• State Approves MoCA's Phase Three Expansion

    $25,420,000 for Ambitious Development

    By: MoCA - Aug 08th, 2014

    With Governor Deval Patrick's signing of H.3933, an omnibus capital infrastructure bill which included $25,420,000 for MASS MoCA's Phase III development, the museum announces that it has begun work on the third phase of its multi-decade effort to renovate its 26-building, 600,000 square foot, 16-acre factory campus, an internationally recognized, mixed-use destination arts institution in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. A representative from the Governor's press office confirmed the news, saying, "Governor Patrick is very, very supportive of the project and is excited to work with MASS MoCA to finance the expansion."

  • The Mount in Lenox Suffers Storm Damage

    Encouraging Response from the Community

    By: Mount - Jul 02nd, 2014

    The Mount, Edith Wharton’s country estate in Lenox, Mass suffered severe damage from last week’s record-breaking storm that dropped six and a half inches of rain over a five-hour period. Thanks to a quick response from the organization and financial support from the community, the damage to The Mount’s flower gardens and access road has, to a large extent, been addressed and the house has been able to reopen.

  • Clark Art Institute Reopens

    Celebrating a $145 Million Renovation and Expansion

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 29th, 2014

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  • Japanese Architect Tadao Ando: A Portrait

    Pritzker Prize Winner Designed Clark Art Institute Expansion

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 28th, 2014

    Initially the 72-year-old Japanese architect, Tadao Ando, trained to be a professional boxer. When he became interested in architecture he read books and traveled extensively to see works by modern masters. In 1970 he returned from travel and field research to establish his firm. In 1995 he won the Pritzker Prize the most prestigious in the field. Followed by a film crew we tagged along when he surveyed his now completed design for the Clark Art Institute.

  • Clark Art Institute Reopens

    Completing a $145 Million Renovation and Expansion

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jun 28th, 2014

    Since it opened in 1955 with a superb permanent collection the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute has long been regarded among America's finest regional museums. With a $145 expansion and renovation designed by Tadao Ando the Clark is now a whole lot more fabulous. Combined with nearby Mass MoCA, Williams College, and the Wlliamstown Theatre Festival the Northern Berkshires are an even better first class arts desitinaton.

  • Natchez, Mississippi's Mansions

    Iconic Antebellum Architecture

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 30th, 2014

    Natchez, Mississippi, per capita, was one of America's wealthiest communities prior to the Civil War. Plantation owners competed in erecting magnificent mansions in the neo classical, Greek Revival style. In commissioning Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloan's grand octagonal design Dr. Haller Nutt's Longwood strove to be unique. When war broke out in 1861 construction was abruptly halted. For generations the family occupied the first floor of the unfinished home. It is the astonishing highlight of a tour of mansions and encounter with their grim legacy of slavery.

  • The Mount Announces Season

    Events May 3 through October 31

    By: Mount - Apr 27th, 2014

    This summer, The Mount is pleased to announce a full schedule of lectures, readings, performances, music and more. The Mount will be open daily starting May 3rd through October 31st.

  • Super Realist Painter Richard Estes

    Summer Retrospective at Portland Museum of Art

    By: PMA - Apr 27th, 2014

    Richard Estes’ Realism is the most comprehensive exhibition of Estes’ paintings ever organized. A master of contemporary realism, Estes is primarily known as a painter of the urban landscape. This exhibition features 50 paintings ranging from Estes’ first New York City façades in the late 1960s to panoramic views of Mount Desert Island in the 2000s.

  • Harvard Art Museums Open November 16

    Renovation by Renzo Piano Conflates Separate Museums

    By: Harvard - Mar 11th, 2014

    The Harvard Art Museums—comprising the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum—will open their new Renzo Piano-designed facility to the public on November 16, 2014. The renovation and expansion of the museums’ landmark building at 32 Quincy Street in Cambridge will bring the three museums and their collections together under one roof for the first time

  • New York Sojourn

    Trip to NYC Yields Architecture, Art and Theatrical Joy

    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 31st, 2014

    Invited to an architectural tour of Ground Zero, Mark Favermann and his companion Lisa went on a trip that was framed around ML King Birthday weekend to include architecture, art, theatre, good food and football playoff games. This underscores the notion that New York City is so nice it was named twice.

  • Nantucket Sleigh Ride

    Moby Dick's New England Legacy

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 13th, 2014

    In the 19th century the whaling industry, as chronicled in Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick, thrived in Nantucket. The community declined after the 1850s, first through competiton from New Bedford and access to railroads, then through the introduction of cheaper keroscene lamps. Long languishing as a ghosttown it has been revived as a super expensive time capsule of historic architecture and culture. The island swells to some 50,000 inhabitants during the summer season.

  • Calatrava's Costly Sculpture As Architecture

    A Starchitect Whose Legacy Is Being Questioned

    By: Mark Favermann - Sep 26th, 2013

    In the last few decades, Spanish-born Santiago Calatrava (b.1951), a visionary architect, structural engineer and sculptor has risen to be a world renown star. His graceful, soaring and visually impressive bridges, transportation centers and cultural institutions are futuristically iconic. However, many of his prominent projects, though often quite startlingly beautiful, have been greatly criticized for functional flaws, detail mistakes, construction delays and huge cost overruns. His constant involvement in massive law suits is now diminishing his legacy.

  • Maya Lin Beyond Vietnam Memorial

    Lecture at Harvard University

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 23rd, 2013

    As a student Maya Lin entered and won the competition to design the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. She has had a major career as an architect and artist since then. This report on a 2005 lecture at Harvard University is reposted from Maverick Arts Magazine.

