• Naumkeag's Exceptional Garden Party

    Restoration at the National Historic Landmak is Evident

    Robert Alsop
    By: Philip S.Kampe - Jul 30th, 2015

    The Trustees of Naumkeag host the yearly Garden Party for an enthusiastic crowd of local and out-of-town well wishers. Bellinis , hors d'oeuvres and sweets entertained the crowds appetite on this glorious, sunny afternoon in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

  • Edward Hopper Tour in Gloucester Aug. 7

    Houses painted by the Artist

    By: CAM - Aug 03rd, 2015

    American realist painter Edward Hopper is known to have painted in Gloucester on five separate occasions during the summer months in the years 1912, 1923, 1924, 1926 and 1928. His earliest visit in 1912 was made in the company of fellow artist Leon Kroll. The Cape Ann Museum will present a guided walking tour of select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper on Friday, August 7 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Westward Ho Ho Ho! Berkshire Museum

    2015 Holiday Theme at the Berkshire Museum

    Berkshire Museum
    By: Philip S. Kampe - Nov 16th, 2015

    Each year, the Berkshire Museum, hosts the Festival of Trees. Both a fundraiser and a social event, this years theme is 'Westward Ho Ho Ho!' The goal is for the eighty participants to decorate their holiday trees in the theme of the event. The theme coincides with the museums 'American West' and 'Go West' exhibition.

  • The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate

    Less May Just Be Less At Senatorial Memorial

    By: Mark Favermann - Apr 16th, 2015

    To commemorate the life and service of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, a new educational and research institute was recently opened adjacent to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Dorchester Bay overlooking Boston Harbor. Though created by a star architect Rafael Viñoly, the structure is spare and initially uninviting. If such a thing can exist, it is minimalism light.

  • ICA to Expand

    Lucky Break After Poor Initial Design Issues

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 19th, 2015

    After less than a decade the land locked ICA on the waterfront has run out of space. There is a desperate plan to expand into two floors of a 17 floor adjacent building which is under construction. It has become ever more obvious that the award winning design by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro. is proving to be an utter dysfunctional disaster.

  • April

    On the Beach

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 08th, 2015

    We are returning to the hotel on the beach, exactly to the day, where we saw the Boston marathon bombing. Strange anniversary in Provincetown.

  • Architect Michael Graves Dies At 80

    Post Modern Master Architect and Consumer Product Designer

    Architect Michael Graves Dies
    By: Mark Favermann - Mar 18th, 2015

    Michael Graves shook up the architectural world by taking the unadorned boxes of modern architecture and often theatrically enhancing them with color, pattern, and ornamentation. His work for Humana, Disney and others was considered kitsch by some but revolutionary by others. Though his building style faded, his often whimsical and sometimes iconic home products for first Alessi and then Target and other retailers may be his greatest continuing legacy.

  • Americans in Paris

    Celebrating Artists and Entertainers

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 15th, 2015

    The favorable exchange rate from dollars to francs allowed Americans in Paris and the Lost Generation to live well in the city of lights. Artists, writers and entertainers were able to escape racism and discrimination in the bourgeois U.S.A.

  • Honeymoon

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 30th, 2014

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  • Mad As Hell

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 28th, 2014

    This time the My Lai massacre can be any town from Ferguson to Chicago or LA. Why is a black life in America still less valued than a white one? When is too late?

  • New Harvard Art Museums

    Three in One by Renzo Piano

    By: Mark Favermann - Nov 26th, 2014

    Arguably housing the finest university art collection in the world (over 250,000 objects in all mediums), Harvard University’s Harvard Art Museums comprise three museums. The Fogg Museum was established in 1895, the Busch-Reisinger Museum in 1903, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum in 1985. Through innovation in research, teaching, professional training, and public education, Harvard’s museums have played a leading role in the development of art history, the science of conservation, and the evolution of the art museum as an institution.

  • Simeon Bruner on Mass MoCA

    Pioneer of Reuse Architecture.

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 23rd, 2014

    During the recent press conference to announce plans for Phase Three of the development of the Mass MoCA campus we met with the museum’s chief architect Simeon Bruner. In addition to his ideas for the design of building six we discussed the approach of reuse architecture of which he and his firm Bruner/ Cott have been pioneers.

  • Arizona Biltmore a Phoenix Landmark

    Wright Accents to Albert Chase McArthur Design

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 04th, 2014

    When it opened at the edge of Phoenix in 1929 the Arizona Biltmore was isolated in a dessert environment. The city has grown around it with a now upscale community. The hotel has gone through different owners, fire, remodeling and renovation . It still retains the aura of Frank Lloyd Wright who was a consutlant to the architect of record Charles McArthur. It remains a landmark for scholar and appeciators of classic American luxury resort design.

  • Taliesin West

    Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 03rd, 2014

    From 1928 and the Biltmore, to the founding of Taliesin West in 1937 until his death at 91 in 1959, Frank Lloyd Wright created fifty designs for Arizona. About half were built which is consistent with the average of his career. Recently we spent time exploring projects by the greatest American architect of his generation. There is an ongoing financial struggle for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to preserve his remarkable legacy.

