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Herb Ritts exhibit at MFA closes Nov. 8

MFA Boston presents Herb Ritts WORKLast 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.


Museum of Fine Arts Boston free on Memorial Day

Free Fun Fridays Highland FoundationFrom 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.

Leonardo Da Vinci at the Museum of Fine Arts

MFA Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Leonardo Da Vincii and the idea of beauty

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.

Gordon Parks Back to Fort Scott at MFA Boston

Museum of Fine Arts bostonThe 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.

Herb Ritts exhibition at MFA opens this week

fashion photography, male model, handsome, hunkMFA 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.

MFA Boston free on Saturday, Feb 21

Museum of Fine Arts BostonDid 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.

Hollywood Glamour on display at MFA Boston exhibit

Hollywood Glamour, MFAWith nominations for the 2015 Oscars announced today, I wanted to write about an exhibit at the MFA Boston that opened this past fall and may be of interest to those of you attracted to Hollywood glamour.

The MFA exhibit “Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen” presents designer gowns and exquisite jewelry from the 1930s and ‘40s. The exhibition focuses on the iconic style of Hollywood starlets from that period, including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford to name a few. Enjoy a glimpse of Hollywood in the Golden Age of glamour.  The MFA exhibit closes Sunday, March 8, 2015.

Goya Order and Disorder at MFA Boston

Goya  Order and Disorder

Goya Portrait: Antonia Zarate y Aguirre

Goya Order and Disorder

on view through January 19, 2015

The Goya exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston is a large and impressive collection that includes: portraiture, sport and allegory themed paintings, sketchings, print and tapestries.  The exhibit starts very light and almost joyful showcasing some of Goya’s most prominent portraits of Spanish nobility. The portrait above of Antonia Zarate y Aguirre dates back to approximately 1805 and was one of my favorites in the exhibit.

However, as  you walk through the eight room exhibit the family portraits give way to some darker subject matter. I’ve highlighted some of my favorites; the violence of sport (Bulls of Bordeaux), madness (Yard with Madmen), war (Attack on a Military Camp) and finally death (Garroted Man).  The exhibit officially concludes with  The Giant (also known as The Colossus) a smaller piece depicting a pensive giant looking over his shoulder.

Never too heavy handed, the exhibit really drew me in and gave me a greater
appreciation for Goya’s talent, the mediums he used and the external
influences that inevitably shaped his subject matter.

With colder weather on its way, this exhibit provides you with the perfect excuse to head to the MFA and check out this 170 piece collection.

MFA Boston free on Columbus Day

Museum of Fine Arts BostonMonday, October 13th The Museum of Fine Arts Boston will be open and free to the public.

The  MFA would like to invite you to spend Columbus Day visiting their exhibit “Goya: Order and Disorder” or checking out their eye popping, “Hollywood Glamour” exhibit that includes glittering gems and gowns.  More information about the MFA Free Fall Open House, here.

Calling all Anglophiles: Magna Carta on display

Museum of Fine Arts BostonA rare copy of the Magna Carta is now on display in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts through September 1, 2014.   Keep in mind that thanks to the Highland Foundation “Free Fun Fridays” on Friday, July 18th the Museum of Fine Arts Boston is open and free to the public, offering you an excellent opportunity to see this historic document up close.

John Singer Sargent Watercolors at MFA

John Singer SargentOctober 13, 2013 – January 20, 2014 at MFA Boston

Fresh and full of light, the MFA’s latest exhibition traces the footsteps of this iconic American painter in his travels across Europe and the Middle East, exploring their landscapes and observing their people.  For a taste of Sargent’s genius, check out the murals he painted at the Boston Public Library before you visit the MFA. You may purchase tickets to the MFA exhibit here.

Adult admission $25
Seniors (65+) and Students (18+) $23

Youths 17 and under FREE


Samurai! Armor From The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

MFA SamuraiThe following review was written by Michael C.

Friend and contributor to BosGuy blog, Michael C., recently reviewed SAMURAI! ARMOR FROM THE ANN & GABRIEL BARBIER-MUELLER COLLECTION now on view at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts through August 4, 2013.

OK, so I’ll admit it – the MFA’s Samurai! exhibit (April 14 – August 4, 2013) was not at the top of my to-do list for this summer’s Boston (vs. P-Town) weekends. Warfare-themed shows or anything that’s inspired Tarantino-league “visionaries” really isn’t my cup of tea.

But at the urging of my highly-evolved designer friend Marty (I think “amazeballs” was the word he used to describe his experience), I decided to give it a shot. And with that, off to the MFA I went, and man was I surprised! The creativity, craftsmanship and art that goes into creating that armor – indeed that whole look – will blow your mind away. Picture this: armor made of sumptuously luxurious fabrics and leather, interwoven with iron. Brocade-lined and fur-trimmed overcoats. There’s lacquer and gold ornamentation that signifies the warrior’s clan and overlord. Add to that intricate, tasseled silk knots, helmets and masks so seriously embellished that they belong more on a catwalk than in a battle scene. Yes, I dare say I was intrigued too.

