"The Swine Flew" by David Lang

Credit: Fuller Craft Museum

Arts This Week: Rockin’ & Rollin’, Movin’ & Shakin’

February 6, 2014

Think about movement as an element of art, and see how it plays out in kinetic sculpture, or as a platform for change in the civil rights era.

Hairspray plays at Wheelock Family Theatre through February 23rd.
Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big dreams, wins a dancing role on her favorite TV program. Frustrated with the producer’s refusal to integrate the dance floor daily, Tracy draws on her own struggles with prejudice to lead the charge for change. Rousing and fun, this is an excellent production.

Machines and Mechanizations: Explorations in Contemporary Kinetic Sculpture, is on view at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA until June 1.
What does it mean for an artist to compose motion the way he or she composes shapes and colors? Movement then becomes an integral part of the design and meaning of a sculpture—demanding a different kind of engagement with the viewer. Movement, motion, and sound are explored through a variety of motor-driven and hand-powered objects. Artists include Kim Bernard, Chris Fitch, David Lang, Erica von Schilgen, and Mark Davis.

The Monuments Men, in theaters Friday.
Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, follow seven over-the-hill, out-of-shape museum directors, artists, architects, curators, and art historians who went to the front lines of WWII to rescue the world’s artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners. It's a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, and these men would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements.

Coming up on Open Studio
I take a tour the Fuller Craft Museum’s Machines and Mechanizations show, and I have the privilege to speak with the moderator of The Boston Athenaeum’s “The Future of the Museum” series Joseph Koerner. Finally, we’ll profile “Terror of the Soul”—an Edgar Allen Poe exhibition at the Morgan Library in New York.

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