“We have to attract back the people who have been members in the past, and we have to be aggressive,” says Suzette McAvoy, who has helped bring the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland back from almost going under two years ago. “It’s not an easy climate to raise money. But you can’t let that deter you. You just have to be more creative in how you do it.”
Archive for May, 2011
Mags Harries and Lajos Heder of Massachusetts design public art for Kansas City performing arts center garage. “They have engaged three composers to create compositions that will play in electronically modified versions in the garage. … The work will include a visual component in the form of a ‘light organ’ comprising seven acrylic tubes mounted on an interior wall in the stair tower. The tubes will stretch four stories and have been choreographed by computer to flash and change color to the music.”
George Eisenberg of Marblehead trained at MassArt before enlisting in the Navy during World War II. He requested a posting as a second class radar man on a destroyer’s bridge to get a better vantage point to draw the war. “Yes, I did have that in mind,” the 90-year-old tells The Salem News. “I saw immediately that I needed to get on the bridge.” Some of his work is on view at Northeast Arc’s Community Gallery in Peabody through July 8, 2011.
Urban Outfitters continues to rip off indie designers. Latest example: Chicagoan Stevie Koerner’s pendant is called “I Heart New York,” and Urban Outfitters line is called “I Heart Destination Necklaces.” Remember when they ripped off Boston’s Johnny Cupcakes?
Michael D. Fay, a former Marine Corps combat artist and now an illustration student at the University of Hartford, co-founds program for illustrators to create art about wounded veterans.
Boston College study: People prefer art by artists to art by children. “We are showing that the disparaging things people say don’t hold up,” says Ellen Winner, chair of the Department of Psychology at Boston College and co-author of the study “Seeing the Mind Behind the Art.” “A child could not have painted a Twombly … even the untrained eye can see the difference.”
At long last encyclopedic museums — including Boston’s MFA — are beginning to integrate Jewish ceremonial objects into their exhibitions. It doesn’t hurt, the Tablet reports, that “there is the untapped pool of potential donors and supporters who have largely focused on Jewish institutions. That’s what the MFA discovered when it bought a spectacular silver gilt menorah from Augsburg, Germany (now on view in its 18th-century European-art galleries), for about half a million dollars at Sotheby’s in 2009, using individual donations from dozens of supporters. Shortly afterward, director Malcolm Rogers received some unexpected news: A woman neither he nor his staff had ever heard of, Jetskalina Phillips, left the MFA a seven-figure bequest to support the acquisition, study, and display of Judaica”
Gloucester, Massachusetts, is named the third most awesome “small city” in the U.S. by American Style Magazine. “Cape Ann, a thriving arts and cultural destination, lies just 30 miles north of Boston along one of the prettiest stretches of coastline in all of Massachusetts,” the magazine says. Other New England cities on the list include Brattleboro, Vermont, at number 13, Burlington, Vermont, at 17, and Northampton, Massachusetts, at 22.
Boston is the second most edgy city in the universe (after San Francisco), according to Edge Shave Gel‘s study of communities’ culture, health and environmentalism. “This study is about helping guys get their edge by showing them the places they can go to help them achieve their own personal greatness,” said Jeffrey Wolf, senior brand manager for Edge. “The brand was founded on the premise of giving guys an Edge in front of the mirror and this is about taking that one step further and helping them get their edge in life.”
Investigative report: Honorary doctorates may be easier to get than regular college degrees.
What prompted MoMA, Met and Whitney museums’ big NYC real estate moves? Tyler Green: “After years of mismanagement and improper and possibly illegal behavior that led to both massive losses and failures that eventually required the largest government bailout in world history, the banks are back, baby. In New York, when the financial institutions are back, so is everything else.”
Why do local museums ignore Massachusetts’ pioneering Otto Piene? “Art and technology, much through his efforts [at MIT], was fostered and developed in Cambridge,” writes Mark Favermann. “His work has been collected by many major international museums. However, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Harvard Art Museums, the Yale Art Museum, the RISD Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art do not own any. Even at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center, MIT’s own art gallery/museum, Piene’s art has not been historically shown or collected. Finally this year, an exhibition of his work is being shown on October 21 through December 2011. All of this is a regional cultural sin.”
President Obama is expected to attend a Democratic National Committee fund-raiser at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama on May 18. “We’re really flattered that the local chapter of the [DNC] has selected the Cyclorama,” said Veronique Le Melle, executive director of the center.
Why do students who receive strong arts eduction tend to do better in other subjects? “You can’t infer arts is causing the test scores to go up,” Boston University’s Ellen Winner says. “It could be kids who take lots of arts courses are very driven students.”
Travis Pelkie sorta, maybe pisses off cartoonist Joe Kubert at the Boston Comic Con by mistakenly implying Kubert was a lollygagger, when in fact he was sweeping up around Will Eisner’s studio. OMG.
Government arts funding in the US is being cut more than in Britain, where cuts have sparked protests. Tyler Green asks, “Why aren’t Americans angrier?”
After 28 years as a medical pathologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, David Weinberg of Brookline becomes an art photographer.
Lynn seeks to create a cultural district in the Massachusetts city’s downtown.
The Art Connection in Boston donates its 5,000 artwork to local community organizations that can’t afford to buy art on their own.
Remembering the late painter Robert Hamilton of Port Clyde, Maine. “One reason he isn’t widely known is that he chose not to promote his artwork in museums and galleries. Instead, he built his own galleries in the clearing across the street from his home and studio.”
Correction of the day: The New York Times is very sorry for confusing dwarf Thorin Oakenshield’s sword with hobbit Bilbo Bagins’s sword in an article that apparently had something to do with sports.
Maine sculptor Jon Moro carves Boston sports heroes out of wood. “It’s an extraordinary achievement in wood fabrication,” says University of Maine at Augusta art professor Robert Katz. “It bridges the gap between art and sport. He created something that came alive.”
“Woonsocket could become Northern Rhode Island’s destination for the arts,” says Brad Fesmire, program director of the youth arts program RiverzEdge.
Jim Laurita hopes to open a retirement home for old circus elephants in Hope, Maine.