McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College

McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College The official page of the McMullen Museum, renowned for organizing interdisciplinary exhibitions. McMullen and his wife Jacqueline McMullen.
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The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College organizes and presents innovative, multidisciplinary exhibitions that receive national and international recognition, attracting audiences from the Boston area and beyond. The McMullen is in the vanguard of museums creating exhibitions that extend past traditional art historical presentations, providing political, historical, and cultural context for wo

rks on view. It plays a major role in the cultural and intellectual life of Boston College, as well as the international community of scholars and art enthusiasts. In keeping with the University’s central teaching mission, the Museum’s exhibitions are accompanied by scholarly catalogues and related public programs. The McMullen Museum of Art was named in 1996 by the late BC benefactor, trustee and art collector John J.

This week's   is a unique piece created by Sarah Hutt in 1994. We look forward to seeing you all in a few short weeks wh...
01/03/2024

This week's is a unique piece created by Sarah Hutt in 1994. We look forward to seeing you all in a few short weeks when the Museum reopens on January 29th!

This week's   is an untitled piece created in 1994 by William Remick (1945–2007). This piece was donated to the Museum a...
12/27/2023

This week's is an untitled piece created in 1994 by William Remick (1945–2007). This piece was donated to the Museum as a gift of the Friends of the Boston College Museum of Art.

This week's   is "Araucarioxylon Arizonicum x4" which was created by Giraud Foster (1940–) in 1998. This beautiful piece...
12/20/2023

This week's is "Araucarioxylon Arizonicum x4" which was created by Giraud Foster (1940–) in 1998. This beautiful piece was gifted to the McMullen in 2003 by Giraud Foster and Norman Baker.

The McMullen Museum of Art is officially closed for the Fall 2023 semester! We will reopen in late January. Be on the lo...
12/10/2023

The McMullen Museum of Art is officially closed for the Fall 2023 semester! We will reopen in late January. Be on the lookout for news regarding our Spring 2024 collection, "The Lost Generation: Women Ceramicists and the Cuban Avant-Garde" ! Until then 👋 (Featured work: "Spring Flower Trees", Frederick Childe Hassam, 1900, Lynch Collection)

As part of its annual holiday celebration, the McMullen Museum will host festive activities throughout the afternoon. Th...
11/29/2023

As part of its annual holiday celebration, the McMullen Museum will host festive activities throughout the afternoon. The Museum will offer live music while visitors sip hot chocolate and eat holiday treats, tour the exhibitions, play games, and participate in arts and crafts activities throughout the museum. This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

The Boston College Office of Global Education and McMullen Museum of Art is excited to host an information session on BC...
11/27/2023

The Boston College Office of Global Education and McMullen Museum of Art is excited to host an information session on BC in Kathmandu: Center for Buddhist Studies at RYI. Join us on November 30th at 11:30AM at the McMullen Museum for an information session. Participants will hear from program alumni and receive a free docent tour of "Gateway to Himalayan Art" to follow! Don't miss this opportunity!

This week we are highlighting Student Ambassador Emily's favorite work at the McMullen. Emily's favorite work is "Rushin...
11/22/2023

This week we are highlighting Student Ambassador Emily's favorite work at the McMullen. Emily's favorite work is "Rushing Waters" by Jack Butler Yeats. This piece is apart of the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch Collection, located on the 1st Floor. Featuring vivid hues and intense strokes, "Rushing Waters" has been described as a depiction of "one's ultimate hard irreducible inorganic stillness" (Samuel Beckett, "Unmapped Space") 🌊 🖌️

This week's   is "Study of a Fig Tree" (Oil on canvas, 1908), created by John Singer Sargent. Painted in Majorca, Sargen...
11/16/2023

This week's is "Study of a Fig Tree" (Oil on canvas, 1908), created by John Singer Sargent. Painted in Majorca, Sargent depicts the natural intricacies of a fig tree by capturing undulating green and yellow fig leaves in an abstract manner.

There is officially only one month left to view "Gateway to Himalayan Art" at the McMullen Museum before we close for th...
11/10/2023

There is officially only one month left to view "Gateway to Himalayan Art" at the McMullen Museum before we close for the semester! You do not want to miss out on this wonderful exhibition, so be sure to plan your visit soon.

Join us online for a free virtual docent tour this Friday, November 10! Explore all that Gateway to Himalayan Art has to...
11/06/2023

Join us online for a free virtual docent tour this Friday, November 10! Explore all that Gateway to Himalayan Art has to offer from 3-4PM. Registration is optional but can be completed through the link in our bio! Hurry-- this exhibit ends on December 10!

