McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College

McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College The official page of the McMullen Museum, renowned for organizing interdisciplinary exhibitions. 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.
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The McMullen is in the vanguard of museums creating exhibitions that extend past traditional art historical presentations, providing political, historical, and cultural context for works 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. McMullen and his wife Jacqueline McMullen.

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Please join us on Monday evening at 5 PM as The Boston College Art, Art History, and Film Department welcomes Wesleyan U...
04/23/2021

Please join us on Monday evening at 5 PM as The Boston College Art, Art History, and Film Department welcomes Wesleyan University’s Contemporary and American Art History Professor Claire Grace for a lecture that theorizes and historicizes the incorporation of air in contemporary works of art. Referencing examples of works by artists including Michael Asher, Judy Chicago, and Paul Chan, Professor Grace will share how artists have insisted upon air as a force of consequential differentiation.

Register to join us here: https://buff.ly/3sumF95

Please join us on Monday evening at 5 PM as The Boston College Art, Art History, and Film Department welcomes Wesleyan University’s Contemporary and American Art History Professor Claire Grace for a lecture that theorizes and historicizes the incorporation of air in contemporary works of art. Referencing examples of works by artists including Michael Asher, Judy Chicago, and Paul Chan, Professor Grace will share how artists have insisted upon air as a force of consequential differentiation.

Register to join us here: https://buff.ly/3sumF95

Today, we feature the father of modern art in Iraq, Shakir Hassan Al Said. Book a visit today to view his work in “Takin...
04/21/2021

Today, we feature the father of modern art in Iraq, Shakir Hassan Al Said. Book a visit today to view his work in “Taking Shape” (https://buff.ly/39A6Siv).

#ShakirHassanAlSaid #McMullenFromHome #TakingShape #IraqiArtist #Empower #AbstractArt #ArabArt #IslamicArt #BarjeelArtFoundation

The leader of the Hurufiyya movement, Madiha Umar was a pioneer and inspiration who breached traditional limitations in ...
04/20/2021

The leader of the Hurufiyya movement, Madiha Umar was a pioneer and inspiration who breached traditional limitations in Arab culture. Learn more about her profound interpretation and incorporation of Arab calligraphy above and visit our “Taking Shape” exhibition to view her art.

#MadihaUmar #McMullenFromHome #TakingShape #IraqiArtist #Empower #AbstractArt #Hurufiyya #ArabArt #BarjeelArtFoundation #IslamicCalligraphy

Please join us Monday, April 19 at 5 PM EST for a Publication Highlight with Professor Emine Fetvacı who will discuss an...
04/17/2021

Please join us Monday, April 19 at 5 PM EST for a Publication Highlight with Professor Emine Fetvacı who will discuss an album of paintings, drawings, calligraphy, and European prints compiled for the Ottoman sultan Ahmed I (r. 1603–17) by his courtier Kalender Paşa (d. 1616). Prof. Fetvacı uses the album to explore questions of style, iconography, foreign inspiration, and the very meaning of the visual arts in the Islamic world.

Register here: https://buff.ly/2PUaFjG

Please join us Monday, April 19 at 5 PM EST for a Publication Highlight with Professor Emine Fetvacı who will discuss an album of paintings, drawings, calligraphy, and European prints compiled for the Ottoman sultan Ahmed I (r. 1603–17) by his courtier Kalender Paşa (d. 1616). Prof. Fetvacı uses the album to explore questions of style, iconography, foreign inspiration, and the very meaning of the visual arts in the Islamic world.

Register here: https://buff.ly/2PUaFjG

Please join us as the Art, Art History, and Film Department welcomes Boston College Professor of Art Sheila Gallagher fo...
04/12/2021

Please join us as the Art, Art History, and Film Department welcomes Boston College Professor of Art Sheila Gallagher for a virtual Colloquium Lecture, "Alone/Together." Spanning various disciplines, her illustrated talk will explore themes of art and spirituality, the role of the art object in healing, and the pivotal role that uncertainty plays in the creative process. The art used in this illustrated talk was created in Gallagher's work a solo practitioner and in collaboration with students and other artists.

Join this talk live at https://buff.ly/2Q8ERYf.

Please join us as the Art, Art History, and Film Department welcomes Boston College Professor of Art Sheila Gallagher for a virtual Colloquium Lecture, "Alone/Together." Spanning various disciplines, her illustrated talk will explore themes of art and spirituality, the role of the art object in healing, and the pivotal role that uncertainty plays in the creative process. The art used in this illustrated talk was created in Gallagher's work a solo practitioner and in collaboration with students and other artists.

