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What made J. M. W. Turner modern—his dedication to timely subjects and new modes of depiction—also makes his art vital to our moment. 🎟️ Reserve your tickets now to see "Turner's Modern World" before it closes July
It’s a beautiful night for Sunset Cinema! We’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Love Jones” with @RoxFilm 🎞B
Get down to the @mfaboston lawn for this “Love Jones” screening. Starts at 8:30 PM. The scene…
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This oil sketch, one of Peter Paul #Rubens’s finest, is a preparatory study for a tapestry now in a convent in Madrid. The Flemish artist was born #OnThisDay in 1577. 🎨: "The Sacrifice of the Old Covenant" (about 1626)3
Join us tonight for Sunset Cinema! 🍿 🎬 Celebrate summer with an outdoor screening of the beloved 1997 romance "Love Jones," presented in partnership 📷: Caitlin Cunningham Photograpio8
"My drape paintings are never hung the same way twice. The composition is always present, but one must let things go, be open to improvisation, spontaneity, what’s happening in a space while one works." Remembering #SamGilliam (1933–2022) with this 1970 work from our collection.
🖼️: "Web" (1975), The Museum of Modern Art. © The Estate of Philip Guston, courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY. Learn more about the artist through The Guston
🗣️ “I think, from Guston, I learned a lot about the language of painting, how an artist can change and push themselves.” — Matt Saunders
🗣️ “As an artist, I just swoon over that paint and I can feel so close to him because those brushstrokes are manifest and left in every painting so that we can see them and know them right now. We can be in that moment with him.” — Arlene Shechet
🗣️ “I think about him every time I approach a canvas. I start my canvases with scribbles in attempt at getting in my subconscious because I’m looking for that inner voice which Guston gave me—or at least showed me how to use it. I carry that some 40 years later.” — Robert Freeman
#PhilipGuston has given contemporary artists permission to break the rules and paint what, and how, they want. On his birthday, we’re sharing reflections from three artists who contributed their voices to our exhibition “Philip Guston Now”:
When was the last time you visited Hopper? "Drug Store" (1927), one of the artist's early masterpieces, is back on view! 🎨: "Drug Store" (1927), oil on canvasp
This painting is a symbolic depiction of the Kalachakra, a tradition of teachings & ritual practices within Vajrayana Buddhism. In the period when the painting was made, it was being established as one of the main ritual practices of the Dalai Lama's personal monastery.
Congrats to our friends @peabodyessex on the opening of "#PatrickKelly: Runway of Love" 🎉 If you're heading up to Salem, don't miss this 1986 ensemble from our collection on view in the exhibition!t
Are you ready for the return of Sunset Cinema? 🎬 Celebrate summer with an outdoor screening of the beloved 1997 romance "Love Jones," presented in partnership 📷: Caitlin Cunningham Photograph9C
The annual @RoxFilm festival kicks off at the MFA tonight with a screening of "Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story" 🎞️ This year's festival takes place both in person and online! 🎟️ Full schedule and
For #NationalPinkDay, a pink cutter (a sailboat with two sails) emerges from a watery foreground in this watercolor by J. M. W. Turner. See it in "Turner's Modern World," closing July 10: 🎨: "Ship and Cutter" (about 1825)a
Ever wanted to see your art on view at the MFA? 👀 We're accepting submissions for our Portraits of Leadership project & have already received hundreds of artworks, featuring Basquiat, Malala, teachers, superheroes & more. 📮 Submission
From a @RoxFilm partnership with @mfaboston and @museumofscience pairing with @WHFF, there are many exciting film collaborations to enjoy this summer.
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Celebrating #NationalGiraffeDay with this 19th-century work from our collection 🦒X
#HenryOssawaTanner, born #onthisday in 1859, was captivated by North Africa, particularly the Moroccan port of Tangiers. He spent several months there in the spring of 1912, when he painted numerous views of the city's ancient alleys and gateways.
Are you ready for the longest day of the year? Tell us how you're spending the #FirstDayOfSummer 🌞 🎨: "Calm Morning" (1904), Frank Weston Benson, oil on canvaSq
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate #Juneteenth with us, to the artists who participated in today's activities, and to @CitizensBank for making free admission possible!
Artists Stephen Hamilton and Danny Rivera discussing artistic expression, inspiration, and inner peace as well as the meaning of #Juneteenth in City Talks: SIDE Presents SIDE.
Spotlight Talks in “Touching Roots: Black Ancestral Legacies in the Americas” are being presented by writer and curator Chenoa Baker during our #Juneteenth celebration!
