Fenway, May 2015, Art

installation art

in front of the isabella stewart gardner museum  (gordana rabrenovic)

in front of the isabella stewart gardner museum (gordana rabrenovic)

My mom sent me a picture of artist Ken Smith's new installation called, Fenway Deity. This is the description from the ISGM website:
"Fenway Deity is part of the Garden Deities series created by Ken Smith. The large inflatable installation, with a psychedelic spiral pattern and gold chain, will hang from the historic façade of the Museum facing the Boston Fens. Deity riffs on the Gardner’s large wheel window on the building’s rear façade, forming a transect line through the Museum, between the window and the installation.

Spiritually speaking, Fenway Deity responds to the Museum’s 2012 relocation of its entrance to Evans Way—it will serve as a new conduit for the Museum’s creative energy to protect the Fens from bad spirits and promote environmental renewal, health, and happiness along the Fenway and beyond.

Read more about the Fenway Deity.

If you haven't already seen Janet Echelman's "Aerial Sculpture" over the Rose Kennedy Greenway, it is worth a look.

January 2014, Art, Fenway

katharine lane weeks

rhinoceros in front of smfa (sonya kovacic)

rhinoceros in front of smfa (sonya kovacic)

The rhinoceros sculpture in front of the School of the Museum of Fines Arts is a dedication to Boston sculptor and SMFA Alum, Katharine Lane Weems. In fact it is a copy of her two Indian Rhinoceroses, Bessie and Victoria, that sit in front of Harvard's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Weems (1899-1989) was born into a family of culturati--her father was once the president of the MFA--and she was known for her animal sculptures.

The National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States has a quote from Weems. When she was asked why she chose animals as her primary subject matter as opposed to people, Weems commented, "When you're doing a human figure you're always working on the same fundamental chassis; but with animals the variation in composition is infinite; an animal is forever in movement, in different, unconscious grace. And finally, you never have the relatives to contend with!"

Take a look at some photos of Katharine at work.

Cambridge, December 2014, Art


alchemist sculpture, MIT (sonya kovacic)

alchemist sculpture, MIT (sonya kovacic)

The Alchemist sculpture on MIT's campus is a painted stainless steel sculpture that "consists of mathematical symbols in the shape of a human form." In 2010, an anonymous alumnus commissioned the work from Catalan sculptor, Jaume Plensa, for MIT's 150th anniversary. The alumnus was supposedly so moved by the celebration that he donated the sculpture to MIT for their permanent collection.

The MIT Gallery of Hacks is an online gallery dedicated to MIT's IHTFP (Interesting Hacks to Fascinate People). In 2013, after the last episode of Breaking Bad, hackers transformed the Alchemist into Walter White. 

The Alchemist Brewery in Waterbury, Vermont, has created the most "elusive beer in the world."

Fenway, October 2014, Art, Museum


night and day (sonya kovacic)  

night and day (sonya kovacic)

"And so it is with all my Public Art projects. I have tried to teach some sort of a lesson, yet give people the joy and delight of interacting with what people normally are told not to touch. The child in all of us responds to animals and the use of this metaphor reaches our inner most depths whatever our age. I use bronze as a material to cast my sculptures as it is durable, practically vandal proof and blends with other materials that surrounding buildings might be made of. It has a wonderfully tactile quality and happily sparkles in the sunlight."

- Sculptor Nancy Schon, best known for her "Make Way for Ducklings" sculpture in the Boston Commons (bostonology's hand-drawn representation is found at the end of every e-mail) has numerous other sculptures in the Boston area including:

"A Dragon for Dorchester,"  Nonquit Street Green, Dorchester
"Boston, Butterflies in the Francis Street Garden," Boston
"Eeyore, Piglet, Winnie the Pooh and the Hunny Pot," Newton Free Library, Newton, Mass
"Empty Sled and Dog (Sarah Pryor Memorial)," Wayland, Mass
"Gateway to Independence," Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton, Mass
"Nursing Sundial," Bullfinch Lawn, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
"Tortious and the Hare,"  Copley Square, Boston

There is actually a second "Make Way for Ducklings" Moscow. Nancy Shon traveled with Barbara Bush and Raisa Gorbachev when the United States government presented her ducklings to Russia in 1991.

This weekend the City of Boston will add one more sculpture to its public art collection, to make 236, with the unveiling of sculptor Stefanie Rocknak's "Poe Returning to Boston" in Edgar Allan Poe Square (near the theater district at the intersection of Boylston and Charles Streets, and close to where Poe’s house once stood.) On Saturday there will be a 90 minute walking tour to explore the famous writer's connection to Boston, followed by the unveiling of the sculpture on Sunday.

Art, Cambridge, September 2014


Teatro alla Scala Chamber Orchestra performing at MIT  (sonya kovacic)

Teatro alla Scala Chamber Orchestra performing at MIT  (sonya kovacic)

The Boston Symphony Orchestra, in its 133rd year, is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in the United States and one of the most renowned orchestras in the world. Founded in 1881 by Henry Lee Higginson, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist from Boston, the orchestra was built upon German musical traditions that Higginson loved when he was a student in Vienna. The German influence was so strong, that out of the fifteen music directors that the BSO has had, seven of them were born in German speaking countries. Even Symphony Hall, where the orchestra performs, was modeled after the second Gewandhaus concert hall in Leipzig, Germany. Symphony Hall was not the first home to the orchestra though...originally, the orchestra played in the old Boston Music Hall, now the Orpheum Theatre.

This Saturday the BSO will welcome Latvian born, Andris Nelsons, as its newest music director. Nelsons is the BSO's 15th music director and at age 35, the youngest in over 100 years.

On November 22, 1963, the Boston Symphony Orchestra was just beginning their Friday afternoon concert when BSO's music director, Erich Leinsdorf, broke the news to the audience that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. Leinsdorf, swiftly had the orchestra play the funeral march from Beethoven's Third Symphony. The recording is  moving.