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📣 Attention, MFA Members! August tickets for "Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated" are now 🎟️ Timed-entry tickets can sell out, so plan ahead and reserve your spot in advance. ⁣⁣ 🎨: "Flower Beds at Vétheuil" (1881), Clau#MonetnztH
We hosted a special visitor last week—artist Michael C. Thorpe, whose work will be featured in our upcoming "Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories" exhibition! While touring the Museum, the artist was particularly drawn to this piece by Gee's Bend quilter Annie Mae Young 🧵y
This painting by #Degas shows his father, who had instilled in his son a love of music, listening attentively to the Spanish-born tenor Lorenzo Pagans. 🎂 Degas was born#OnThisDayy in 1834—you can see more of his work in our#Impressionismm gallery!f
I scream, you scream, we all scream for #NationalIceCreamDay! 🍦: "Ice Cream Cones" (1942),#IsabelBishopp, oil and egg tempera on fiberboard © Estate of Isabel Bishop. Courtesy of DC Moore Gallery, New York.9
One week left to see "Basquiat and the Hip Hop Generation" at the @mfaboston curated by Liz Munsell and Greg Tate. Check out @danajacobson segment on the show and Basquiat's legacy…
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📣 Now open! Book your tickets to "Paper Stories, Layered Dreams: The Art of Ekua Holmes" today​ Don't forget, we're offering free general admission on July 17 & July 18, thanks to@citizenss! 🎨: "Dance," illustration to "Out of Wonder" (20164N
This exhibit at @mfaboston celebrates the legacy of late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and the #HipHopGeneration. Saturday on @CBSThisMorning, @danajacobson takes a look at the exhibition and Basquiat's influence on art, music and hip-hop culture.
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Don't forget! Admission this weekend is FREE as we celebrate the opening of "Paper Stories, Layered Dreams: The Art of Ekua Holmes,​" thanks to @CitizensBank:
🎬 We're offering a free outdoor screening of "Wild Style" on July 25! Join us as we celebrate the closing of "Writing the Future: Basquiat and the#HipHopGenerationn" at 8 pm, with an introduction by director Charlie Ahearn and
Visit the @mfaboston as they celebrate the work of local artist Ekua Holmes, a children’s book illustrator who’s lived in Roxbury her whole life.…
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In 2015, @TEFAF supported #mfaConservation work on "Portrait of a Woman with a Gold Chain" (1634) by #Rembrandt, who was born #OnThisDay in 1606. Learn more about this project:… #TEFAF #TEFAFMRF
This beautifully carved Old Kingdom relief illustrates many of the basic conventions of Egyptian art. Although anatomically impossible—you can’t “walk like an Egyptian”—the depiction of the human figure as a combination of front and side views is immediately recognizable.
Futura's signature style has earned him the reputation as a master of spray paint manipulation. ❗ Don't miss your chance to see his work in "Writing the Future: Basquiat and the #HipHopGeneration," sponsored by @BankofAmerica. The exhibition is only on view through July 25!⁣
We were honored to host Center for Curatorial Leadership fellow Tahnee Ahtoneharjo-Growingthunder at the MFA last month! Tahnee spent a week learning more about the Museum with our director Matthew Teitelbaum—her CCL mentor for the year—and a number of staff across departments.
What, like it’s hard? 💁🏼‍♀#LegallyBlondede 📷: “Law Schoo@Harvardard University” (1900), Detroit Publishing…ax5n
🎉 Join us to celebrate the opening of "Paper Stories, Layered Dreams: The Art of Ekua Holmes" with free admission to the MFA this Saturday and Sunday, thanks⁣ ✂️: "Matter of Time" (2006), Boston Children's HospitalC
Nick Lenker's practice often centers on explorations of creation and destruction, as seen in his writhing portrait of the snake-haired Medusa from Greek mythology. ✨ See his work in "New Light: Encounters and Connections," now on view!