As part of International Education Week, the McMullen Museum, Global Engagement, and BAIC invite students to celebrate i...
11/02/2023

As part of International Education Week, the McMullen Museum, Global Engagement, and BAIC invite students to celebrate international culture and experiences through spoken word, music, song, dance, stories, and more at the Museum’s International Open-Mic Night. We invite students to share any meaningful aspect of their lives and/or experiences outside of the United States. If that is a song translated into another language, a demonstration of a dance or piece of music from one’s native country, a story from a study-abroad experience, a poem, or a favorite joke from home, we welcome all students, whether from the United States or abroad, to participate.

To sign up for a slot, register here (https://buff.ly/3tQGLAC ). Drop-in performances are also welcome. The Museum will also be providing international foods, mocktails, and games throughout the evening, along with an opportunity to enjoy its current exhibition, Gateway to Himalayan Art.

10/27/2023

Do you want to learn more about the McMullen Museum and our current exhibition? Join us for one of our weekly docent tours which take place every Sunday from 2–3 PM! The Tours are completely free and meet in the Museum Atrium.

Explore "Gateway to Himalayan Art" from the anywhere on October 27, November 10, and December 1 with McMullen's Free Vir...
10/25/2023

Explore "Gateway to Himalayan Art" from the anywhere on October 27, November 10, and December 1 with McMullen's Free Virtual Docent Tours from 3-4PM! Visit our website for more information and to register you/your group in advance (optional).

We had an awesome time at our Art After Dark: Fall Celebration this past Friday! Students were able to pick from a wide ...
10/23/2023

We had an awesome time at our Art After Dark: Fall Celebration this past Friday! Students were able to pick from a wide variety of cheeses, make DIY projects, watch movies, listen to live music, tour the museum, solve a murder mystery game, and more. Thank you for everyone who came!

This new painting by Winslow Homer (1836–1910) was just donated to the Museum as part of the Lynch Collection.Trivia Thu...
10/19/2023

This new painting by Winslow Homer (1836–1910) was just donated to the Museum as part of the Lynch Collection.

Trivia Thursday: What game are these girls playing? Comment below!

Back again with another Two Songs Away! Let go of some stress from Mid-Terms and come to the McMullen. We are only Two S...
10/17/2023

Back again with another Two Songs Away! Let go of some stress from Mid-Terms and come to the McMullen. We are only Two Songs Away! Our Student Ambassador, Joash, is currently listening to the new Bad Bunny album and is also vibing out to some Afro-Beats!

Join the Student Ambassadors this Friday for Art After Dark: Fall Celebration! Don't forget to bring your appetite for h...
10/16/2023

Join the Student Ambassadors this Friday for Art After Dark: Fall Celebration! Don't forget to bring your appetite for hot cider + donuts and sharp cheddar + apples ☕️🍩🍎🧀 The fun begins at 6PM! 🎃

This week’s   is “In the Garden of Eden” by Mecene Brunis (1957-). Brunis created this beautiful acrylic on canvas paint...
10/11/2023

This week’s is “In the Garden of Eden” by Mecene Brunis (1957-). Brunis created this beautiful acrylic on canvas painting in 1990 and the piece was graciously gifted to the McMullen by Janet Feldman.

Join .artpeers .listenersbc &  for arts and crafts this Second Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 7-8:30pm @ The McMullen! 🎶✂️💟
10/10/2023

Join .artpeers .listenersbc & for arts and crafts this Second Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 7-8:30pm @ The McMullen! 🎶✂️💟

Haven't got a chance to get a copy of "Himalayan Art in 108 Objects" by The Rubin Museum? No worries! Explore a variety ...
10/10/2023

Haven't got a chance to get a copy of "Himalayan Art in 108 Objects" by The Rubin Museum? No worries! Explore a variety of Inner Asian art at the McMullen's "Gateway to Himalayan Art"! Visit us in the Daley Family and Monan Galleries to experience the tradition and art-making practices of the Himalayas 🏔

This week, we are highlighting new Student Ambassador Pearl's favorite work at the McMullen, "The Raptor" by Andrew Tava...
10/06/2023

This week, we are highlighting new Student Ambassador Pearl's favorite work at the McMullen, "The Raptor" by Andrew Tavarelli (1942–). This vibrant piece is hung on our second floor. Andrew Tavarelli was a long-time Professor of Studio Art at Boston College, serving as the director of the Senior Project Program for studio majors for several years. 🖼🖌

The day has finally come–the Lynch Collection has officially opened on the first floor of the McMullen Museum of Art! In...
10/02/2023

The day has finally come–the Lynch Collection has officially opened on the first floor of the McMullen Museum of Art! In late 2021, Peter Lynch graciously donated over $20 million in artwork to the McMullen Museum. For the last year and a half, we have been working diligently to hang these pieces and prepare to open them up for public display. The collection includes works by Mary Cassatt, Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, John Singer Sargent, Jack Butler Yeats, and more.

