Tag Archives: Art and Film

MFA and Gardner Museum are free on MLK Day

John Wilson, Museum of Fine Arts

John Wilson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1985. Black and white pastel on cream             Japanese paper. Richard Florsheim Art Fund and Anonymous Gift.                                 © John Wilson/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.                                                           

Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day and while I will be working, the holiday is observed by many companies and organizations here in Boston. There are lots of events taking place in and around Boston paying tribute to King’s legacy. In honor of King, two of my favorite museums are open and free to the public.

Should you have the day off stop by and check out either the Isabella Stewart Gardner or the Museum of Fine Arts on Monday.

Tom of Finland biopic opens in February 2017

gay eroticism, David Grant, Touko LaaksonenDo you recognize the name Touko Laaksonen? Perhaps not, but his drawings have become collectibles and his Tom of Finland drawings are iconic in the gay community.  Earlier this week the full trailer for Tom of Finland was released.

The video gives us a glimpse of the biopic, that explores the life of Laaksonen, a.k.a Tom of Finland, whose unapologetic drawings shattered taboos and showcased gay male eroticism in a way it never was before and has not been seen since. The Finnish-language biopic, directed by Dome Karukoski and starring Pekka Strang, is scheduled for release in early 2017.

For more information about the movie visit, www.tof.fi.

Hairspray Live on NBC tonight 8PM ET

pop cuture, musicalsI’ve loved every version of Hairspray, starting with the original movie written and directed by John Waters in 1988. The musical which came later to Broadway and was then remade into a movie musical lacks the emotional impact of the original, but I still love it.

Set your DVRs if you’ll be out so you can watch this fun musical which will be live on NBC tonight starting at 8PM ET / 7PM CT.

Manchester By The Sea starring Casey Affleck opens later this month

Casey Affleck, Kenneth LonerganLater this month be on the look out for Casey Affleck’s new film  from director Kenneth Lonegran, “Manchester By the Sea”. The movie was one of the biggest breakouts from the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It is expected to score big during the Christmas holidays and just in time for the awards season.

“Manchester By the Sea” is a heartbreaking story about when Lee (Casey Affleck) is made legal guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) after his father Joe (Kyle Chandler) suddenly dies. Set in a Massachusetts’ seaside North Shore town, Lee has to face his community and ex-wife Randi (Michelle Williams). Critics hailed performances from its stars, Affleck and Williams, and both have decent shots at earning an Oscar nomination.

How true was that Hollywood movie

moviesHave you ever watched a movie “based on a true story” and wondered how much of the truth was stretched or eliminated altogether to appease Hollywood? The website informationisbeautiful.net has used data to review every scene in several popular biographical films to evaluate their veracity.

Below are two movies that are included in the post.informationisbeautiful

Deep blue means the scene is  true and pretty much what happened
Light blue means the scene is mostly true but tweaks were made
Light red means the scene was pretty false; understandable dramatic license
Deep red means completely false – outrageous dramatic license taken
Grey means couldn’t be verified or sources may have been private (e.g. diaries)

See how true several other popular “based on a true story” moves are here.

Dewey Square’s latest mural inspires and gives me hope

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, Rose Kennedy Greenway art, Boston Public Art, Dewey SquareLast month I wrote about the Iranian artist, Mehdi Ghadyanloo, who was asked to paint a mural in Boston’s Dewey Square. The artist has made a name for himself painting large trompe-l’oeils in his homeland and the mural that the public was able to watch him create which spans an impressive 76′ x 70′ is a beautiful addition to the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

Called, Spaces of Hope, the mural does not disappoint and is a welcome addition following what I thought was an uninspiring mural it replaced. You can read more about the artist and his first piece of public art here in the US by visiting the Rose Kennedy Greenway website here.

Below I’ve posted the murals in chronological order that have previously graced this facade in Dewey Square.BosArts, boston public art, Mehdi GhadyanlooI’m proud that this Iranian artist was commissioned and given this space to share his work. Good art like Ghadyanloo can help foster dialog and breakdown stereotypes; something I think our country needs to do more of if we are going to come together as one nation.

MFA Boston presents: Wilson / Cortor

John Wilson, Museum of Fine Arts

John Wilson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1985. Black and white pastel on cream Japanese paper. Richard Florsheim Art Fund and Anonymous Gift. © John Wilson/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

The Wilson / Cortor exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston opens today. The exhibit celebrates the legacies of two contemporary American artists—John Wilson (a Roxbury, MA native) and Eldzier Cortor—each dedicated to an exploration of the African American experience. The exhibit includes approximately 50 works, many shown for the first time. The exhibition highlights the MFA’s significant holdings of prints and drawings by each artist.

Link here for more information about the exhibit.