arts

The Needle Drop
1:01 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

The Next Day For Diane Young

This week on The Needle Drop, we're tripping through some of the latest tracks from Vampire Weekend, The Knife, Savages, and more. We'll also be visiting with the latest full-length release from the one and only David Bowie.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
12:42 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Mikhail Baryshnikov on the Arts in Connecticut and Beyond

Chion Wolf

Hartford is not the most artistically adventurous place in the world, even though 79 years ago we hosted the debut of "Four Saints in Three Acts," a Virgil Thomson - Gertrude Stein opera that was ground-breaking on about five different levels.

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Where We Live
12:09 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Let's Get Creative

LaurMG (Wikimedia Commons)

We talk about creativity here on Where We Live every so often... it’s one of our favorite subjects. In fact, this year we’ll be partnering with Connecticut Creates - a consortium of creative people around the state - to have more of these conversations.

Today’s “creative conversation” is thanks to two dozen high school students from Watkinson School in Hartford, who are all pursuing a creative arts diploma in music, film, theater, dance, visual arts, or writing.

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Where We Live
10:37 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Lucy Orta on Art, Food, Water, Life

Poetry
9:24 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco Visits Yale

Diane Orson

Poet Richard Blanco, President Obama's 2nd inaugural poet, was in New Haven Tuesday. He spoke at an intimate gathering at Yale University. 

"One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores, peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces of the Great Lakes…"

Richard Blanco made history last month when he read his poem “One Today”. He’s the first Hispanic, openly gay and youngest poet to read at a presidential inauguration.

"One light. Waking up rooftops. Under each one, a story.. "

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Art Collection
8:22 am
Tue December 11, 2012

So Much To See, So Little Time!

Diane Orson

Wednesday marks the grand opening of the Yale University Art Gallery, following its 14-year renovation.  

Yale University Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds is our guide. Time is short and with more than 200,000 objects in the museum’s collection we’re warned that its going to be a whirlwind tour. 

"You see here a great display of things from Mayan and Aztec cultures."

There’s a figure carved from manatee bone, colorful textiles and ceramics from Mexico and Costa Rica. I could spend all afternoon here, but gotta move on.

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Connecticut Museums
10:58 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Expanded Yale Art Gallery To Open This Week

Diane Orson

A newly renovated and expanded Yale University Art Gallery opens this week.  

"Look around you right now and you can see wonderful work by Sol LeWitt, David Smith.."  Yale Art Gallery Director Jock Reynolds stands in the Louis Kahn building on Chapel Street in New Haven.

The 1953 modernist structure has been connected to two adjacent buildings, the Old Yale Gallery and Street Hall.  The 135 million dollar renovation project virtually doubles the size of the museum.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
5:03 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Dreams, Vision And Inspiration: What Drives An Artist?

Flickr Creative Commons, John-Morgan

This show has something to do with the fascination I feel for the minds of artists. They, more than we, are gripped by visions. They see something that's not there, and they want to make it be there.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:28 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Artist Jonathon Keats Wants To Clone Obama, Lady Gaga

Cheryl Tan

Artist, writer and experiemental philosopher Jonathon Keats explains his latest art project, Cloning Celebrity, which uses epigenetics to create "replicas" of President Obama, Lady Gaga, Michael Phelps, Oprah Winfrey, and Jennifer Lopez.

Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

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Arts/Culture
4:24 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Hartford Mural Art, Just Add Water

Walter Wick

Downtown Hartford has a new piece of public art -- a large mural of the famous Charter Oak.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen met with the artist to talk about the project.

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Where We Live
12:06 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Say Hello to "Goodnight Blue Moon"

Chion Wolf

Today, we’re in our studio 3 for some live music with the New Haven indie-folk band “Goodnight Blue Moon.”

They’ve been playing as a band in the area since 2008...but many of them have been playing songs together for much, much longer.

Erik Elligers is the lead singer and plays guitar. His wife Nancy plays cello and his brother Sean plays trumpet. Along with Mathew Crowley and Henry Lugo, they’ll be playing songs from the band’s new record, “How Long.”

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:46 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Live From The Festival Of Arts And Ideas: Emily Bazelon, King Lear And Noori

Chion Wolf

Each year WNPR picks one day in the run on the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven  and moves both Where We Live and The Colin McEnroe Show to the lobby of The Study, a downtown hotel.

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Neighborhood Revitalization
12:00 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

A Highway Underpass Turns New Haven Inside Out

Diane Orson

A highway that once divided a New Haven neighborhood is bringing neighbors back together.  We report on a public art project that’s transformed a barren underpass into a lively mural of familiar faces.

To get from downtown New Haven to upper State Street, you have to pass under Route 91.

Most people see rusty steel beams that stretch a couple hundred feet, grey cold walls and eerie lighting. But to Ben Berkowitz, the highway underpass is something different.  

"Huge blank canvases, the perfect place to turn New Haven Inside Out."

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:59 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

The CMS 2012 Poetry Show

takomabibelot, Flickr Creative Commons

Today is our Summer Poetry Show, so let's begin with a poem. This is one of my favorites, a relatively obscure Pablo Neruda poem called "Let's Wait."

Other days still to come
are rising like bread
or waiting like chairs or a
pharmacopeia, or merchandise:
a factory of days in the making:
artisans of the soul
are building and weighing and
preparing
days bitter or precious
that will knock at your door in due time
to award you an orange
or murder you in cold blood where you stand.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:33 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Authors of Stealing the Mystic Lamb and Spellbound

Javier Carcamo/flickr creative commons

Stealing the Mystic Lamb: The World's Most Coveted Masterpiece

Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece is on any art historian’s list of the ten most important paintings ever made. Often referred to by the subject of its central panel, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, it represents the fulcrum between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It is also the most frequently stolen artwork of all time.

