Archive for September, 2011

Gloucester’s Greasy Pole collapses

Friday, September 30th, 2011

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.

Palestinian kids art show canceled after protests

Wednesday, September 28th, 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 50th anniversary of “Catch-22″

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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.

Do Ho Suh builds model of Providence house

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Korean artist Do Ho Suh, a RISD grad who splits his time between New York, London and Seoul, is creating a 3/4 model of a Providence house for his upcoming show in San Diego. He seems to be everywhere lately, but you might remember him from a 2003 show at Brown.

Walt Kuhn hid Maine painting under 1938 still-life?

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

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.”

Forum on incorporating art into study of sciences

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

“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 for Poe sculpture

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Finalists selected to make public sculpture for Boston’s Edgar Allen Poe Square.

Mike Lash opens “Mike’s Museum” in Salem

Monday, September 26th, 2011

“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.”

Evans brings “WaterFire” to Singapore

Monday, September 26th, 2011

“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.

Patti Smith photos coming to Wadsworth

Monday, September 26th, 2011

“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 becomes green developer

Monday, September 26th, 2011

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.”

Library ends Mark Twain ban

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

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

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Boston subway map if it was a Nintendo world. (h/t to UniversalHub.)

Wave-like bench selected for Portland

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

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?

Mayoral candidate: Turn old Quincy school into art center

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

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.

Founder McGowan Fine Art to retire

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Mary McGowan, who founded McGowan Fine Art in Concord, New Hampshire, about three decades ago, is retiring.

Dale Rogers’s monkeys

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

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 founded to fuel mills

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

“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

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

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.”

“Playboy Club” is feminist TV?

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

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.’”

The Paul Revere statue “that almost wasn’t”

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

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).

MFA Chinese art curator heading to Philly

Friday, September 16th, 2011

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 Maine hotel for one night stand … of art

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Artists occupy Nevada Motel in York, Maine, for one night stand … of art on Sept. 23.

Censorship? Trinity College cancels Poster Boy show

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

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.”

ICA’s Molesworth zings MFA?

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

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.”