Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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This summer, we're excited to present an exhibition focused on award-winning children's book illustrations by Ekua Holme...
05/07/2021

This summer, we're excited to present an exhibition focused on award-winning children's book illustrations by Ekua Holmes—vibrant collages revealing stories of self-determination, love and community that reflect the artist’s distinctive vision and commitment to Black imagery.

🗓️ Save the date! "Paper Stories, Layered Dreams: The Art of Ekua Holmes," sponsored by Citizens, opens July 17: https://bit.ly/3vNz75C

This summer, we're excited to present an exhibition focused on award-winning children's book illustrations by Ekua Holmes—vibrant collages revealing stories of self-determination, love and community that reflect the artist’s distinctive vision and commitment to Black imagery.

🗓️ Save the date! "Paper Stories, Layered Dreams: The Art of Ekua Holmes," sponsored by Citizens, opens July 17: https://bit.ly/3vNz75C

Summer camp isn't just for kids! Devote time to yourself with our in-person studio arts classes 🎨 🖌️ 📋 Our offerings ran...
05/07/2021

Summer camp isn't just for kids! Devote time to yourself with our in-person studio arts classes 🎨 🖌️

📋 Our offerings range from four-day intensives exploring observational drawing and abstract painting to a two-day weekend workshop that allows you to enjoy some sunshine while plein air landscape painting. Sign up today: https://bit.ly/3en22aQ

Summer camp isn't just for kids! Devote time to yourself with our in-person studio arts classes 🎨 🖌️

📋 Our offerings range from four-day intensives exploring observational drawing and abstract painting to a two-day weekend workshop that allows you to enjoy some sunshine while plein air landscape painting. Sign up today: https://bit.ly/3en22aQ

On National Nurses Day, we’re sharing this recently acquired poster by Lopi LaRoe (LMNOPI). It features a portrait of Ma...
05/06/2021

On National Nurses Day, we’re sharing this recently acquired poster by Lopi LaRoe (LMNOPI). It features a portrait of Mary Briggs, a nurse from San Antonio Texas, based on a photograph taken by her husband Ray Briggs. She stands in front of a partial list of names of healthcare workers who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic.

🖼️: "Protect Nurses" (2020), poster, inkjet print

On National Nurses Day, we’re sharing this recently acquired poster by Lopi LaRoe (LMNOPI). It features a portrait of Mary Briggs, a nurse from San Antonio Texas, based on a photograph taken by her husband Ray Briggs. She stands in front of a partial list of names of healthcare workers who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic.

🖼️: "Protect Nurses" (2020), poster, inkjet print

For #TeacherAppreciationWeek, we’re sending a big thank you to all of our MFA educators! ❤️ During a year like no other,...
05/05/2021

For #TeacherAppreciationWeek, we’re sending a big thank you to all of our MFA educators! ❤️ During a year like no other, they’ve gone above and beyond to keep our studio arts classes, Community Arts Initiative, Artful Adventures and school programs going virtually, keeping kids of all ages inspired and connected to the MFA’s collection from afar 🎨 🖌️ 🖥️

📷: Artist and educator Chanel Thervil with students from our partnering Community Arts Initiative organizations

For #TeacherAppreciationWeek, we’re sending a big thank you to all of our MFA educators! ❤️ During a year like no other, they’ve gone above and beyond to keep our studio arts classes, Community Arts Initiative, Artful Adventures and school programs going virtually, keeping kids of all ages inspired and connected to the MFA’s collection from afar 🎨 🖌️ 🖥️

📷: Artist and educator Chanel Thervil with students from our partnering Community Arts Initiative organizations

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re highlighting works by Asian American and Pacific I...
05/04/2021

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re highlighting works by Asian American and Pacific Islander American artists and celebrating their contributions to the cultural landscape of the United States.

In 1968, artist Kenzo Okada said about his dual nationality, “Americans and Japanese are very far apart but face to face. So that is better than very close but back to back.” Okada immigrated to New York in 1950 after building a career as a realist painter. In America, he made a radical shift, turning to abstraction. For Okada, it was important to travel between extremes to fully understand both sides—the distance between black and white, positive and negative, and between figuration and abstraction.

We see these polarities in the composition of "Story" (1966). The elements are poetically arranged like a diptych on one canvas, giving the impression of two separate vignettes. In many ways, Okada felt that America was the opposite of Japan, and to understand one fully, he also needed the other. Throughout his life and art, he expressed the importance of holding this duality.