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The Faith Middleton Show
1:03 pm
Sun April 8, 2012

Red at TheaterWorks and You Are What You Wear

Lanny Nagler/TheaterWorks

There is a remarkable play at TheaterWorks in Hartford about the life of one of America's greatest painters, Mark Rothko, and his struggle to be heard and seen in the way he hoped to be understood. And a look at the art and psychology of fashion with Bruce Clements and a fashion psychologist.

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Coming Home Project
10:27 am
Wed March 14, 2012

A Veteran's Writing Project

Chion Wolf

Today we'll profile an interesting program happening at Central Connecticut State University within the English Department.  It’s in collaboration with the “Veteran’s Project” which is putting together a “Welcome Home” event on March 31 at the Armory in Hartford. English professor Mary Collins is working with her creative writing students to tell Veteran's stories. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:22 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Bill Griffith Talks Comedy, Art & 'Zippy The Pinhead'

Bill Griffith

True story ... last week, the Connecticut legislature's Environment Committee's public hearing agenda included, on the same day, An Act Permitting the Possession of Reindeer Year Round and An Act Concerning the Hunting of Deer with a Pistol.

This is why I don't celebrate April Fool's Day. Life is like this every day. Break that story apart into separate scenes, and your mind is flooded with images of a man plugging a deer with a Saturday night special or a young couple walking their reindeer on a leash.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
4:28 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

An Argument To Self Publish

Flickr Creative Commons, mccun934

It seems oddly fitting that today we're doing a show about performers and writers who, rather than seek the approval of publishers and entertainment companies, put everything together on their own. They produce. They publish. They market. They, if all goes well, collect.

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The Faith Middleton Show
9:54 pm
Wed January 4, 2012

Faith's In The Hot Seat, Bruce Clements Follows Fashion, And Jane Stern

Lívia Stumpf/flickr creative commons

Bruce Clements on the purpose of fashion, and why we care. Jane Stern on why animal companions matter as much as they do. And a Hot Seat interview...mystery guest and Faith has to do a spontaneous interview.

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Music
4:24 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Chuck Obuchowski's Favorite Jazz Recordings of 2011

Flickr Creative Commons, HenryStradford

Friends often complain to me that they have a tough time finding new music which really wows them. They suggest that the current jazz scene needs more star power: after all, where are the Armstrongs, the Ellingtons, the Monks and the Coltranes of this generation?

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:30 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

The Nose: Looking Back At 2011, Looking Forward To 2012

Bayasaa, Flickr Creative Commons

The job we do here tends to breed a mild case of optimism, because we spend a lot of time talking about new ideas. If we spent a lot of time talking about the status quo, we'd be more pessimistic because so many basic institutions -- political, financial, medical and cultural -- all seem broken.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:51 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

The "Look For The Good Project," Women In The Movies, And Adapting To Change

Wendy Natter

Discover what happened when a young Connecticut woman used Kickstarter to help her get her idea off the ground. She wants postcards from anywhere and everywhere, with your explanation of what you're grateful for. Plus, Gina Barreca talks about women's roles in the movies, and psychologist Nancy Horn looks at how we adapt to change.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:35 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Holiday Sights And Attractions, John Grisham, And The Subject Of Blame

ACVB PR/flickr creative commons

Catch the spirit of the season. Join Faith Middleton for a call-in show on great things to see and do throughout the holidays. 

To start things off we talk with The New Haven Ballet's new Artistic Director, Jared Redick.

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Where We Live
10:07 am
Fri December 2, 2011

The 21st Century Wadsworth

Chion Wolf

The Wadsworth Atheneum is the nation’s oldest public art museum. It has amassed an impressive permanent collection, and features large, popular exhibitions. But that long history can sometimes be a bit of a curse - as it fights for attention with dozens of art museums and other online entertainment options.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:39 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Philippe Petit & Paul Winter Discuss Creativity

Flickr Creative Commons, Kasia!!!

Is creativity an act or an attitude? In Man on Wire, Philippe Petit, the high wire artist who walked between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974, says, “To me it’s so simple that life should be lived on the edge of life. You have to exercise rebellion, to refuse to taper yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a challenge.”

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:18 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Managing Your Money With Robert Kreitler, Art Critic Steve Heller, And Keeping

BlatantWorld.com/flickr creative commons

Have you ever been able to keep a secret in your life, without telling a single other person? Faith Middleton and Bruce Clements explore the art of secret keeping. Plus art critic Steve Heller, and a look at how to manage money in this economy.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:49 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Walking With Wallace Stevens

Chion Wolf

Yesterday, Wolfie and I walked the Wallace Stevens route with our friend the Hartford film-maker Helder Mira and intern Andrew Kufta. We started at the first marker.

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The Faith Middleton Show
12:05 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Problem Talkers And Rosamond Bernier's Memoir, Some Of My Lives

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

One of the world's most revered lecturers on art, Rosamond Bernier, joins Faith Middleton to talk about her knock-out memoir, Some of My Lives. And an exploration of the problem conversationalist, from interrupting to not listening, with Jane Stern.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
1:55 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Art In The Name Of Mediocrity

Jonathon Keats

Hear from Jonathon Keats, a conceptual artist, experimental philosopher, and regular CMS contributor, whose latest project is an exhibit that tries to make art more consistent with the Copernican truth that Earth is a mediocre planet. 

Plus, find out what the color beige has to do with the universe!

Leave your comments below, e-mail colin@wnpr.org or Tweet us @wnprcolin.

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