Visual Art

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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6:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

'She Who Tells A Story,' Photographs By Middle Eastern Women

Credit WGBH News

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.

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12:52 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Brandeis's Rose Art Museum Showcases Andy Warhol

Saturday Disaster is one of the Rose Art Museum’s most iconic pieces. It’s Andy Warhol’s silk screen of a horrific car wreck.

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11:36 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Arts This Week: Fear in Deep Space

Sandra Bullock stars in the film Gravity.

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.

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6:46 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Boston's Art Institutions Band Together For ArtWeek

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. 

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3:27 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Arts This Week: Try Something New

The Boston Street Piano Festival is one hundreds of events happening during ArtWeek Boston

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.

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12:55 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Four Centuries Of Massachusetts Furniture In An Unprecedented Collection

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."

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Local News
5:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Boston Artist Transforms Homeless' Signs Into Works Of Art

Mike Lehman says he has been homeless for two years. He is one of several homeless people in Cambridge who have taken part in a provocative art project by graphic artist Kenji Nakayama.
Credit Christopher Hope / Courtesy Signs for the Homeless

Update, 5:00PM: Since this story aired Monday morning, WGBH News has learned that Michael Lehman is listed on the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board as a Level 3 offender. In an email to WGBH, Signs for the Homeless' Christopher Hope said he was not aware of Michael Lehman's status as a Level 3 sex offender: "The mission of Signs for the Homeless is to raise awareness around homelessness through hand painted signs and sharing the homeless's narratives around the world.

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2:53 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

How Do The Boston Mayoral Candidates Stack Up On Education And The Arts?

The Theater District in Boston is a vibrant part of city nightlife, and a great economic driver for the area. Boston mayoral candidates discussed the importance of the area Monday night.
Credit Zaw Zaw Aung / Flickr

Boston Public Radio for Sept. 12, 2013.

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.

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9:14 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Arts This Week: A Wealth Of Exhibitions

Winslow Homer (1836 - 1910), Girl in a Hammock, 1873. Oil on canvas. The Lunder Collection
Credit Colby College Museum of Art

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.

Colby College Museum of Art A new, expanded permanent collection now on view. 

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11:07 am
Thu August 15, 2013

$100 Million Art Collection Donated To Colby College Museum Of Art

Winslow Homer, "Girl in a Hammock" (1873). Oil on canvas (13 1/4 x 19 3/4 in.) The Lunder Collection.

A Beacon of Light

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.

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1:54 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

'Faberge Revealed' at the Peabody Essex Museum

The Czars demanded them. The Aristocracy coveted them. Faberge made them. They are little bits of well appointed luxury—animals, flowers, frames.  And of course, the egg.

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5:42 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Arts This Week: Great Performances West to East

Scene from Cavalia: Odysseo

The Cat and the Canary, presented as part of the Berkshire Theatre Festival, it plays at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge through August 24.

As the clock strikes midnight, the relatives of Cyrus West assemble at his mansion to read his will, twenty years after his death. In an unexpected twist of fate, a young relative is named heir. A suspenseful and delightful “who-dunnit,” this mystery will have audiences on the edge of their seats and begging for more.

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12:48 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Arts This Week: The Berkshires Are Calling

Olympia Dukakis as Mother Courage

Jared reports on more great things to see and do—from downtown Boston to Western Mass.—as you are out and about this summer.

Mother Courage and Her Children at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox through August 25th

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10:55 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Could A Boston Mayoral Candidate Survive An Anthony Weiner-Esque Scandal?

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner found himself in hot water again Tuesday about some of his online activities.
Credit Center For American Progress Action Fund

Boston Public Radio show for 7/24/2013


Former New York Representative Anthony Weiner once again made headlines on Tuesday over his extracurricular, extramarital online activities.

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?

Leave comments below, Tweet at us, or comment on our Facebook page.

