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Category Archives: Art & Film
American Hustle, which opens in December, is yet another movie filmed here in Boston. Set in Camden, NJ, the movie is about a con artist and his partner who were forced to work with federal agents. American Hustle stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro and Jeremy Renner.
Bostonians will recognize scenes in the trailer from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boylston Street and the Fairmont Copley Hotel.
The Os Gemos mural was never meant to be permanent. Rather the Institute of Contemporary Art is using the Big Dig ventilation building in Dewey Square as a canvas of sorts to feature modern artists. As with the Os Gemeos mural, the next artist who’s work will be featured is expected to last approximately 18-months.
According to the Boston Globe article, British artist, Matthew Ritchie, was selected and will paint a 5,000-square-foot seascape that will be installed the week of Sept. 16. I loved the mural from Os Gemeos and will miss it but I look forward to Ritchie’s contribution to Boston’s public art.
Friend and contributor to BosGuy blog, Michael C., recently reviewed SAMURAI! ARMOR FROM THE ANN & GABRIEL BARBIER-MUELLER COLLECTION now on view at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts through August 4, 2013.
OK, so I’ll admit it – the MFA’s Samurai! exhibit (April 14 – August 4, 2013) was not at the top of my to-do list for this summer’s Boston (vs. P-Town) weekends. Warfare-themed shows or anything that’s inspired Tarantino-league “visionaries” really isn’t my cup of tea.
But at the urging of my highly-evolved designer friend Marty (I think “amazeballs” was the word he used to describe his experience), I decided to give it a shot. And with that, off to the MFA I went, and man was I surprised! The creativity, craftsmanship and art that goes into creating that armor – indeed that whole look – will blow your mind away. Picture this: armor made of sumptuously luxurious fabrics and leather, interwoven with iron. Brocade-lined and fur-trimmed overcoats. There’s lacquer and gold ornamentation that signifies the warrior’s clan and overlord. Add to that intricate, tasseled silk knots, helmets and masks so seriously embellished that they belong more on a catwalk than in a battle scene. Yes, I dare say I was intrigued too.
The show makes the viewer wonder whether these works of art were really designed and crafted to be worn in battle. It’s like debating whether to wear couture to tea dance And that’s when I realized how off I had been in my uninformed preconception of the whole Samurai culture. For example, I did not know that, though initially elite warriors, the Samurai came to represent one of the most influential forces in the evolution of modern Japan as we know (or not know) it. Their function as ultimate fighters, often glorified and romanticized in comics and cult movies, gradually became obsolete but their personal qualities as respected men of integrity, loyalty and unparalleled wisdom, have endured, thus affording them their gleaming aura of the “perfect” citizen.
And in turn, Samurai! is a perfect activity for a rainy Saturday in Boston (a.k.a. every other Saturday this summer). Whether you’re into the Japanese culture and art or simply into art or anything educational, this show will satisfy all your tastes. Hey, it’ll even please your junk food-munching, football-watching brother-in-law and your 10-year old nephew, so you may as well make it a family outing. It’s all so manly!
About the author: A former banker, Michael C offsets the sobriety of his professional life with his passion for design, music, the arts and anything beautiful.
© Michael Constantinides 2012 – all rights reserved
In addition to plenty of bars and restaurants and scores of shows one can see while staying in Provincetown, each Friday most galleries (of which there are very many) host evening receptions for artists and art enthusiasts.
Later next month, the West End gallery, AMP – Art Market Provincetown, located at 148 Commercial Street will feature work from Keith Krisa, a Cambridge, MA artist, who uses plastic cameras to create his images. I think Keith has created some beautiful images like the one above. Some of his work is currently on display but his show will run from Aug. 12 – 26th.
Opening Reception at AMP Gallery is Fri., Aug 16th 6-9pm
For more information about galleries in Provincetown, link here.
Despicable Me at sundown
DCR hosts free movies each Friday. Want to plan to attend another movie night? Check out the schedule for the rest of the summer by linking here.
Thank you Highland Street Foundation.
Mark your calendars and make plans to check out Boston’s first annual performing arts festival, Outside the Box. This free festival starting later this weekend on Saturday, July 13th will run for one week through Sunday, July 21st and turn the Boston Common and City Hall Plaza into performance spaces, with over 200 events showcasing the best of Boston and Massachusetts.
OUTSIDE THE BOX FESTIVAL – JULY 13TH – 21st
Outside the Box Festival includes a line up of 200 artists. To see the full line up of artists link here, and to see the schedule of this 9-day festival link here. In addition to attracting some amazingly gifted artists, from July 18th – 21st a festival within a festival featuring some of the city’s best local restaurants and celebrity chefs will take place in Boston’s City Hall Plaza. For more information about the Boston FoodFest link here.
Starting next month the Os Gemos mural in Dewey Square will come down. Initially put up in July of 2012, the mural is now withering and fading so officials have decided it’s time for something new.
Charlie McCabe, director of public programs for the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, said to Boston Magazine last month,“We are looking to either remove it or replace it sometime in the fall…We are hoping to announce what the new project on the structure will be by August.”
Stay tuned for more details to follow…
Each week six museums and cultural venues will be free and open to the public. Starting tomorrow, July 5th, the Peabody Essex Museum (P.E.M.) in Salem, is free thanks to the Highland Foundation Free Fun Fridays.
To see the full list of museums and cultural institutions free this week link here.
The Boston Harbor Hotel’s 15th Summer in the City Entertainment Series is in full swing. The 2013 season offers music and movies starting at sunset 5 nights a week, but each night has a different theme:
- Rat Pack Mondays
- Summer Soul Tuesdays
- Country Pop Wednesdays
- Blues Barge Thursdays
- Music & Movies Fridays
Mondays – Thursdays: Live band performances run from 6:00 – 10:00pm and on Fridays music begins at 4:30pm and movies start at dusk. You can download the full calendar of events including performing artists and movie calendar here.
Mark your calendars, because one month from today Boston will host the first annual performing arts festival, Outside the Box. Free performances from more than 200 artists will temporarily turn the Boston Common and City Hall Plaza into performance spaces.
To see the full line up of artists link here, and to see the schedule of this 9-day festival link here. For all you food enthusiasts – don’t feel left out because the final three days of this festival will also have something called the Boston FoodFest which will transform Boston’s City Hall Plaza from July 18th – 21st into a foodie’s delight, featuring some of the city’s best local restaurants and celebrity chefs. For more information about the Boston FoodFest link here.
Lest you forget, as I’ve said before (and I’m sure I’ll say again), the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Boston) is a fantastic local museum that is open to the public and free each Thursday evening from 5 – 9pm. No plans tonight? Check out the ICA. The museum is currently exhibiting San Francisco graffiti artist, Barry McGee.
More about the ICA Boston here.
Every Thursday from 5-9PM The ICA Boston is Free
Still trying to figure out what you will be doing Memorial Day Weekend? If you will be in Boston you can soak up a bit of cultcha by visiting Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). The MFA will be free Saturday, May 25th, Sunday, May 26th and Monday, May 27th.
If you’d like to “pay it forward” on-site contributions made this weekend at the MFA will be donated to The One Fund Boston.
Boston Sculptures Gallery has launched their first outdoor art exhibit called, Convergence, at the Christian Science Plaza. Although the exhibit formerly opens today, some sculptures have been on display for several weeks. This free exhibit open to the public will run through the end of October.
For more information visit the exhibit’s blog, convergenceexhibit.blogspot.com.