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Free Memorial Day Open House Features Music, Dance and Performance Art

Activities Celebrate Arts and Culture from Across the Americas, Including a Performance by the 55-Piece US Coast Guard Band

 
BOSTON, MA (May 8, 2014)—The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), celebrates Memorial Day with free admission for all on Monday, May 26, 2014. From 10 am to 4:45 pm, visitors are invited to celebrate a “Season of Color in the Americas” with a fun-filled day of vibrant music and colorful activities. In honor of the holiday, a 55-piece US Coast Guard Band will perform a selection of patriotic songs and American Standards at the Museum’s historic Huntington Avenue entrance on Bank of America Plaza. Later, performance art by Venezuelan artists Nascimento/Lovera brings together local hip-hop artists and a Brazilian drum troupe with the Coast Guard ensemble. Inside, families can feel the rhythm of Latin American culture through Cha-Cha dance workshops and dance along (or learn how to dance) to Latin American beats with Edwin Pabon y Su Orquesta and Riobamba of Pajaritos. For visitors who love classic American show tunes, Technicolor musicals will be screened for free during the day, while tours, talks and a kaleidoscope of activities in the galleries will be inspired by the Museum’s collections and the exhibitions, Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art and Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection.  Visitors can RSVP and invite their friends to the MFA’s Memorial Day Open House on Facebook. This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Generously supported by MFA Associates/MFA Senior Associates.
 
The free Memorial Day open house is part of the Museum’s Season of Color, a spectrum of programs, concerts and galleries in celebration of the exhibition, Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection (on view through July 27, 2014).  A dedicated Family Guide is available for children who want to learn more about the exhibition. Memorial Day also marks the MFA’s continuing participation in the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission for active-duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. In addition, the MFA offers free admission for active-duty personnel and their families year round with a military ID. 
 
SCHEDULE OF MEMORIAL DAY ACTIVITIES
Free unless otherwise noted
 
MUSIC & DANCE
 
Dance Workshops: Extreme Dancesport 
11 am–Noon and 3:30–4 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard  
Instructors from Extreme Dancesport teach the Cha-cha. 
 
Riobamba 
Noon–1 pm and 2:30–3:30 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard  
Riobamba of Pajaritos spins contemporary global dance music. 
 
Edwin Pabon y Su Orquesta 
1–2:30 pm, Shapiro Family Courtyard  
Edwin Pabon y Su Orquesta perform an array of lively musical delights including salsa, meringue and mambos. 
 
US Coast Guard Band Performance
2-2:45 pm, Huntington Avenue Entrance (Rain location: Remis Auditorium. Performance length and content may be adjusted due to inclement weather.)
The 55-piece ensemble from New London, Connecticut, plays a selection of patriotic songs and American Standards.
 
PERFORMANCE ART  
 
Canción para Banda Militar (Song for a Military Band), (Nascimento/Lovera, 2014)
3-3:45 pm, Huntington Avenue Entrance (Rain location: Remis Auditorium. Performance length and content may be adjusted due to inclement weather.)
Venezuelan artists Nascimento/Lovera orchestrate a performance bringing the US Coast Guard Band, Foundation Movement (local hip-hop artists) and Bloco AfroBrazil (a Brazilian drum troupe) together to explore the idea of a utopian intersection of civic and military voices united by culture and a common love of music. 
 
Egocentrismo funerario (Funerary Egocentrism), (Lázaro Saavedra, 1990/2014)
10 am–1 pm, Foster Gallery  
Cuban artist Lázaro Saavedra lies in a coffin, paying sarcastic homage to the “death of the author,” as part of Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection.
This presentation is supported by Carolyn Fine Friedman and Jeremiah Friedman, with additional support from the 2012-2013 Contemporary Visiting Committee. 
 
Now, Speak! (Amalia Pica, 2011—ongoing)
10 am–4:45 pm, Huntington Avenue Entrance
Visitors can step up to the “open mic” to activate Amalia Pica’s cement podium with speeches throughout the day.
 
