Archive for April, 2012

Poor Yokelist’s Almanack: Upcoming Events

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Monday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Architectural designer Anna Heringer speaks at Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown, Massachusetts. Free.

Tuesday, May 1, 6 p.m.
BSA Space hosts a “Curators Roundtable” discussion with Trevor Smith of the Peabody Essex Museum, Joao Ribas of MIT’s List Visual Arts Center, Ben Prosky, assistant dean for communications at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and moderator Raymund Ryan, curator of the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Heinz Architectural Center. At 290 Congress St., Boston. Free.

Tuesday, May 1, 7 p.m.
“Death of Capitalism Funeral March” begins at Copley Square, Boston.

Tuesday, May 1, 7 p.m.
Francine Koslow Miller signs her book “Cashing in on Culture: Betraying the Trust at the Rose Art Museum” at Clark Gallery, 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, May 2, 6 p.m.
Vermont cartoonist Alison Bechdel speaks at the Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m.
Carrie Mae Weems speaks in the Martinos Auditorium at Brown University’s Granoff Center, 154 Angell St., Providence. For reservations, visit weems.eventbrite.com.

Friday, May 4, 7 p.m.
Lantern festival featuring over 300 sculptures on the fascade of at Brown University’s Granoff Center, 154 Angell St., Providence.

Saturday, May 5, noon to 6 p.m.
Wake Up the Earth Festival at Southwest Corridor Park at Boylston, Lamartine and Armory streets in Jamaica Plain, Boston. Free.

Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, noon to 6 p.m.
Somerville Open Studios at Vernon Street Studios, 20 Vernon St., Somerville, Massachusetts.

Haru Matsuri Japan Spring Festival

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Japanese organizations from around Boston hosted the Haru Matsuri Japan Spring Festival at Copley Square in Boston today as part of the Greater Boston-Japan Cherry Blossom Festival.

Photos by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research.

The Boston Kimono Club and the Boston Children’s Museum helped visitors try on kimonos.

Boston’s Wounded Vet Ride

Saturday, April 28th, 2012


Hundreds participated in the second annual Boston’s Wounded Vet Ride this afternoon from Boston Harley Davidson in Everett to the Italian American War Veterans Post 6 in East Boston, Massachusetts. The event honored Marine Cpl. Evan Reichenthal of Princeton, Massachusetts, and Marine Cpl. Greg Caron of Ellington, Connecticut, who both lost legs during combat in Afghanistan. “Thank you Lord for America,” said a Christian minister to kick off the ride in Everett, “and for the men and women who make it possible that we can ride and ride free.”

Photos by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research.















Artist chosen for Boston Poe monument

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Boston’s Edgar Allan Poe Foundation, in collaboration with the city of Boston, has selected New York state sculptor Stefanie Rocknak to create a life-sized bronze statue of Poe (design depicted above) to be installed by the end of 2013 in “Edgar Allan Poe Square,” a city-owned plaza at the intersection of Boylston Street and Charles Street South, two blocks north of where Poe was born in 1809. The group is working to raise the $125,000 expected to be needed to make and install the sculpture.

The design is a gothic portrait of the 19th century writer strolling across the brick plaza with his overcoat blowing in the wind and his suitcase falling open to leave a trail of papers as well as a human heart on the ground. A raven also flutters out of the case.

“Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most influential writers ever born in the city of Boston. As a city proud of its rich history, I’m so pleased to see this wonderful tribute come to fruition. The statue chosen for Poe Square is full of life and motion, and is sure to inspire residents and future writers alike for generations to come,” said Boston Mayor Tom Menino said in a prepared statement.

Rocknak is an associate professor of philosophy and the director of the cognitive science program at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, where she has taught since 2001. A graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, with a bachelor’s degreen in American studies and art history with a concentration in studio art, she also holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University.

The design and review process received funding support from the city’s Edward Ingersoll Browne Trust Fund.

Poor Yokelist’s Almanack: Upcoming Events

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Monday, April 23, 4:30 p.m.
Nancy Selvage speaks at UMass Lowell classroom O’Leary 222 somewhere around 71 Wilder St., Lowell, Massachusetts.

Monday, April 23, 7 p.m.
Michael Eng of Ohio’s John Carroll University speaks about “Sound and Semiocapitalism: Affective Labor and the Metaphysics of the Real,” at MIT’s Art, Culture and Technology Cube, Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Part of MIt’s “Experiments in Thinking, Action and Form” lecture series.

Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m.
MIT professor Hanna Rose Shell speaks about her book “Hide and Seek: Camouflage, Photography and the Media of Reconnaissance” at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline, Massachusetts. Free.

Thursday, April 26, 11:30 a.m.
Filmmaker Rebecca Meyers speaks at Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly, Massachusetts. Free.

Thursday, April 26, 5:30 p.m.
Lisa Farrington, author of the 2005 book “Creating Their Own Image: The History of African American Women Artists,” speaks about African American women artists of the 20th and 21st centuries at Gallery Z, 259 Atwells Ave., Providence.

Friday, April 27, 11:30 a.m.
Artist Jesse Thompson speaks at Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly, Massachusetts. Free.

Friday, April 27, 5:30 p.m.
Megan and Murray McMillan speak about their video installation at Brown University’s Granoff Center in the center’s Englander Studio, 154 Angell St., Providence.

Saturday, April 28
Musketaquid Earth Day Celebration in Concord, Massachusetts. Sculptures lauched from Lowell Road Bride in Earth Day River Ceremony at 10 a.m. Earth Day Parade at 11 a.m.

Saturday, April 28, noon
Daffodil Festival’s annual parade of vintage cars bedecked with daffodils in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Saturday, April 28, 1 p.m.
Children’s book author Betsy Hearne speaks at Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,” 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Saturday, April 28, 1 p.m.
Harvard University Pow Wow on Radcliffe Lawn, Harvard Campus, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Free.

Saturday, April 28, 5 to 10 p.m.
Members of Occupy Boston’s arts working group, CASA, will host a gathering with artist Steve Lambert at Samson, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston. Schedule: 5 to 6 p.m. Alternative sign-making workshops; 6 to 7 p.m. presentation Lambert; 7 to 8 p.m. Q&A followed by drinks, hangout, and discussion; 8 to 10 p.m. screening of “Yes Men Fix the World.” Free.

Sunday, April 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Japanese Haru Matsuri (Spring Festival) at Copley Square, Boston. Free. japanfestivalboston.org

Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m.
Daniel Mato speaks about kente cloth and Ghanaian art and culture at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 25 Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg, Massachusetts. His lecture will be followed by a dance by musician and choreographer Nani Agbeli and the Agbekor Ensemble.

Monday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Architectural designer Anna Heringer speaks at Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown, Massachusetts. Free.

CALLS FOR ART:
Davis Art Gallery in Worcester, Massachusetts, seeks artists for its upcoming show “The Art of Fiber: Contemporary Fiber art from Traditional Techniques.” Deadline: May 4. Details: davisartgallery.com/Upcoming-Show.aspx

The Amherst Public Art Commission is seeking western Massachusetts artists for its second Amherst Biennial in October and November 2012. Deadline: May 1. Details: amherstma.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=824

Spring Thaw Pow Wow at Brown

Friday, April 20th, 2012

The 11th annual Brown University Spring Thaw Pow Wow held in Providence on Saturday, April 14, as photographed by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research.













Boston Dynamics robot climbs stairs

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Plus new military robot tech from iRobot


Boston Dynamics in Waltham, Massachusetts, is developing a humanoid robot that climbs stairs, can regain its balance after being shoved, and do pushups (see video above, which was posted Thursday) for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa). This comes on the heels of the March announcement that a galloping robot dubbed “Cheetah” that Boston Dynamics is developing for Darpa broke the land speed record for legged robots.

Meanwhile, Darpa is also working with iRobot, the Bedford, Massachusetts, firm that developed the Roomba vacuum cleaning robot, to develop an improved suspension for tracked robots (see video below) that “improves the robot’s mobility over rough and uneven terrain. The technological enhancement enables faster transit speeds, climbing of very steep slopes, improved heading control, greater accommodation of debris entering the suspension and reduced impact forces on carried payloads.”

Previously:
March 6, 2012: Boston Dynamics’ new killer robot: “When is some local museum going to get around to showcasing the freaky, astounding stuff Boston Dynamics is producing?”

Devil’s footprint in Ipswich?

Monday, April 16th, 2012

They say the Devil once set foot on the North Green of Ipswich, Massachusetts, and left his trace in a granite outcropping in front of where the First Church (Congregational United Church of Christ) in Ipswich now stands. Or as the Works Progress Administration’s 1937 “Massachusetts: A Guide to Its Places and People” reports: “Deep in the rock beside the present Congregational [church] building (1847) is a cloven hoofprint left, legend says, by the Devil.”

Photos by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research.

The “footprint” in front of the First Church (Congregational United Church of Christ) in Ipswich, built in 1971, (left) and the United Methodist Church (right).

