• Barry Gaither Part Two Fine Arts

    Building National Center for African American Artists

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 28th, 2015

    For the past decade Edmund Barry Gaither has been primarily focused on developing a mixed use parcel in Roxbury which will include a new home for the National Center for African American Artists. That has entailed suspending his projects as an adjunct curator to the Museum of Fine ares and maintaining NCAAA as a skeletal operation in a 19th century former mansion in Roxbury. Despite many setbacks he hopes to get the museum up and running in the next couple of years. This is the second and final part of a dialogue with Gaither..

  • Kenworth Moffett and The MFA Fine Arts

    First Curator of Contemporary Art

    By: Kenworth W. Moffett - Feb 25th, 2015

    As a part of our research and oral history of modern and contemporary art and culture, some time ago, I contacted Kenworth Moffett. At the end of the tenure of Perry T. Rathbone as director of the Museum of Fine Arts, in 1971, a department of contemporary art was created with Moffett as its founding curator. He asked me to send him some questions and this essay is the result of that correspondence. During the years when he was director of the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art we always enjoyed an annual lunch when vacationing in nearby Palm Beach.

  • An Octoroon at Theatre for a New Audience Theatre

    Crooked Talk Straight to the Jugular

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 26th, 2015

    Soho Rep inaugurated An Octoroon in 2013 and it won over critics and audiences as well as winning two Obies. Now it is reprised at the Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn. Committed to updating historic pieces for present day audiences at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, this play hits its mark.

  • Edmund Barry Gaither and the MFA Fine Arts

    Adjunct Curator for African American Art

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 26th, 2015

    While a graduate student at Brown University, in 1970, the art historian Edmund Barry Gaither was recruited for a shared appointment as adjunct curator of the Museum of Fine Arts and working with Elma Lewis as director of the National Center for African American Artists. He still holds those positions. In this first part of an extensive interview Gaither describes jumping in to curate the major MFA exhibition African American Artists from New York and Boston. He was soon multi- tasking while being pressured by a diverse range of individuals and groups.

  • To Ur is Inhuman Word

    ISIS Atrocities to Civilization

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 27th, 2015

    Nations are custodians of civilization. Few more so than in the ancient lands of the People of the Book. How brutal and ignorant, what blasphemy to smash the artifacts of the human condition. Through its atrocities ISIS insults the religion it evokes with irrationality and atrocities.

  • Woodie King Jr. Revives Dutchman Theatre

    Amiri Baraka's First Play Hits Home

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 27th, 2015

    Woodie King Jr. was an usher in the Cherry Lane Theatre when the then Leroi Jones' Dutchman was first produced. Sets for the second one acter, The Toilet, were designed by Larrty Rivers, and everyone went to a warehouse to claim them when Rivers made a name for himself. Estimated to be worth $1,000,000, they have never been found. But the play Dutchman lives. King makes very clear its connection to the Wagner opera, as the overture and excerpts are played as prelude. Incidents in Ferguson and New York keep the issue of racial violence very present.

  • Leonard Nimoy at 83 Fine Arts

    North Adams Recalls the Iconic Mr. Spock

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 27th, 2015

    In August of 2010 Leonard Nimoy thrilled Berkshire Trekkies with an appearance at an exhibition of his photography at Mass MoCA. A lecture that October was cancelled when he was rushed to the emergency room in North Adams. He died this week from complications of COPD.

  • Intimate Apparel Beautifully Tailored At Lyric Theatre

    Early 20th Century Historical Drama Exquisitely Crafted

    By: Mark Favermann - Feb 21st, 2015

    From the author of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Intimate Apparel is a superb evocative portrait of Esther, an independent but lonely African American seamstress in early 20th-century New York. She earns her living sewing exquisite lingerie for wealthy white socialites uptown and whores downtown. After receiving a letter from a stranger who is laboring on the Panama Canal, she begins a long-distance courtship with him. Of course, he is not all that he initially seems. Disillusioned but unbroken, Esther reluctantly returns to her sewing to refashion her dreams. This is a wonderful Lyric Stage Company production.

  • Youngblood at the Ensemble Theatre Theatre

    Chiara Atik's Five Shades of Sex

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 21st, 2015

    The play is called 5 Times in One Night and imagine what you will. But you won't guess until you watch, so don't read this review. It is a spoiler. Yet in the hands of director RJ Tolan and actors Dylan Dawson and Darcy Fowler, a rare balance between a non-invasive peak into intimate moments and non-porno sexuality is beautifully mounted.

  • Metamorphosis ~ Metamorphose Word

    Poetic Words in English and German

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Feb 21st, 2015

    A short poem formed itself in my mind just a few days ago as I was opening my eyes. I had seen the mirage or 'Fatamorgana' a few times already, experiencing a grey and moving image, before the real and colorful photograph on the opposite wall in our bedroom took shape. I dismissed the earlier experiences and this time, the words were practically there! - Then, I translated it into German.

  • Dana C. Chandler Jr. Artist and Activist Fine Arts

    Protesting Institutional Racism at the MFA

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 22nd, 2015

    The protest artist Dana C. Chandler, Jr. was an activist who charged the Museum of Fine Arts with institutional racism. That initiated the special exhibition African American Artists from New York and Boston and the appointment of its curator, Edmund Gaither, as an adjunct curator of the MFA. Chandler was later instrumental in forming African American Master Artist-In-Residence Program for Northeastern University. This is the first of a two part interview with the artist.

  • A Joyce Di Donato Master Class at Carnegie Music

    Four Young Artists Blossom

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 22nd, 2015

    Di Donato's opera performances are perfection. One day I rushed down to the AMC near Navy Pier in Chicago, because a friend had called to tell me about di Donato's last Cinderella. An encore HD performance was all I could catch, but it was sublime. What we have come to think of as a di Donato performance is perfection. Now I might be able to see perfection in action. I did.

