Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Friday, October 21, 2011




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A friend I met at Burning Man joined me at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA).  It is one of the best art museums in the U.S.  It is a large museum with an extensive, high-quality collection.  In addition to their permanent collection they also have many temporary exhibits, many of which are made up of items from their permanent collection.  Here is a list of the temporary exhibits that were on view when I was there:

Community Arts Initiative: And Their Families
Disponible: A Kind of Mexican Show
Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art
Degas and the Nude
Ellsworth Kelly: Wood Sculpture
Embroideries of Colonial Boston: Domestic Embroideries
Maud Morgan Prize 2011: Wendy Jacob
The Clock: Christian Marclay
Kawanabe Kyosai and the Hell Courtesan
Passion and Precision in the Age of Revolution
Modernist Photography: 1910-1950
Jewels, Gems, and Treasures: Ancient to Modern
Around the World in Watercolor, 1860-1920
Europe at Mid-Century: Dubuffet, Giacometti, Picasso
Two Masters of Fantasy: Bresdin and Redon
Violet Isle: A Photographic Portrait of Cuba by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb
The Goddess of Music and Good Fortune
Global Patterns: Dress and Textiles in Africa
Art of the Americas Wing
Preserving History, Making History: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

That's 20 temporary exhibits, which I'm sure contained more works than many art museums have on display.  Some of these were integrated with the permanent collection and I didn't even realize they were temporary exhibits until I saw it listed on the web site.  I suspect some of them were in parts of the museum we never made it to because they don't ring a bell.  In spite of going on a day when they were open late, we didn't see everything before the museum closed.

We left the museum and had dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Cambridge near the MIT campus.  After dinner we wandered over to MIT and looked for the Stata Center, a building designed by Frank Gehry that I was interested in seeing.  We found the Stata Center and, although I didn't have my camera with me, I started wandering around looking for good spots for taking pictures since I expected to come back to photograph it.  We ran into a group of students who were climbing up onto a roof over a stairway and sliding down the roof like a sliding board.  It looked like fun so we tried it too.

After wandering around and through the Stata Center for a while we headed back to our cars and said goodnight.
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