Corry Kanzenberg, the curator of the Rockwell archive at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts, is leaving to become curator of exhibitions and collections at the Boy Scouts of America’s National Scouting Museum in Texas, which is dedicated to “preserving the history of Norman Rockwell and the legacy of the Boy Scouts of America.”
Archive for July, 2011
The popularity of Worcester’s fourth annual Art in the Park exhibition may be due in large measure to the informal park setting, the Worcester Telegram and Gazette argues. “When the public experiences Art in the Park, they see sculpture in a familiar setting,” says sculptor, teacher and exhibit juror Andy Moerlein. “Museums have seriousness and put such responsibility on the viewer to seek an understanding. In a park, a viewer is at their own discretion to enjoy, dismiss or ignore art.”
TAKI 183, said by many to be the founding father of graffiti as we know it today, comes out decades of self-imposed obscurity to attend New York signing party for the book “The History of Graffiti” by Roger Gastman and Cambridge’s Caleb Neelon. “I think a lot of what the graffiti movement spawned, early on, was just vandalism and defacement,” says Demetrius, who declines to provide his last name to The New York Times. “But later on real artists started doing it, and it did become a true art form.”
Boston teens paint mural honoring murdered peers. “All of them were impacted by the death of those four youth in one way or another,” said Patricia Kiessling, a director of Family Service of Greater Boston in Jamaica Plain, where the portable painting is on display.
“I thought there had to be some way to make those geese go away, so I went online to see what a coyote looks like. I guess it’s working out pretty good, but it really is pretty ugly if you look at it,’’ art school graduate Claudia Hughes said of the coyote decoy she sculpted of chicken wire, foam, and brown paint to scare off Canada geese at the Arlington Reservoir in Massachusetts.
New England Art Award winner Anna Hepler shows in Seattle. Stranger critic Jen Graves writes: “It is a burst of pink plastic erections. They hang in a huge cluster from the ceiling, like grapes, until, every 15 minutes, they are inflated and they rise to attention…”
Statue honoring Celtics basketball great Bill Russell will be sited at Boston City Hall Plaza. Artists Fern Cunningham, Ann Hirsch, and Antonio Tobias Mendez have been chosen as finalists for the commission. A winning design is expected to be chosen this fall, with an official unveiling expected in spring 2012.
Should monument honoring U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division dead from Iraq war include name of New Hampshire soldier who took his own life there?
What is photographer Abelardo Morell of Brookline, Massachusetts, reading now? “One of my recent projects has been to photograph the American West for National Geographic. So, I just finished a book called “Time Exposure,’’ an autobiography by William Henry Jackson, a great 19th-century American photographer. He was part of many expeditions out West.”
“He’s my great-grandfather,” Marion Drescher explained after tracking down John Singer Sargent’s portrait of her relative in the collection of the RISD Museum. “From what I gather, he was a remarkable man — a famous singer, a distinguished teacher, a medical pioneer. And to think I never heard anything about him growing up.”
“My parents were from New England. It’s very funny, but when I grew up you always had to say, ‘Yes, ma’am’ and ‘Yes, sir.’ And you were never to talk about yourself,” remembered painter Cy Twombly, who studied at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts in his youth, and died of cancer in Rome on July 5 at age 83. “Once I said to my mother: ‘You would be happy if I just kept well-dressed and [had] good manners,’ and she said: ‘What else is there?’”
Charles Buckley, director of the Currier Museum of Art in New Hampshire from 1955 to 1964, has died. “He saw no reason why people in New Hampshire shouldn’t have the same quality as a museum in a major metropolitan area,” says current Currier director Susan Strickler.
Maine farmhouse in Andrew Wyeth’s famous 1948 painting “Christina’s World” is named a national landmark.
“My friend said, ‘Everyone looks the one way and you look the opposite way,’” Laura McPhee of Brookline, Massachusetts, says of her photos of Idaho. “But for me a lot of it has to do with light. Sometimes something doesn’t hold much interest because the lighting is wrong.”