Somerville, Mass. - The Union Square Post Office is up for sale. It might become a condo development, or a café or a gallery. Once the deal is done, residents may lose access to the historic mural in the lobby. The building and the mural, painted by the acclaimed Provincetown artist Ross Moffett (1888-1971), were one of over 1,000 constructed during the New Deal, in part to build morale as well as monuments to U.S. history.
First, there were pop-up toys like Jack-in-the-box. Next came the pop-up shops that temporarily occupy vacant commercial spaces, usually selling crafts and seasonal goods around Christmastime. And, now there are pop-up museums. Locally, the Design Museum Boston is the city’s only pop-up museum and its first museum dedicated exclusively to design.
Is beauty enough?
Apparently, Josiah McElheny doesn’t think so.
The conceptual artist’s reflective, silver glass objects are beautiful to behold at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, where they are on view through October 14. The mid-career survey of his work, titled “Josiah McElheny: Some Pictures of the Infinite,” includes 21 works, films and photographs as well as a gallery installation of his spectacular glass sculptures “Island Universe.”
On a Tuesday night in December, when much of New England was hunkered down against the cold, hundreds of people stood on the sidewalk in front of the Portland Museum of Art, Maine, to view the light projections of artist and social activist Jenny Holzer. For the site-specific work, which the museum commissioned in celebration of the 10th anniversary of its Leonard and Merle Nelson Social Justice Fund, Holzer chose selections from the poetry of Nobel Prize-winning, Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska.
Somerville, MA - Davis Square is pretty funky under normal circumstances. Over the years, the influence (and confluence) of students from nearby Tufts and Harvard and MIT, along with Somerville city officials, has transformed the Square and environs into a must visit destination.
Photos by Diana Mai. Copyright 2010 Diana Mai.
Somerville, MA - On an otherwise ordinary warm spring night, about 40 people gathered for free spaghetti, socializing and learning at Sprout, a community learning space at 339R Summer Street near Davis Square. Sprout seeks to actively engage the public with an interactive and broad form of science education. Continuing with its monthly spaghetti dinner, on Wednesday evening the space hosted four performance artists who presented their versions of “Performance in a Public Space.”
BOSTON/South End - This week, for the fourth winter in a row at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama, the Glover, VT based Bread and Puppet Theater troupe present their subversively entertaining brand of politics and punditry.
Members of the year round Bread and Puppet collective again will be joined this week by scores of local actors and performers (a mix of pros and mostly amateurs who have been rehearsing all week at the BCA) who responded to the annual call for volunteers.
Somerville and Cambridge, MA - Davis Square thronged with crowds excited to see the dozens of marching bands from around the world performing at this weekend's Honk! Festival. Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society kicked off the music and arts festival Saturday afternoon at 7 Hills Park, taking band attendance in loud, rowdy fashion, and sending them marching to all corners of Davis to perform throughout the day. Sunday, bands paraded from Davis square down Massachusetts Avenue to Harvard Square for encore performances at Oktoberfest. Photo, audio, and video coverage follows.
BOSTON/Jamaica Plain - On Tuesday June 30 from 7-9 pm, the Axiom Gallery in Jamaica Plain was practically overflowing with curious, creative “dorks” of the Boston community. It was the first time the experimental media venue had hosted a meeting for Dorkbot, an organization with the tagline “people doing strange things with electricity.” The evening’s proceedings included presentations by local artists Gideon Weisz, Brian Knep, and Leah Buechley, each willing to display and explain the products of his or her creative and scientific genius.
BOSTON/South End - The Youth Workers’ Alliance of the South End/Lower Roxbury welcomed dozens of students, parents, teachers, youth workers, and other members of the community to their 7th annual Youth Shines! Art Auction on Wednesday in the auditorium of the Ben Franklin Institute of Technology.