The show makes the viewer wonder whether these works of art were really designed and crafted to be worn in battle. It’s like debating whether to wear couture to tea dance :-) And that’s when I realized how off I had been in my uninformed preconception of the whole Samurai culture. For example, I did not know that, though initially elite warriors, the Samurai came to represent one of the most influential forces in the evolution of modern Japan as we know (or not know) it. Their function as ultimate fighters, often glorified and romanticized in comics and cult movies, gradually became obsolete but their personal qualities as respected men of integrity, loyalty and unparalleled wisdom, have endured, thus affording them their gleaming aura of the “perfect” citizen.

And in turn, Samurai! is a perfect activity for a rainy Saturday in Boston (a.k.a. every other Saturday this summer).  Whether you’re into the Japanese culture and art or simply into art or anything educational, this show will satisfy all your tastes. Hey, it’ll even please your junk food-munching, football-watching brother-in-law and your 10-year old nephew, so you may as well make it a family outing. It’s all so manly!

Michael CAbout the author:  A former banker, Michael C offsets the sobriety of his professional life with his passion for design, music, the arts and anything beautiful.

© Michael Constantinides 2012 – all rights reserved

Museum of Fine Arts free Friday

Highland Street FoundationThanks to the Highland Street Foundation, Free fun Friday’s has returned to Boston.  Each week six museums and cultural venues will be free every Friday.

Tomorrow, July 12th, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will be free.  To see the full list of museums and cultural institutions free tomorrow link here.

Thank you Highland Street Foundation.

MFA is free this weekend

MFA BostonStill trying to figure out what you will be doing Memorial Day Weekend? If you will be in Boston you can soak up a bit of cultcha by visiting Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA).  The MFA will be free Saturday, May 25th, Sunday, May 26th and Monday, May 27th.

If you’d like to “pay it forward” on-site contributions made this weekend at the MFA will be donated to The One Fund Boston.

Mario Testino exhibit at MFA Boston

The following post was written for me by Michael Constantinides.

testino-mfa-bostonMARIO TESTINO: IN YOUR FACE is on view at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts until February 3, 2013.

The line at the MFA’s main entrance started outside the building but, thankfully, kept moving – almost every person in that line waiting to view the broadly publicized Mario Testino “In Your Face” exhibit. I saw some boys buying MFA memberships on the spot, which instantly bestowed upon them the right to immediate entry into the building, bypassing the line (“I don’t do lines”, I overheard). And all this for good reason. These people just knew they were about to become intoxicated with photographs so esthetically gratifying (JLo’s turquoise Narciso Rodriguez gown billowing in the wind as she tethers 5 Doberman Pinschers), yet so vivid and realistic, arguably almost harsh (every follicle of fuzz on Kate Moss’ otherwise perfect nose visible, right there – IN YOUR FACE). Visitors will smirk at the handsome Tom Brady captured in a cute boyish grimace as he mimics the bark of his fellow model (Tom’s wife, Giselle, is herself the subject of several pieces on show). They will also admire Demi’s statuesque body, which certainly has me upping my squat routine – you’ll see for yourselves – the photograph that is. And of course who doesn’t want to revisit the iconic female nether region trimmed not into a mundane landing strip but in the shape of an angular letter G (that’s for Gucci)? The exhibit consists of approximately 120 super-enlarged, striking images that will send you into a visual crescendo.

And yet, regular museum goers may leave the exhibit feeling disillusioned – not with the Testino show – that’s exquisite – but with what seems to keep museums open these days: art not in its own right, but only as associated with either fashion or celebrity. Yes, fashion is sublime. Philosophically, however, there’s something sad about the reality that museums, those beacons of learning and civilization, have to pivot their shows around our celebrity-obsessed “culture”, or face extinction. And it’s true, indeed, that museums were not built to be empty so curators are justified adapting and doing whatever it takes to get people in there – hopefully people curious enough to wander off into the other areas and maybe become interested enough to return – perhaps buy or actually use that membership. Mr. Testino is a brilliant photographer and an artist in his own right who deserves to be showcased and honored. But I’d still have liked to see a line this long for, say, the Hopper exhibit or the Titian show a few years ago.

So do I recommend this exhibit? O-M-G, yes, go! You’ll love it. But here’s my suggestion – make an evening of it and do give the Linde Contemporary Art Wing a visit too. Also, do try the Allure of Japan show (running until December 31). Between exhibits, indulge in an espresso or – gasp! – dessert at the MFA’s colossal sun-drenched atrium café. You may be surprised with what you’ll discover on a day with the arts.

About Michael:  A former banker, Michael C offsets the sobriety of his professional life with his passion for design, music, the arts and anything beautiful.

© Michael Constantinides 2012 – all rights reserved