Visual Art

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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11:01 am
Fri February 14, 2014

'The Sleepwalker': Strong Reaction To Wellesley Statue

“The Sleepwalker,” a strikingly life-like statue of a nearly naked man, is on display on a green at Wellesley College. The piece is getting international attention and has sparked lively debates about the limits of artistic license.  

7:37 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

The Sleepwalker Is 'No Piss Christ'

Credit Wellesley Sleepwalker Facebook page

Love it or hate it, art is meant to elicit a reaction, and a sculpture now on view at Wellesley College is certainly getting people’s attention. 

WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen sat down with the artist who created the sculpture, Tony Matelli. 

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5:58 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Future Of Museums: Adapting In The Digital Age

Museums are vessels of antiquity. So, how are museums adapting to the digital age? Does new technology pose a threat or present an opportunity? Those were some of the questions explored as part of the Boston Athenaeum’s series on the future of the museum.

WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen attended the event.

8:17 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Arts This Week: Rockin’ & Rollin’, Movin’ & Shakin’

"The Swine Flew" by David Lang
Credit Fuller Craft Museum

Think about movement as an element of art, and see how it plays out in kinetic sculpture, or as a platform for change in the civil rights era.

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5:56 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Monuments Men: Real-Life Art Rescues

The film “The Monuments Men,” which hits theaters Friday, is based on the true story of a team of museum directors, curators and historians on a mission to rescue art from Nazi looting and destruction.


  • WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen saw an early screening of the film yesterday. 

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5:32 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Alison Saar's 'Still' Exhibit Explores Race, Gender & Bias

In her 50 some-odd years, African American artist Alison Saar has experienced a lot. The new exhibition of her work, titled “Still,” on view at MassArt, confronts head-on the stereotypes, injustice and abuse she’s witnessed. WGBH arts editor Jared Bowen takes us there. 

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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7:29 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Arts This Week: Alison Saar At MassArt

Alison Saar, Rouse. 2002, Wood and Bronze.
Credit Chris Warner

I devoted much of my arts attention this week to the "DIY analysis," of Alison Saar. That's how she described her work to me during our interview. There are many, many layers of thought here for us to explore. Also, I report back from the first of three big conversations on the future of museums, held at the Boston Athenaeum.

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6:42 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

State Of The Arts: Museum Heads Discuss The Future

In the fine arts world, there was a convening of the gods last night. The Boston Athenaeum hosted a discussion considering the Future of the Museum, bringing together the heads of New York’s Metropolitan Museum, the Getty Trust in LA, and the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston. 

11:35 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Arts This Week: New Yet Familiar

In the deCordova Biennial: Jonathan Calm, Community (after Pruitt-Igoe Housing, St. Louis, MO), 2013; Scudder Towers Down (after Scudder Homes, Newark, NJ), 2013. Courtesy of the artist.
Credit Clements Photography and Design, Boston.

Whether you choose to browse through the displays from New England's upcoming artists, listen to the stories of average working Americans, or experience familiar classical music retooled into pulsing club music, there is a way for you see the world and its art through someone else's eyes this weekend.

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10:33 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Arts this Week: Not the Usual

Joel Colodner as Solomon Galkin and Jeremiah Kissel as Bernard Madoff
Credit Andrew Brilliant / Brilliant Pictures

We all know that Bernie Madoff swindled a lot of people from their savings, but now you can sit with a fictional Madoff and hear him talk out his philosophy. Top that with fashion that isn't concerned with a Western concept of "sexy", Dublin tunes to fall in love by and a less-than-perfect family from the Midwest.

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11:39 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Arts This Week: Looking Back

THE VISION OF SAINT JEROME, Follower of Caravaggio, First half of the 17th century, possibly Italian, Oil on canvas, Austin S. Garver Fund, 1960.13
Credit Worcester Art Museum

Time travel with several art exhibits this week, starting with photography from a young woman's point of view in the 1960s, to experiencing first hand a colonial meal in the New World to masters' paintings that depict life in the old world. 

Vivian Maier: A Woman's Lens, on view at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University through December 18th.

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4:54 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Art World Favorite Amy Sillman's First-Ever Retrospective At The ICA

Williamsburg Portraits, 1991-92, Ink, gouache and pencil on paper. 32 drawings, each: 11 x 8 inches.
Credit Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

The Brooklyn artist Amy Sillman is acclaimed in art circles for her point of view, for her use of the line and for the way she’s brought attention and enthusiasm back to painting itself.

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6:09 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Reclusive Nanny's Found Photographs On Display At Brandeis

Photographer Vivian Maier, in one of her self-portraits.
Credit Courtesy of Brandeis University

There were moments nearly every day- especially in the 1950s and '60s- that nanny Vivian Maier would disappear wherever she was living. In cities like New York and Chicago, she quietly photographed street scenes, children, and herself, and hardly anyone knew.

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3:20 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

BPR's Informal Exit Polls With Boston Voters

Voters cast ballots in the gym of Agassiz Elementary School in Jamaica Plain in 2010.
Credit Steve Garfield / Flickr

Boston Public Radio for 11/5/13.

Have you voted yet? Did you brave long lines to cast your vote, or was your polling place a ghost town? Jim Braude and Margery Eagan quizzed listeners on what they saw at the polls, and what they've heard among friends and neighbors.

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12:38 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Arts This Week: Power And Passion

Andris Nelsons leads the BSO in his first rehearsal with them since being appointed Music Director Designate.
Credit Marco Borggreve / BSO

What is it like to see an opportunity and take it? Passion is what motivates us to want more, and we see that urge fulfilled whether we explore Sargent's experiments with watercolor, observe the details of life through a woman's camera lens, enter the thoughts of a mastermind or listen to the sounds evoked from an orchestra by its youngest leader in 100 years. 

John Singer Sargent Watercolors, on view at the Museum of Fine Arts through January 20th.

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