Dear Friends,

There is much to see and experience at the MFA.

Outstanding new displays include a gallery devoted to the Museum’s luminous collection of Monets. In adjacent galleries, 19th-century French canvases are arranged in thought-provoking groupings and themes including Impressionist plein air paintings and scenes of urban life and leisure.

Strong exhibitions are on view right now—Picasso, Lawren Harris, technology and fashion, contemporary Asian art exploring the issues of urban expansion in immersive installations.

The conversation on cities and art continues with The City Talks free forums. It will be a stimulating summer in the city with many voices contributing. I hope yours will be one of them—we want to hear from you!

I invite you to join me in a new social media project in the coming months, as I tell unique and unconventional stories with the help of staff, spaces, and objects throughout the MFA. I plan to share some interesting perspectives that offer insight into the workings of the Museum and my own observations on what goes on here every day—on Twitter.

Follow me with the hashtag #MatthewTeitelbaum or return to this page to see the Twitter feed at right as I uncover the intricacies, intimacies, and idiosyncrasies of the Museum through behind-the-scenes snapshots I’ve gathered in the MFA galleries, offices, and classrooms. In May, it’s a lighthearted look at hair and its many dos and don’ts—in the collections and on colleagues. In June, rain or shine, I’ll focus on weather.

I hope you join me on this journey as I explore the many things that make your MFA a singular place for discussion, discovery, and insight.

Matthew Teitelbaum
Ann and Graham Gund Director

Above: Ann and Graham Gund Director Matthew Teitelbaum standing in front of a mural by Jason Middlebrook in the Linda Family Wing.