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Go to Worcester for the Art

By Jared Bowen   |   Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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October 10, 2012

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Inside the Worcester Art Museum

There was a time that the Worcester Art Museum was considered one of this country’s best, but as that city’s luster faded, so did the museum’s.  Now it’s coming into prominence once again, however, as a new director with ties to one of the world’s greatest museums takes hold.
 
It is a shame that for so long, praise for the Worcester Art Museum has gone unsung. It is, without question, world class.  The Roman Mosaic in its Renaissance Court is the largest in the Western Hemisphere. Its colonial portraits are by far the oldest. It has the second largest Paul Revere silver collection and a first rate assemblage of European masters.

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Ori Gersht: Seductive Art with a Statement

By Jared Bowen   |   Thursday, September 6, 2012
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Watch Jared's interview with Gersht on Greater Boston.


In the Museum of Fine Arts' newest contemporary art show, beauty is taken from the eye of the beholder.  In this case it’s the artist Ori Gersht who determines the very definite bounds of beauty.
 
At first blush, the works of Israeli artist Ori Gersht are pieces of painstaking beauty—an elegant cherry tree branch, a verdant Spanish landscape and a traditional still-life. MFA curator Al Miner describes how Gersht’s work has a siren’s call.
 
“Beauty is what pulls us all into this work. It’s seductive. We can’t help ourselves. But it’s also like a little lullaby. It sort of lures you in, but then when you least expect it, he does bring in comments about violence,” he said.
 

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VIDEO: Art for the Public

By WGBHArts   |   Friday, August 10, 2012
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August 10, 2012

Mary Tinti, a WGBHArts contributor and Koch Curatorial Fellow at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, took to the streets around Boston and Cambridge to give you a view — and some insight — of some more noticable art you may have seen around town. Take a look at these four videos from her first tour of local public art.


plensaPublic Art Tour: Jaume Plensa’s Alchemist
Commissioned and subsequently gifted by an anonymous graduate, Alchemist honors MIT's 150th anniversary, the generosity of its alumni, and—by extension—the students who have researched, studied, and problem-solved there.



the wallPublic Art Tour: The Wall at Central Square
The brainchild of Geoff Hargadon and restaurant owner Gary Strack, The Wall at Central Square was unveiled a few years ago as a safe place for everyday folks and renowned street artists alike to come and spray, draw or paint their visions for all to see.



holocaustmemorialPublic Art Tour: The New England Holocaust Memorial
Saitowitz’s memorial accomplishes what many like it strive to do, but often are unable to: it marks a profoundly tragic event in ways that are symbolically loaded without being overtly literal.



marqueePublic Art Tour: Art on the Marquee
Thanks to a partnership between the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and Boston Cyberarts, artists throughout the state have a chance to be a part of a program designed to integrate the arts into a sign system normally used for commercial purposes.


Do you have a suggestion about other public art we should all stop by and see? Leave us your advice in the comments below.

Public Art Tour: Art on the Marquee

By Mary Tinti   |   Thursday, August 9, 2012
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August 9, 2012


Mass. artists have a chance to be a part of “Art on the Marquee,” a program designed to integrate the arts into a sign system normally for commercial purposes.


BOSTON — There’s a new digital marquee in Boston, and no, it’s not in the Theatre District. Prominently placed outside the in Boston Convention & Exhibition Center South Boston, this colossal LED billboard features advertisements for all kinds of arts, business, and cultural happenings in the area. But what WGBHArts readers may not know is that it also doubles as a groundbreaking platform on which to showcase the work of some of the region’s best boundary-pushing digital and new media artists (who also happen to be some of the best in the country!). 
 

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Public Art Tour: The New England Holocaust Memorial

By Mary Tinti   |   Thursday, August 9, 2012
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August 9, 2012


Stanley Saitowitz's New England Holocaust Memorial (1995)

BOSTON — Designed by Stanley Saitowitz and dedicated in 1995, the New England Holocaust Memorial occupies a fascinating site on the Freedom Trail in Boston. This busy location may seem a bit incongruous for a commemorative memorial of this kind, but I believe those characteristics that make it seem most out of place are the very qualities that make the installation so well-suited to this city space. The site caters to tourists and commuters alike–both those with mere moments to spare and others who choose to linger and have a more contemplative experience.

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Public Art Tour: Jaume Plensa’s Alchemist

By Mary Tinti   |   Wednesday, August 8, 2012
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August 9, 2012


Watch Mary's video about Jaume Plensa’s Alchemist (2010)

BOSTON — MIT is home to a world-class public art collection and the addition of Jaume Plensa’s Alchemist (2010) goes a long way towards keeping that impressive distinction very much intact. Commissioned and subsequently gifted by an anonymous graduate, Alchemist honors the Institute’s 150th anniversary, the generosity of its alumni, and—by extension—the students who have researched, studied, and problem-solved at MIT.
 

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About the Authors
Jared Bowen Jared Bowen
Jared Bowen is WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts. 
Mary Tinti Mary Tinti
Mary is a Koch Curatorial Fellow at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. On her blog, Dress For Sports, she says, "I love innovative public art, creative design, and unique intersections of architecture, sculpture, and installation.  And I love stumbling upon cool collisions of art and everyday life." Mary has a Ph.D. in art history from Rutgers University.


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