Join this talk live at https://buff.ly/2Q8ERYf.

As a pioneer of abstract art in the Middle East, Saloua Raouda Choucair was overlooked for most of her life, finally gai...
04/07/2021

As a pioneer of abstract art in the Middle East, Saloua Raouda Choucair was overlooked for most of her life, finally gaining deserved recognition only in her later years. Swipe to learn more and visit our “Taking Shape” exhibition to view an example of her later sculptural work.

#SalouaRaoudaChoucair #McMullenFromHome #TakingShape #LebaneseArtist #Empower #AbstractArt #BeirutArt #IslamicArt #BarjeelArtFoundation

Join us this Wednesday at 5 PM EST to hear Diana Abouali's lecture, "The Arab American National Museum and the Mission o...
04/05/2021

Join us this Wednesday at 5 PM EST to hear Diana Abouali's lecture, "The Arab American National Museum and the Mission of Promoting Arab American Art." This lecture will tell the history of the Arab American National Museum, directed by Abouali, which is dedicated to telling the Arab American story through the voices of Arab Americans. Register here: https://buff.ly/31PaXeg

Join us this Wednesday at 5 PM EST to hear Diana Abouali's lecture, "The Arab American National Museum and the Mission of Promoting Arab American Art." This lecture will tell the history of the Arab American National Museum, directed by Abouali, which is dedicated to telling the Arab American story through the voices of Arab Americans. Register here: https://buff.ly/31PaXeg

"Indian Ocean Current: Six Artistic Narratives" is now available for free reading on the Internet Archive! The McMullen'...
03/31/2021

"Indian Ocean Current: Six Artistic Narratives" is now available for free reading on the Internet Archive! The McMullen's 2020 exhibition catalogue features essays by seven scholars examining the Indian Ocean region's history of entanglement with colonialism and enslaved people, philosophical perspectives on the ocean, and pressing climatological concerns that threaten those who live on the ocean's borders.

Fully illustrated with all of the works in the exhibition, the volume opens up an artistic, historical, cultural, and political conversation about an area of the world famed for its cosmopolitanism but threatened by nationalism and global warming.
https://buff.ly/3uhgCGf
#McMullenFromHome #MuseumFromHome #ShilpaGupta #NicholasHlobo #WangechiMutu #HajraWaheed #PennySiopis #ShirazBayjoo

"Indian Ocean Current: Six Artistic Narratives" is now available for free reading on the Internet Archive! The McMullen's 2020 exhibition catalogue features essays by seven scholars examining the Indian Ocean region's history of entanglement with colonialism and enslaved people, philosophical perspectives on the ocean, and pressing climatological concerns that threaten those who live on the ocean's borders.

Fully illustrated with all of the works in the exhibition, the volume opens up an artistic, historical, cultural, and political conversation about an area of the world famed for its cosmopolitanism but threatened by nationalism and global warming.
https://buff.ly/3uhgCGf
#McMullenFromHome #MuseumFromHome #ShilpaGupta #NicholasHlobo #WangechiMutu #HajraWaheed #PennySiopis #ShirazBayjoo

Join us Wed. 3/31 at 5:30 PM EST for a virtual lecture, "Complementing Connoisseurship: Artificial Intelligence Looks at...
03/29/2021

Join us Wed. 3/31 at 5:30 PM EST for a virtual lecture, "Complementing Connoisseurship: Artificial Intelligence Looks at Painting." Andrea Frank and Steven Frank, co-founders of Art Eye-D Associates, will discuss the use of convolutional neural networks as a new tool to extend scientific analysis to a painting’s visual features!

Join live at https://buff.ly/3d4H8vr

#McMullenFromHome #MuseumFromHome #AI

Join us Wed. 3/31 at 5:30 PM EST for a virtual lecture, "Complementing Connoisseurship: Artificial Intelligence Looks at Painting." Andrea Frank and Steven Frank, co-founders of Art Eye-D Associates, will discuss the use of convolutional neural networks as a new tool to extend scientific analysis to a painting’s visual features!

Join live at https://buff.ly/3d4H8vr

#McMullenFromHome #MuseumFromHome #AI

The McMullen spotlights Farid Belkahia, another trailblazer in the Moroccan postcolonial modernist art movement known as...
03/26/2021

The McMullen spotlights Farid Belkahia, another trailblazer in the Moroccan postcolonial modernist art movement known as the Casablanca School. Explore more in our current exhibition “Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s.”

