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Imogen Cunningham, "Sunbath (Alta on the Beach)," 1925-30
Modernist Photography: 1910–1950 July 30, 2011 - April 1, 2012

"Modernist Photography 1910–1950" features approximately 40 American modernist photographs representing highlights from the Museum's own collection as well as The Lane Collection. Complementing the work displayed in several of the other Level 3 galleries in the new Art of the...

John LaFarge, "View Over Kyoto From Ya Ami," 1886
Around the World in Watercolor, 1860-1920 July 16, 2011 - March 4, 2012

“Around the World in Watercolor, 1860-1920” features work by Americans who sought adventure and inspiration for their art. They ventured across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and traversed the American continent. Thirty watercolors from the Museum’s permanent collection by John...

Monet to Lichtenstein
Monet/Lichtenstein: Rouen Cathedrals July 3, 2011 - September 25, 2011

Roy Lichtenstein is known for his Pop art paintings derived from comic strips and advertisements, but his later work also drew on well-known masterpieces of art history. The ten paintings in this exhibition offer a rare chance to look closely at Lichtenstein’s interaction with impressionist...

Joan Miró, "Series II (Plate 5)," 1952
Europe at Mid-Century: Dubuffet, Giacometti, Picasso June 25, 2011 - January 22, 2012

Postwar Europe saw many and diverse transformations of the way in which artists depicted the human image. Figuration and abstraction were the contending elements in a dynamic dialogue boldly visible in the work of Alberto Giacometti, Jean Dubuffet, Pablo Picasso, and their many contemporaries....

Rodolphe Bresdin, "The Good Samaritan," 1861
Two Masters of Fantasy: Bresdin and Redon May 25, 2011 - January 16, 2012

"Two Masters of Fantasy: Bresdin and Redon" features the prints and drawings of two artists who explored worlds of the imagination, the inner reality of the subconscious, and of dream. The eccentric French printmaker and draftsman Rodolphe Bresdin (1822-1885) created a miniature world...

Rebecca Norris Webb, "Havana, Cuba" (detail), 2008
Violet Isle: A Photographic Portrait of Cuba by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb May 25, 2011 - January 16, 2012

This exhibition explores photographers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb’s poetic vision of Cuba, the Caribbean island that—because of the color of its soil—is occasionally known as the "Violet Isle." The couple became fascinated with the paradoxes of the place some...

Yashima Gakutei, "Woman Representing Benzaiten, from the series Allusions to the Seven Lucky Gods (Mitate shichifukujin)," 1820s
The Goddess of Music and Good Fortune May 21, 2011 - December 31, 2011

Benzaiten, the goddess of music and good fortune, has been revered in Japan from ancient times to the present. This exhibition explores the long-lasting popularity of the goddess in Japanese culture and the iconographical transformations of her image over 500 years. See her orthodox depiction as...

Community Arts Initiative, And Their Families
Community Arts Initiative: And Their Families April 23, 2011 - June 6, 2011

Under the guidance of artist Raul Gonzalez, students from eight after-school community organizations in the Boston area will create family portraits using pen, ink, and color in 11 x 17" stained paper. The project is intended to draw inspiration from paintings representing families and...

"Man's Wrapper," African, Ghana, early 20th century
Global Patterns: Dress and Textiles in Africa April 13, 2011 - January 8, 2012

This exhibition focuses on the accomplishments of African weavers, dyers, bead embroiderers, and tailors, and highlights continuities, innovation, and the exchange of ideas from within and without that mark dress and textile production in Africa. More than any other artistic expression, dress and...

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Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass April 10, 2011 - August 8, 2011

Over the course of his career, Dale Chihuly has revolutionized the art of blown glass, moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture and establishing the use of glass—inherently a fragile but also magical material—as a vehicle for installation and environmental art. This...

Eunice Bourne, "Embroidered overmantel with original frame," 1745-50
Embroideries of Colonial Boston: Pictorial Embroideries April 2, 2011 - August 28, 2011

The embroideries of colonial Boston girls and women have long been treasured family possessions and are now much sought after by collectors. The charm and craftsmanship of the Adam and Eve samplers, pastoral pictures with leaping stags and galloping hunters, as well as crewelwork bed hangings and...

