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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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?
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.