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Friends of African and Oceanic Art

$250

This group, the only one of its kind in Boston, fosters appreciation of African and Pacific works through a varied program of lectures and provides a unique opportunity to meet people with similar interests.

Programs by Museum staff, Friends group participants, eminent collectors, distinguished scholars, and curators familiarize Friends of African and Oceanic Art with works at the MFA, other museums, and in private collections. Lectures may focus on connoisseurship and the history of collecting as well as on the contexts in which objects were created and used. A reception before each event gives participants a chance to exchange news, learn from each other, and discuss their passion. The intimate nature of the group allows participants to get to know and talk with the lecturers, among them well-known experts from around the world.

Participation includes invitations for two people to attend programs and runs on the same annual cycle—with the same expiration date—as your MFA membership. Open to all Museum members (see all levels and benefits of membership).

For more information, please e-mail Friends-AfricanandOceanic@mfa.org.

$200 per couple, $100 per individual is not tax deductible. For tax purposes, these are the estimated fair market values of benefits. You will be mailed a tax receipt.

Friends of Asian Art

$250

Friends of Asian Art explores the fine and decorative arts, both ancient and modern, from the many different countries comprising present-day Asia.  

Programs by Museum staff, Friends group participants, eminent collectors, distinguished scholars, and curators introduce Friends of Asian Art to works in museum and private collections. Lectures may focus on particular artists, periods, or countries, individual collectors and collections, or today’s art market. A reception before each event gives participants a chance to meet and get to know each other as well as an opportunity to talk with the lecturers, among them well-known experts from around the world.

Participation includes invitations for two people to attend programs and runs on the same annual cycle—with the same expiration date—as your MFA membership. Open to all Museum members (see all levels and benefits of membership).

For more information, please e-mail Friends-Asian@mfa.org.

$200 per couple, $100 per individual is not tax deductible. For tax purposes, these are the estimated fair market values of benefits. You will be mailed a tax receipt.

Friends of Film

$250

Experience the best of contemporary world cinema with admission to more than 250 films a year and exclusive talks with MFA film staff and scholars.  

Friends of Film connects people who love the art of film, have a desire to learn more, and want to meet others with similar enthusiasm. The group’s benefits are designed to give you the richest experience of film in the city of Boston with exceptional access to the MFA’s year-round film program. You will have the opportunity to attend for free all regularly priced screenings and have access to behind-the-scenes opportunities at special events each fall and spring. Your involvement provides critical support to the Film Program.

Participation includes two free tickets (subject to availability) to regularly priced films ($7/$8 or $9/$11), invitations for two people to attend programs, and runs on the same annual cycle—with the same expiration date—as your MFA membership. Open to all Museum members (see all levels and benefits of membership).

For more information, please e-mail Friends-Film@mfa.org.

$200 per couple, $100 per individual is not tax deductible. For tax purposes, these are the estimated fair market values of benefits. You will be mailed a tax receipt.

Friends of Photography

$250

Foster your enjoyment and understanding of photography with talks and discussions by MFA curators and outside scholars, and the close examination of original works.  

Sponsored by the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Friends of Photography offers participants educational and professional resources through a varied program of gallery talks and discussions, study room presentations, and artist visits.

Our group includes collectors, scholars, artists, and others who appreciate photographs; desire to learn more; want to meet others with similar enthusiasm; and wish to support photography acquisitions and activities. The MFA was one of the earliest museums in the country to collect photography, and the collection spans the history of the medium.

Participation includes invitations for two people to attend programs and runs on the same annual cycle—with the same expiration date—as your MFA membership. Open to all Museum members (see all levels and benefits of membership).

For more information, please e-mail Friends-Photography@mfa.org.

$200 per couple, $100 per individual is not tax deductible. For tax purposes, these are the estimated fair market values of benefits. You will be mailed a tax receipt.

Heritage Remixed

$250

Explore our shared global heritage as a participant in Heritage Remixed, our only multi-departmental Friends group.  

Heritage Remixed events are opportunities to explore our comprehensive collections and connect with renowned curators from many departments. Join us for inspiring tours and discussions with other curious intellectuals across cultures, time, and media.

With the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art and the new Art of the Americas Wing in full swing, there has never been a better time to meet others who share a curiosity about the breadth of the MFA’s collection. Participants enjoy entertaining and culturally rich events throughout the year and help support The Heritage Fund, an acquisition fund for the purpose of diversifying the Museum’s collection.