Lambert Doomer, "Two Bactrian Camels in a River Landscape," 17th century
Mirror of Holland: Drawings from the George and Maida Abrams Collection March 26, 2011 - July 31, 2011

The Maida and George Abrams Collection is one of the finest assemblages ever brought together of Dutch drawings, featuring works from the late 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. The core of the collection is the splendid range of 17th-century drawings. In the northern Netherlands, the 17th century saw...

"Danziger Tea Basket," Photo by Christopher Gardner
An Unspoken Dialogue with Japanese Tea February 12, 2011 - September 23, 2012

"An Unspoken Dialogue with Japanese Tea" has been organized to complement an exhibition and a series of programs focusing on the contemporary Japanese tea bowl to be held in the Boston community during spring 2011. Drawn from the extensive holdings of the Museum of Fine Arts' Morse...

Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection
Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection February 9, 2011 - June 19, 2011

This exhibition is selected from the wide-ranging art holdings of Bank of America, one of the largest and most comprehensive corporate collections of photography in the world. The collection was significantly influenced by scholars Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, who in the late 1960s assembled a core...

Artist Unknown, "Decorative Paper with Design of Chrysanthemums," Edo period
Flowers and Festivals: Four Seasons in Japanese Prints January 22, 2011 - June 6, 2011

Love of nature and awareness of the changing seasons, longstanding motifs in the literary and visual arts of Japan, often appear in the ukiyo-e woodblock prints that chronicle the life of the urban middle class during the Edo period (1615-1867). As Japan gradually developed the characteristics of...

Mary Stevenson Cassatt, "In the Omnibus," about 1891
Artists Abroad: London, Paris, Venice, and Rome 1825-1925 November 20, 2010 - June 26, 2011

A tour abroad exposed artists to new environments, historic architecture and monuments, and famous art collections. It also enabled them to receive instruction from continental masters and interact with daring avant-garde artists. “Artists Abroad: London, Paris, Venice, and Rome 1825-1925...

Sally Jackson, "Sampler," 1771
Embroideries of Colonial Boston: Samplers November 20, 2010 - March 13, 2011

The embroideries of colonial Boston girls and women have long been treasured family possessions and are now much sought after by collectors. The charm and craftsmanship of the Adam and Eve samplers, pastoral pictures with leaping stags and galloping hunters, as well as crewelwork bed hangings and...

Fresh Ink
Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition November 20, 2010 - February 13, 2011

In this groundbreaking exhibition, contemporary Chinese ink painters engage in dialogue with classical artworks from China’s past. At the core of this exhibition’s concept is an artist-in-residency program. Leading artists from China and the Chinese diaspora have come to Boston to...

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, 'Old Man with a Walking Stick; Head of a Young Woman,' about 1633-1634.
Mirror of Holland: Drawings from the Maida and George Abrams Collection November 20, 2010 - March 6, 2011

One of the remarkable aspects of seventeenth-century Dutch visual culture is the extraordinary number of gifted artists—even if we leave aside artists of Rembrandt’s caliber—who were active in those years. This is true not only for painting but also for drawing. The Maida and...

Edward Weston, ‘Nude,’ 1936
Modernist Photography 1910-1950 November 20, 2010 - July 3, 2011

"Modernist Photography 1910–1950" features approximately 40 American modernist photographs representing highlights from the Museum's own collection as well as The Lane Collection. Complementing the work displayed in several of the other Level 3 galleries in the new Art of the...

View of the Art of the Americas Wing galleries from the Shapiro Courtyard
Art of the Americas Wing Opens November 14 for Members November 14, 2010 - November 19, 2010

Join us for Member Preview Days  November 14 to 19. See below for dates and hours. Sunday, November 14 Noon-8 pm Family activities, Noon-5 pm Monday-Tuesday, November 15-16 10 am-4:45 pm Wednesday-Thursday, November 17-18 10 am-9:45 pm Friday, November 19 10 am-4:45 pm The...