We're celebrating #Juneteenth all day! Join us for performances curated by SIDE Presents, art making, and talks until 5 pm. Courtesy of @CitizensBank, admission is free for all Massachusetts residents.
Stop by and create a portrait of a leader in your life using drawing, watercolor, or collage art materials. Whether a family member or friend; mentor, teacher, or coach, we want to see them all! #Juneteenth
🎨:"Flagon" (1607, London), probably by John Acton; silver gilt 🎨: "Still Life with Meat and a Basket of Cheese" (about 1627), Pieter Claesz., oil on panel 🎨: "Man's shirt" (1950s, American); cotton plain weave; printed
Happy #FathersDay! What do you think the best Dad gift, food or a flagon for drinks?
🎨: Maquette for 'Eternal Presence' (modeled 1985, cast 1998), John Wilson, bronze, © John Wilson /@ARSNewYorkk
Join us on June 20 to honor #Juneteenth and celebrate the contributions of Black artists and creative voices to the City of Boston! Courtesy of @CitizensBank, admission is free for all MA residents 🎟️ Stop by for performances, gallery talks and
We've made some exciting changes in our Impressionism galleries! 🖼️ 🔨 Beloved works including Renoir's "Dance at Bougival" are back on view after returning from traveling exhibitions, and you can now once again step into a gallery full of our paintings by MonetNw
#ToshikoTakaezu— born #OnThisDay in 1922—brushed, splashed, dripped & poured her colors onto the surface of her ceramics. She drew upon both Western & Eastern artistic philosophies to develop her signature “closed forms." 🎨: Seven of her ceramic works (1980s & 1990s)l
Dreaming of a #WinslowHomer summer 🌊🏖☀️ Where's your favorite vacation spot in New England? Escape the heat and get some summer destination inspiration in our Art of the Americas Wing—all of these beauties and more are on viewv0
🎨 : Details of "Rocky Coast and Gulls" (1869), "Gloucester Mackerel Fleet at Sunset" (1884), "Long Branch, New Jersey" (1869), "Gloucester Mackerel Fleet at Dawn" (1884).
Rooting for our @celtics to pull through tonight! ☘️ #AllAbout18
The tapestry depicts catfish swimming in water among reeds, watched closely by a solitary figure. A popular food source in the southern U.S., the catfish symbolizes the artist’s geographic and cultural roots, and it often appears in his work.
Earlier this week, our facilities crew installed a new work in the Linde Family Wing for #ContemporaryArt—a newly commissioned banner by Diedrick Brackens ✨
📷: "Golf drive by Densmore Shute" (1938), Harold E. Edgerton; photograph, gelatin silver print © Harold & Esther Edgerton Foundation, courtesy of Palm Press, Inc.
The #USOpen of golf tees off tomorrow in Brookline, and we want to know, do you know every player or do you struggle to tell the difference between a putter and a 9-iron? ⛳
From an exhibit featuring the playful fashions of designer Patrick Kelly at @peabodyessex to the final stop of the national tour of the Obama presidential portraits at @mfaboston, visual arts writer @Pamela_R_writes recommends a variety of summer shows.
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Explore five decades of Guston's work in "Philip Guston Now," now on view and included with general admission: 🖼️: "City" (1969), The Guston Foundation. © The Estate of Philip Guston, courtesy Hauser & Wirth.
#PhilipGuston's use of the color pink became a kind of signature—sometimes airy, sometimes visceral, sometimes “a nice pink,” a “Sunday-comic color,” as he put it.
Thank you to all who participated in our CNA Scholars’ Day! The Center for Netherlandish Art hosted university and museum-based specialists at an event exploring the new galleries for Dutch and Flemish art, including a roundtable discussion and Q&A on the future of the field.
Artist Perla Mabel collaborated with students from the MFA’s Community Arts Initiative partners on “Empowered Faces,” a project that taught students to celebrate cultural identity and self-discovery in their art: Their mixed-media mural is now on view! ✨
These are a few of our favorites—come and discover yours! 📷: Unidentified artists, American, 20th century
Some wonderfully weird postcards for you, courtesy of the early 20th century 📬 Some 300 of these real photo postcards are on view now—ranging from dramatic and tragic to the inexplicable, funny, and, well...just plain weird!4
“Painting is but another word for feeling.” —John Constable, born #OnThisDay in 1776. The countryside depicted here became known as “Constable’s country,” due to the artist’s many renderings of this location. 🎨: "Stour Valley and Dedham Church" (about 1815)O
Sylvia Hernandez was inspired to make this quilt in 2018 by her students after they talked about the recent shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 🎨 :#howmanymoree (2018), Sylvia Hernandez; Printed cotton, appliquéd and pieced, machine quilted
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