Gardner Museum Expansion

Coverage of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s expansion project

Museums Open Their August Halls To Pop Concerts To Open Doors To Wider Audiences

March 22, 2016
Will Dailey performs at Calderwood Hall at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as part of the Rise music series. (Joe Difazio for WBUR)

“We’re really tackling a problem that the Gardner Museum has worked on for years and years and years … to try to get rid of the elite image,” says museum music curator Scott Nickrenz.

New Exhibit Explains How Isabella Stewart Gardner Amassed Her Famous Art Collection

March 16, 2016
Art handler John Peitso, left, and collections care associate Matthew Del Grosso carefully load Botticelli's "The Tragedy of Lucretia" onto a cart for its short journey to the new building at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for an upcoming exhibition. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

In a first-of-its-kind exhibition, selections from Isabella Stewart Gardner’s unique art collection have been moved away from their stipulated locations to tell the origin story of the collection itself.

Beth Morrison Brings ‘Labyrinth,’ A Chamber-Style Installation, To The Gardner Museum

February 01, 2016
Maya Beiser performs in Paola Prestini's "Labyrinth," produced by Beth Morrison Projects. (Courtesy Jill Steinberg)

Morrison, known for her multimedia stagings like “Labyrinth” and interest in contemporary composers, says that we’ve reached a turning point in opera. “New work is really viable. It’s exciting and it’s connecting with a younger audience.”

Outgoing Gardner Leader Anne Hawley Reflects On Her 26 Years At The Museum

December 22, 2015
Anne Hawley, seen here in a WBUR file photo, is in her final week as the longtime Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum director. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Not since Isabella Stewart Gardner herself has one person so affected the contours of the museum and its culture.

The Story Behind ‘Penelope,’ Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Song Cycle Coming To The Gardner

December 01, 2015
Sarah Kirkland Snider. (Murat Eyoboglu)

Homer’s “Odyssey” provides the framework for “Penelope,” a rich tale of recognition, healing and the passage of time that will be staged at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Thursday, Dec. 3.

New Gardner Director Peggy Fogelman Explains Museum’s Significance To Her Past And Present

October 28, 2015

After an eight-month search with 200 candidates, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has selected Peggy Fogelman as its new director.

Meet The New Director Of The Gardner Museum

October 27, 2015
Peggy Fogelman. (Courtesy)

Peggy Fogelman, who oversees art exhibitions at New York’s Morgan Library & Museum, is expected to begin work as the Gardner’s new director in January.

Renaissance Painter Crivelli, With His Gilded ‘Saint George,’ Gets The Gardner Spotlight

October 23, 2015
"Saint George Slaying the Dragon," by Carlo Crivelli, 1470 (Courtesy Gardner museum)

Isabella Stewart Gardner was actually the first collector to bring a painting by Carlo Crivelli into the U.S.

Boston’s Gardner Museum Is Offering Free Admission Thursday

February 26, 2015
Plants in the Dorothy Hundley Magee Greenhouse (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In an effort to lift Boston’s snow-weary spirits the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is offering free admission all-day Thursday, Sept. 26.

‘Love, Trust And Respect’ Help Conductor-Less Boston ‘Criers’ Get To The Grammys

February 06, 2015
A Far Cry at the Arboretum in Jamaica Plain. (Courtesy Yoon S. Byun)

The group A Far Cry — a unique, classical string ensemble based in Jamaica Plain — is up for a Grammy Award.

FBI Says It Has Sources With Sightings Of Artwork Stolen From Gardner Museum

May 22, 2014
In this March 11, 2010 photo, the empty frame, center, from which thieves cut Rembrandt's "Storm on the Sea of Galilee" remains on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

In a broadcast interview, FBI Special Agent Geoff Kelly did not say the FBI has seen the artwork.

Why Remember The Forgotten Artist Anders Zorn?

March 12, 2013
Detail of the second version of Anders Zorn's 1892 Paris bus painting, "Omnibus II." (Courtesy Gardner Museum)

A Gardner Museum show makes the case for this 19th century peer of John Singer Sargent.

New Gardner Museum Expansion Opens To The Public

January 19, 2012
Evening exterior view of the new Evans Way Park entrance of the new wing of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Courtesy Nic Lehoux/Renzo Piano Building Workshop)

As the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum opens to the public today, we tour the modern features added to the historic palace.

Gardner Museum Has New Digs For Artists-In-Residence

January 19, 2012
LA-based photographer Luisa Lambri in an apartment for artists (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

The new wing at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has many new spaces. And on the building’s second floor, there are two chic apartments — especially for artists.

Time-Shifts And Discoveries At The Gardner Museum

January 13, 2012
A statue of an angel wrapped in plastic sheeting in the new conservation laboratory at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. (Photo: Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The new wing at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum opens next week, and was created to carry the institution into the future. But Gardner’s historic Venetian palace has been experiencing something of a “time shift” back to the way things used to be.

Architect Piano Unveils ‘New’ Gardner Museum

January 11, 2012
Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, on Wednesday (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Italian architect Renzo Piano helped unveil the Isabella Stewart Gardner’s new wing to members of the media Wednesday morning.

As Part Of Expansion, Gardner Museum Gets A New Greenhouse

January 11, 2012
Stan Kozak, head of  the horticultural department at the Gardner Museum (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

The new building, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, features a cutting-edge concert hall, a much bigger café and gift shop. It also features a brand new greenhouse, to the joy of the museum’s chief horticulturalist.

Down To The Wire As ‘New’ Gardner Museum Readies To Open

January 06, 2012
Final preparations are made in the Isabella Stewart Gardner's Tapestry Room. At right is Valentine Talland, the room's objects conservator. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

In less than two weeks the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will unveil its decade-long, $180 million extension project.

Gardner Museum's Concert Hall Finds Its Voice

November 10, 2011
(Andrea Shea/WBUR)

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is kicking into high gear now that the January opening of its new $180 million expansion is on the horizon. A state-of-the art performance hall is a big part of the upgrade.

Gardner Undergoes Both Preservation, Expansion

January 31, 2011
The Tapestry Room in the existing Gardner Museum, being restored (Andrea Shea/WBUR)

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is in the middle of an ambitious $180 million upgrade. But because its namesake left explicit instructions that nothing be altered after her death, the changes underway have raised some questions. We get some answers — and a progress report.

Isabella Gardner Museum Unveils New Design

January 21, 2010
Rendering from Evans Way Park, 2010, from the site plan of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Courtesy Renzo Piano Building Workshop)

As if the $118 million price tag isn’t enough to convince one that the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is serious about its expansion project, rock star architect Renzo Piano flew in from Italy to attend Thursday’s unveiling of the design plans.

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