This fall, the MFA celebrates the 20th anniversary of Malcolm Rogers, Ann and Graham Gund Director, with a range of special programs and events. The longest-tenured Director in the Museum’s 144-year history, Rogers marked two decades at the MFA on September 1. Special events included a sold-out gala and MFA by Moonlight party on September 6. The gala raised $2.3 million, which will benefit education, access, and community programs at the MFA, highlighting Rogers’ commitment to these areas. Then on September 7—declared Malcolm Rogers Day by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh—the Museum held a free MFA Community Day: Celebrating 20 Years of Director Malcolm Rogers. Special member events, exhibitions, and public lectures rounded out the month-long celebration. Social media channels used the hashtag #MR20 to highlight the festivities surrounding Rogers’ anniversary, with fans and followers invited to participate on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Additionally, in the coming months Rogers will present two lectures reflecting on his time at the Museum. On October 29 and 30, he will look back at 20 personas that have influenced his thinking about museums and the MFA during his tenure. Due to popular demand, Rogers will offer the lecture twice, allowing visitors to hear about the influence of the volunteer, the politician, the donor, the colleague, the educator, the artist and more. On February 25, 2015, he will lecture on 20 significant acquisitions of works of art made by the Museum over the past 20 years.
2/28/14 Boston Globe "MFA Director Malcolm Rogers to retire"
2/28/14 The New York Times "Director of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts to Retire"
2/28/14 Boston Herald "MFA Director Rogers Retiring after 20 Years"
2/28/14 Apollo Magazine "Malcolm Rogers to Retire from the MFA Boston"
2/28/14 WBUR "Radio Boston" "MFA Director Steps Down"
2/28/14 WBUR Radio "Malcolm Rogers, Who Led MFA's Expansion, Announces Plans To Retire"
3/3/14 WGBH-TV, "Greater Boston" "MFA Director Malcolm Rogers: 'Excellence For Everyone'"
2/28/14 WGBH Radio, "Morning Edition" "Retiring MFA Director Malcolm Rogers On The Search For Beauty And Meaning"
Milestones for Malcolm Rogers at the MFA
1994 Malcolm Rogers becomes Ann and Graham Gund Director
1995 Huntington Avenue Entrance, closed since 1990, reopens
1996 Hours extended to 7 days a week, Huntington Avenue renamed "Avenue of the Arts"
1999 Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts opens in Japan
2008 Fenway entrance, closed for 30 years, reopens
$504 million fundraising campaign concludes
2010 Art of the Americas Wing (53 galleries), Shapiro Family Courtyard, and new Gund Gallery open
2011 Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art opens
2014 Rogers becomes longest serving MFA Director in May
Rogers marks 20 years at the MFA in September