• Metropolitan Museum of Art Presents Arvo Part

    The Temple of Dendur is a Location Favored by the Composer

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 03rd, 2021

    Arvo Pärt has celebrated birthdays at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His music is often performed at the Temple of Dendur where one wall dances with reflections from a pool of water, reflections that seem to move with the beat of the music. They soothe and elevate, a mood captured by the Nile River in the temple’s original Egyptian location.

  • Hugh Ferriss Delineator of Heroic Modern

    Great Architectural Visionary of the '20s and '30s

    By: Mark Favermann - May 29th, 2018

    Hugh Ferris was a visionary ‘Paper Architect’ who influenced popular culture as well as a generation of architects through his heroic skyscraper renderings and delineation of construction projects. His influence can still be seen in popular culture..

  • Kansas Symphony at Helzberg Hall

    Everything's Up to Date

    By: Susan Hall - Jun 04th, 2018

    The Kansas City Symphony is a superb group pf superb artists, who make their home in one the of the performance treasures of America Like Dallas and other smaller cities across the country, Kansas City community leaders decided to spiff up its arts’ presence, A decade ago they dtermined to build a new home for its Symphony Orchestra and somewhat larger hall for events on tour.

  • Cartagena: Conserving Cultural Heritage

    A 500-year-old Urban Jewel in the Caribbean

    By: Mark Favermann - Sep 03rd, 2018

    The author recently visited Cartagena, Colombia. The city is a 500-year old urban jewel in the Caribbean with a wonderful scaled and visually vibrant Old Town (el Centro Historico). It is a wonderful destination on the western edge of the Caribbean. Planning of Cartagena both in terms of preservation and new development is a challenge, but climate change and rising sea levels is threatening its cultural heritage.

  • Exploring Spectacular Biltmore (Wine Included)

    Vanderbilt's Chateau Near Asheville

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Oct 27th, 2018

    The Biltmore Estate, near Asheville, North Carolina, is a 250 room mansion that opened on Christmas Eve, 1895. The Vanderbilts lived there until 1930, when the property was opened to the public. Presently, it is the state's top tourist attraction and home to a vineyard and winery that produces close to a million bottles a year.

  • 100 Years Bauhaus

    Opening Ceremonies in Berlin

    By: Angelika Jansen - Jan 26th, 2019

    Angelika Jansen was lucky enough to experience many aspects of the '100 jahre bauhaus' (100 Years of Bauhaus) celebrations, from January 16-24, as she writes in her following article. Architecture and culture in the 20th Century were greatly influenced by works and activities of many members of an 'institution' that only lasted 24 years - and the Bauhaus impact lives on.

  • Bauhaus in Chicago

    100 Years Celebrated at Elmhurst Art Museum

    By: Nancy Bishop - Mar 01st, 2019

    The Whole World a Bauhaus, the 100th anniversary exhibit of Bauhaus work, is now on display at the Elmhurst Art Museum. There are national and global Bauhaus exhibitions. This one is on view in Chicago.

  • Bauhaus Centennial a Global Celebration

    Numerous Exhibitions and Publications

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2019

    In 1919 Walter Gropius retrofitted the Grand-Ducal Saxon School of Arts and Crafts into what he dubbed Bauhaus. In its centennial year there are global celebrations through media coverage, publications and exhibitions. It has been reported that there are 600 shows in Germany. We have been reading and visiting work on view at the Museum of Fine Arts and some 200 objects from the 50,000 donated through Gropius and others to Harvard University. He joined the Graduate School of Design as its director in 1937.

  • Spring Awakening at Hancock Shaker Village

    Borrowed Light Watercolors by Barbara Ernst Prey

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 24th, 2019

    Working "24/7" over several months the renowned, Williamstown-based artist, Barbara Ernst Prey, created Borrowed Light. The suite of watercolor renderings of interiors is on view in a converted chicken coop of Hancock Shaker Village. It is a part of expanded contemporary programming under the director Jennifer Trainer Thompson. She was a founding member of the MASS MoCA team. They have been neighbors and friends for many years. It was intuitive for them to undertake this remarkable project.

  • Documentaries on Art and Design

    What to Stream When Home Alone

    By: Mark Favermann - Apr 02nd, 2020

    Most of us are now hunkered down and isolated, inundated by 24/7 news coverage of depressing medical and economic conditions, compounded by failed White House leadership. To lighten our burden, just a bit, here is a list, with thumbnail reviews, of nine excellent documentary films about architecture and design.

  • Tanglewood's American Institute of Architects Award

    For Linde Center for Music and Learning

    By: BSO - May 05th, 2021

    Tanglewood’s Linde Center for Music and Learning received a 2021 Interior Architecture Award from the national American Institute of Architects (AIA) on April 16, 2021. The Linde Center was one of only seven projects nationally to receive this award that "celebrates the most innovative and spectacular interior spaces."

  • Vermont’s Eclectic Shelburne Museum

    How Sweet It Is

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 12th, 2018

    Electra Havemeyer Webb (1888-1960) founded the Shelburne Museum which has 150,000 objects and 39 buildings on 45 acres. Her father Henry Osborne Havemeyer was known as The Sugar King. With his wife Louisne they created a vast collection donating 2,000 objects, including French Impressionist masterpieces, to the Met. Electra married polo champion James Watson Webb II of the Vanderbilt family. Well before the controversies of the Berkshire Museum, in 1996, the Shelburne Museum sold $30 million of its art to pay expenses. During the winter just five buildings are open. We viewed two special exhibitions in the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education which opened in 2013. It was a lively and intriguing experience.