  • Hal Foster’s The Art-Architecture Complex

    Book of Criticism Published by Verso Books

    By: Matthew Hassel - Sep 13th, 2013

    Matthew Hassell the editor of NYArts magazine reviews a book by noted critic Hal Foster. It explores the influence of fine arts on contemporary architecture. It examines architectural leaders such as the Venturis, Rem Koolhaas, Renzo Piano, and Zaha Hadid. Their work is evaluated in relation to pop aesthetics, the international style, and the widespread influence of minimalism.

  • "The Merry Wives of Windsor" Makes a Merry Evening at Boston Midsummer Opera

    By: David Bonetti - Jul 29th, 2013

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  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead in San Diego

    Stoppard's Play at Old Globe's Shakespeare Festival

    By: Jack Lyons - Jul 24th, 2013

    In “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”, Tom Stoppard’s absurdist take on the Bard’s masterpiece “Hamlet”, has been hailed as a master work in itself, with “Hapgood” next, followed by the recent multiple Tony winning play “The Coast of Utopia”.

  • Edith Wharton at Home: Life at The Mount

    A Study by Richard Guy Wilson With Photos by John Arthur

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 07th, 2013

    Edith Wharton was 35 in 1897 when, in collaboration with Ogden Codman, she published her first work, the widely influential treatise "Decoration of Houses." Eight years later, in 1905, she published her first work of fiction "House of Mirth. " By then the Whartons had been living in The Mount, their estate in Lenox, Mass. for three years. The mansion and grounds expressed many of her theories of architecture, interior deign, and landscape gardening. She left under unhappy circumstances in 1911 never to return to the home she no longer owned.

  • Provincetown's Historic Dune Shacks. Going, GoingÂ….

    Preserving a Remarkable Legacy

    By: Daniel Ranalli - May 02nd, 2013

    This article on Provincetown's historic dune shacks was originally posted in 2007. It continues to attract readers through Google searches. With another season about to begin we are refreshing this article as a service to readers. They have spent time in the dune shacks several times since this article was written.

  • Harvard Art Museums to Reopen in Fall 2014

    Designed by architect Renzo Piano

    By: Harvard - Feb 21st, 2013

    Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the project will create new resources for innovative teaching, research, and scholarship, and provide greater access to the collections—among the nation’s largest and most renowned—held by the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums $5 million gift from the German Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum will support one of three new study centers

  • Ada Louse Huxtable Dead At 91

    Eloquent Critic of Architecture and Built Environment

    By: Mark Favermann - Jan 08th, 2013

    Ada Louise Huxtable was the first architecture critic at the New York Times (1963) and the first architecture critic to win the Pulitzer Prize (1970). Her clearly stated analytical prose was always accessible and enlightening. She was a voice of reason and often a voice of conscience. Ms. Huxtable's thoughts and refined wisdom will be missed from our civic conversation. Reprinted here is a 2008 review of the last major compendium of her writings.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright House Rescued

    Preservationists Save Unique 1952 House From Demolition

    By: Mark Favermann - Dec 21st, 2012

    An anonymous benefactor purchased and saved a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in Phoenix that had been threatened with demolition. Wright designed the 1952 home for his son and daughter-in-law. Preservationists objected last summer when they learned a development company planned to demolish it in order to split the property. The house is the only Wright-designed residence that uses a circular spiral plan similar to Wright's Guggenheim Museum in New York.

  • Architect Oscar Niemeyer Dies At 104

    Modernist Brazilian Pioneer Influenced 20th Century Design

    By: Mark Favermann - Dec 06th, 2012

    Oscar Niemeyer passed away just short of his 105th birthday on December 5, 2012. A Brazilian, he was one of the most prolific and influential architects of the 20th Century. Influenced by Le Corbusier, however Niemeyer championed the curve over the right angle. His portfolio included the major buildings of Brasilia, the planned new capital of Brazil, the United Nations complex in New York City and several significant museums and headquarters buildings.

  • Urban Branding in the Civic Environment

    Creating the Essence of A Sense of Place

    By: Mark Favermann - Oct 03rd, 2012

    Urban branding is the urban design and planning set of tools and techniques that develops character and personality for a civic entity, institution, major event or neighborhood. It is the essence of a sense of place, a literal welcome mat for visitors to experience a location and connect on many levels with it. Urban branding makes a place whole and adds to a shared sense of experience.

  • Architecture As Sculpture in 2012

    From PS 1 to China to the London Olympic Park

    By: Mark Favermann - Aug 05th, 2012

    Architecture as sculpture was a 20th Century concept embraced by many modernist architects. This year there were several major examples of noteworthy sculptural architectural statements. This is architecture as form. Unlike many other less imaginative Olympic games, the London Olympics showcased several wonderful structures. Perhaps the worst one was by sculptor Anish Kapoor who created a bad piece of architecture as a piece of grandiose functional sculpture. Other fine examples are a wonderful temporary piece at PS 1, a new design museum in Shenzen, China and one at London's Serpentine Gallery.

  • The Glass House: Philip Johnson's Masterpiece

    From Its Inception A 20th Century Architectural Icon

    By: Mark Favermann - Jul 08th, 2012

    Conceptualized in 1945 and completed in 1949, architect Philip Johnson's Glass House almost immediately became a 20th Century architecture icon. Used by Johnson as a weekend retreat for 58 years, it is now shared with the public as part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is a pilgrimage mecca for architecture buffs to see the eccentric outer structures and contemporary art collection of Johnson and his longtime partner art curator/critic David Whitney. This is a visually-compelling experience of an architectural masterpiece.

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