Poor Yokelist’s Almanack: Upcoming Events

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 11:30 a.m.
Photo scholar and curator Leslie K. Brown speaks at Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly, Massachusetts. Free.

Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 p.m.
Nathaniel Raymond, director of operations for the Satellite Sentinel Project at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, speaks about the project’s use of satellite imaging to monitor human rights abuses in Sudan and Syria. At Boston University Sargent College, Room 101, located at 635 Commonwealth Ave, Boston. Hosted by the Photographic Resource Center. $10.

Thursday, April 19, 5:30 p.m.
Patrick Lui speaks about his exhibit at Brown University’s Granoff Center, 154 Angell St., Providence.

Thursday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.
Montserrat College of Art teacher Martha Buskirk speaks about her book “Creative Enterprise: Contemporary Art between Museums & Marketplace” at Montserrat’s Odd Fellows Hall, 194 Cabot St., second floor, Beverly, Massachusetts. Free.

Friday, April 20, noon to 4 p.m.
Cambridge Mini Maker Faire at the Cambridge Science Fair at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Boston conceptual artist Jessica Gath presents “For You, [W]Rapper” at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, Massachusetts. Gath accepts, wraps and returns objects to visitors. “DeCordova invites you to bring a gift for a friend or a loved one so you may participate in Gath’s performance.”

Saturday, April 21, 2:30 p.m.
Photographer Jim Dow speaks at his exhibit at Robert Klein Gallery, 38 Newbury St., Boston. Free.

Saturday, April 21, 7 p.m.
Gallery 263 holds an art auction to benefit its programs at the gallery, 263 Pearl St., Cambridge, Massachusetts. $10.

Monday, April 23, 4:30 p.m.
Nancy Selvage speaks at UMass Lowell classroom O’Leary 222 somewhere around 71 Wilder St., Lowell, Massachusetts.

Monday, April 23, 7 p.m.
Michael Eng of Ohio’s John Carroll University speaks about “Sound and Semiocapitalism: Affective Labor and the Metaphysics of the Real,” at MIT’s Art, Culture and Technology Cube, Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Part of MIt’s “Experiments in Thinking, Action and Form” lecture series.

Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m.
MIT professor Hanna Rose Shell speaks about her book “Hide and Seek: Camouflage, Photography and the Media of Reconnaissance” at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline, Massachusetts. Free.

Mass Tea Party Patriots Day Rally

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

The Massachusetts Tea Party Coalition held its “Patriots Day Rally” on Boston Common today. Gay rights activists stood at the back protesting the rally.

Photos by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research.











Danforth seeks “Off the Wall” submissions

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

The Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, Massachusetts, is seeking submissions for its annual “Off the Wall” juried exhibit this summer. The deadline to apply is tomorrow, April 13. Details are here.

Poor Yokelist’s Almanack: Upcoming Events

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Monday, April 9, 7 p.m.
MIT professor Muntadas speaks about “Projects and Protocols: Conventions on Art and Technology” at MIT’s Art, Culture and Technology Cube, Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Part of MIt’s “Experiments in Thinking, Action and Form” lecture series.

Tuesday, April 10, 6 p.m.
Photographer Todd Hido speaks at Harvard’s Arthur Sackler Museum lecture hall, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Free.

Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m.
Andi Sutton presents a workshop, “Conversation in Memorial” on “how to make seed bearing lawn ornament sculptures,” as part of “The Garden Lab” project at MassArt’s Brant Gallery, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston.

Wednesday, April 11, 1:30 p.m.
Laura Ziman presents “Food Lab” as part of “The Garden Lab” project at MassArt’s Brant Gallery, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston.

Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13, 7:30 p.m.
“Curious Magic: The Magic Lantern Slides of the Museum of Natural History,” a multi-media performance by Magic Lantern Cinema featuring the Museum of Natural History’s antique magic lantern slides plus live music by Blevin Blectum + Alexander Dupuis, at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, Roger Williams Park, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence. In conjunction with the Museum of Natural History’s current exhibit “Curiouser: The Secret Lives of Specimens.” $3.

Saturday, April 14
MassArt holds its annual benefit art auction at 621 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Saturday, April 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Boston conceptual artist Jessica Gath presents “For You, [W]Rapper” at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, Massachusetts. Gath accepts, wraps and returns objects to visitors. “DeCordova invites you to bring a gift for a friend or a loved one so you may participate in Gath’s performance.”

