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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.