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re highlighting works by Asian American and Pacific Islander American artists and celebrating their contributions to the cultural landscape of the United States.

In 1968, artist Kenzo Okada said about his dual nationality, “Americans and Japanese are very far apart but face to face. So that is better than very close but back to back.” Okada immigrated to New York in 1950 after building a career as a realist painter. In America, he made a radical shift, turning to abstraction. For Okada, it was important to travel between extremes to fully understand both sides—the distance between black and white, positive and negative, and between figuration and abstraction.

We see these polarities in the composition of "Story" (1966). The elements are poetically arranged like a diptych on one canvas, giving the impression of two separate vignettes. In many ways, Okada felt that America was the opposite of Japan, and to understand one fully, he also needed the other. Throughout his life and art, he expressed the importance of holding this duality.

#TriviaTuesday: How many prints are in Katsushika Hokusai's famous 1830s series showing varying views of Mount Fuji?Hoku...
05/04/2021

#TriviaTuesday: How many prints are in Katsushika Hokusai's famous 1830s series showing varying views of Mount Fuji?

Hokusai's calculated use of color to evoke an emotional response was surely inspirational for Claude Monet—you can see the artists' works side by side in "Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated."

🖋️: "Hodogaya on the Tōkaidō (Tōkaidō Hodogaya)" (about 1830–31), woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

#TriviaTuesday: How many prints are in Katsushika Hokusai's famous 1830s series showing varying views of Mount Fuji?

Hokusai's calculated use of color to evoke an emotional response was surely inspirational for Claude Monet—you can see the artists' works side by side in "Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated."

🖋️: "Hodogaya on the Tōkaidō (Tōkaidō Hodogaya)" (about 1830–31), woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

🗓️ On May 10, hear from some of the artists behind the transformational post-graffiti moment that swept New York City in...
05/03/2021

🗓️ On May 10, hear from some of the artists behind the transformational post-graffiti moment that swept New York City in the 1980s.

In partnership with Sotheby's, we're hosting a virtual discussion with Fab 5 Freddy, Futura, Lee Quiñones and Lady Pink—four of the artists featured in "Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation"—about their roles as prophetic founders of hip-hop culture. The event will be introduced by Nina Del Rio, Vice Chairman, Head of Sotheby’s Corporate Collections and Museum Services, and moderated by Liz Munsell, the MFA's Lorraine and Alan Bressler Curator of Contemporary Art.

📋 Preregister for the program and submit your questions for the artists: https://bit.ly/3uejeFb

🖼️: "Hollywood Africans" (1983), Whitney Museum of American Art

🗓️ On May 10, hear from some of the artists behind the transformational post-graffiti moment that swept New York City in the 1980s.

In partnership with Sotheby's, we're hosting a virtual discussion with Fab 5 Freddy, Futura, Lee Quiñones and Lady Pink—four of the artists featured in "Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation"—about their roles as prophetic founders of hip-hop culture. The event will be introduced by Nina Del Rio, Vice Chairman, Head of Sotheby’s Corporate Collections and Museum Services, and moderated by Liz Munsell, the MFA's Lorraine and Alan Bressler Curator of Contemporary Art.

📋 Preregister for the program and submit your questions for the artists: https://bit.ly/3uejeFb

🖼️: "Hollywood Africans" (1983), Whitney Museum of American Art

Have you visited "Women Take the Floor" recently? Stop by to see Alice Neel's portrait of her daughter-in-law Nancy.Neel...
05/03/2021

Have you visited "Women Take the Floor" recently? Stop by to see Alice Neel's portrait of her daughter-in-law Nancy.

Neel made only a small number of prints during her career and was well into her seventies when she began to explore printmaking in earnest. Working from life, she created provocative and often disarmingly frank portraits of friends and acquaintances in her New York studio.

🎨: "Nancy" (1977), lithograph

© The Estate of Alice Neel

Have you visited "Women Take the Floor" recently? Stop by to see Alice Neel's portrait of her daughter-in-law Nancy.

Neel made only a small number of prints during her career and was well into her seventies when she began to explore printmaking in earnest. Working from life, she created provocative and often disarmingly frank portraits of friends and acquaintances in her New York studio.

🎨: "Nancy" (1977), lithograph

© The Estate of Alice Neel

With the arrival of Jewish Eastern European immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the tradition of carvi...
05/02/2021

With the arrival of Jewish Eastern European immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the tradition of carving synagogues' arks with lions, griffons and eagles became a Jewish American art form.

