Jared Bowen's Arts Ahead: Art from the Heart

April 5, 2012


Roxanne Swentzell (b. 1962), Santa Clara Pueblo; Emergence of the Clowns,1988; Ceramic and paint. Image courtesy Heard Museum.

BOSTON — What do Broadway, Native American art and sushi have in common? Not much, but Jared Bowen talks about three ways to learn the stories of of activists, artists and a special chef who are all passionate about their life's work.

The Tempermentals
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
Through April 28

"Temperamental" was a necessary code word used by homosexual men in the early 1950s as they faced real dangers of violence and arrest. This hit off-Broadway play tells the story of two men — the communist Harry Hay and the Viennese refugee and fashion designer Rudi Gernreich — as they fall in love while forming one of the first gay-rights organizations, the Mattachine Society, in a pre-Stonewall United States.

Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art
On view at the Peabody Essex Museum
Through April 29th

Shapeshifting celebrates Native American ideas that have crossed time and space to be continuously refreshed with new concepts and expressions. Experience this vitality through sculpture, paintings, ceramics, textiles, photographs, videos and monumental installations drawn from collections in the United States, Canada and Europe. Rarely seen historic pieces are shown alongside some of the finest contemporary works, and demonstrate the diversity and continuity of Native American art and culture from 200 B.C.E. to the present.

In an interview with Jared for Greater Boston, Curator Karen Kramer Russell explained the museum's legacy in Native American art, saying, "The Peabody Essex Museum is the oldest ongoing collection of Native American art in the Western hemisphere. And from the very start of the museum in 1779 we started collecting Native American art and at the time objects were collected, it was actually art that was being produced at the time. So we were collecting contemporary art."

Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Opens in movie theaters on Friday

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.

Watch Jared's full review on "Greater Boston."

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