Warfare

Former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A surprisingly inviting look at the art of diplomacy and an intense play about living in a world of drone warfare highlight this week's arts picks.

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6:01 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

'The Arts Factor' Reveals Financial Impact of Cultural Community

It’s clear that the arts are a force in this region, but for the first time ever, the full financial picture is coming into focus. WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen briefs us on “The Arts Factor,” a report released today by the non-profit ArtsBoston.

Local News
1:27 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Boston Arts: More Economic Punch Than All Four Sports Teams Combined

Roderick Hill, Miranda Craigwell, and McKinley Belcher III in the Huntington Theatre Company production of Smart People directed by Peter DuBois at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End.
Credit T. Charles Erickson / Huntington Theater Company

The Arts can be a nebulous term, including everything from street performances to grand concerts,  fringe theater companies to big Broadway-bound shows, local artists dotting canvases to masters gracing museum walls. What’s no longer nebulous though—the arts are an economic engine. 

A new report by the non-profit group ArtsBoston reveals the arts are a $1.4 billion annual industry in Greater Boston. That’s no surprise to developer and philanthropist Ron Druker. 

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6:00 am
Sun June 8, 2014

'Under the Radar' Summer Arts, Playwright Lydia Diamond

HubArts blogger Joel Brown stopped by Studio 3 to chat with Callie Crossley on Under the Radar about some summer theater and performances worth checking out this summer: 

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4:34 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Turner's Maritime Paintings At PEM

Thomas Moran, Fiercely the red sun descending/Burned his way along the heavens (1875-1876). North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, purchased with funds from the North Carolina State Art Society (Robert F. Phifer Bequest)

The Peabody Essex Museum sets us sail for summer with its newest show, Turner & the Sea. This is a first-ever look at the British master’s half-century long attraction to ocean.

The sea has always had an allure for many, from the sailors looking for adventure to those seeking solace, from poets to painters. But there is one artist, says curator Daniel Finamore of the Peabody Essex Museum, who captured it like no other. That is famed British painter J. M. W. Turner.

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Local News
8:30 am
Fri May 30, 2014

On Loving And Losing The Boston Accent

A scene from The Fighter.

  The movie "Black Mass" has been filming in Boston and Cambridge for the last couple of weeks, with the list of actors slowly emerging. Just as important as transforming Johnny Depp into Whitey Bulger is getting him to talk like him- like a Bostonian. It’s one thing to film a movie in Boston; it’s another to get the accent right. And a bad Boston accent can ruin a movie.

There are only a few great Boston accents in films. Take The Departed, for example. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson worked with Hollywood dialect coach Tim Monich to affect the 1980s South Boston accent:

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11:33 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Arts This Week: Prospero, Turner And The Stormy Sea

Teller's magic brings us a new Prospero in the A.R.T's The Tempest
Credit American Repertory Theater

Two men looking at the sea—one learns to harness its strength, even as he is jailed by it. The other learns to render it on canvas for others to see its power and might. 

The Tempest, Plays at the American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center through June 15th.

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2:35 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

BPR: Yik Yak And Online Anonymity, Brian McGrory, Art Caplan, Donald Berwick, Jared Bowen

Message app Yik Yak illustrates the problem with anonymous commenting: the potential for rumor-mongering that can turn into bullying. Should schools ban it?
Credit kicki22 / Flickr
  • Have you heard of Yik Yak? It's a phone app that aggregates posts from users based on location. Posts can be gossipy, salacious, mundane or mean-spirited, but above all else they are attribution-free, completely anonymous. Schools have moved to ban the app during the school day. How can we fight back against against anonymous, potentially libelous online rumors? Do you have a good, low-tech solution?
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Local News
5:22 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Cartoonist Roz Chast: Doom, Death, And Her Parents


Cartoonist Roz Chast's work has appeared in the New Yorker since 1978. She stopped by Boston Public Radio to talk with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. Her new book is Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? which details the aging and death of her parents, and the dreaded “talk” about the end of their lives.  

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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.

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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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.

2:39 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

BPR: Noah Feldman, Councilor Tito Jackson, Charlie Sennott, Tie Etiquette, Kara Miller

The McCutcheon vs. FEC decision on Wednesday changed federal campaign finance laws.
Credit Wikimedia Commons
  • Harvard Law Professor NOAH FELDMAN discussed Wednesday's Supreme Court campaign finance decision. (Starts at 1:00)
  • City Councilor TITO JACKSON talked about learning recently that his biological mother was raped at 13, became pregnant, and gave up Jackson for adoption.
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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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11:25 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Under The Radar: All Things Art

The Apollinaire Theatre Company in Chelsea does a contemporary version of The Seagull by Chekov.
Credit Apollinaire Theatre Company

Boston's arts scene is thriving off the main stage. This week, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley looked at all things arts- from the imaginative and risque’ theater adaptations of Chekhov and Shakespeare, to a Newton native who went undercover to gather material for a provocatively themed play, to a no frills Cambridge hotspot where you can find some jazz greats jamming out.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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How We Live
11:09 am
Thu February 27, 2014

The Girl With The WGBH Tattoo

Leigha Wholey
Credit Abbie Ruzicka / WGBH

This tattooed ode to Boston caught our attention on WGBHBoston's Instagram earlier this week. We, here in news, decided to do our due diligence and check out the story behind the tattoo.

Who are you?

I work at 'GBH in local development in Member Services. My name is Leigha Wholey, and I'm 26.

How long have you been working at WGBH?

A little over a year. I started in January 2013.

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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.


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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