#McMullenFromHome #mymcmullen #EcoledeCasablanca #FaridBelkahia #contemporarymoroccanart #culturalidentity #moroccanartist #contemporaryart #moroccanmodernart #modernist #barjeelartfoundation #CasablancaSchool

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are proud to spotlight Lebanese artist Huguette Caland, a rebellious and emp...
03/24/2021

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are proud to spotlight Lebanese artist Huguette Caland, a rebellious and empowering woman who embraced female sexuality through her art despite her conservative cultural background.


•BC faculty, staff, and students can make an appointment to check out her painting hanging in “Taking Shape” today! 

#HuguetteCaland #WomensHistoryMonth #McMullenFromHome #TakingShape #LebaneseArtist #FemaleSexuality #Empower

Today at 11 AM EST, join a Zoom webinar with artist Penny Siopis in conversation with Griselda Po***ck. Siopis was featu...
03/23/2021

Today at 11 AM EST, join a Zoom webinar with artist Penny Siopis in conversation with Griselda Po***ck. Siopis was featured in the McMullen's 2020 exhibition "Indian Ocean Current: Six Artistic Narratives."

Her "Shame" series is the subject of the webinar. Po***ck writes, "Penny Siopis is one of the few artists in the world today who can weave a material web of marks, gestures, voices, words, found things and painted surfaces to entangle the brute forces of history with the delicate threads of human vulnerability."

Register here: https://buff.ly/2Pb55J7

Today at 11 AM EST, join a Zoom webinar with artist Penny Siopis in conversation with Griselda Po***ck. Siopis was featured in the McMullen's 2020 exhibition "Indian Ocean Current: Six Artistic Narratives."

Her "Shame" series is the subject of the webinar. Po***ck writes, "Penny Siopis is one of the few artists in the world today who can weave a material web of marks, gestures, voices, words, found things and painted surfaces to entangle the brute forces of history with the delicate threads of human vulnerability."

Register here: https://buff.ly/2Pb55J7

Members of the McMullen Museum are invited to join us for our Members-Only Crash Course in the History of Abstraction to...
03/22/2021

Members of the McMullen Museum are invited to join us for our Members-Only Crash Course in the History of Abstraction tomorrow at 5 PM. Boston College Professor Kevin Lotery will provide a wider context for the abstract paintings currently on display in the exhibition, "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s," in this hour-long lecture on global abstraction.

Members include Boston College faculty, staff, and students. Please register for this event here: https://buff.ly/30XCU2Q

Hussein Madi (Chebaa, Lebanon, 1938–), "Untitled," c. 1960s, acrylic on canvas, 25⅝ × 19⅝ in., Collection Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

Members of the McMullen Museum are invited to join us for our Members-Only Crash Course in the History of Abstraction tomorrow at 5 PM. Boston College Professor Kevin Lotery will provide a wider context for the abstract paintings currently on display in the exhibition, "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s," in this hour-long lecture on global abstraction.

Members include Boston College faculty, staff, and students. Please register for this event here: https://buff.ly/30XCU2Q

Hussein Madi (Chebaa, Lebanon, 1938–), "Untitled," c. 1960s, acrylic on canvas, 25⅝ × 19⅝ in., Collection Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

Tomorrow at 5 pm, Professor Kevin Lotery will give a Crash Course in the History of Abstraction open to all Museum Membe...
03/22/2021

Tomorrow at 5 pm, Professor Kevin Lotery will give a Crash Course in the History of Abstraction open to all Museum Members (including Boston College students, faculty, and staff). #McMullenFromHome #MuseumFromHome

Register for the Crash Course here: https://buff.ly/2OwCMFf

Tomorrow at 5 pm, Professor Kevin Lotery will give a Crash Course in the History of Abstraction open to all Museum Members (including Boston College students, faculty, and staff). #McMullenFromHome #MuseumFromHome

Register for the Crash Course here: https://buff.ly/2OwCMFf

We invite all McMullen members, including BC faculty, staff, and student this evening attend a lecture in our ongoing Mu...
03/17/2021
Register: Museum Current Lecture with Jami Powell (March 17, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST)

We invite all McMullen members, including BC faculty, staff, and student this evening attend a lecture in our ongoing Museum Current series: “The Power of Place: Public Art and Indigenous Representations,” by Jami Powell at 5:00 pm. Powell will discuss recent removals of public art depicting Native North Americans, the interventions contemporary Indigenous artists are making, and more of the complexity, nuance, and contradictions inherent within these conversations.

Register for this lecture here: https://buff.ly/2Q2Y2Tb.

