Designed by Iris van Herpen and Neri Oxman, printed by Stratasys, Anthozoa Cape and Skirt, Voltage Haute Couture Collection, 2013. Object Connex multiple-materials; 3-D printed. Museum purchase with funds donated by the Fashion Council. © M. Zoeter x Iris van Herpen. Photography by Ronald Stoops.
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston has a new exhibit that opened this past weekend that you may want to check out called #techstyle.
The exhibit is about technology innovations that are inspiring designers, influencing the future of fashion and the way people interacting with their clothing. The exhibition draws on the MFA’s collection of contemporary fashion and accessories, and features key pieces from innovators in the field including a digitally-printed dress from Alexander McQueen’s Plato’s Atlantis collection (Spring/Summer 2010/2011) and Iris van Herpen’s 3-D printed dress (2013) produced in collaboration with MIT designer and assistant professor Neri Oxman. You will experience the cutting edge of hi-tech fashion with special commissions created by CuteCircuit, Hussein Chalayan, Kate Goldsworthy, and Somerville-based Nervous System.
More information about #techstyle, here.
Pennsylvania Railroad World War II Memorial
I jokingly refer to January, February and March as my “museum season” because it is the time of year I am most likely to spend a few hours strolling through one of Boston’s museums to pass an afternoon. While some may prefer movies, I like to get out and stretch my legs by waking through some of the permanent exhibits at museums like the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
Boston’s winter has been so mild this year that it has encroached on “museum season” – not that I’m complaining. But with spring and truly milder weather still a couple months away I wanted to suggest planning a weekend visit to an area museum either as something to do on your own or with friends.
Tire Jumping In Front of My Window
By Allan Rohan Crite
It is a great way to pass time and for larger museums like the MFA Boston and the Harvard Art Museums, which have so many permanent collections, there is certain to be one that will pique your interest. For example, the image above caught my eye, because I recognized it immediately as a scene from Boston. This painting which is part of the MFA’s Art of the America’s collection was finished in 1947 by a local artist who lived above that store on the corner of Dilworth and Northhampton Street for nearly 50 years.
For those of you who may not want to spend several hours roaming a museum or might be looking for something that won’t cost much, remember that admission is free every Thursday from 5 – 9 PM at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art.
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.