When I heard that the Boston MFA was launching a dress-up social media campaign called “Kimono Wednesdays” based on a painting by Claude Monet, that a group of young Asian American protesters asked them to stop, that the MFA did and apologized, I thought it was an open and shut case.
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts recently cancelled an event they had called “Kimono Wednesdays,” that, according to the museum, sought to engage people by arranging enhanced encounters with works of art.
You might say that Boston was to John Singer Sargent what Florence was to Michelangelo.
One of art’s greatest functions might be the way it helps us share our common experiences, though those experiences are sometimes all too tragic.
Imagine you were creating a time capsule that would summarize American life today. What would you put in it: A smart phone? A kindle? Maybe a few seasons of NCIS or Orange Is the New Black?
Transportation is one of the few industries in which design has so consistently been the driving force. Who hasn’t at some point been stopped in their tracks by the polished silhouette of a classic Corvette? The car’s controlled curves evoke speed, and that speed creates the illusion of power.
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is increasingly turning to lending out marquee artworks in their collection for profit, according to the Boston Globe.
BOSTON — Traveling to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation’s collection in Miami, Permission To be Global (Prácticas Globales) — the MFA’s first exhibition of contemporary art from Latin America — calls attention to globalization within the institution’s newly-refreshed Linde Family Wing.
Year after year, the demands come from foreign governments, landing on the directors’ desks at some of the major museums in the United States: give us back our looted antiquities. And, after some delays and in some instances the assistance of the US State Department, these antiquities are being returned.
Sometimes museums and archives don’t know the treasures they already have, collecting dust on some forlorn shelf or hidden away in a forgotten box. Through mislabeling or earlier disorganization, great works of art and history are sometimes lost for years before being “discovered” right inside the museum walls.
This morning, as Boston mourned yesterday’s tragedy, its major art institutions announced free admission to the public, “a place of respite for our community” in the words of the Museum of Fine Arts.
LOS ANGELES — The iPad catalogue trend continues, this time with a gorgeous new digital catalogue released by the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. Celebrating their Paintings of the Americas collection, the catalogue offers a timeline of American history through painting, with chapters like “The Colonies Go for Baroque” and a section on 19th C. painter John Singer Sargent.