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.
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.
“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.