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Page8 POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 22, 2014 by Jlngela Cornacchio Socially Scene Preview ... The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has some of the most famous art and histori- cal stories that the City of Boston has to offer. The fol- lowing is some of the amaz- ing history along with in- sight to the current exhibits. The museum which bears her name also stands as a testament to her vision. Isabella Stewart Gardner, known also as "Mrs. Jack" in reference to her husband, John L. ("Jack") Gardner, was one of the foremost female patrons of the arts. She was a patron and friend of lead- ing artists and writers of her time, including John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and Henry James. She was a supporter of community social ser- vices and cultural enrich-/ ment. She was an ardent fan(i of the Boston Symphony, the ] ] Red Sox, and Harvard College/ football. Isabella Stewart~ Gardner was also the vision- ary creator of what remains one of the most remarkable and intimate collections of art in the world today and a dynamic supporter of artists of her time, encouraging music, literature, dance and creative thinking across artistic disciplines. Over three decades, Isabella Stewart Gardner traveled the world and worked with important art patrons and advisors, Ber- nard Berenson and Okakura Kakuzo to amass a remark- able collection of master and Isabella Stewart Gardner, photographed in 1888, which was one of the most prominent times in the world of art culture. (Photo by Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) there were made in Europe during the late medieval period, around 1300 to 1500. Her painted presence em- phasizes her role as creator of the museum. The Gothic Room was not open to the public during Mrs. Gardner's lifetime and in 1903, she allowed Sargent to use the space as a studio. He painted several portraits there, in- cluding that of violinist and composer Charles Martin Loeffler, which hangs in the decorative arts. In 1903, she Yellow Room. The museum's completed the construction Artist-in-Residence program of Fenway Court in Boston stems from this legacy of to house her collection andan artist working in the provide a vital place for galleries. Americans to access and John S. Sargent painted a enjoy important works of art. portrait of Isabella Stewart Isabella Gardner installed Gardner at the Gardners' her collection of works in home, 152 Beacon Street, husband was not pleased, and asked that it not be exhibited again. As a result, this room was closed to the public during Isabella Gardner's lifetime -- but visitors could get a glimpse of the portrait from the hall at the top of the stairs. Giotto (Italian, about 1267- 1337), The Presentation of the Christ Child in the Temple, about 1320. This painting depicts the moment when Simeon and the prophetess Anna recognize the infant Jesus as the savior. The Christ Child reaches across the altar towards his mother in a natural gesture. Giotto's ability to create believable space within the picture and his skill at depicting emo- tion made him one of the most famous artists of his time. Isabella Gardner set the painting on a table, per- pendicular to the window to get good light for view- ing, with a chair placed as if a visitor could sit and contemplate the work. This arrangement occurs in other galleries, helping to focus attention and break up large spaces in the museum. August is also the final month of Carla Fernandez: The Barefoot Designer. See it this month, and celebrate summer's end with the artful flourish of Mexican fashion! That was just a brief bit of history and art that portrays the walls of one of the most historical and well-known museums. Stay tuned for next week as Socially Scene will stop in and give a full on site review. Boston Calling is Back ... Adding yet another fun component to this Festival, Boston Calling announced that it is incorporating the Samuel Adams Annual Bos- Boston Calling'is back and the hot music sensation Lorde will take the stage on Saturday, September 6th. (Photo by moment in a Samuel Adams Octoberfest photo booth and enjoy plenty of lawn games in a beer hall setting. For Samuel Adams, the fall fes- tival is part of a year-long 30t~ Anniversary celebration and for attendees, it will be the ultimate Octoberfest event and craft beer experience, complete with access to vari- ous Samuel Adams brews. Boston Calling is pre-" sented by JetBlue, Samuel Adams, Capital One and Comcast in partnership with Wicked Wines, Alltown, Ames Boston Hotel, Tasty Burger, Children's Hospital Boston, Luden's,, Red Bull, Vita Coco, 47 Brand Apparel, Ghostery and Ticketmaster. Performances span Septem- ber 5-7, 2014 and will take place at City Hal] Plaza (One City Hall Square, Boston, MA). Boston Calling is pro- duced by Crash Line Produc- tions and is Boston's pre- miere multi-day outdoor music festival. The festival launched in 2013 with May grounds, Boston Calling's locale at City Hall Plaza offers the ideal urban festi- val vibe. Producers will en- hance this environment with two performance stages, two beer gardens, a food pavilion comprised of food trucks and local food vendors and world- class lighting and design. Boston Calling's Septem- ber 2014 line up is as follows. For full enjoyment, there are no overlapping sets. Friday September 54; The National, Neutral Milk Hotel and Future Islands. Saturday September 64; Lorde, Child- ish Gambino, Girl Talk, Vol- cano Choir, The Hold Steady, Bleachers, Sky Ferreira, S. Carey and Cliffiight. Sunday September 7th; Nas x The Roots, The Replacements, Spoon, The 1975, Twenty One Pilots, Lake Street Dive, The War on Drugs, White Denim, San Fermin and Gentlemen Hall. Boston Calling anticipates another unique and exciting festival. A limited number of Boston Calling's Single Day General Admission and VIP tickets are available for purchase online at www. bostoncalling, com, The festival is accessible via the city's T, at the Park Street stop on the Red Line, the State Street stop on the Orange or Blue Line or the Haymarket stop on the Orange Line. The 92 and 93 buses also stop outside of City Hall Plaza on Congress Street. Live Music, Heritage and Family Fun ... It's the re- turn of the 22 Cambridge Carnival International! This festival, available free to all will take place in Kendall Square on Sunday, Septem- ber 7% Cambridge Carnival Inter- a way to evoke intimate Boston. Gardner appears as ton Octoberfest celebration and September editions. Due national is a colorful and responses to the art, mixing an iconic, almost religious, into this three-day music to its enormous success festive celebration that is paintings, furniture, textiles, figure: her symmetrical pos- festival September 5th-7th. with each, the festival has rooted in African traditions. and objects from different ture is rigid, her arms andBoston Calling ticket added a Friday evening to its Carnival secretly allowed cultures and periods among the strand of pearls circleholders who are 21+ will now2014 editions. Boston Call- public communication and well-known European paint- her body, and the patterns on be able to enjoy the festival ing has earned the praise ofcultural bonding for the Afro- ings and sculptures, the textile behind her sug-in true Samuel Adams Octo- over 100,000 fans since its Caribbean cultures from as Isabella Gardner placed gest a crown and halo. Per-berfest style, including itsfirst festival. Glowing re- far back as the 1600s. her portrait by John S. haps because of this un- popular seasonal beer, steinviews from the likes of Roll- The festival, now a Cam- Sargent in the most promi- usual presentation, criticshoisting competitions and ing Stone and The Boston bridge institution, attracts nent corner of the final gal- and viewers were shocked traditional German fare suchGlobe noted everything from thousands of people and is lery in the museum. Most when the portrait was exhib- as warm pretzels and grilledits versatile lineup to its the largest festival in Cam- of the other objects displayed ited in Boston. Isabella's sausages, quality of production. Perched bridge. 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