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Former director of Kingston Gallery in Boston, Shana Dumont Garr has been named Curator at Fruitlands Museum. Prior to joining the Fruitlands Museum, Ms. Dumont Garr was the Director of […]

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Kingston Gallery Director Named Curator at Fruitlands Museum


Shana Dumont Garr, Image courtesy of Fruitlands Museum.

Former director of Kingston Gallery in Boston, Shana Dumont Garr has been named Curator at Fruitlands Museum. Prior to joining the Fruitlands Museum, Ms. Dumont Garr was the Director of Programs & Exhibitions at Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Montserrat Art Gallery in Beverly, MA; and the Hurst Gallery in Cambridge, MA. The Fruitlands Museum which was recently acquired by The Trustees of Reservations is a 210-acre historic, natural, and cultural destination based in Harvard, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1914 by author and preservationist Clara Endicott Sears.

The Fruitlands Museums consists of the National Historic Landmark, the Farmhouse; The Shaker Museum; The Native American Museum and The Art Museum—home to Hudson River School landscape paintings and 19th century vernacular portraits.

Aside from curating exhibitions at the Fruitlands Museum, Ms. Dumont Garr will be caring for the collection and overseeing the artist-in-residence program.

Congrats to Shana Dumont Garr!

Back to New England: Currier Museum of Art Names New Director and CEO

Alan Chong

Alan Chong, Photo Courtesy of the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH.

The Board of Trustees of the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire has announced the appointment of Alan Chong as its new Director and Chief Executive Officer. An already familiar face to many in New England, Dr. Chong will be the ninth director in the Museum’s 87-year history and comes to the Currier Museum from the Asian Civilisations Museum & the Peranakan Museum in Singapore.

Prior to his tenure at the Asian Civilisations Museum & the Peranakan Museum, Dr. Chong served as the Lia and William Poorvu Curator of the Collection at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Mass. from 1999 through 2010. While at the Gardner, Dr. Chong curated the critically acclaimed exhibitions Raphael, Cellini, and a Renaissance Banker in 2003; Gondola Days: Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Palazzo Barbaro Circle in 2004 and Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia in 2009.

A hidden gem in New England, the Currier Museum of Art is home to a spectacular collection of European and American Art as well as the Zimmerman House, the only Frank Lloyd Wright house in New England open to the public. Dr. Chong’s appoinment will continue to elevate the profile of the Currier Museum of Art on a national and international level.

Congratulations, Alan Chong.

Instagram Tour: Final Phase of the Boston Public Library’s Johnson Building Renovation

The Boston Public Library has completed the second and final phase of renovations to the 1972 Philip Johnson building. The second phase renovations, which was completed by the Cambridge firm of William Rawn and Associates, includes updates to the interior design and exterior landscaping, new and very cool digital elements, stunning and invigorating new spaces for studying and reading, updated collections, and an enormous Tech Central with many new public computers.

In typical William Rawn fashion, the Johnson Building is colorful, brighter and welcoming in contrast to the dark and overwhelmingly depressing (but functional for its time), granite building completed in 1972. Rawn, who has designed several libraries in the Boston area—including the East Boston and Mattapan branches of the Boston Public Library—has also visually opened the Johnson building to the street, inviting the people of Boston into their library.

I’ve been a user of the Central Library since I was eight years old and Philip Johnson has never looked and felt this good. While this addition to the McKim, Mead & White Beaux Arts building isn’t one of Philip Jonhson’s best works, it’s an important building in Boston nonetheless.

What follows in this post is an Instagram tour of the final phase renovations (I Instagrammed the first phase of the building back in March 2015).



The Welcome Center features new books, plenty of seating and digital screens listing information about programs and events at the library. The screens also serve as an opportunity for people to browse the Boston Public Library’s digital collections.





The Boston Public Library has stepped into the 21st century with this renovation. A new 6,000 square feet Digital Services department and digital imaging studio has been created in the lower level of the building, directly across the Kirstein Business Library and Innovation Center. This new space will also be used by the BPL’s digital partners, Digital Public Library of America and Internet Archive. Welcome to the Boston Public Library, the library of the future.



The Kirstein Business Library and Innovation Center will offer many courses including video editing, production and audio.





An updated theater, new classroom and community gathering spaces are also found in the lower level.

Check out the very cool balloons that serve as collection markers.



Many objects from the BPL’s extensive art collection are currently on display throughout the renovated building (and many more will be on view in the Fall in the new, museum-quality exhibition space).



And colors to complement every single one of my many sneakers.




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What do you think of the newly renovated Johnson Building?