Participation includes invitations for two people to attend programs and runs on the same annual cycle—with the same expiration date—as your MFA membership. Open to all Museum members (see all levels and benefits of membership).

For more information, please e-mail Friends-Heritage@mfa.org.

$200 per couple, $100 per individual is not tax deductible. For tax purposes, these are the estimated fair market values of benefits. You will be mailed a tax receipt.

Print and Drawing Club

$250

Foster your enjoyment and understanding of European and American works on paper with talks and discussions by MFA staff and outside scholars, and the close examination of original works.

Sponsored by the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Print and Drawing Club offers participants educational and professional resources through a varied program of gallery talks, study room presentations, and local artist visits.

The group includes collectors, scholars, artists, and others who appreciate works on paper; desire to learn more about art; want to meet others with similar enthusiasms; and wish to support department activities and the acquisition of prints and drawings. Since its founding in 1971, Print and Drawing Club’s income has supported the acquisition of nearly 120 works on paper by emerging and established artists.

Participation includes invitations for two people to attend programs and runs on the same annual cycle—with the same expiration date—as your MFA membership. Open to all Museum members (see all levels and benefits of membership).

For more information, please e-mail Friends-Print@mfa.org.

$200 per couple, $100 per individual is not tax deductible. For tax purposes, these are the estimated fair market values of benefits. You will be mailed a tax receipt.

Textile and Costume Society

$250

Become acquainted with the MFA’s rich collection of textile and fashion arts through lectures and gallery tours.    

Textile and Costume Society provides opportunities for learning and sharing through lectures and gallery tours conducted by leading textile artists, historians, conservators, collectors, and curators who speak on a variety of topics—from tapestries and carpets to samplers, shoes, quilts, jewelry, and fashion.

The group provides an opportunity for participants to connect with the curatorial staff as well as like-minded textile, fashion, and jewelry enthusiasts through stimulating, thoughtful, and entertaining programs.

Enjoy learning about the collection from the Museum’s curatorial staff and visiting experts while also supporting new acquisitions for the David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts.

Participation includes invitations for two people to attend programs and runs on the same annual cycle—with the same expiration date—as your MFA membership. Open to all Museum members (see all levels and benefits of membership).

For more information, please e-mail Friends-Textile@mfa.org.

$200 per couple, $100 per individual is not tax deductible. For tax purposes, these are the estimated fair market values of benefits. You will be mailed a tax receipt.

The Contemporaries

$1,500

Get exclusive access, early exposure, and deeper connections to contemporary art, artists, and curators in ways available nowhere else in Boston. Enjoy lively and illuminating events, trips, and collection talks.

The Contemporaries connects those who are united by a love of contemporary art. Through specially programmed events and trips, participants are introduced to a diverse and exciting array of today’s art in the company of Boston’s most “contemporary curious.” By joining, participants have access to behind-the-scenes opportunities, artist meet-and-greets, New York art fairs and gallery tours, and lively dialogue among friends. The group is designed to encourage a stronger, more rewarding engagement with contemporary art and the MFA, and critically supports our contemporary art projects and programs.

The Contemporaries are united by their love of today’s art, a passion to learn, and a desire to meet others who have similar enthusiasms. Participant contributions help support a broad range of department activities and are used to underwrite exhibitions, installations, staffing, acquisitions, and travel for research.

Participation includes invitations for two people to attend programs and runs on the same annual cycle—with the same expiration date—as your MFA membership. You must be an upper-level Museum member (Membership at $750 or more; Museum Council at $600 or more), Patron, or Benefactor to join this group (see all levels and benefits of membership).

For more information, please e-mail Friends-Contemporaries@mfa.org.

$350 per couple, $175 per individual is not tax deductible. For tax purposes, these are the estimated fair market values of benefits. You will be mailed a tax receipt.

Fashion Council

$1,500

Fashion Council is a unique group of those who are interested in the latest in Paris couture, New York style, and London counterculture, as well as the cultural and historical factors that influence fashion.

Fashion Council was established by the David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts for the purpose of exploring the intellectual, cultural, and artistic aspects of fashionable dress in a convivial and social setting.

Participants enjoy exclusive and lively programs throughout the year that feature prominent designers, jewelers, journalists, collectors, academics, and artists connected with the fashion world, and also have access to exciting travel opportunities.

Participation includes invitations for two people to attend programs and runs on the same annual cycle—with the same expiration date—as your MFA membership. You must be an upper-level Museum member (Membership at $750 or more; Museum Council at $600 or more), Patron, or Benefactor to join this group (see all levels and benefits of membership).

