A federal prosecutor alleges that reputed 75-year-old Connecticut mobster Robert Gentile has information about the 1990 theft of 13 masterworks from Boston’s Gardner Museum. “The government has reason to believe that Mr. Gentile had some involvement with stolen property out of the District of Massachusetts,” The Hartford Courant reports that Assistant U.S. Attorney John Durham said during a bail hearing for Gentile on unrelated drug charges.
Archive for March, 2012
RISD students help clean up abandoned synagogue on Broad Street in Providence.
“Anyone, from kids on up, understand when they look at my regalia and watch me dance that I come from a land of fresh water ponds and rivers as well as land alongside the ocean,” Annawon Weedon, a Pequot, Narraganset and Mashpee Wampanoag man residing in Massachusetts, tells Indian Country Today about his pow wow regalia. “Rather than ribbons and fabric I prefer to use the old materials such as porcupine quill, shell, natural dyes, and hand woven fabrics. I watched my dad break the pattern of emulating western styles, a pow wow style that spoke of Native pride but didn’t show who we are as individual tribes.”
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts offers African American art tour. Color Magazine reports: “The objects are not exhibited together, but rather spread out in the various galleries of the wing, which makes it a bit of a scavenger hunt, so the tips [audio host and director of the National Center of Afro-American Artists Barry] Gaither gives you are extremely helpful. Pay attention. Although, there’s no right or wrong way to take the tour, the multimedia guide takes some getting used to.”
Dan Hirsch, formerly of Boston’s MFA and Emerson College, is named curator of performances and public programs at Michigan State’s Broad Art Museum, which is lead by Michael Rush, former director of Brandeis’s Rose Art Museum.
“Japanese Masterpieces from The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston” on view at the Tokyo National Museum in Japan through June.
“You would have to travel to Rome to see such a monumental and impressive marble sculpture,” said curator Christine Kondoleon tells the MetroWest Daily News’ Chris Bergeron as a 13-foot tall ancient Roman statue arrived at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts on March 20. “As in ancient Rome, MFA visitors will be awestruck by the physical presence of the gods and the power of the empire.” The statue is expected to go on public display April 9. More here.
$200 reward offered for return of Anthony Ferrao’s mural of a snarling tiger, which went missing in Fall River, Massachusetts.
“Cubist Opens Expanded Research and Development Facility” in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Jean Ceas leaves white dove sculptures around Providence “hoping to inspire peace with anyone who happens to find them.”
Boston Museum of Fine Arts acquires 2,000-year-old, 13-foot-tall Roman marble of Juno, which has been outdoors on the Brandegee Foundation property in Brookline for years. “The museum calls Juno the largest classical sculpture in the U.S. and pursued the acquisition for five years before buying it last spring for a seven-figure sum largely funded by an anonymous donor,” The Wall Street Journal reports.
MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, whom Paul Krugman once called “one of the three or four top health care economists in the nation,” is apparently looking to publish one of the top three or four most boring comic books in the nation: “Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works.” Try to top that, doodlers!
Matolcsy Arts Center in Norway, Maine, seeking $300,000 grant to fund repairs. “Town Manager David Holt said the art center’s architect has advised him that unless something is done with the building soon, it may be lost,” the Sun Journal reported.
Boston firm TurningArt is like a Netflix for art, you know, like when Netflix was cool.