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With more than $1 billion being raised for new museums and other arts facilities, Boston is in the midst of an unprecedented cultural boom, one that museum directors hope will elevate the city as a cultural mecca without overbuilding or saturating the market.
o an outsider, the party at Boston College may have seemed like any other. But the appetizers gave it away. Under a tent outside the Catholic university's McMullen Museum of Art, waiters passed knishes and potato latkes. This was strictly kosher. (Boston Globe)
MINNEAPOLIS -- It's Saturday night, and the Walker Art Center is packed. Upstairs, in the new 385-seat McGuire Theatre, the renowned New York stage troupe Mabou Mines performs ''DollHouse," a deconstructive take on the Ibsen classic that features dwarves and full frontal nudity. During intermission, many ticket holders head down to the second floor for a quick drink at 20.21, ... (By Geoff Edgers, Boston Globe)
As the guests start on the cilantro shrimp and curried duck, Maggie Gold Seelig notices all is not right. She helped plan the Institute of Contemporary Art's annual gala. Now she wants to make sure it raises enough money. The key will be the ICA's auction, a tradition that starts a half-hour into dinner. (By Geoff Edgers, Boston Globe)
The American Textile History Museum should not be failing. The museum is strategically positioned as a virtual gateway to the city's revived downtown. The $6 ticket price is less than half the cost of admission at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. The museum has a cafe, a shop, and plenty of parking. But eight years after city officials gathered to celebrate the new space's opening, the museum has decided to sell its building and to reduce its hours. The museum needs money, and fast. (Boston Globe)
Boston's current cultural construction wave occurs a century after the city's major institutions -- the Museum of Fine Arts, Symphony Hall, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum -- opened their current homes. This time, the projects are more varied, ranging from a contemporary art museum on the waterfront and downtown theaters to a pair of cultural centers slated for open space created by the Big Dig. (By Geoff Edgers, Boston Globe)