  • Dana C. Chandler, Jr. Two Fine Arts

    Founding AAMARP at Northeastern University

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 24th, 2015

    In 1973 the studio of Dana C. Chandler, Jr. was looted with most of his work destroyed. The studio was then torched. He was assisted by a dean of Northeastern to find adequate space. That led to establishing the African American Master Artist-in-Residence Program (AAMARP). It continues to exist although Chandler relocated to New Mexico where he has lived for the past decade.

  • Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin Design

    On View at Museum of Arts and Design

    By: MAD - Feb 27th, 2015

    On view from March 31 to August 30, 2015, Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin is the first museum exhibition to explore the work of renowned New York-based designer Ralph Pucci, widely regarded for his innovative approach to the familiar form of the mannequin. The Museum of Arts and Design is located at Columbus Circle in New York City.

  • Elevators and the Old Elbtunnel at Hamburg Harbor Word

    Poems in English and German

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Jan 26th, 2015

    European paternosters are one thing. The elevators of the Old Elbtunnel in Hamburg are quite another! They are still the principal contraptions that transport cars, bicycles and pedestrians after 100 years in action up and down on the St. Pauli side. Then, through the tunnels below the Elbe River all passengers reappear on one or the other side at the Port of Hamburg.

  • The Complete Elevator Poems Word

    First Annual Berkshire Fine Arts Poetry Contest

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 27th, 2015

    My feisty pal Jonas Dovydenas in an exchange of emails declared a fatwa against writing poems about elevators. That launched a tsunami of literary invention,. Even Jonas relented and joined in the fun. From December 16 through January 26 some 32 poems were posted by 25 poets. Now we ask you the readers to vote for the winners of this lively contest. This will result in a Readers Prize. The contest will also be juried for an Official Prize by Professor Mark Miller and his students at MCLA. Let the games begin.

  • Ric Haynes Vision Quest Fine Arts

    Upcoming Show at Boston's HallSpace Gallery

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 02nd, 2015

    Some years ago we bonded while touring Spain. On the bus Ric Haynes and I discussed the art and culture we experienced. There was another such adventure in Italy. This latest of many dialogues explores the soul and resources of his oeuvre. The new work will be shown at the alternative HallSpace in Boston. The exhibition Where Am I will be on view from March 21 to April 25.

  • Bill T. Jones and Anne Bogart Collaborate Dance

    A Rite at Williams '62 Center March 17

    By: Williams - Feb 03rd, 2015

    The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance’s CenterSeries presents Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Anne Bogart’s SITI Company as they join forces for A Rite. These two celebrated companies examine The Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky’s groundbreaking masterpiece. There will be one performance only, on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 at 8:00 PM on the ’62 Center’s MainStage.

  • Machine Age Modernism at the Clark Fine Arts

    Prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection

    By: Clark - Feb 06th, 2015

    The Clark Art Institute will consider the history and politics that inspired many artists working during and between World Wars I and II in the exhibition Machine Age Modernism: Prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection. Inspired by such prewar movements as Futurism and Cubism, and using innovative techniques developed by artists associated with London’s Grosvenor School of Modern Art in the 1930s and 1940s, artists of the Machine Age defied aesthetic and technical conventions in order to convey the vitality of industrial society and changed printmaking in the process. Machine Age Modernism will be on view in the Clark Center February 28–May 17, 2015.

  • 2015 James and Audrey Foster Prize Fine Arts

    ICA announces Artists

    By: ICA - Feb 06th, 2015

    Ricardo De Lima, Vela Phelan, Sandrine Schaefer and the collective kijidome were named the 2015 James and Audrey Foster Prize Artists, the museum announced today. Performance, public art projects, and artist-run galleries are enjoying a resurgence in Boston. The work will be on view at the ICA from April 21 through August 9, 2015.

  • From Port of Los Angeles, CA to Hamburg Harbor, Germany Photography

    From Harbor to Hafen

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Feb 06th, 2015

    The Ports of Los Angeles and Hamburg are two of the busiest and most important harbors around the world. One in the USA, the other one in Europe where I lived nearby for the first 20 years of my life. The word and photo essay allows for a glimpse at both ports. One series of photographs were taken in a matter of minutes, the other one during a visit of Hamburg Harbor in 2011 along memory lane.

  • Biographer Belinda Rathbone Fine Arts

    Dialogue About Book on Her Father Perry

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 07th, 2015

    The Boston Raphael is the first major book on the Museum of Fine Arts since Walter Muir Whitehill's centennial history in 1970. This is part one of an in dept interview with biographer Belinda Rathbone about the New York Times best selling profile of her father, former MFA director, Perry T. Rathbone.

  • Constellations: The Emperor’s New Clothes Theatre

    On Broadway Through March 15

    By: Edward Rubin - Feb 07th, 2015

    Though there is no accounting for taste - as they say, that’s what makes horse races - one can conjecture as to why so many of the critics, major and minor, from the New York Times, to the Hollywood Reporter to Time Out, have filed rave reviews. We beg to differ.

  • James Levine in Command at Carnegie Music

    Netrebko a Luxury Substitute

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 08th, 2015

    An orchestra like the Met, which nightly accompanies singers, is understandably appreciative of melody. But this was more than melody, It was dialogue and trios, to and fro, forcing a pleasurable attention to the music.

  • Berkshires Best Secret--Free Wine Tastings Wine

    Wet Your Whistle

    By: Philip Kampe - Feb 09th, 2015

    Do you want to taste a $400 wine for free? The three retailers that stand out of the crowd are Nejaime’s, located in both Lenox and Stockbridge. Dalton’s Kelly’s Package Store and Spirited at the Lenox/Pittsfield line on Route 7...

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