In December 1969, the Museum of Fine Arts announced the acquisition of an unknown and un-catalogued painting attributed to Raphael. Boston’s coup made headlines around the world. Soon afterward, an Italian art sleuth began investigating the details of the painting’s export from Italy, challenging the museum’s right to ownership. Simultaneously, experts on both sides of the Atlantic debated its authenticity.

Belinda Rathbone, daughter of Perry Rathbone, the director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1955 to 1972, will discuss her book: The Boston Raphael: A Mysterious Painting, an Embattled Museum in an Era of Change, and a Daughter’s Search for the Truth at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 26th at 3 pm.

  It’s time now for our weekly feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

Today we’ll discuss active use and re-use of historical sites – specifically Great Camp Sagamore in the Adirondack Mountains. Joining us is Garet Livermore, executive director of Great Camp Sagamore, which simultaneously celebrates its historical heritage while remaining in active use. Balancing these two presents a unique challenge in the maintenance and conceptualizing of a historical site.

© 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  The first US exhibition to concentrate on artist Andy Warhol’s book work, Warhol by the Book opened at the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) March 7 and will be on view through August 16.


  The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, based in Brattleboro, Vermont, is an independent, non-collecting museum which showcases a plethora of contemporary art from regional artists to international icons alike.

On Saturday March 14th, five new exhibits opened at the museum. Collectively, three exhibits serve as an exploration fiber art and the other two showcase the work of southern Vermont artists.

They are entitled: Gathering Threads, Dialogue: Lindenfeld + Lindenfeld, Children of the Oasis, Donald Saaf: Contemporary Folk Tales, and Love, Labor, Worship: The People of Basin Farm.

Here to tell us more about the museum’s new exhibits is director of the BMAC, Danny Lichtenfeld.

  During and just after World Wars I and II in Britain - in an era known as the Machine Age, the tumultuous political climate and the prevalence of industry and mechanization influenced the art created at that time.

Machine Age Modernism: Prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection is a new exhibition at The Clark in Williamstown, MA. The exhibition features a wide range of lithographs, dry points, woodcut prints and linocuts produced during the period exploring themes such as cityscapes, war, industrial technology, rural farming, sport, and leisure activity.


  This year’s Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith, NY is Saturday, February 7 from 10 am – 4 pm.

Using historic tools, children and adults can walk out on the frozen mill pond to cut and maneuver blocks of ice. The ice blocks are pushed up a ramp and then loaded onto sleds, which are hauled to a traditional ice house.

Ice harvesting will take place all day, and visitors also can take part in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Here to tell us more: Hanford Mills Museum’s executive director, Liz Callahan.


  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

Today we'll be talking with David Stocks, the President of the Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon, New York.

The Shaker Museum is the premier site for collecting and exhibiting Shaker artifacts and for educating New Yorkers about the history and culture of the Shakers. The museum currently has a number of major exhibitions ongoing, as well as new publications forthcoming on Shaker art and design.

  Located in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the Berkshire Museum has been a Smithsonian Affiliate since 2013. Established in 1903, the Berkshire Museum integrates art, history, and natural science in a wide range of programs and exhibitions that inspire educational connections between the disciplines.

The new exhibition If/Then opens this Saturday, January 24 at the Berkshire Museum. Visitors to If/Then will enter a topsy-turvy world of experience, where senses rule. They will traverse the horizontal climbing wall; dodge an obstacle course of pretend laser beams; and use dots and dashes to mark their height on a drawing wall.

  Now we look to the summer exhibitions at The Clark which include Van Gogh and Nature -- an exhibition that will be on view at the Clark from June 14th through Sept. 13th. The show will include 53 works, mostly paintings, but also some of the artist’s drawings on loan from museums and private collections around the world. Richard Kendall, is Curator at Large at The Clark and we will speak with him about Van Gogh in a moment.

But first we must also mention two more exhibits - Photography and Discovery which will be on view May 17th through August 30th; and A Century of Japanese Woodblock Prints from Hiroshige to Saitō: Gifts from the Rodbell Family Collection which will be on view from July 5th to September 27th. Both are curated by Jay Clarke – the Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark who joins us now along with the aforementioned Richard Kendall.


  Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world's premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time - it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams.

In addition to challenging and inspiring visual art, MASS MoCA brings valuable performing arts to the region including film, theatre, dance, and music in just about any genre you can imagine. MASS MoCA’s Director, Joe Thompson and Director of Communications, Jodi Joseph join us to tell us more.