Kristin Baker, "Splitting Twilight," 2009
Kristin Baker: New Paintings October 2, 2010 - March 27, 2011

Since receiving her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts (1998) and her MFA from Yale (2002), Kristin Baker has gained international recognition for her distinctive painting process. Instead of brushes on canvas, she uses squeegees and scrapers to slide acrylic paint across...

Arnold Scaasi
Scaasi: American Couturier September 25, 2010 - June 19, 2011

This exhibition celebrates the designer Arnold Scaasi and the MFA’s recent acquisition of his archive and more than 100 of his designs. Arnold Scaasi, who began his business in New York in the mid-1950s was one of the few New York designers to concentrate on custom-made clothing rather than...

Five-colored parakeet on a blossoming apricot tree (detail)
Chinese Master Paintings from the Collection September 4, 2010 - February 27, 2011

"Chinese Master Paintings from the Collection" highlights some of the most rarefied masterpieces from the Chinese painting canon. Two themes emerge from the exhibition. First, the exhibition presents a concentration of imperial works, including the Thirteen Emperors scroll from the Tang...

Jean-François Millet, 'Path through the Wheat,' about 1867
Millet and Rural France September 4, 2010 - May 30, 2011

Jean-François Millet (1814–1875) is one of the great French artists of the 19th century. His images of rural life are among the most recognized and beloved in the history of art, and his innovative treatment of light and color anticipates Impressionism. This exhibition features a...

Kô Sûkoku, 'Enma, the Lord of the Realm of Death, and his Crystal Mirror' (detail)
Heaven and Hell in Japanese Art August 14, 2010 - May 1, 2011

Japanese images of heaven and hell range from depictions of serene paradises to grotesque realms of punishment. Heaven, situated in a land of bliss where devotees are reborn to reside with Amida, the Buddha of Infinite Light, is typically represented by luxurious palaces, jeweled trees, and...

Richard Avedon, Veruschka, dress by Kimberly, New York, 1967. © The Richard Avedon Foundation.
Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 August 10, 2010 - January 17, 2011

Richard Avedon was one of the greatest image-makers of the twentieth century. He revolutionized fashion photography with his imaginative, spirited portrayals of the "good life” showing beautiful women wearing extraordinary clothes in irresistible settings, as well as memorable portrayals...

Michael Oatman, 'Exurbia (more leisure time for artists everywhere),' 2004
New Works: Prints, Drawings, Collages July 28, 2010 - May 1, 2011

American and European prints, drawings, and collages acquired in the last half-decade dramatically document the kaleidoscopic diversity of the art of our time. For example, German printmaker Christiane Baumgartner begins with a photographic video image but cuts it in wood by hand, often on very...

Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters, Brookline, 1999. Photograph, gelatin silver print. Promised gift of James and Margie Krebs
Nicholas Nixon: Family Album July 28, 2010 - May 1, 2011

Among the most compelling of Nicholas Nixon’s series of photographs are the portraits that he has made of his close-knit family. These photographs, taken over time, explore the nature of long-committed relationships. The exhibition features the entire sequence of the celebrated portraits of...

Vincent van Gogh, "The Sower," 1888.
Visiting Masterpieces: Vincent van Gogh's The Sower May 11, 2010 - August 17, 2010

The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation), has graciously lent The Sower, painted in the town of Arles in southern France in November of 1888. It is shown in the Sidney and Esther Rabb Gallery with a work that van Gogh had known through reproductions since at least the early...

The Court of Bilqis (Queen of Sheba), Persian, Safavid, third quarter of the 16th century
Romantic Interludes: Women in Firdawsi's Shahnama April 24, 2010 - January 16, 2011

The Shahnama, often called the "national epic" of Iran, was completed around the year 1010 by the Persian poet Abu'l Qasim Firdawsi. A vast and complex poem, it opens with the creation of the world and concludes with the Muslim conquest of Iran in the mid-seventh century, thus...

Signs and Symbols
Signs and Symbols: The Community Arts Initiative Artist Project April 24, 2010 - September 6, 2010

For the "Signs and Symbols" project, children from after-school programs and community organizations across Boston looked at how words and characters are paired together to convey messages. Working with Cambridge-based artist and author Caleb Neelon, the children then created signs...

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