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Boston Museum art theft, multi-media hip hop, fiber arts, and Teatro Prometeo

After twenty years, a museum recovers from a devastating theft; a theater performance takes on stereotypes, fiber arts takes over, and a look inside the nation’s only Spanish-speaking conservatory.

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Art theft

The historic Boston Museum is as known for its impressive collection as it is for the art theft that devastated its staff and sent shockwaves through the art world. We catch up with the museum more than two decades on and meet the artist who has helped fill the empty frames.

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    In this Thursday, March 11, 2010 file photo, empty frames from which thieves took “Storm on the Sea of Galilee,” left background, by Rembrandt and “The Concert,” right foreground, by Vermeer, remain on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The paintings were among more than a dozen works stolen from the museum March 21, 1990, in what is considered the largest art theft in history. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Durham said Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in federal court in Hartford, Conn., that the FBI believes Connecticut inmate Robert Gentile “had some involvement in connection with stolen property” related to the art heist. Agents have had unproductive discussions about the theft with Gentile, a 75-year-old reputed mobster who is jailed in a drug case. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)


Fiber Arts

The fiber arts are frequently associated with old fashioned quilting and crochet, but in this segment we learn its burgeoning place in the contemporary art world. Join us as we visit three artists who are changing the meaning of this traditional medium.


Jeff Campbell and Donnie L. Betts

Let’s explore the challenges and stereotypes of the hip hop industry through a multi-media theater piece. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at this intriguing performance with writer and performer Jeff Campbell and director Donnie L. Betts.


Teatro Prometeo

Love reveals its true face in Cyrano Mio, a Spanish adaption of the French original. We sit down with the cast and crew at Miami’s Teatro Prometeo, the country’s only Spanish Language Conservatory, for a behind-the-scenes look.