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Museum of Fine Arts Boston reopens September 26

boston art, boston sculpturesMany public spaces in Boston had to close due to the pandemic. However, the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) announced last Wednesday that they will reopen (with some changes for pubic safety), starting September 26th.

If you plan on heading over to the MFA note that this fall all visitors will need advance timed-entry tickets. You can visit the mfa.org on September 9 to reserve your spot.

Urban artistry of Rob “ProBlak” Gibbs, Breathe Life 2

Rob Gibbs The MFA Boston has teamed up with local artist, Rob “ProBlak” Gibbs. This is notable because the MFA has historically overlooked local artists of color and partnering with Gibbs may be a first for the museum.

The Roxbury native has been transforming Boston through graffiti art since the early 1990s and his latest collaboration with the MFA, Breathe Life 2, on the exterior of Madison Park High School in Roxbury shows a young girl surrounded by her books, ideas, art, and knowledge coming from her backpack.

I can’t help but wonder if this giant mural, that is clearly visible to the Boston Police Department headquarters across the street, has some deeper meaning or is meant to serve as a reminder that all of us have dreams for a better life.

Photo credit: Gabriel Ortiz photography


Gibbs is a co-founder of Boston’s Artists for Humanity in South Boston. Last year Now and Then featured an article on Gibbs, showing more of his beautiful murals around Boston, You can read the article here.

Museum of Fine Arts celebrates 150 years

Museum of Fine Arts BostonThe Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA) celebrates its 150 anniversary this year and to kick off the year long celebration, tomorrow – Wednesday, February 5th  – admission is free to the public.  Take advantage of this Boston institution and plan a visit to see a current or upcoming exhibit this year. Below are a few exhibitions that caught my eye, but for a complete list, visit MFA exhibitions.

Mural: Jackson Pollock | Katharina Grosse, through February 20, 2020
A pairing of artwork – then and now.

Collecting stories: A mid-century experiment, through March 8, 2020
Which artist will stand the test of time – and who will decide?

Black Histories – Black Futures, January 20 – June 20, 2020
Teen curators take action.

Writing the future Basquiat and Hip Hop Generation April 5 – August 2, 2020
The first major exhibition to contextualize Basquiat’s work in relation to his peers associated with hip-hop culture.

Monet and Boston: A lasting impression, April 18 – August 23, 2020
All of the MFA Monet paintings will be on exhibit for a limited time.

As a special “thank you” to MFA members and as part of the museum’s 150th anniversary celebration, members can bring an additional guest to the museum for FREE throughout 2020. 

If you are not a member, Boston residents can reserve a pass to visit the MFA for free from the Boston Public Library. Additionally, active members of the military and their families, University students, Bank of America customers and K-12 school teachers from New England (just present your current teacher ID) all can visit the museum for free. More about hours and how to visit for free, here.

Founded in 1870, the MFA, first opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation’s centennial in Copley Square. It moved to its current location on Huntington Avenue in 1909 to accommodate its growing collection.

ICA and MFA are open and free to the public on Columbus Day

cultcha, ahts, ICA, institute of contemporary Art, MFA, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, bosartsDo you happen to have Columbus Day (Monday, October 8th) off? Many in Boston do but unfortunately, that is not the case for me. However, if I did have the day off, I’d be tempted to visit the Fall Open House at the MFA or head over to the Seaport and check out the Institute of Contemporary Art and their new annex “The Watershed” across the harbor. 

Both museums will be open on Columbus Day and are offering free admission all day. Hours of operation on Monday for both museums are 10AM – 5PM. Get out and soak up some cultcha at these local museums and bring your friends along.

MFA Late Nites tickets on sale

bosarts, museum of fine arts bostonMark your calendars because the next MFA Late Nites will be Friday, October 19th and tickets to these ‘special’ evenings sell out quickly so connect with your friends and make plans before they are no longer available.

MFA Late Nites
Friday, October 19th – Saturday, October 20th
8:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Click here for more information and to get your tickets

MFA Boston presents Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic

A.A. Milne, MFA BostonOne week from today on Thursday, August 9th Museum of Fine Arts members can reserve their passes to see the highly anticipated Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic. The member’s preview will run from September 16 -21 before opening to the public. For non-members who would like to see the exhibit, tickets to see the show can be reserved starting on August 30th.

This exhibition will trace the history and universal appeal of the classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories written by A. A. Milne and illustrated by E. H. Shepard through nearly 200 works drawn primarily from the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The immersive display is intended to take visitors on a journey exploring how these stories have stood the test of time and continue to delight generations of readers around the world.

More information about the Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic.

