This week, Jared Bowen brings us new ways to enjoy the arts from the comfort of your own home with both virtual and old-school programming from the Huntington Theatre Company and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
“Huntington @ Home,” a new theater initiative presented by the Huntington Theatre Company
Longtime Huntington subscribers and curious theater fans alike can experience “Huntington @ Home,” a new program designed to connect artists from the Huntington Theatre Company with audiences online and over the phone. By signing up on the Huntington’s website, patrons can experience special performances and messages recorded by theater artists at home. Those looking for a more personal interaction can also opt in for a one-on-one call from a Huntington employee, in which the caller will perform a monologue or provide the listener with behind-the-scenes information about previous Huntington productions.
“We'll call you up and we'll just talk to you,” says Huntington Theatre Company’s Artist-in-Residence Melinda Lopez. “We'll do a little theater on the phone, but we'll also have a kind of... human, personal interaction.”
The Huntington is also providing online workshops and homeschool resources for students and artists.
“Mala,” streaming on WGBH.org in partnership with the Huntington Theatre Company and ArtsEmerson
The powerful one-woman play “Mala” is being televised tonight at 10 p.m. on WGBH-2. Originally presented by ArtsEmerson and then the Huntington Theatre Company, “Mala” is based on playwright and actor Melinda Lopez’s experiences while caring for her dying, 92-year-old mother. This deeply personal story from Lopez — both a playwright and the Huntington Theatre Company’s Artist-in-Residence — is humorous, moving, and reflective. And it’s especially resonant now as we enhance our focus on caring for a community at large. Beginning April 10, the play will also be available for streaming on the WGBH website.
“Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation,” a postponed exhibition is presented virtually by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presents a comprehensive look at the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat and his contemporaries in “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation.” Basquiat achieved fame in New York City’s “post-graffiti movement” in the 1980s, when he and other street artists transformed the American contemporary art scene with vibrant works inspired by the city streets they once canvassed.
“It was a larger movement of artists who were all experiencing the criminalization of their work,” says curator Liz Munsell. “They decided to take their work on to more stable supports such as canvas and sculpture and bring it to the attention of the contemporary art world that had, of course, not been particularly open to their voices.”
Though currently closed to the public, the museum is providing virtual tours and a full catalog of resources related to the exhibition on its website.
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