  • Vasily Kandinsky at the Guggenheim

    Amidst Circles

    By: Susan Hall - Nov 27th, 2021

    The painter Vasily Kandinsky belongs in the Guggenheim Museum. The new show titled "Around the Circle" spirals up to the top of Frank Lloyd Wright's monument.

  • Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

    Four Finalists for Design for Espace Riopelle

    By: Riopelle - May 19th, 2022

    The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) is moving a step closer to the realization of the future Espace Riopelle with the unveiling of the candidates selected by the jury to move on to the final stage of the architectural design competition launched last March.

  • Portland Museum of Art to Expand

    Launches Design Competition

    By: PMA - Jun 01st, 2022

    The Portland Museum of Art, together with the leading independent architect selection firm Dovetail Design Strategists, announced today the launch of an international design competition for its campus unification and expansion.

  • Williams College Museum of Art Expands

    SO-IL Architects Selected

    By: WCMA - Jun 01st, 2022

    SO-IL architects selected to design the first stand-alone building for the Williams College Museum of Art. New facility for teaching, collections, exhibitions and programs will transform the museum’s engagement with the campus, the Williamstown community and the Berkshires cultural region.

  • A Renewed Boston Skyline

    A Love of Geometry

    By: Mark Favermann - Mar 10th, 2023

    There are three examples of a new look to Boston’s skyline: Boston University’s Center for Computing and Data Sciences or “Jenga Building” near Kenmore Square; Harvard’s John A. Paulson Science and Applied Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) Building in Allston; and the One Congress Street Building at the Bulfinch Triangle next to Government Center.

  • Bold Ventures: Thirteen Tales of Architectural Tragedy

    Charlotte Van den Broeck Asks Interesting Questions

    By: Mark Favermann - Apr 02nd, 2023

    In Bold Ventures: Thirteen Tales of Architectural Tragedy (Other Press), author Charlotte Van den Broeck asks some interesting questions: When is a mistake so all-encompassing that an individual feels he or she can’t go on? What is the line between creator and creation? If the art deconstructs, should the artist as well?

  • Minimalism at Town Hall

    Bryce Dessner Gives the Form Its Full Richness

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 26th, 2023

    Death of Classical, the brilliant music series conceived and curated by Andrew Ousley, was embedded in a Town Hall celebration of Minimalism.  It was a spiritual lift of a special order, lighting the path to classical music’s future in neon reds and greens. The lush curtains draped at the back of the stage were bathed alternately in greens and blues and purples. 

  • A Visit to Tippet Rise. Part II

    A Special Staff for a Special Place

    By: Susan Hall - Aug 27th, 2023

    Pete Hinmon and Lindsey Hinmon are Co-Directors of Tippet Rise Art Center. They are warm and deeply thoughtful, qualities you find in everyone at this working ranch. Qualities clearly treasured by the Halsteads, the couple creating this special art venue. The Halsteads have a knack for picking people. 

  • Williams Collage Art Museum

    Designs for Its Stand Alone Venue

    By: WCMA - Mar 07th, 2024

    Prominently located at the western entrance to the Williams College campus and the town, the new Williams College Museum of Art is conceived to serve the College, the local community, and visitors to the Berkshires through a cluster of four program areas. While slightly set apart like pavilions, the better to accommodate their multiple uses, the program areas are unified through their materials, their openness to the natural setting, their organization around a central gathering place, and a distinctive overarching roof that shelters them all.

  • SO–IL \ WCMA: Building a New Museum

    Plans for the Future

    By: WCMA - May 21st, 2024

    The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) presents SO–IL \ WCMA: Building a New Museum, an exhibition that showcases the design process behind WCMA’s new home, projected to open in 2027.

  • A Study in Contrast Two Museums in Lisbon

    National Tile Museum and MAAT Bookend Art and Culture

    By: Mark Favermann - Dec 30th, 2017

    These institutions visually and physically reflected Portuguese art and culture, one embracing the nooks and crannies of history while the other exhibited a vibrant openness to contemporary urbanity.

  • Naumkeag's Exceptional Garden Party

    Restoration at the National Historic Landmak is Evident

    By: Philip S.Kampe - Jul 30th, 2015

    The Trustees of Naumkeag host the yearly Garden Party for an enthusiastic crowd of local and out-of-town well wishers. Bellinis , hors d'oeuvres and sweets entertained the crowds appetite on this glorious, sunny afternoon in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

  • Edward Hopper Tour in Gloucester Aug. 7

    Houses painted by the Artist

    By: CAM - Aug 03rd, 2015

    American realist painter Edward Hopper is known to have painted in Gloucester on five separate occasions during the summer months in the years 1912, 1923, 1924, 1926 and 1928. His earliest visit in 1912 was made in the company of fellow artist Leon Kroll. The Cape Ann Museum will present a guided walking tour of select Gloucester houses made famous by American realist painter Edward Hopper on Friday, August 7 at 10:00 a.m.

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