MFA Summer Party next weekend, June 9th

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Source: MFA Boston

The MFA Boston will be hosting their annual Summer Party next Saturday (June 9th). For those of you who may like to show your pride while wearing a tuxedo, this event provides you with the unique opportunity to go from enjoying a Pride Brunch in the morning, to dancing shirtless at the Block Party following the annual Pride Parade to cleaning up and putting on your tuxedo for the annual Summer Party in the Shapiro Family Courtyard on Saturday evening.

MFA Summer Party Saturday, June 9th from 9 PM to Midnight

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Click here for more information & to purchase tickets to the MFA Summer Party

Tickets to the party are $225 ($175 for Museum Council and Patron members). Proceeds from the Summer Party go to support the Museum’s exhibitions, community programs, and conservation initiatives.

New exhibit: M.C. Escher Infinite Dimensions opens at MFA Boston

Infinite Dimensions, MFA, Museum of Fine Arts BostonThe MFA Boston’s exhibit, M.C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions opens tomorrow, Saturday, February 3rd and will run through May 28, 2018.

This is the first exhibition of original prints by the artist in Boston, bringing together 50 works that highlight Escher’s imagination and ability. Infinite Dimensions investigates some of the themes that defined his work, including tessellations (arrangements of repeated shapes that fit together with no gaps), perspective and perception conundrums, sphere and water reflections, and transformations. Among the highlights is the 13-foot-long Metamorphosis II (1939-40), a monumental exploration of the fluidity of time and space in which a chessboard, hive of bees, rustic village, and other elements merge into a continuous woodcut printed from 20 blocks.

About the artist: Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) is one of the world’s most famous and prolific graphic artists, making 448 lithographs, woodcuts / wood engravings and 2,000+ drawings and sketches. He was born in the Netherlands and attended the School for Architecture and Decorative Arts in Haarlem.

For more information about the MFA exhibit click here: M.C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions.

MFA “Late Nites” tickets now on sale

boston arts, museum of fine arts bostonToday tickets go on sale for non-members for the MFA Boston’s next “Late Nites”, which have been wildly popular and sell out so make plans and purchase tickets while they remain available if this is something that interests you.

The ucpoming MFA Late Nites on Saturday, March 3rd runs from 8PM – 2AM and will include access to exhibitions like “Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics,” “(un)expected families,” and “Seeking Stillness,” in addition to dancing to great DJs, pop-up performances, food and more.

Get Your Tickets Here (But Hurry)

Matisse in the Studio opens at the MFA April 9

art, painting, sculpture, Henri Matisse, Museum of Fine Arts BostonApril 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.

MFA Boston is free Saturday, Feb 4th

Museum of Fine Arts BostonThe Museum of Fine Arts celebrates the Year of the Rooster Saturday with their annual Lunar New Year Celebration, featuring free admission all day, music and lion dance performances, martial arts demonstrations and art-making activities.

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Saturday.

MFA and Gardner Museum are free on MLK Day

John Wilson, Museum of Fine Arts

John Wilson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1985. Black and white pastel on cream             Japanese paper. Richard Florsheim Art Fund and Anonymous Gift.                                 © John Wilson/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.                                                           

Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day and while I will be working, the holiday is observed by many companies and organizations here in Boston. There are lots of events taking place in and around Boston paying tribute to King’s legacy. In honor of King, two of my favorite museums are open and free to the public.

Should you have the day off stop by and check out either the Isabella Stewart Gardner or the Museum of Fine Arts on Monday.

Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey

make-way-for-the-ducklingsTo celebrate the 75th anniversary of the children’s book set in Boston, Make Way for Ducklings (1941), the MFA has created an exhibition that tracks the career of the book’s author and illustrator Robert McCloskey.

With art from Make Way for Ducklings at its center, the retrospective presents more than 50 works, including studies for other books written and illustrated by McCloskey. An exhibition highlight is the miniature bronze model for Nancy Schön’s Make Way for Ducklings sculpture, commissioned for the Boston Public Garden in 1985.

Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey
November 25, 2016 – June 18, 2017
Click here to learn more about the McCloskey exhibit

Above: Robert McCloskey, Drawing for Make Way for Ducklings (“There they waded ashore and waddled along till they came to the highway.”), 1941. Graphite on paper. Courtesy of The May Massee Collection, Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives, Emporia State University.

MFA Boston presents: Wilson / Cortor

John Wilson, Museum of Fine Arts

John Wilson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1985. Black and white pastel on cream Japanese paper. Richard Florsheim Art Fund and Anonymous Gift. © John Wilson/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

The Wilson / Cortor exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston opens today. The exhibit celebrates the legacies of two contemporary American artists—John Wilson (a Roxbury, MA native) and Eldzier Cortor—each dedicated to an exploration of the African American experience. The exhibit includes approximately 50 works, many shown for the first time. The exhibition highlights the MFA’s significant holdings of prints and drawings by each artist.

Link here for more information about the exhibit.

MFA presents #techstyle: March 6 – July 10, 2016

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.

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.