Tag Archives: Art and Film

Call for artists: Finland building

The Boston Public Health Commission, Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services, Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, and Boston Art Commission have issued a call to artists to submit conceptual designs for consideration for a temporary public artwork on the Finland Building at 774 Albany Street Boston, MA 02118.

Call released: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Deadline: 12:00 pm Tuesday May 9, 2017
For more information about the opportunity visit here.

Boston Finland Building

The Boys in the Band: Flashpoints of Cinema, History and Queer Politics

Matt Bell, gay studies, lgbt studiesA week ago I published a blog post asking for book suggestions so imagine my surprise when a professor from a local university who happens to live in my neighborhood reached out to let me know about a book he has collaborated, edited and recently published called, The Boys in the Band’: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics.

Inspired by the play / movie, this book includes a collection of essays on the 1970 film “The Boys in the Band” that would be of interest to those interested in queer studies and film.  For those who may have never had a chance to see this groundbreaking film, I’d suggest you consider streaming it.

For more information visit: The Boys in the Band’: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics 

Popular gay novel “call me by your name” coming to theaters this fall

Andre Aciman, gay literature, LGBT novelLast week I asked for some book suggestions and as always happens when I put out such a request Call Me By Your Name  was suggested. This is one of my favorite gay-themed novels so imagine my surprise when one of the people who left a comment said that the book is being made into a movie.

Elio the young man that the book centers on is played by Timothée Chalamet and the American graduate student who moves in with Elio’s family for the summer, Oliver, is played by Armie Hammer. If you are unfamiliar with the book, I would highly recommend reading it and then keep an eye out for the movie which according to IMDB will open in late November 2017.

Matisse in the Studio opens at the MFA April 9

art, painting, sculpture, Henri Matisse, Museum of Fine Arts BostonApril 4- 8, 2017 MFA members preview
April 9 – July 9, 2017 open to the public

Later this week members of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA) will be able to see the first major international exhibition (and only showing in the US) that examines the importance of Henri Matisse’ s personal collection of objects, offering unprecedented insight into the artist’s creativity. The exhibit opens to the public next Sunday, April 9th and will run through July 9, 2017.

The exhibit includes 36 paintings, 26 drawings, 11 bronzes, 9 cut-outs, 3 prints, and an illustrated book by Matisse along with approximately 39 works from his studio collection (many on loan from private collections and publicly exhibited outside of France for the first time).

Matisse in the Studio – MFA Exhibit

Henri Matisse (December 31, 1869 – November 3, 1954) was a French artist, known for his use of color and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso, as one of the artists who best helped to define the revolutionary developments in the visual arts throughout the opening decades of the twentieth century. His mastery and impressive body of work that spans over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.

Wicked Queer: Boston’s LGBT film festival opens today

LGBT film festival, Boston gay film festival

Attention all you movie lovers – Boston’s LGBT Film Festival, a.k.a. “Wicked Queer”, starts today and runs through Sunday, April 9th. The Boston Globe recently published two articles about films you can see at this year’s festival, that you can read, Boston’s LGBT festival has moves and ‘Groves’ and, Navigating Reality at the Wicked Queer festival.

Wicked Queer will show more than 40 LGBTQ themed films over the next 10-days. Films will range from The Guys Next Door, a documentary of a real “Modern Family” and an inspiring story of family, friendship and gay rights that shows this weekend, Saturday, April 1 at 3PM at the MFA to Taekwondo the latest homoerotic slow burn from director Marco Berger, which is sure to raise the temperature in the Brattle Theatre where it will play on Friday, April 7th.

For a complete listing and to purchase tickets (which I strongly encourage you to do) visit, wickedqueer.org/events.

Visit the ICA Boston tonight

Institute of Contemporary Art BostonThe Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston is free on Thursday evenings, starting at 5PM. I realized it had been a while since I last posted this so I thought I’d remind those of you who may be looking for something a little different to do after work.  The good news is that since I last posted this reminder in the spring of 2015 a bunch of new restaurants and bars have opened in the neighborhood giving you several options after strolling through the the ICA.

Free Thursdays at the ICA run from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Curious to see what is on display? Check out their website here:  www.icaboston.org/exhibitions.

Movie night at Club Cafe: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane

bette davis, joan crawfordTonight is movie night at Club Cafe and host Christopher Nash will be showing What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.

The 1962 film about two aging sisters – one a has-been child star, the other a Hollywood actress whose career was ruined when an accident left her in a wheelchair – live in a dilapidated mansion.

Check out this Academy Award winning Hollywood classic film starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, starting at 6:30PM. For more details link here.