Kenneth Paul Block, Eight female models in fall coats from different French fashion houses, March 4–11, 1991. Source: Condé Nast Archives.
Later this week the MFA Boston launches simultaneous exhibits that will appeal to all the fashionistas in town. American illustrator, Kenneth Paul Block, and Japanese photographer, Hiro, who both hit their peak in the 1950s and helped to shape the look of such influential journals as Women’s Wear Daily and Harper’s Bazaar.
Although the MFA exhibit focuses primarily on their fashion work, even the most style-unconscious will appreciate how these two artists shaped the aesthetic of the past century.
December 12–August 14, 2016, Museum of Fine Arts, 617-267-9300, mfa.org.
Last March I wrote about a small Herb Ritts exhibit opening at the MFA. The exhibit which spans two rooms includes some of the photos included in the MFA’s 1996 retrospective “Herb Ritts: WORK”, which remains one of the museum’s most popular exhibitions to date. If you’ve not had a chance to stop by and see the exhibit at the MFA Boston, I’d suggest you hurry since it closes on Sunday, November 8, 2015.
From 10 am—4:45 pm the Museum of Fine Arts Boston will be open and free to the public as part of their annual Memorial Day open house. No plans? Swing by and admire this Boston cultural treasure.
HEAD OF A YOUNG WOMAN, ABOUT 1500–10
Red chalk with touches of white opaque watercolor on prepared paper.
Turin, Biblioteca Reale.
Today a new exhibit opens at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston featuring 29 drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci. The exhibit entitled, Leonardo Da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty, opens today and runs through Sunday, June 14th. The exhibit is made possible by loans from prominent Italian museums like the Uffizi and will include a rare showing of Codex on Flight.
The drawings from Da Vinci will also be accompanied by eight drawings by Michelangelo on loan from the Casa Buonarroti. Be sure to come to the MFA Boston and check out this must see exhibit.
More information here.
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston has an exhibit that I plan on visiting this month and I hope you will too. Gordon Parks (1912–2006), one of the most celebrated African American artists of his time, is being featured in the MFA exhibit, Gordon Parks Back to Fort Scott in Robert and Jane Burke Gallery (Gallery 335).
This exhibition represents a rarely seen view of everyday lives of African American citizens, years before the Civil Rights movement began in earnest. His photographs focus on the realities of life under segregation, but also relating to Parks’s own fascinating life story.
About Gordon Parks: In 1948, Gordon Parks became the first African American photographer to be hired full time by LIFE magazine. One of the rare African American photojournalists in the field, Parks was frequently given magazine assignments involving social issues that his white colleagues were not asked to cover.
Gordon Parks Back to Fort Scott is on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston through September 13, 2015.
MFA Presents: HERB RITTS March 14-November 8, 2015
Herb Ritts (1952-2002) was a leading American fashion photographer in the 1980s and 1990s, known for his bold, sensual images of supermodels and celebrities. The MFA exhibit which opens later this week revisits the artist, whose 1996 retrospective “Herb Ritts: WORK” remains one of the museum’s most popular exhibitions to date.
Did you know that this is the year of the Goat? Neither did I, but you can learn a lot more about Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese traditions and cultures at the MFA Boston on Saturday, February 21st because admission is FREE.
More information about the Year of the Goat.
More information about the MFA Boston.