This fierce gilded lion (1922/3) is a beautiful example by Jewish woodcarver Sam Katz. It was one of a pair holding the Tablets of the Law on top the Torah Ark in the now defunct synagogue of Anshei Poland in Boston's South End. Torah Arks are wooden cabinets that contain Torah scrolls, handwritten in Hebrew with the Pentateuch, or Five Books of Moses. #JewishAmericanHeritageMonth

See it in "Collecting Stories: The Invention of Folk Art," which is included in General Admission: https://bit.ly/3vsu4aL

With the arrival of Jewish Eastern European immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the tradition of carving synagogues' arks with lions, griffons and eagles became a Jewish American art form.

This fierce gilded lion (1922/3) is a beautiful example by Jewish woodcarver Sam Katz. It was one of a pair holding the Tablets of the Law on top the Torah Ark in the now defunct synagogue of Anshei Poland in Boston's South End. Torah Arks are wooden cabinets that contain Torah scrolls, handwritten in Hebrew with the Pentateuch, or Five Books of Moses. #JewishAmericanHeritageMonth

See it in "Collecting Stories: The Invention of Folk Art," which is included in General Admission: https://bit.ly/3vsu4aL

Even though we can't host Art in Bloom in person this year, we're still getting into the spirit at our Huntington Avenue...
05/01/2021

Even though we can't host Art in Bloom in person this year, we're still getting into the spirit at our Huntington Avenue Entrance! 🌸

Local floral and event designer Jimmy Guzman created this floral extravaganza to delight visitors and passersby. Visit our website to learn expert tips from Jimmy, watch recorded guided tours featuring interpretive arrangements and shop our digital marketplace: https://bit.ly/3aP88hV

Even though we can't host Art in Bloom in person this year, we're still getting into the spirit at our Huntington Avenue Entrance! 🌸

Local floral and event designer Jimmy Guzman created this floral extravaganza to delight visitors and passersby. Visit our website to learn expert tips from Jimmy, watch recorded guided tours featuring interpretive arrangements and shop our digital marketplace: https://bit.ly/3aP88hV

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re highlighting works by Asian American and Pacific I...
05/01/2021

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re highlighting works by Asian American and Pacific Islander American artists and celebrating their contributions to the cultural landscape of the United States. #AAPIMonth

Ambreen Butt Art is a Texas-based artist who grew up and went to art school in Pakistan before moving to the U.S. in 1993. Her work draws on Indo-Persian paintings, on contemporary mass media, and on imagery that is entirely her own. Together, these elements form artworks that resonate with both her childhood in Pakistan and her life in the U.S. as an American citizen.

Of the challenge of working in the U.S., Butt says, “I had to work twice as much to develop a vocabulary to break the barrier between my work and their understanding.” In this untitled triptych from her "Cirque du Monde" series (2006), the central figure vaults, climbs and bends her way across the page. In her efforts we see the struggle that merely existing in the everyday world sometimes requires.

Now on view: "Personal and Political: Women Photographers, 1965–1985" a new rotation inside "Women Take the Floor" ✨  Th...
04/30/2021

Now on view: "Personal and Political: Women Photographers, 1965–1985" a new rotation inside "Women Take the Floor" ✨ The installation presents more than 30 works made during a pivotal period when women began pursuing photography as a profession in larger numbers than ever before.

📷: "Mother and Daughter," from the "Mothers of Plaza de Mayo" series (1982), Adriana Lestido

Now on view: "Personal and Political: Women Photographers, 1965–1985" a new rotation inside "Women Take the Floor" ✨ The installation presents more than 30 works made during a pivotal period when women began pursuing photography as a profession in larger numbers than ever before.

📷: "Mother and Daughter," from the "Mothers of Plaza de Mayo" series (1982), Adriana Lestido

💐 Art in Bloom is here! Virtual tours featuring interpretive arrangements are now available to watch online—and are free...
04/30/2021

💐 Art in Bloom is here!

Virtual tours featuring interpretive arrangements are now available to watch online—and are free for members: https://bit.ly/3vzkAdV

Highlights of this year’s online festival, presented by our volunteer MFA Associates, also include:

🌼 Free instructional videos from local floral and event designer Jimmy Guzman
🌻 A three-day Art in Bloom digital marketplace on the MFA Shop website
🌷A slideshow presenting favorite arrangements from past Art in Blooms

We’re proud to partner with the Arbella Insurance Foundation along with our supporting sponsors, Wilmington Trust, part of the M&T Bank family, and Fitch Law Partners LLP.