Also on BPR:

  • CNN's chief national correspondent John King talked about the latest from Washington.
  • Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory 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.
  • City design specialist Scott Burnham talked to Jim and Margery about how to reinvent Boston's cityscape. Burnham's Reprogramming The City will be on display until September 29, 2013.
  • Brendan O'Connell is an artist who has found inspiration in the aisles of Wal-Mart. He talked to Jim and Margery about his big box paintings. O'Connell's wife is landscape painter Emily Buchanan.


11:13 am
Thu July 18, 2013

When Does A Long Movie Become Too Long?

Stack of movies
Credit Andrei Z / Fickr

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?

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11:40 am
Thu July 11, 2013

The Mount: Edith Wharton's Estate in the Berkshires

Jared Bowen with The Mount's Executive Director, Susan Wissler, and Kelsey Mullen, Public Programs Coordinator

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.

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7:08 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

MASS MoCA Houses Works Of Impressive Scale

A sculpture by Xu Bing.

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.

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1:38 am
Wed July 3, 2013


Danny Lamere The Boston Sculptors Gallery

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.

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Local News
10:36 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Church Pulls Support for Worcester Art Museum

The pastor of a central Massachusetts Roman Catholic church says the parish will no longer support the Worcester Art Museum after the museum publicly supported gay marriage.

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2:58 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Art This Week: Much To Do At The MFA

Cleopatra (front), about 1532–1533
Credit Museum of Fine Art, Boston

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.

MFA Dutch Gallery, Period Rooms, and Michelangelo

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3:25 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Greater Boston Video: New Dutch Gallery Opens at MFA

Credit Greater Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts' Director Malcolm Rogers recently showed me around the new 17th-century Dutch and Flemish gallery, which takes visitors back into the Golden Age of painting.

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3:15 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Greater Boston Video: Gardner Museum Restores 16th-Century Flemish Tapestries

Credit Greater Boston

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.

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12:13 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Greater Boston Video: deCordova Museum Presents Tony Feher's Life

Tony Feher installation at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 2013.
Credit Clements Photography and Design, Boston

The big summer exhibition at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is a retrospective of Tony Feher, a man its curator calls an artists' artist. 

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1:09 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Arts this Week: History of Style

Doran Wittelsbach, San Francisco, 2009
Credit Rose Callahan

Artist, Rebel, Dandy, On view at the RISD Museum through August 18th.

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4:49 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

BPR: Comment Trolls, Charlie Baker, Underage Drinking, Unhappy? There's An App for That

  • CNN's John King spoke with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan, as he does every Tuesday at noon. The O.F.D.
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12:36 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Arts This Week: Loud and Irreverent

Zeke Sulkes and Christine Stulik in the A.R.T.'s Pirates of Penzance.
Credit Evgenia Eliseeva

Pirates of Penzance, playing at the A.R.T.’s Loeb Drama Center through June 2nd

The Hypocrites, known for their insightful illuminations of classic theater texts, will bring Pirates of Penzance to Cambridge, complete with irreverent and hilarious bathing beauties, philosophizing pirates, and plenty of short shorts.

At Any Price, Opens Landmark Kendall Square in Cambridge and the Embassy in Waltham Friday

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2:03 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Greater Boston Video: Street Artist Barry McGee at the ICA

Jared Bowen speaks with Barry McGee, the San Francisco graffiti artist whose career retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art is on view through September 2. 

2:14 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Arts This Week: Naked Beauty

Lia Cirio and Lasha Khozashvili in Wayne McGregor's Chroma.
Credit Photo by Gene Schiavone

Chroma, Presented by Boston Ballet, through May 12th at the Boston Opera House.

Boston Ballet presents two beautiful Balanchine classics, and a provocative Company premiere by The Royal Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, Wayne McGregor. The program features McGregor’s stunning Chroma, set on a pure white stage featuring ten dancers in flesh colored leotards, performing two of George Balanchine’s monumental works, Serenade and Symphony in C.

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Greater Boston
12:24 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Greater Boston: Samurai! at the MFA

Credit Greater Boston

“Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection” features the extraordinary artistry of the armor used by samurai—the military elite led by the shoguns, or warlords, of Japan from the 12th through 19th centuries. 

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