To register for this event, please complete and submit the following form. If you have any trouble filling out this form, please contact Rachel Chamberlain at [email protected].

We invite you to join the McMullen for a Colloquium Lecture by Mary Sherman entitled "Hello World: An Act of Global Soli...
03/16/2021

We invite you to join the McMullen for a Colloquium Lecture by Mary Sherman entitled "Hello World: An Act of Global Solidarity." At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the artist-led TransCultural Exchange produced Hello World, a collection of artworks by 250 artists from around the world. The collection lets users access a wide range of art--from music to film to paintings--virtually.

This lecture will take place Thursday, March 18 at 5:30 pm. Register to attend here: https://buff.ly/2Q8ERYf.

We invite you to join the McMullen for a Colloquium Lecture by Mary Sherman entitled "Hello World: An Act of Global Solidarity." At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the artist-led TransCultural Exchange produced Hello World, a collection of artworks by 250 artists from around the world. The collection lets users access a wide range of art--from music to film to paintings--virtually.

This lecture will take place Thursday, March 18 at 5:30 pm. Register to attend here: https://buff.ly/2Q8ERYf.

The McMullen Museum is excited to offer free virtual docent tours every Friday from 3-4 pm! Take a tour of our spring ex...
03/15/2021

The McMullen Museum is excited to offer free virtual docent tours every Friday from 3-4 pm! Take a tour of our spring exhibition, 'Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s-1980s.' Learn more below and register for a tour here: https://buff.ly/2OjZAb8

The McMullen Museum is excited to offer free virtual docent tours every Friday from 3-4 pm! Take a tour of our spring exhibition, 'Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s-1980s.' Learn more below and register for a tour here: https://buff.ly/2OjZAb8

Calling all Boston College undergrads: we're hiring at the McMullen! Applications are now open for the 2021–22 Student A...
03/11/2021

Calling all Boston College undergrads: we're hiring at the McMullen! Applications are now open for the 2021–22 Student Ambassador program. Register for information sessions and apply here: https://buff.ly/3kR2aBc.

Calling all Boston College undergrads: we're hiring at the McMullen! Applications are now open for the 2021–22 Student Ambassador program. Register for information sessions and apply here: https://buff.ly/3kR2aBc.

Join us tomorrow for a Publication Highlight: “Islam & Surrealism: Abdel Hadi el-Gazzar’s Postwar Painting in Egypt” wit...
03/09/2021

Join us tomorrow for a Publication Highlight: “Islam & Surrealism: Abdel Hadi el-Gazzar’s Postwar Painting in Egypt” with Rutgers University Professor Alex Dika Seggerman. She will be discussing her recent publication "Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary."

Register here: https://buff.ly/3kRD5Gl

Join us tomorrow for a Publication Highlight: “Islam & Surrealism: Abdel Hadi el-Gazzar’s Postwar Painting in Egypt” with Rutgers University Professor Alex Dika Seggerman. She will be discussing her recent publication "Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary."

Register here: https://buff.ly/3kRD5Gl

Starting March 12, the McMullen Museum will offer free virtual docent tours every Friday of "Taking Shape: Abstraction f...
03/08/2021

Starting March 12, the McMullen Museum will offer free virtual docent tours every Friday of "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s" from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Register yourself and guests (optional) for a virtual tour at https://buff.ly/3bYvfGy.

If you're interested in a private tour, please contact Rachel Chamberlain at least two weeks in advance at [email protected].

Starting March 12, the McMullen Museum will offer free virtual docent tours every Friday of "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s" from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Register yourself and guests (optional) for a virtual tour at https://buff.ly/3bYvfGy.

If you're interested in a private tour, please contact Rachel Chamberlain at least two weeks in advance at [email protected].

The McMullen features another incredible artist from our new exhibition. Swipe to discover more about Ahmed Cherkaoui, o...
03/05/2021

The McMullen features another incredible artist from our new exhibition. Swipe to discover more about Ahmed Cherkaoui, one of the leading pioneers of contemporary art in Morocco.

#mymcmullen
#ahmedcherkaoui
#moroccanart
#contemporaryart

Art Spotlight: Check out these great pieces made by Moroccan painter Mohamed Melehi! With these paintings, Melehi merges...
03/02/2021

Art Spotlight: Check out these great pieces made by Moroccan painter Mohamed Melehi! With these paintings, Melehi merges Western modernist approaches with elements derived from Morocco’s culture. To see his work in-person and other great pieces in our Spring Exhibition, BC faculty, staff, and students can make an appointment at the McMullen Museum at www.bc.edu/artmuseum.

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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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