Visual Art

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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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.