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 mis

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 mis

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07/30/2021

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"Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s" is now closed at the McMullen but you can revisit the insta...
06/15/2021

"Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s" is now closed at the McMullen but you can revisit the installation via the virtual walkthrough on our website: https://buff.ly/3xfz0As. We look forward to welcoming back visitors in the fall with "Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema": https://buff.ly/2Txcncb.

This week is the last week to view "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s." Don't miss the opportun...
06/09/2021

This week is the last week to view "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s." Don't miss the opportunity to see these vibrant works in person. Make an appointment at https://buff.ly/3vFHGj1.

This week is the last week to view "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s." Don't miss the opportunity to see these vibrant works in person. Make an appointment at https://buff.ly/3vFHGj1.

06/01/2021
Events Calendar

Don't miss out on our last docent tours of "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s". We have openings for one final virtual tour this Friday, June 4 at 3:00 pm EST and one in-person tour at the McMullen on Sunday, June 13 at 3:00 pm EST. Sign up for one here:

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If you missed Friday's showing of Open Studio with Jared Bowen, check it out online: https://buff.ly/34fjSGR and book yo...
05/25/2021

If you missed Friday's showing of Open Studio with Jared Bowen, check it out online: https://buff.ly/34fjSGR and book your visit to see "Taking Shape" before it closes on June 13! Visit the link here to make an appointment: https://buff.ly/3vFHGj1.

If you missed Friday's showing of Open Studio with Jared Bowen, check it out online: https://buff.ly/34fjSGR and book your visit to see "Taking Shape" before it closes on June 13! Visit the link here to make an appointment: https://buff.ly/3vFHGj1.

Tune into Open Studio with Jared Bowen tomorrow on WBGH at 8:30 PM for a discussion on @theMcMullen's "Taking Shape" exh...
05/20/2021

Tune into Open Studio with Jared Bowen tomorrow on WBGH at 8:30 PM for a discussion on @theMcMullen's "Taking Shape" exhibition, including an interview with Barjeel Art Foundation Founder Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi and co-curator Suheyla Takesh! Schedule here: https://buff.ly/3u87GlM

Tune into Open Studio with Jared Bowen tomorrow on WBGH at 8:30 PM for a discussion on @theMcMullen's "Taking Shape" exhibition, including an interview with Barjeel Art Foundation Founder Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi and co-curator Suheyla Takesh! Schedule here: https://buff.ly/3u87GlM

Sign up for one of three in-person docent-led tours of "Taking Shape"! Join our expert guides as they share insights, of...
05/17/2021
Free Sunday In-Person Docent Tour of "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s"

Sign up for one of three in-person docent-led tours of "Taking Shape"! Join our expert guides as they share insights, offer discussion points, and lead visitors through the two floors of engaging works on display. Visit on May 23, June 6, or June 13 from 3–4 pm, appointment necessary: https://buff.ly/3olDZN1.

Beginning Sunday, May 23, the McMullen Museum will offer free, in-person docent tours in the galleries on May 23, June 6, and June 13 of Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Prior registration is required to participate. To register for an in-person tou...

The McMullen Museum is opening its doors to the public today. Make an appointment to visit our current exhibition, "Taki...
05/12/2021
The McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College

The McMullen Museum is opening its doors to the public today. Make an appointment to visit our current exhibition, "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s" at https://buff.ly/2SwKi4k. All visitors will need an appointment to view the exhibition. We look forward to seeing you soon!

The McMullen Museum aims to cultivate learning, celebrate artistic excellence, explore the visual traditions of diverse cultures, and inspire transdisciplinary faculty and student research based on the visual arts.

The McMullen Museum is pleased to announce it is reopening to the public by appointment on Wednesday, May 12! Book an ap...
05/06/2021

The McMullen Museum is pleased to announce it is reopening to the public by appointment on Wednesday, May 12!

Book an appointment to see "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s" here: https://buff.ly/3vFHGj1

The McMullen will be open Wednesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM, May 12–June 13, 2021.

We look forward to seeing you in the building!

#TakingShape #Abstraction #McMullen #McMullenMuseum #ArabWorld #BarjeelArtFoundation

The McMullen Museum is pleased to announce it is reopening to the public by appointment on Wednesday, May 12!

Book an appointment to see "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s" here: https://buff.ly/3vFHGj1

The McMullen will be open Wednesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM, May 12–June 13, 2021.

We look forward to seeing you in the building!

#TakingShape #Abstraction #McMullen #McMullenMuseum #ArabWorld #BarjeelArtFoundation

Happy Arts Fest week, BC! We will offer virtual docent tours, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 29–May 1, of "Taking...
04/27/2021

Happy Arts Fest week, BC! We will offer virtual docent tours, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 29–May 1, of "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s" from 3 to 4 PM EST. Register yourself and guests (optional) for a virtual tour at https://buff.ly/3bYvfGy

Happy Arts Fest week, BC! We will offer virtual docent tours, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 29–May 1, of "Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s" from 3 to 4 PM EST. Register yourself and guests (optional) for a virtual tour at https://buff.ly/3bYvfGy

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

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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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