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.
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.
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.
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.
These are some of the most resonant works of art coming out of the Middle East today: blatant messages, cutting perspectives and simple documentation. They are also produced by some of strongest, unfiltered voices—women from Iran and the Arab World.
Don't miss the new film Gravity, coming out this week. Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock delivers an incredible one-woman performance, portraying a medical engineer on her first space mission who is struck by disaster, overwhelmed by silence and struggles to overcome the terror of being lost in space.
Play Me, I'm Yours, is a collection of 75 pianos installed throughout Boston and Cambridge through October 14th.
The fall arts season is now well underway. But in addition to all of the regular fuss, the high profile shows and museum openings, our WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen said there seems to be a movement underway.
With all kinds of art events occurring in and around Boston this week, it's time to turn your attention in a new direction. Give your own outdoor piano concert, play Quidditch, build a xylophone or think about a new romance. The choices are almost endless.
From the earliest colonial days, enterprising Massachusetts craftsmen had to furnish inventive ways of living.
"It really wasn’t from the land," said Brock Jobe, a professor of American decorative arts at the Winterthur Museum, in Delaware. "They had to find other things that they could do. And one of those was craft. And you have literally thousands of people over the four centuries involved in producing furniture."
The primary for the Boston mayor's race is on September 24th, leaving only a small window of opportunity for candidates to break from the rest of the pack. This week candidates weighed in at a number of forums. David Bernstein joined Callie Crossley and Peter Kadzis — filling in for Jim and Margery — to talk about Wednesday night's teachers' forum. Jared Bowen talked about a Monday night arts forum the candidates attended.
Whether you're a collector of fine art or just a browser, three local exhibits are sure to give you more to see than you could have imagined. From extensive collections on view at Colby College to the dazzling opulence of another century to new artists lined up on Boston's waterfront, something is sure catch your eye and stop you in your tracks.
Winslow Homer, "Girl in a Hammock" (1873). Oil on canvas (13 1/4 x 19 3/4 in.) The Lunder Collection.
James McNeill Whistler, "Balcony, Amsterdam" (1889). Etching and drypoint in dark brown on ivory laid paper, third state (of four), plate: (10 5/8 x 6 11/16 in.) sheet: (10 13/16 x 6 11/16 in.) The Lunder Collection.
On the bucolic campus of Colby College in Waterville, Maine sits the school’s art museum. Recently and vastly expanded with a 26,000-foot glass pavilion, it’s intended to be a beacon.
“This metaphor of the lantern, the beacon, was one that we kept going back to. And having this be a place that one was drawn to by the light that it emits and metaphorically by the creative, the artistic illumination that can happen in these spaces,” said Colby College Museum of Art director and chief curator Sharon Corwin.
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?
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CNN's chief national correspondent JohnKing talked about the latest from Washington.
Boston Globe Editor BrianMcGrory 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.
Watching a movie can be a great escape, and for the best movies we even wish that that escape could go on longer. This raises some questions: which movies deserve to be longer? And, when does long become too long?
If ever a house could serve as an autobiography, The Mount is it. The home of novelist Edith Wharton, it is Edith Wharton. Situated on a hill overlooking a lake in Lenox, Massachusetts, she conceived The Mount from the ground up. She dreamed its location, guided its aesthetic principles and designed her elaborate gardens. It was in a sense, her own House of Mirth—a novel she wrote while living here.
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.
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.
The hardest thing about a visit to the Museum of Fine Art in Boston this weekend will be where to start! See the Masters at work in drawing, painting and design as you take in all the new galleries and period rooms have to offer.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum last fall sent four soiled 16th-century Flemish tapestries to Belgium for a state-of-the-art cleaning. Textile conservator Tess Fredette and her staff had to carefully remove and roll the fragile tapestries to ship them abroad.
Seven months later, the brighter and clearer images were a revelation and pop inside the refurbished, 4,000-square-foot tapestry room.