Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Institute of Contemporary Art: a "new" Boston staple

The Institute of Contemporary Art is in one of Boston’s "newest" art museums, in one of Boston’s most up and coming neighborhood- how fitting!

The ICA was originally founded in 1936 as The Boston Museum of Modern Art, however moved to the Seaport in 2006. The ICA was designed by Diller SCofidio + Renfro and their first building to be built in the US. Their vision of the building was designed from the top-down in reflection of the rising artists and artwork.

Although the Seaport is now bustling with new restaurants like Babbo (Chef Mario Batali's first Boston restaurant), the outdoor pools at Elixr, and offices for John Hancock, the ICA stands out amongst them.

As with most museums, the ever changing exhibits are what brings the culture and the crowd. This summer, artist Ethan Murrow is featured on the Sandra and Geralk Fineberg Art Wall and in the West Gallery they have Arlene Shechet: All at Once.  
Ethan Murrow is a Professor of Painting at the School of Museum of Fine Art. He has recently focused on large, temporary wall drawings in ballpoint pen or marker.
Arlene Schecet is a sculptor, however is breaking the mold on what one may call a "traditional" sculptor. Schechet experiments with materials that are found in different forms, and creates sculptures molded to the natural flow as these materials become solid. Schecet’s exhibit at the ICA is one that she created while at the renowned Meissen Porcelain Manufactory and is solely clay sculptures.

One event at the ICA heard around town is First Fridays. On the first Friday of the month, they bring in DJ’s, live performance, gallery talk, and a theme. On August 7th, the party is White Hot with cocktails inspired by the current exhibitions and a pop-up raw bar hosted by Island Creek Oyster Bar.
After enjoying a First Friday or one of the ICA's thought-provoking exhibits, come back and relax at the Clarendon Square Bed and Breakfast to enjoy a glass of wine on our roof top deck. The view of the skyline from our roof is a piece of art in and of itself.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Tour the places where Hollywood came to Boston

Boston is responsible for some of Hollywood's most popular exports: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, the Wahlberg family and their delicious chain of burgers, and on occasion, Hollywood comes to us.

Boston and our landmarks have been the background to several blockbusters including Good Will Hunting, The Departed, Mystic River, and Gone Baby Gone. Even now as we write this (July 2015) the all women Ghostbusters reboot starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones is being filmed in town.

If you are a movie lover, you must embark on an On Location Tours movie tour of Boston. There are two options: The Boston Movie & TV Sites tour or the Boston Movie Mile walking tour. Both tours will take you to movie and TV locations, bringing what appears on your screen to life.

On Location Tours website states you will:

  • See where the chase scene from The Town took place
  • Grab a drink at L Street Tavern, home of Good Will Hunting
  • Take a peek at the FBI headquarters from The Heat
  • Visit 10 locations from The Departed including the building from the climactic rooftop scene
  • Catch a glimpse of the building used in Boston Legal and Ally McBeal
  • Look at the building where the key business deal happened in American Hustle
  • Get insider information on the secrets behind filming The Heat, Mystic River, Legally Blonde, Fever Pitch, 21, and Gone Baby Gone

  • After the movie tour is done, come back and relax at the Clarendon Square Bed and Breakfast. Clarendon Square is located in Boston's South End neighborhood which was featured in the 2009 film Surrogates starring Bruce Willis and Rosamond Pike. You can even spot our very own Bobby Ciletti as an extra in one of the scenes.