🌸: Beadnet dress (Egyptian, 2551–2528 B.C.E.) and its accompanying arrangement by the Beth Shalom Garden Club of Needham

💐 Art in Bloom is here!

Virtual tours featuring interpretive arrangements are now available to watch online—and are free for members: https://bit.ly/3vzkAdV

Highlights of this year’s online festival, presented by our volunteer MFA Associates, also include:

🌼 Free instructional videos from local floral and event designer Jimmy Guzman
🌻 A three-day Art in Bloom digital marketplace on the MFA Shop website
🌷A slideshow presenting favorite arrangements from past Art in Blooms

We’re proud to partner with the Arbella Insurance Foundation along with our supporting sponsors, Wilmington Trust, part of the M&T Bank family, and Fitch Law Partners LLP.

🌸: Beadnet dress (Egyptian, 2551–2528 B.C.E.) and its accompanying arrangement by the Beth Shalom Garden Club of Needham

🖌️ Studio art classes are back in person at the Museum this summer!We’ve made a few changes so that all students, from k...
04/29/2021

🖌️ Studio art classes are back in person at the Museum this summer!

We’ve made a few changes so that all students, from kids to adults, have a safe and fun experience. Sign up now—classes begin June 21: https://bit.ly/3aIOhRQ

🖌️ Studio art classes are back in person at the Museum this summer!

We’ve made a few changes so that all students, from kids to adults, have a safe and fun experience. Sign up now—classes begin June 21: https://bit.ly/3aIOhRQ

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9! Find some 💍 inspiration for all the wonderful women on your list.In addition to supportin...
04/28/2021

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9! Find some 💍 inspiration for all the wonderful women on your list.

In addition to supporting the Museum’s mission, your purchase from the MFA Shop shows the world you care about art and artists: https://bit.ly/3vBRpXJ

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9! Find some 💍 inspiration for all the wonderful women on your list.

In addition to supporting the Museum’s mission, your purchase from the MFA Shop shows the world you care about art and artists: https://bit.ly/3vBRpXJ

Claude Monet and Auguste Rodin were kindred spirits in a quest to capture the fleeting effects of light and shadow in th...
04/28/2021

Claude Monet and Auguste Rodin were kindred spirits in a quest to capture the fleeting effects of light and shadow in their work. See their masterpieces side by side in "Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated" ✨

🎟️ May tickets are still available! Plan your visit: https://bit.ly/3vlByfy

🎨: Rodin's "Psyche" (1899) with two versions of Monet's "Morning on the Seine, near Giverny" (1896 and 1897)

Claude Monet and Auguste Rodin were kindred spirits in a quest to capture the fleeting effects of light and shadow in their work. See their masterpieces side by side in "Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated" ✨

🎟️ May tickets are still available! Plan your visit: https://bit.ly/3vlByfy

🎨: Rodin's "Psyche" (1899) with two versions of Monet's "Morning on the Seine, near Giverny" (1896 and 1897)

"The pandemic has made the whole world unite. It is teaching us so much about human strength and resilience. I wanted to...
04/27/2021

"The pandemic has made the whole world unite. It is teaching us so much about human strength and resilience. I wanted to create a piece so that we can all remember the healthcare army that is getting us through this, saving our lives while risking theirs."

Installed by our facilities crew members Aaron Luckman and Nate Burks this morning, Pegah Kavousi's "We Can Do It!" (2020) joins several new additions in the central gallery of "Women Take the Floor." Check them out on your next visit!

"The pandemic has made the whole world unite. It is teaching us so much about human strength and resilience. I wanted to create a piece so that we can all remember the healthcare army that is getting us through this, saving our lives while risking theirs."

Installed by our facilities crew members Aaron Luckman and Nate Burks this morning, Pegah Kavousi's "We Can Do It!" (2020) joins several new additions in the central gallery of "Women Take the Floor." Check them out on your next visit!

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So excited that AIB weekend is finally here! It's my favorite Bostonian way to welcome spring! Thanks for working so hard to make this year's event virtual. It's going to be a great weekend!!🌷🌹🥀🌺🌸🌼🌻
Mont Vernon, NH has a contest at the library where you create a Peep diorama. My 8-year-old son Tommy created an MFA-themed diorama with original artwork. Happy Easter from your fans in the Granite State!
Nothing here about the upcoming ASL live stream event??