Gloucester’s Greasy Pole collapses after Sept. 29 downpour. Don’t know what the heck the Greasy Pole is? The waterfront icon is one of the star attractions of the Massachusetts city’s annual St. Peter’s Fiesta.
Archive for September, 2011
Jewish protests prompt Oakland Museum of Children’s Art to cancel show of drawings by Palestinian children–which was previously exhibited in Vermont and Maine.
Brandeis marks the 50th anniverary of the publication of Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22″ with an exhibit digging into its archives, which include an original manuscript for the novel.
Walt Kuhn hid landscape painting under 1938 still-life, according to X-ray. “Kuhn was from Maine and may not have wanted to be known for Maine landscapes like the one underneath,” said curator Brandon Ruud at the Sheldon Museum of Art in Nebraska, which owns the painting. “Maybe he felt his reputation was better with a painting like this.”
“To remain competitive, we need to include art and design in our conversation on innovation,” RISD President John Maeda said at a forum in Providence on Sept. 26 on how to incorporate art and design into the study of the sciences. “Our economy will come back through innovation.”
Finalists selected to make public sculpture for Boston’s Edgar Allen Poe Square.
“My view on art is not about groupthink,” says Mike Lash, an artist, former director of public art for the city of Chicago, and proprietor of the new Mike’s Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. “Mike’s Museum is the place where Mike makes the arbitrary decisions. If I like it, I’ll put it up.”
“It’s amazing to be here in Singapore, on the complete opposite side of the globe from Providence, and find the magic of the fire and the water and the music all coming together and touching people in just the way we hope it would,” Barnaby Evans said upon bringing “WaterFire” to Singapore.
“They have a 19th-century feel about them because that’s what I gravitate toward,” singer Patti Smith says of her photo show coming to the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. “I’m a master of my camera… I’ve been taking photographs since I was a teenager. My camera has been my friend, and it’s been all over the world with me.”
Bowdoin art history grad, who went on to work at the Seattle Art Museum, is now developing what’s “billed as the greenest office building on the planet.”
Charlton, Massachusetts, library ends more than century-long ban on Mark Twain’s book “Eve’s Diary,” which had offended with its nude illustrations.
Boston subway map if it was a Nintendo world. (h/t to UniversalHub.)
Portland’s Public Art Committee is recommending that the city commission three benches for its new Bayside Trail based on designs by SkyeDesign in D.C. Two curved benches made of wood and steel would face each other; a third bench would undulate like a wave. Hmmm. This whole wave idea sounds vaguely familiar somehow. No, wait. This is all together different. Right?
Anne Mahoney, who is running for mayor of Quincy, Massachusetts, proposes turning the old Quincy High School into an arts and culture center, instead of Mayor Thomas Koch’s plan to tear down the building and add the land to the campus of the new high school which opened last year.
Mary McGowan, who founded McGowan Fine Art in Concord, New Hampshire, about three decades ago, is retiring.
Dale Rogers of Haverhill, Massachusetts, is installing his giant steel “Barrel of Monkeys” critters off the Blue Bridge in Grand Rapids Michigan as part of the third annual ArtPrize exhibit there. Viewers will cast votes in two rounds to determine the 10 entries sharing nearly $450,000 in prize money, including $250,000 to the first-place winner.
“MassArt was founded in 1868 to solve a creative economy problem,” says MassArt’s institutional advancement VP Hunter O’Hanian. “At the time, the mills in towns like Lowell, Lawrence, Fall River and New Bedford had to transport artists from England to Massachusetts to draw patterns for lace and shoes for manufacture. The mill owners, who were the largest employers at the time, went to the state leaders and suggested we should offer a public education for artists so they could design work that would be made in the mills. A school was created and that is what is today known as Massachusetts College of Art and Design.”
Ziggy Creator Tom Wilson Sr. dies at age 80. As if the creation of Ziggy wasn’t enough amazingness for one lifetime, he also “headed up the creative team that developed such character licensing blockbusters as Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears.”
Looking for feminist fall TV? Watch “The Playboy Club,” says The New York Times. “These nostalgic series may be to female audiences what series like ‘Combat!’ and ‘Band of Brothers’ have been for so many men — a chance to relive historic battles in all their glory as well as horror. … Plenty of women are increasingly curious about their mothers’ struggles with illegal abortion, men-only clubs and mandatory girdles — ‘Band of Bunnies.’”
In 1885, a young Utah sculptor named Cyrus Dallin was picked to design at public statue for Boston commemorating Paul Revere’s ride to warn colonists that Redcoats were coming. Adam Gaffin of Universal Hub describes why the now iconic sculpture didn’t get erected until 1940 (with an assist from a Globe art critic).
Hiromi Kinoshita, an assistant curator of Chinese art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and graduate of Wellesley, is leaving to become the new associate curator of Chinese art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Artists occupy Nevada Motel in York, Maine, for one night stand … of art on Sept. 23.
Censorship? Trinity College in Hartford “abruptly” cancels Poster Boy show because, the Hartford Courant says, school administrators “were leery about where Poster Boy got his raw materials. Poster Boy freely admits he steals them.” The New York street artist tells the paper: “They are censoring the Poster Boy show because of the political or legal aspect — or illegal aspect — of the work, the fact that the materials are appropriated from the streets and used for the show itself.”
Zing! ICA chief curator Helen Molesworth compares ICA to MFA: “Are you looking for something new or what you already know?” At least, she seems to be dissing the MFA. It’s hard to tell, in this Boston Herald piece. Molesworth adds: “I look at it as putting on (Internet radio service) Pandora or listening to your favorite album.”