Dear Friends,

September brings activity and ideas to the Museum’s Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art with #mfaNOW, our celebration of contemporary art and artists. It’s a season of transformation and creative ferment, from cutting-edge exhibitions to film and theater festivals to panel discussions and lectures with leading artists, activists, and change makers.

Opening September 17, “UH-OH Frances Stark 1991–2015,” organized by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, tracks LA-based artist Frances Stark’s 25-year career from early drawings and text-based works to video installations and projects that engage with social media. The MFA is the only East Coast venue for this survey of her provocative works, and both levels of the Linde Family Wing vibrate with the sounds and sights created by the artist the LA Times called “the visual poet laureate of the Internet age.”

“Christian Marclay: The Clock also keeps time in the Linde Family Wing as of September 17. The return to the MFA of this groundbreaking 24-hour video collage marks a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in thousands of stories from familiar films and through recognizable, expressive images, each told in an instant—enthralling and meditative—as every minute of the piece reminds us of the ceaseless passage of time.

To make sure you can enjoy a few midnights and beyond with The Clock this fall, we invite all of you to mfaNOW Overnights; take advantage of free admission after hours and mix your art and ideas with some dancing, games, food in surprising, unexpected ways to encounter art, the galleries, meeting spaces, and creative energy at the MFA. I hope to see you in September!

Follow me this month with the hashtag #MatthewTeitelbaum or return to this page to see the Twitter feed at right, as we consider art and artists from Old Masters to budding creators.

Matthew Teitelbaum
Ann and Graham Gund Director

Above: Ann and Graham Gund Director Matthew Teitelbaum standing in front of Jason Middlebrook’s mural Tread Lightly (2013 )in the Linde Family Wing.