If you would like to see the Lynch Collection, please be sure to check our 1st Floor Calendar (https://buff.ly/3ALPLWo) in advance of your visit. We hope to see you soon!

Painting: Martin Johnson Heade, 'Orchid and Hummingbirds Near a Mountain Lake,' c. 1875–90.

As part of "Gateway to Himalayan Art," the McMullen Museum will be offering some mindfulness meditation sessions to enha...
09/26/2023

As part of "Gateway to Himalayan Art," the McMullen Museum will be offering some mindfulness meditation sessions to enhance your appreciation of the exhibition. Meditation sessions are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please register for one or more sessions here: https://buff.ly/3t7nri6.

This week's session will be led by Michael Connolly. Michael Connolly holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from MIT with a concentration in Planned Change. A contract trainer for BC’s HR Department for many years, he has consulted on team development and led open programs on quality improvement, cross-cultural communications, resilience and mindfulness. Michael has been meditating since 1974. He has led on-site and virtual meditations for BC staff and faculty since 2017. He also designed and led mindful viewing programs for three special exhibitions at the McMullen Museum.

09/25/2023

The McMullen has again gathered a series of pop culture trivia questions on everything from advertising, fashion, sports, anatomy, movies, politics, and—you guessed it—art, and transformed them into visual questions presented on a large screen outdoors. So yeah, we know you could probably pick out a Taylor Swift song if we played it on the PA, but could you give us the titles of her albums if we gave you the cover art? What if we showed you a series of skylines? Would you be able to name the cities?

Show us what you’ve got. Gather a team of two to six BC students and register at
https://tinyurl.com/mtz5n5n4. Prizes go to the first, second, and third place teams. Follow us on Instagram for clues leading up to the event. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Beginning September 24, the McMullen Museum will offer free docent tours every Sunday of "Gateway to Himalayan Art" from...
09/22/2023

Beginning September 24, the McMullen Museum will offer free docent tours every Sunday of "Gateway to Himalayan Art" from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Tour groups will meet in the McMullen atrium. No prior registration is required. If you would like to schedule a separate, private tour, please contact the Museum at least two weeks in advance at [email protected].

The McMullen has again gathered a series of pop culture trivia questions on everything from advertising, fashion, sports...
09/20/2023

The McMullen has again gathered a series of pop culture trivia questions on everything from advertising, fashion, sports, anatomy, movies, politics, and—you guessed it—art, and transformed them into visual questions presented on a large screen outdoors. So yeah, we know you could probably pick out a Taylor Swift song if we played it on the PA, but could you give us the titles of her albums if we gave you the cover art? What if we showed you a series of skylines? Would you be able to name the cities?

Show us what you’ve got. Gather a team of two to six BC students and register at
https://tinyurl.com/mtz5n5n4. Prizes go to the first, second, and third place teams. Follow us on Instagram for clues leading up to the event. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Thank you to everyone who attended ASO's "Taste of Africa" event this past Sunday! 🕺
09/19/2023

Thank you to everyone who attended ASO's "Taste of Africa" event this past Sunday! 🕺

This Sunday, September 17th, Boston College's African Student Organization will be presenting its annual "Taste of Afric...
09/14/2023

This Sunday, September 17th, Boston College's African Student Organization will be presenting its annual "Taste of Africa" event. All are welcome to enjoy free food, great music, and outstanding energy. We hope to see you all there!

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The McMullen Museum remains temporarily closed to the public; visit and learn with us online here: McMullen From Home. Please check our Events page often for virtual exhibition tours, Into the Collection features, Museum Current lectures, and Crash Course workshops. We hope to reopen to the public with Taking Shape: Abstraction in the Arab World, 1950s–1980s on January 25, 2021.

The Museum will open to the Boston College community by appointment only starting August 31, 2020. Please contact Rachel Chamberlain to schedule a tour or class visit.

Read updates to Boston College’s COVID-19 response here.

The McMullen Museum is pleased to present, Indian Ocean Current: Six Artistic Narratives, curated by Boston College Professor of History Prasannan Parthasarathi and founder of the Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean in Mauritius Salim Currimjee. Indian Ocean Current features videos, collages, paintings, sculptures, interactive installations, and photographs by renowned artists Shiraz Bayjoo, Nicholas Hlobo, Shilpa Gupta, Wangechi Mutu, Penny Siopis, and Hajra Waheed—whose deep ties to the lands surrounding the Indian Ocean inform their work.


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