Many of Degas' nudes have their backs turned to the viewer. Above, Degas' pastel work, <em>After the Bath, Woman Drying Her Neck</em>, 1886-95.
Credit Photo Musee d'Orsay/rmn / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
<em>Two Bathers on the Grass </em>(1886-95) is one of the works featured in <a href="http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/degas-and-nude">Degas and the Nude</a>. The exhibit is on display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts through Feb. 5, 2012. The show then moves to Paris, from March 13 to July 1.
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Degas' nudes — including his 1886 work, <em>The Tub --</em> depict the everyday awkwardness of real life<em>.</em>
Credit Musee d'Orsay/rmn / Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Musee d'Orsay in Paris have two of the world's best collections of the work of the French postimpressionist Edgar Degas. The two museums have collaborated on an important show called Degas and the Nude, which includes pieces from major museums and private collections all over the world. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz, who lives in Boston, was moved by the show, which also triggered a sweet personal memory.
Steve Jobs did his last product launch last March, for the iPad 2. At the close, he stood in front of a huge picture of a sign showing the intersection of streets called Technology and Liberal Arts.
It was a lifelong ideal for Jobs, the same one that had drawn him to make his famous 1979 visit to the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, or Xerox PARC for short. That was where a group of artistically minded researchers had developed the graphical user interface, or GUI, which Apple's developers were to incorporate into the Lisa and the Macintosh a few years later.
<p>Michael Shannon plays federal agent Nelson Val Alden on the HBO series <em>Boardwalk Empire. </em>"I think inside of Van Alden is a child — that arrested child — that never really got to develop its own identity," he says.</p>
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<p><strong></strong>Jeff Nichols' haunting <em>Take Shelter </em>centers on an Ohio man (Michael Shannon, with Tova Stewart) plagued with nightmares about a coming apocalypse.</p>
HBO's Boardwalk Empire, set in Atlantic City in the 1920s, is about organized crime in the era of Prohibition. The show stars Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson, an Atlantic City politician who sees the coming of Prohibition as an opportunity to make even more money from illegal activities and kickbacks.
Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:
The timing is almost too good: a terrific Wall Street melodrama at the moment the Occupy Wall Street protests are building. We haven't seen the like since Three Mile Island had a near-meltdown a couple of days after The China Syndrome exploded into theaters. Now, Margin Call seems anything but marginal.