Have you heard? One of the most talked about exhibits in the U.S. opened at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston last month. The show, “Botticelli and the Search for the Divine,” opened in April and showcases valuable works from the Italian Renaissance master’s catalog, including a life-size “Venus” painting being displayed in America for the first time.
Botticelli and the Search for the Divine
April 15 – July 9, 2017
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
The exhibition at the MFA features 24 paintings on loan from Italian museums, including the famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence as well as a painting from the MFA’s permanent collection, and two on loan from the Harvard and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museums. The exhibit runs through July 9, 2017.
This coming weekend, Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 be sure to check out the annual SoWa Art Walk from 11:00AM to 5:00PM both days. The art walk will coincide with the SoWa Open, Vintage and Food Market which is now also open both Saturday and Sunday.
The SoWa Art Walk is really an amazing and fun way to spend a few hours of your day perusing art in a variety of mediums and includes hundreds of local artists and artisans (many in their studios located at 450, 460 and 600 Harrison Avenue, 35, 49 and 59 Wareham Street and 46 Waltham Street).
The Boston Public Health Commission, Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services, Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, and Boston Art Commission have issued a call to artists to submit conceptual designs for consideration for a temporary public artwork on the Finland Building at 774 Albany Street Boston, MA 02118.
Call released: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Deadline: 12:00 pm Tuesday May 9, 2017
For more information about the opportunity visit here.
A week ago I published a blog post asking for book suggestions so imagine my surprise when a professor from a local university who happens to live in my neighborhood reached out to let me know about a book he has collaborated, edited and recently published called, The Boys in the Band’: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics.
Inspired by the play / movie, this book includes a collection of essays on the 1970 film “The Boys in the Band” that would be of interest to those interested in queer studies and film. For those who may have never had a chance to see this groundbreaking film, I’d suggest you consider streaming it.
For more information visit: The Boys in the Band’: Flashpoints of Cinema, History, and Queer Politics
Last week I asked for some book suggestions and as always happens when I put out such a request Call Me By Your Name was suggested. This is one of my favorite gay-themed novels so imagine my surprise when one of the people who left a comment said that the book is being made into a movie.
Elio the young man that the book centers on is played by Timothée Chalamet and the American graduate student who moves in with Elio’s family for the summer, Oliver, is played by Armie Hammer. If you are unfamiliar with the book, I would highly recommend reading it and then keep an eye out for the movie which according to IMDB will open in late November 2017.
April 4- 8, 2017 MFA members preview
April 9 – July 9, 2017 open to the public
Later this week members of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA) will be able to see the first major international exhibition (and only showing in the US) that examines the importance of Henri Matisse’ s personal collection of objects, offering unprecedented insight into the artist’s creativity. The exhibit opens to the public next Sunday, April 9th and will run through July 9, 2017.
The exhibit includes 36 paintings, 26 drawings, 11 bronzes, 9 cut-outs, 3 prints, and an illustrated book by Matisse along with approximately 39 works from his studio collection (many on loan from private collections and publicly exhibited outside of France for the first time).
Matisse in the Studio – MFA Exhibit
Henri Matisse (December 31, 1869 – November 3, 1954) was a French artist, known for his use of color and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso, as one of the artists who best helped to define the revolutionary developments in the visual arts throughout the opening decades of the twentieth century. His mastery and impressive body of work that spans over a half-century, won him recognition as a leading figure in modern art.
Attention all you movie lovers – Boston’s LGBT Film Festival, a.k.a. “Wicked Queer”, starts today and runs through Sunday, April 9th. The Boston Globe recently published two articles about films you can see at this year’s festival, that you can read, Boston’s LGBT festival has moves and ‘Groves’ and, Navigating Reality at the Wicked Queer festival.
Wicked Queer will show more than 40 LGBTQ themed films over the next 10-days. Films will range from The Guys Next Door, a documentary of a real “Modern Family” and an inspiring story of family, friendship and gay rights that shows this weekend, Saturday, April 1 at 3PM at the MFA to Taekwondo the latest homoerotic slow burn from director Marco Berger, which is sure to raise the temperature in the Brattle Theatre where it will play on Friday, April 7th.
For a complete listing and to purchase tickets (which I strongly encourage you to do) visit, wickedqueer.org/events.