  • Arcosanti Rings a Bell

    Desert Laboratory of Architect Paolo Soleri

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 22nd, 2014

    In 1946, with a degree in architecture, Paolo Soleri started a year and a half fellowship with Frank Lloyd Wright. Returning to Italy in 1950 by 1956 he and his wife Colly established a home, foundation and bell making studio Acosanti near Scottsdale Arizona. In 1970 he founded Arcosanti some 70 miles from Phoenix as a laboratory for his radical urban designs. The plan was for a community of 5,000. Only a fraction was built before his death in 2013.

  • American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style Experience

    Lavish Book by Margaret Supplee Smith

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 23rd, 2014

    Wake Forest professor emerita Margaret Supplee Smith combined two loves, skiing and architecture in ten years of research. This has resulted in a lavishly illustrated, beautifully designed book American Ski Resort: Architecture, Style, Experience. It will be an absorbing read both for skiers and armchair enthusiasts. Her overview from the Depression to the current era goes beyond a chronicle of the sport to address social, economic, envirnomental aspects of architetural and design issues of resort development.

  • Companhia Urbana de Dança at Jacob’s Pillow

    From Favelas to World Stages

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 17th, 2014

    Companhia Urbana de Dança thrilled the audience last year and this week was equally well received in a return to Jacob's Pillow. The company of eight men and one woman combines the street smarts of break dancing and hip hop moves with the choreography of the classically trained Sonia Destri Lie. The two part program of hour long works contrasted joy and tragedy in a world permiere of "You. We…ALL BLACK" and the uppeat celebration of "Na Pista."

  • State Approves MoCA's Phase Three Expansion

    $25,420,000 for Ambitious Development

    By: MoCA - Aug 08th, 2014

    With Governor Deval Patrick's signing of H.3933, an omnibus capital infrastructure bill which included $25,420,000 for MASS MoCA's Phase III development, the museum announces that it has begun work on the third phase of its multi-decade effort to renovate its 26-building, 600,000 square foot, 16-acre factory campus, an internationally recognized, mixed-use destination arts institution in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. A representative from the Governor's press office confirmed the news, saying, "Governor Patrick is very, very supportive of the project and is excited to work with MASS MoCA to finance the expansion."

  • The Mount in Lenox Suffers Storm Damage

    Encouraging Response from the Community

    By: Mount - Jul 02nd, 2014

    The Mount, Edith Wharton’s country estate in Lenox, Mass suffered severe damage from last week’s record-breaking storm that dropped six and a half inches of rain over a five-hour period. Thanks to a quick response from the organization and financial support from the community, the damage to The Mount’s flower gardens and access road has, to a large extent, been addressed and the house has been able to reopen.

  • Clark Art Institute Reopens

    Celebrating a $145 Million Renovation and Expansion

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 29th, 2014

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  • Japanese Architect Tadao Ando: A Portrait

    Pritzker Prize Winner Designed Clark Art Institute Expansion

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 28th, 2014

    Initially the 72-year-old Japanese architect, Tadao Ando, trained to be a professional boxer. When he became interested in architecture he read books and traveled extensively to see works by modern masters. In 1970 he returned from travel and field research to establish his firm. In 1995 he won the Pritzker Prize the most prestigious in the field. Followed by a film crew we tagged along when he surveyed his now completed design for the Clark Art Institute.

  • Clark Art Institute Reopens

    Completing a $145 Million Renovation and Expansion

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 28th, 2014

    Since it opened in 1955 with a superb permanent collection the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute has long been regarded among America's finest regional museums. With a $145 expansion and renovation designed by Tadao Ando the Clark is now a whole lot more fabulous. Combined with nearby Mass MoCA, Williams College, and the Wlliamstown Theatre Festival the Northern Berkshires are an even better first class arts desitinaton.

  • Natchez, Mississippi's Mansions

    Iconic Antebellum Architecture

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 30th, 2014

    Natchez, Mississippi, per capita, was one of America's wealthiest communities prior to the Civil War. Plantation owners competed in erecting magnificent mansions in the neo classical, Greek Revival style. In commissioning Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan's grand octagonal design Dr. Haller Nutt's Longwood strove to be unique. When war broke out in 1861 construction was abruptly halted. For generations the family occupied the first floor of the unfinished home. It is the astonishing highlight of a tour of mansions and encounter with their grim legacy of slavery.

  • The Mount Announces Season

    Events May 3 through October 31

    By: Mount - Apr 27th, 2014

    This summer, The Mount is pleased to announce a full schedule of lectures, readings, performances, music and more. The Mount will be open daily starting May 3rd through October 31st.

  • Super Realist Painter Richard Estes

    Summer Retrospective at Portland Museum of Art

    By: PMA - Apr 27th, 2014

    Richard Estes’ Realism is the most comprehensive exhibition of Estes’ paintings ever organized. A master of contemporary realism, Estes is primarily known as a painter of the urban landscape. This exhibition features 50 paintings ranging from Estes’ first New York City façades in the late 1960s to panoramic views of Mount Desert Island in the 2000s.

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