Susan Saccocia is an independent writer whose essays, features, profiles and reviews explore theater, visual arts, jazz and dance in the U.S. and overseas. A regular contributor to the Bay State Banner, Susan has also been published in Art New England ,The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine and other regional and nationwide media. An award-winning arts writer, Susan is also the recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in arts journalism among other honors.
An artist of his time, painter Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) chronicled what it meant to be an American in the 20th century, when the nation was a democracy on the rise. Artists of all kinds were exploring the American character, not only in visual arts, but in novels, music, plays, photography and the century’s new medium — movies.
Bringing together the dual powers of the African-American gospel music tradition and a full symphony orchestra, the annual Gospel Night at the Boston Pops injected Symphony Hall with jubilation and devotion.
Matthew Aucoin’s opera Crossing, about poet Walt Whitman, had its world premiere this weekend at Boston’s Citi Shubert Theatre, where it is on stage through June 6.
When the Stars Begin to Fall on view through May 10 at Institute of Contemporary Art Boston
When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South,” on view through May 10 at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, presents a sampling of works by 35 African-American artists inspired by a real or imagined American South.
Kirven Douthit-Boyd leaving Alvin Ailey
When the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs from March 26-29 at Citi Wang Theatre, its 45th visit with the Celebrity Series of Boston, Kirven Douthit-Boyd’s performances will mark his farewell hometown engagement with the company. He will perform in all five shows from Thursday through Sunday.
Delirious and at moments, devastating, the Huntington Theatre Company’s revival of “The Colored Museum,” by two-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, would be worth seeing for the verve and finesse of the cast alone. But the production, on stage through April 5 at the Avenue of the Arts/BU Theatre, renders the wit, style and satire of this 1986 show with an up-to-the-minute edge.
‘Father Comes Home’ is first in three-play series
With her latest play, “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3),” playwright Suzan-Lori Parks presents the first segment of a three-part epic based on the Civil War and the fortunes of a slave who comes to claim his freedom.
Last week, the Mark Morris Dance Group performed five nights in the intimate setting of the Institute of Contemporary Art’s 325-seat theater.
Common Wealth features 100 works
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston introduced its spectacular new book, “Common Wealth: Art by African Americans in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.”
MFA Displays Gordon Parks photos for the first time
Aren Haas, curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has collaborated with the Gordon Parks Foundation to create an exhibition and catalog that juxtaposes the photographs Parks took during his trip to the Kansas town where he grew up with excerpts from the 1927 Plaza School Yearbook and passages from the seven pages of typed notes that Parks compiled during his road trip.