For the 75th anniversary of the publication of Dr. Seuss’s “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” reporter travels to the real Mulberry Street in Springfield, Massachusetts, that inspired it. Now it’s “a shabby place with boarded-up houses, an addiction treatment center and drug dealers.”
Archive for January, 2012
Anne Pasternak studied art history at UMass Amherst before going on to be president and creative director of New York public art producer Creative Time.
“It was like something out of a Chaucer tale,” said the founder of a New York scavenger hunt company that plans to offer a nudie tour of Boston’s MFA. “I made a joke about it to myself, and I said, ‘When people think of nudity in art, it appears in more ways than a statue of Venus with no arms.’ ”
A federal judge has ordered a prayer banner removed from Cranston High School West auditorium after five decades after a lawsuit brought by a 16-year-old student and the Rhode Island branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. “The Government must not appear to take sides on issues of religious beliefs” U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Lagueux wrote in his Jan. 11 ruling. “The purpose of the prayer banner was clearly religious in nature” and “No amount of debate can make the school Prayer anything other than a prayer, and a Christian one at that.” The case has sparked numerous threats of violence against the student, and for now the school district has covered the banner but not removed it.
“My mother was an artist, and I guess it was just always in me. [I] started drawing as a child, then I started painting,” says Tom Stanford, who opened Ladybird’s Gallery in Lancaster, Massachusetts, in December. It’s named after his aging dog and features his own paintings and sculptures in a style he’s dubbed “Subtractionalism.”
Curtains Without Borders documents historic painted stage curtains across New England.
Thomas Adams donates nearly 300 photos to the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester.
Three paintings reported stolen from Salty Dog Gallery on Mount Desert Island, Maine.
“While I think [Maine Governor Paul] LePage‘s seizing the [Maine Labor History] mural was ethically and legally despicable, I have to point out that he actually increased funding for the Maine Arts Commission. Bizarre as it sounds, that is actually the feather in his job-creation hat,” writes The Portland Press Herald’s Daniel Kany.
Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum in Exeter, Rhode Island, wins $10,000 grant to support a collaborative project with Narragansett artist Allen Hazard.
“It’s unfortunate that Malcolm doesn’t want to be part of the city and wants to have his own empire”Monday, January 9th, 2012
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino on MFA director Malcolm Roger’s push back against the city’s demand that tax-exempt nonprofits voluntarily pay more to the city in lieu of taxes: “Eighty-eight percent of the [institutions] are participating in the program. It’s unfortunate that Malcolm doesn’t want to be part of the city and wants to have his own empire.”
Artinfo endorses Jon Huntsman as the most arts-friendly 2012 Republican presidential candidate. As opposed to Mitt Romney, who aims to cut funding for the NEA and NEH by half.
Looking for a more lucrative career than art, MassAt alum Brook Aldrich ends up caring for capuchins at Brit monkey sanctuary.
“All the drugs in the world couldn’t replicate the cosmic head screw of Katharina Grosse’s latest art installation, which closed recently at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.”
Donors to MFA and Clark Art Institute make list of Americans who donated more than $1 million in 2011.
Mark Ruddy paints poster prints for the second annual Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament in Concord, New Hampshire.
“Cindy Rizza and her friends thought she had made a big sale when they saw that three of Rizza’s colorful lawn chair paintings were missing from Three Graces Gallery during Friday night’s ‘Art ‘Round Town’ event.” In fact, they’d been stolen.
Yale University is building a massive online refrence archive of pre-1800 Rhode Island furniture-making.
Steve Bowersock and Michael Senger, owners of the Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, open a second location in Florida.
Hollywood star Drew Barrymore is engaged to wed Boston University alum and art consultant Will Kopelman.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison wants to convert the former Astor family residence on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island, into the Beechwood Art Museum showcasing his collection of 18th and 19th century art.
List of every famous person affiliated with Maine includes two artists: Robert Indiana and Alex Katz.
Three proposals for a memorial to Edgar Allan Poe in Boston will be unveiled Jan. 9. WBUR reports: “Bonner and Stayner’s ‘Tis the Wind’ is a free-standing glass pavilion that doubles as a gift shop featuring Poe-inspired paraphernalia. Hirsch and Robert Olson designed a work featuring Poe in the company of a mysterious, shrouded figure. Rocknak’s entry is a life-size likeness of the writer (he was 5’8″) cast in bronze, striding across the plaza with a large Raven in tow.” Why are we getting a sinking feeling?
“It’s been more than 50 years since the demolition, between 1958 and 1960, of the vast majority of Boston’s old West End neighborhood. The other day, the latest issue of the West Ender newspaper arrived in my mail. Believe it or not, half a century after they lost their homes in a brutal example of so-called ‘slum clearance,’ the surviving former residents of the West End still have a newspaper.”