Flower painting was a Dutch specialty 💐 In this work from 1730, with a bright palette and technical virtuosity, Jan van Huysum showcases his ability to render the variety & minutia of the natural world. 🖼️: Promised gift of Rose‑Marie & Eijk van Otterloo, in support of the CNY6
Camille #Pissarro’s experimental and innovative use of pastel modernized and revitalized the medium. The artist was born #OnThisDay in 1830.⁣ 🎨: "Poultry Market at Gisors" (1885), tempera and pastel on paper mounted on wood0
Caption this image 📝 Wrong answers only! ⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We'll start you off: “Ahhh... smells like Friday 😌”⁣ ⁣ 🎨 : "Woman and Flowers" (1868), Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, oil on panWMy
🎶 And you hip-hop, and you don't stop / Just blast off, sure shot 🎶⁣ ❗ Don't miss seeing "Writing the Future: Basquiat and th#HipHopGenerationon." The exhibition is only on view through July 25!⁣ 🖼️: "Debbie Harry" (1981@LeeQuinonesnes Sponsored @BankofAmericaicsEb
For her "Garden for Boston" installation, Elizabeth James-Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag) has created a field of corn, beans & sedges on our front lawn. The horseshoe crab shape & the recently added border of crushed oyster shells connect the planting to her coastal identity 🦪 🦪 n5J
Mediterranean light bathes this composition by #Cézanne: a view over distant, timeless architecture toward a quiet bay & fortification. You can see more works by the innovative artist in "Paul Cézanne: Influence," which is included with general admission:
Henryk Ross' photographs from the Lodz Ghetto during the Holocaust are both eye-opening & heartbreaking. Take a close-up look at some of these images & listen to narration by curator Kristen Gresh through an augmented reality experience by @blvrdvr:
Are you ready for #WorldChocolateDay? In this Guatemalan work, the goddess of cacao holds a ripe pod, while cacao flowers adorn her hair. 🎨: "Human effigy incense burner top" (Maya, 400–550 C.E.), earthenware: traces of specular hematite (red), white and black slip paintE
Happy birthday to #FridaKahlo! To celebrate, why not make a date to visit "Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia)" (1928), the only painting by the artist in New England? ⁣ See it in "Women Take the Floor," which is included in general admission 🎟️u
Who says the fireworks have to end on July 4? 🎨: "Woman lighting fireworks" (late 18th century), Indian, Rajasthani; opaque watercolor, silver and gold on paperM
Happy #FourthOfJuly! The Museum is closed today for the holiday, but we hope to see you another time 🎆 🎨: "Boston Harbor" (about 1850–55), Fitz Henry Lane, oil on canvagR
Huge props to @mfaboston for displaying the incomparable Baquiat and crew in all their glory!
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We're excited to display many new acquisitions for the first time in "New Light: Encounters and Connections," including this piece by Boston-based artist Stephen Hamilton! 🎟️ The exhibition is now on view & included in general admission!⁣ 🖼️: "Joseph Lewis as Eze Nri" (2018xe
Who's ready to sail into a long weekend? 🙋 Tell us your plans! 🎨: "Starting Out After Rail" (1874), Thomas Eakins, oil on canvas mounted on MasonitCV
Spent the day discussing one of the most intriguing Orientalist paintings: Reubens' portrait of Mulay Ahmad of Tunis (1609) @mfaboston. The new display of Dutch art at the MFA will incorporate this image as a painterly sign of the new age of discovery, science, profit & conquest.