Sunday, April 15, 2 to 6 p.m.
“Spring Zine Thing,” zine fair, at Washington Street Art Center, 321 D Washington St., Somerville, Massachusetts.

Sunday, April 15, 2 to 5 p.m.
Boston’s Hispanic Black Gay Coalition presents a book release party for “Shout it Out: Coming Out Black and Brown” at Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave., Boston. Free.

Wednesday, April 18, 11:30 a.m.
Photo scholar and curator Leslie K. Brown speaks at Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly, Massachusetts. Free.

CALLS FOR ART:
Davis Art Gallery in Worcester, Massachusetts, seeks artists for its upcoming show “The Art of Fiber: Contemporary Fiber art from Traditional Techniques.” Deadline: May 4. Details: davisartgallery.com/Upcoming-Show.aspx

The Amherst Public Art Commission is seeking western Massachusetts artists for its second Amherst Biennial in October and November 2012. Deadline: May 1. Details: amherstma.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=824

“Passion for the Christ” at First Parish Congregational Church Wakefield this week

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

They say that during the worst of the 1633 plague the residents of Oberammergau, Germany, pledged to perform a play recounting the last days of Jesus every ten years if God would spare them. So beginning the next year, after the illnesses had subsided, they began presenting their epic passion play. And they still continue it. Nowadays performances last five hours, with as many as a thousand performers on stage at once. About half the 5,000 villagers take part.

In 1980, Horace Hylan attended the Oberammergau passion play (see video below) and it knocked his socks off. When he returned to his home church of First Parish Congregational Church in Wakefield, Massachusetts, “He said we should do something like that,” Pamela Weisenbach Abkarian says.

Hylan organized the Wakefield church’s community productions each year for about a decade before handing over the writing and directing to Abkarian. Some years the cast has featured as many as 40 performers and sets that filled the front of the church. This year’s version, which will be performed at the church for free on Thursday and Friday night, is more spare, featuring a cast of 16 adults and children on the candlelit altar.

Abkarian’s script, which is accompanied with live piano by Don Hodgkins, is set on the evening of Holy Saturday, after Jesus’s crucifixion on Good Friday, and before his resurrection the next day, Easter Sunday. It is about being in this in between moment, this moment filled with doubts, after Jesus’s death, but before his miraculous return. His grief-stricken mother Mary (performed by Jo Lynn Foster, pictured above) says, “The God I know wouldn’t let it end like this.”

The future of First Parish’s passion play itself is in doubt because Abkarian is moving to Rhode Island. “Unless somebody wants to take it over, this will be the last year,” she says. “They might do something else. Somebody else might pick up the torch and start a new tradition.”

First Parish Congregational Church in Wakefield presents its annual “Passion for the Christ” Easter pageant at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 5 and 6, 2012, at 1 Church St., Wakefield, Massachusetts. Admission is free.

Photos of last night’s dress rehearsal by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research.

Caiaphas (Peter Rearick) calls Jesus a “radical” and “impostor.”

“I was beyond saving. … Too many parties, too many lovers,” says the adulteress (Chandra Laboy) as Pilate (Andy Black) watches.

Mother Mary (Jo Lynn Foster) and Pilate (Andy Black).

“I’ve never felt so rotten in my life,” says Peter (Ish Laboy).

“I’ve questioned guilty men before,” says Pilate (Andy Black). “And even with his passive defenses, I knew he wasn’t guilty.” (Above, from left, Dom Mercurio plays Matthew and Jim Fosnock plays Andrew.)

Judas (Mark Hatheway).

The whole cast with director Pamela Weisenbach Abkarian in front, second from left, at last night’s dress rehearsal.

Proposal for Figment Boston: Tent city

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Figment Boston 2012 is seeking submissions for its June 2 and 3 festival of performances and installations on Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway. We heard about “its mission to offer free, inclusive and participatory art to entire communities, removing the barriers of museum and gallery walls and entrance fees and blurring the lines between those who create and those who enjoy art,” and we think we have the perfect proposal:

A tent city (see planning renderings here) on the Greenway featuring live music, free food, American flags, and lots of signs about American economic inequality. Visitors would be invited to take part in interactive teach-ins, sign making, and standing with performers along the street holding signs describing how the American banking system nearly destroyed our economy, throwing thousands out of work. Project may result in some minor wear and tear on the grass, say $60,000 worth of repairs. Also perhaps $600,000 for monitoring by police officers working overtime.

The deadline for applications is April 7. Figment’s proposal criteria explains that “All projects will be reviewed by Figment Boston and Greenway officials to make sure they meet context and impact guidelines.” Uh, oh.