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.
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To 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.