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"Ever since she read a book about Jean-Michel #Basquiat, she loved that he was from her daddy’s home town, that he is Haitian, that he liked to draw and paint like her." We love seeing moments like this at the Museum 🥰#HipHopGenerationn 📷: hayley23_xo on Instagraze
It's an installation within an installation! 🤯 Watch as curator Courtney Harris & conservator Gerri Strickler position tiny objects new & old inside Shelter in Place, a miniature gallery created by Eben Haines. Learn more about the…a4
David Ludwig Bloch was a deaf Jewish artist from Bavaria who found refuge in Shanghai following his flight from Nazi Europe. A painter, illustrator, & lithographer, Bloch captured the daily life of Shanghai in the 1940s. To RSVP @lbinyc @mfaboston
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"I love my job, I love my job, I love my job." 😬 🎞#TheDevilWearsPradada came out 15 years ago today! What's your favorite quote from the movie? 🖼️: "Woman with a Pink Shawl" (about 1865–70), Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, on view in "Paul Cézanne: InfluencMZ0
Installation is underway in our Linde Family Wing for #ContemporaryArt for "New Light: Encounters and Connections" ✨ 🔨 ⁣ The exhibition opens this
Ekua Holmes' vibrant works showcase her distinctive vision and commitment to positive Black imagery & representation. Join us to celebrate the opening of her exhibition with free admission on Saturday, July 17 & Sunday, July 18, thanks to @CitizensBank:
When speaking of the strong female characters she photographs, @mickalenethomas—a gay Black woman—remarked, “The fact that the gaze in question is from one woman to another is more powerful, to me, than the male gaze.” #PrideMonth #ArtQuote
“The fact that the gaze in question is from one woman to another is more powerful, to me, than the male gaze.” 📷: "Qusuquzah with Pink Flower in Hand" (2018); photograph, chromogenic print
Each individual flower in #Monet's famous "Water Lilies" canvases is a delicate—and distinct—creation. 👀 Take a look at this painting in 🎟️ Reserve your June time slots for "Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated"
Happy birthday to artist #PeterPaulRubens! From 1629 until 1634, the artist painted the ceilings of the Banqueting House at the Palace of Whitehall. This oil sketch, "Mercury and a Sleeping Herdsman" (about 1632–33), combines two figure studies for the ceiling’s many panels.
There's nothing like cooling off at a pool on a hot summer day 💦 🩱 This week's heat wave has us thinking of this photograph by Wendy Snyder MacNeil, on view in "Women Take the Floor." 📷: "Stephanie and her Sisters," from the "Biographies" series (1971ni
An accomplished painter, Gene Huston was a teacher & during the Great Depression created work for the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). She employed a simplified style recalling 19th-C folk art portraits. 🎨: "Woman in Yellow" (1940), oil on canvast
Born in San Bernardino to Mexican immigrant parents, American painter Jay Lynn Gomez (formerly Ramiro Gomez) portrays the intimate labor that supports the lifestyles of Los Angeles’ predominantly white upper class. #PrideMonth 🎨 “Resting” (2019), acrylic & house paint on canvasO
In “Resting,” which shows two men taking a work break, Gomez highlights the necessity of rest and its restorative potential, both physically & spiritually. See it in the upcoming exhibition “New Light: Encounters and Connections,” opening July 3:
Ottoman artists developed one of the most powerful brands of all time: a form of floral ornament that crystallized collective taste within the empire and was recognizable far beyond its borders. See stunning examples of Ottoman ceramics in our Arts of Islamic Cultures Gallery ✨
#KeithHaring was at the height of his artistic success when he posed for gay photographer #HerbRitts in 1989. Also an out gay man, Haring rose to fame as a graffiti artist working in the New York subways, where his engaging style quickly found an audience. #PrideMonth
Last stop: Hull! We're off to Nantasket Beach for the view of Boston Light. 🎨: "Lighthouse at Nantasket Beach" (about 1834), Thomas Doughty, oil on paper mounted on paperboard Where would you go next?V
Next up? Hop on the ferry from Cape Cod and you’ll find yourself on Martha’s Vineyard, where you can trek out to the Aquinnah Cliffs for a glimpse of Gay Head Light. 🎨: "Gay Head Light, Martha's Vineyard, Mass. 6541" (1903), Detroit Publishing Company, print on card stockj
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