It’s exciting to finally be here at the MFA. I look forward to renewing my acquaintance with Boston, the Museum, and with you in the coming months. My previous experience of the MFA has been as a visitor, like you, roaming the galleries of this great cultural center, rich with tradition and art, and welcoming to all.
I look forward to seeing you here this fall: our slate of exhibitions promises to stimulate lots of conversation and new insights. “Crafted: Objects in Flux,” in the Foster Gallery, encourages us to stretch our perceptions of craft, as artists push boundaries with daring choices of technology, materials, scale, and concepts: from a bracelet that anchors its wearer, to a suite of vases creating human silhouettes in their negative spaces. “Crafted” also presents a wonderful opportunity to view craft and design throughout the Museum’s galleries in a fresh light.
In contrast to the contemporary works in “Crafted,” “Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia,” on view in the Torf Gallery, is a spectacular exhibition of centuries of decorative arts. It examines the cultural interchange spawned by global trade in the colonial Americas, a truly eye-opening look at the multi-layered stories behind beautiful objects crafted by makers in the Americas with indigenous materials, interpreting their natural world and cultures through the lens of Asian influence.
And opening in October in the Gund Gallery, a glorious display of Dutch art from the Golden Age will be on view in “Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer.” The show assembles 75 carefully selected paintings from international collections—including remarkable Rembrandts and two Vermeers—organized around the intriguing theme of how these paintings can serve as windows into the social strata of a vibrant 17th-century society.
I hope to see you here this fall, enjoying our imaginative, challenging exhibitions, exploring the collections, and getting inspired with all the activities planned around them. And, if you see me wandering the galleries, I hope you’ll stop to say hello.
Ann and Graham Gund Director
Above: Ann and Graham Gund Director Matthew Teitelbaum in the Linde Family Wing.