For more information, please e-mail Friends-FashionCouncil@mfa.org.

$350 per couple, $175 per individual is not tax deductible. For tax purposes, these are the estimated fair market values of benefits. You will be mailed a tax receipt.

Karolik Society

$1,500

Karolik Society fosters appreciation, understanding, and exploration of the vibrant arts of the Americas.    

Named in honor of Martha and Maxim Karolik—our distinguished benefactors of decorative arts, paintings, works on paper, and folk art—Karolik Society provides a chance to connect with others who are passionate about Art of the Americas. Participants have access to unique travel opportunities, including visits to important American art fairs, museums, and private collections, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes tours and programs led by curators and other experts in the field.

In addition to supporting Karolik Society, participants’ contributions help pay for new acquisitions and costs related to conserving, restoring, or displaying works of art.

Participation includes invitations for two people to attend programs and runs on the same annual cycle—with the same expiration date—as your MFA membership. You must be an upper-level Museum member (Membership at $750 or more; Museum Council at $600 or more), Patron, or Benefactor to join this group (see all levels and benefits of membership).

For more information, please e-mail Friends-KarolikSociety@mfa.org.

$350 per couple, $175 per individual is not tax deductible. For tax purposes, these are the estimated fair market values of benefits. You will be mailed a tax receipt.

Laurel Society

$1,500

Laurel Society offers stimulating events related to Greek and Roman art and archaeology, as well as a unique opportunity to connect with others with similar interests.  

Laurel Society participants have exceptional access to curatorial staff and other experts, behind-the-scenes experiences, and travel to museums, art fairs, and private collections.

Participants’ contributions not only help cover the cost of our exclusive events, but also provide much-needed discretionary funds for the Art of the Ancient World department to support special projects or for the purchase of works of art.

Participation includes invitations for two people to attend programs and runs on the same annual cycle—with the same expiration date—as your MFA membership. You must be an upper-level Museum member (Membership at $750 or more; Museum Council at $600 or more), Patron, or Benefactor to join this group (see all levels and benefits of membership).

For more information, please e-mail Friends-LaurelSociety@mfa.org.

$350 per couple, $175 per individual is not tax deductible. For tax purposes, these are the estimated fair market values of benefits. You will be mailed a tax receipt.

Lotus Society

$1,500

Lotus Society offers stimulating events related to Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern art and archaeology, as well as a unique opportunity to connect with others with similar interests.

Lotus Society participants have exceptional access to curatorial staff and other experts; behind-the-scenes experiences; and travel to museums, art fairs, and private collections.

Participants’ contributions not only help cover the cost of our exclusive events, but also provide much-needed discretionary funds for the Art of the Ancient World department to support special projects or for the purchase of works of art.

Participation includes invitations for two people to attend programs and runs on the same annual cycle—with the same expiration date—as your MFA membership. You must be an upper-level Museum member (Membership at $750 or more; Museum Council at $600 or more), Patron, or Benefactor to join this group (see all levels and benefits of membership).

For more information, please e-mail Friends-LotusSociety@mfa.org.

$350 per couple, $175 per individual is not tax deductible. For tax purposes, these are the estimated fair market values of benefits. You will be mailed a tax receipt.

Swan Society

$1,500

Swan Society participants are true friends to the Art of Europe department and enjoy diverse events that lead to greater appreciation of European art from the early Medieval period to the mid-20th century.

Named for James Swan (1754–1831), a pioneering collector in Boston who assembled the finest group of French furniture in 18th-century America, the Swan Society provides participants with access to European art experts. Swan Society programs encourage close looking at original works of art, share current research and insights into curatorial decision-making, and stimulate dialogue between museum professionals and participants. Everyone involved shares a passion for European decorative arts, sculpture, and painting.

Contributions from Swan Society participants directly sustain the Art of Europe department by providing funding for essential work that includes cataloguing, research, publication, and exhibition development.

Participation includes invitations for two people to attend programs and runs on the same annual cycle—with the same expiration date—as your MFA membership. You must be an upper-level Museum member (Membership at $750 or more; Museum Council at $600 or more), Patron, or Benefactor to join this group (see all levels and benefits of membership).

For more information, please contact Betsy Griffin, bgriffin@mfa.org, 617-369-3484.

$220 per couple, $110 per individual is not tax deductible. For tax purposes, these are the estimated fair market values of benefits. You will be mailed a tax receipt.