"Intended as a “palace for the people,” the granite Renaissance Revival building, with its grand architecture, cathedral-like reading halls, and lavish art collection, became an influential example of what a civic building could aspire to achieve.... Inside, murals by John Singer Sargent and sculptures by other notable American artists make the library a destination for art lovers." From "10 Buildings That Changed America," WTTW Chicago.
A video produced to mark the opening of the ICA building in December 2006: covers the mission and purpose of the ICA and includes an interview with the architects. Produced by Howard Silver for Bloomberg MUSE.
On September 27th 2013, "MASS MoCA opens a 10,000 square-foot building... devoted to the art of Anselm Kiefer. The exhibition will include Étroits sont les Vaisseaux (Narrow are the Vessels) (2002), an 82-foot long, undulating wave-like sculpture made of cast concrete, exposed rebar, and lead; The Women of the Revolution (Les Femmes de la Revolution) (1992), comprised of more than twenty lead beds with photographs and wall text; Velimir Chlebnikov (2004), a steel pavilion containing 30 paintings dealing with nautical warfare and inspired by the quixotic theories of the Russian mathematical experimentalist Velimir Chlebnikov; and a new, large-format commission created by the artist specifically for the installation..."
"Design Museum Boston is a new kind of museum... inspired by revolutionary design: the fruitful result of thoughtful problem solving and a willingness to break with tradition. This is why our museum has no permanent address. Design Museum Boston is a decentralized network of physical and virtual exhibits. Whether in a gallery, retail environment, public spaces or on the web, our programming gives audiences new insights into the design process and the greater social, economic, and environmental contexts that both affect and are affected by design."
"When it comes time to spend dough, many Bostonians are veering toward the indie spots. You know, the locally owned and operated gems that may even be stocking regionally-sourced goods. If you're trying to break free from the chain store circuit and don't know where to begin, visit any of these 38 stores..."
"...a three-story-tall, inside-out stained-glass globe that is bisected in the middle by a glass walkway. Once illuminated with hundreds of lamps, today it glows with the light of LEDs.... Curiously, the Mapparium is the only place in the world in which the surface of the earth can be seen without distortion."
The Mary Baker Eddy Library | 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
Tours run every 20 minutes, lasting 15-20 minutes. The first tour of the day starts at 10:20 a.m., and the last tour starts at 4:00 p.m. Student admission $4.
Founded in 1936, the Institute of Contemporary Art was conceived as a laboratory where innovative approaches to art could be championed. In pursuit of this mission, in its early days, the museum established its reputation for identifying important new artists.
The SoWa district (South of Washington) is famous for its restaurants, art galleries, retail shops and open markets. Centered around the artist studios located at 450 & 460 Harrison Ave, SoWa spans from Mass Ave to E Berkeley, and from Washington to Albany Street.
For Trinity Church in Boston, Richardson infused the Romanesque tradition with fresh ideas to create something new and distinctly American: Richardsonian Romanesque architecture.... With its heavy walls of rough-faced stone, rounded arches, and massive towers, Trinity Church heralded a muscular and bold new style. Inside, an innovative open-format layout, together with stunning murals and stained glass windows overseen by (and in several cases created by) artist John LaFarge, further sealed Trinity Church’s status as an American masterpiece.
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