Regenerating the Arts

By Amy Chmielewski

In his research on neoclassical England, University Professor of Art History and English Bruce Redford quotes a Greek saying: “When you know ancient things, you will clearly know new things.” Redford is one of a number of scholars at BU demonstrating that innovation is as alive and well in the arts as it is in the sciences. Artists and musicians push the boundaries of sensory perception to extend what we are able to know, while historians of the visual and fine arts seek new relevance for creative efforts from times past. Whether researching a centuries-old academic society or using new technology to adapt a classic novel for the stage, these scholars and artists reveal fresh insights through careful study and imaginative reinvention of the old.