Isabella Stewart Gardner

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The Gardner gets crafty

Art museums are designed to celebrate the end results of the creative process. But one of Boston's most highbrow institutions, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, has developed new programming to foster that process on-site.

By ARIEL SHEARER  |  November 02, 2012
Art Preview: 2012

A new Gardner, plus landscapes, performance art, and RAD

Greater Boston's art-museum building boom continues with the debut of an expanded Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in January.
By GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2011

The museum-building boom continues

What's happening at the Gardner and at Harvard
What's happening at the Gardner and at Harvard
By JON GARELICK  |  November 19, 2010

Art in the air conditioning

From Picasso to William "Shrek" Steig's cartoons, and surfer photos to a Twilight Zone toy store, New England offers art worth traveling to this summer. Here we round up the best in the region, no matter the weather or your artistic inclinations.
Local museums keep you cool — and the art's pretty good, too
By GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2010

Lighting history

On January 1, 1903, Isabella Stewart Gardner invited 300 guests to a private concert by members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the opening of her new museum on the Fenway. After performances of Bach, Mozart, and Schumann, the mirrored door
The Gardner Museum takes a chance on the new
By GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2010

East meets West

The paintings in "Shôwa Sophistication" at the Museum of Fine Arts are like the dreamiest travel posters you've ever seen.
'Shôwa' at the MFA, and Mrs. Gardner's Asian tour
By GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2009


Three's company

The show's American curator, Frederick Ilchman, has snagged an improbable number of pairs and trios from the world's famous (and not so famous) museums.
Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese rule at the MFA
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 11, 2009

Vanishing Boston

The Boston we live in today will be gone someday, but there's still time to get to know it in all its uniqueness.
A field guide to Boston's 'lasting' treasures — to be enjoyed before they're razed in favor of chain stores

Road trips

In the fall of 1883, Isabella Stewart Gardner — more than a decade before she would develop her museum on Boston’s Fenway — traveled to China.
Luisa does Isabella in China, Gohlke does America
By GREG COOK  |  July 01, 2008

Time out of mind

Luisa Rabbia created a slow-moving video work that offers a kind of travelogue of her own journey through Isabella Stewart Gardner's historic scrapbooks.
Luisa Rabbia at the Gardner, ‘Polar Attractions’ at the Peabody Essex, And ‘Meat After Meat Joy’ at Pierre Menard
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  June 17, 2008

Gardner growing pains

Isabella Stewart Gardner’s will is explicit: the experience she choreographed for visitors to her museum must continue in perpetuity.
Her will be done
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 19, 2007


People get ready

Fourteen New England artists/artist teams hook up to produce a variety of interconnecting installations.
‘Trainscape’ at the DeCordova, ‘Merging Influence’ at Montserrat, and more
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 22, 2007

Now on tape

Spending a rainy Saturday night curled up in front of Dodgeball or the first season of Six Feet Under is great and all, but what if you want to find Michael Auder’s “Polaroid Cocaine,” a five-minute, 1993 video montage of images that “dwell on the
‘E-Flux Video Rental’ at the Sert, ‘Only Connect’ at the Mills, and Luigi Ontani at the Gardner
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  January 23, 2007

City of the dead

Some are simple slabs, inscribed only with a name and two dates. Others are enormous and imposing: stylized Etruscan sarcophagi, sculpted Grecian urns.
Mount Auburn Cemetery looks back on 175 years — and ahead to an eternal future
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 30, 2006

Tiny heavy animals

The traditional way of being seated in ancient China, prior to the introduction of Western-style furniture, was on a floor mat, possibly anchored at its four corners by decorative weights.
‘A Bronze Menagerie’ at the Gardner, ‘Art & Science’ at AXIOM, and ‘Seeing Red’ and ‘Terrae Incognitae’ at Boston Sculptors
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  September 26, 2006


By buying up her favorite artworks and displaying them for posterity in her museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner removed them from the sphere of commerce and preserved them for the enjoyment of all.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft doc follows its own leads
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 09, 2006