The Performance Art Program is supported by Lorraine Bressler.
 
FAMILY ART-MAKING ACTIVITIES
 
Basket Making
10 am–4 pm, Gallery LG34 (Native North American Art)
Children can weave together their own creation, inspired by baskets in the Native American gallery. 
 
Spinning Tops
10 am–4 pm, Education Center in the Druker Family Pavilion
Families can re-create the video Return by Argentinean artist Miguel Rios by making their own spectacular spinning top and recording its spinning, wobbly movements.    
 
Drawing in Texture
10 am–4 pm, Bernard and Barbara Stern Shapiro Gallery
The colorful, textured paintings in the exhibition Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art offer artistic inspiration.
 
Additional family resources are available at the Sharf Visitor Center including Art Connections Cards in English and Spanish; MFA Guide Kid’s Tour; and Passport to the Americas.
 
TOURS
 
Family Tours
Every 15 minutes from 10:30–11:45 am; meet at the Sharf Visitor Center 
A 30-minute kid-friendly tour. 
 
Discovering Latin American Art: Ancient to Modern
11:30 am, Noon, 12:30, 1, 1:30 and 2 pm; meet at Sharf Visitor Center
ASL Interpretation at 12:30 and 1:30 pm
A 30-minute tour exploring Latin American art from paintings to chocolate pots. 
 
Highlights of the Museum Collections
English 1 and 3 pm, Portuguese 1:30 pm, Spanish 2 pm; meet at the Sharf Visitor Center
ASL Interpretation at 3 pm
MFA masterpieces are explored on a one-hour tour for adults. 
 
MFA GUIDE
Available at all ticket desks, Sharf Visitor Center, and the Ann and Graham Gund Gallery
Members $5; nonmembers $6; kids 17 and under $4. Free for visitors who are Deaf or blind. 
Mobile MFA Guides offer a deeper understanding of quilts and color theory, with exhibition curators and experts exploring the kaleidoscope of Quilts and Color.
MFA Guide is made possible through the generous support of the John W. Henry Family Foundation.
 
TECHNICOLOR FILMS
 
Mary Poppins (1964, 139 min.) 
11 am, Alfond Auditorium 
Music, color and live-action sequences blend with the movements of animated figures as Mary Poppins takes the Banks children on magical journeys across the English countryside and the rooftops of London. Space is limited; first come first served. 
 
The Wizard of Oz (1939, 102 min.)
2 pm, Alfond Auditorium 
Dorothy and her dog Toto join the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion on an adventure down the Yellow Brick Road to the Land of Oz in hopes of persuading the Wizard to help her find her way home. Space is limited; first come first served.
 
 
Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art is sponsored by the Darwin Cordoba Fund for Latin American Art
 
Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Supporting sponsorship by Copa Airlines. With generous support from the Robert and Jane Burke Fund for Exhibitions, and the Leigh and Stephen Braude Fund for Latin American Art. Media sponsor is El Planeta.
 
Media sponsor for Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection is WCVB-TV Boston.
 
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is recognized for the quality and scope of its collection, which includes an estimated 500,000 objects. The Museum has more than 140 galleries displaying its encyclopedic collection, which includes Art of the Americas; Art of Europe; Contemporary Art; Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa; Art of the Ancient World; Prints, Drawings, and Photographs; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments. Open seven days a week, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 am–4:45 pm; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 am–9:45 pm Admission (which includes one repeat visit within 10 days) is $25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older, and includes entry to all galleries and special exhibitions. Admission is free for University Members and youths age 17 and younger on weekdays after 3 pm, weekends, and Boston Public Schools holidays; otherwise $10. Wednesday nights after 4 pm admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25). MFA Members are always admitted for free. The Museum’s mobile MFA Guide is available at ticket desks and the Sharf Visitor Center for $5, members; $6, non-members; and $4, youths. The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. For more information, visit or call 617.267.9300. The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.
 
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