10 am–4:45 pm

Free admission for all

Join us for the MFA’s annual free Fall Open House—and the Fenway Alliance’s 14th annual Opening Our Doors Day. This fall we celebrate both the 10th anniversary of The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection, and the arrival of our new Ann and Graham Gund Director, Matthew Teitelbaum. The program includes performance art by Sonya Clark as part of “Crafted: Objects in Flux”; a curatorial lecture on the impact of globalism; and art-making activities and tours for families and adults.

Special Events

Performance Art: Hairdressers Are My Heroes 10 am–4 pm; Gallery 171
Welcome Remarks 12–12:15 pm; Shapiro Family Courtyard ASL Interpretation
Lecture: Think Global: Artistic Production In An Interconnected World 1:30–2:15 pm; Remis Auditorium ASL Interpretation   Assistive Listening System

Tours And Talks

Family Art Walks 10:30, 10:45, 11, 11:15, 11:30, and 11:45 am; Meet at Sharf Visitor Center | American Sign Language Tour Noon; Meet at Sharf Visitor Center (with spoken English translation) ASL Interpretation   Assistive Listening System
Highlight Tours: The Heritage Fund For A Diverse Collection 11 am, Noon, 1, 2, and 3 pm (ASL interpretation at 11 am); Meet at Sharf Visitor Center | Tour en español 1:30 pm; Meet at Sharf Visitor Center  | American Sign Language Tour 2:30 pm; Meet at Sharf Visitor Center (no spoken English translation) ASL Interpretation   Assistive Listening System
Descriptive Tour 2:30 pm; Meet at the Access Table in Shapiro Family Courtyard Blind or Low Vision

Family Art-Making Activities Blind or Low Vision   ASL Interpretation

Super Style 10 am–4 pm; Shapiro Family Courtyard
Mask Making 10 am–4 pm; Education Center in Druker Family Pavilion, Room 159
Shades Of Autumn 10 am–4 pm; Gallery 259

Additional Resources

MFA Guide Available at all ticket desks, Sharf Visitor Center, and Gund Gallery (LG31) Audio Description   ASL Interpretation   MFA Guide   Assistive Listening System
Access Table 10 am–3 pm; Shapiro Family Courtyard Audio Description   Sign Language Interpretation   MFA Guide   Assistive Listening System
Art Connections Cards Sharf Visitor Center

Additional Information

Access: The MFA is committed to accessibility for all visitors. For information, visit Accessibility, e-mail access@mfa.org, or call 617-267-9300 or 617-369-3188 (TTY). Wheelchairs and walkers are available at all entrances, first come, first served.

Groups: We do not allow group visits during Open House days given the large number of visitors. We hope groups may opt to visit on another day to fully enjoy all the MFA has to offer. For more information, please follow these links:
Adult and University Groups
School and Youth Groups
Nonprofit Agencies and Community Organizations

Tickets: Tickets are required for free admission, available at all ticket desks.

Wheelchair Accessibility  All programs are wheelchair accessible 
Assistive Listening System  Assistive listening device 
Sign Language Interpretation  ASL interpretation 
Blind or Low Vision  Accessible to visitors who are blind or have low vision 
Audio Description  Audio description

Above: Sonya Clark, The Hair Craft Project: Hairstylists with Sonya, 2013. Eleven inkjet photographs; 2 of 11. In collaboration with Kamala Bhagat, Dionne James Eggleston, Marsha Johnson, Chaundra King, Anita Hill Moses, Nasirah Muhammad, Jameika Pollard, Ingrid Riley, Ife Robinson, Natasha Superville, and Jamilah Williams. The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection, Frederick Brown Fund, Samuel Putnam Avery Fund, and Helen and Alice Colburn Fund. Copyright: courtesy of the artist. Photography: Naoko Wowsugi, Diego Valdez, Taylor Dabney.

Audience

All ages


Sponsors

Fall Open House is sponsored by Ameriprise Financial.


In This Series
Sonya Clark, The Hair Craft Project: Hairstylists with Sonya, 2013

Performance Art

Sonya Clark: The Hair Craft Project: “Hairdressers are my Heroes”
October 12, 2015
10:00 am4:00 pm

Witness an ancient African hairstyle from a sculpture in the collection re-created by the hands of stylist Kathy Montrevil on the head of artist...

Sonya Clark, works from The Hair Craft Project: Hairstylists with Sonya, 2013

Special Event

Art Making: Super Style
October 12, 2015
10:00 am4:00 pm

Visit “Crafted: Objects in Flux” in the Foster Gallery, 158, to admire the hairstyles and interpretations in Sonya Clark’s The Hair Craft Project....

Young visitors wearing brightly colored masks

Special Event

Art Making: Mask Making
October 12, 2015
10:00 am4:00 pm

Explore African masks in our collection and create your own. ASL interpretation 2:30–3:30 pm Accessible to visitors who are blind or have low...

Children working on craft using colored cellophane at long table

Special Event

Art Making: Shades of Autumn
October 12, 2015
10:00 am4:00 pm

Feast your eyes on the autumnal colors in the print Orchard Tambourines by Sir Terry Frost. Design your own cut-paper collage in seasonal colors...

Special Event

Access Table
October 12, 2015
10:00 am3:00 pm

Learn about access to resources at the Museum including the MFA Guide’s accessibility features, assistive listening devices, tactile materials, and...

Highlight Tour: African American Artists

Special Event

Highlight Tour: The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection
October 12, 2015
11:00 am11:45 am

The Heritage Fund supports the purchase of numerous works by artists of color. Celebrate the fund’s 10th anniversary and learn about some of the...

Matthew Teitelbaum wearing red MFA cap at Huntington Avenue Entrance

Special Event

Welcome Remarks
October 12, 2015
12:00 pm12:15 pm

Join Ann and Graham Gund Director Matthew Teitelbaum for a brief welcome—his first in person—he’s been sharing his first 100 days on Twitter and...

Highlight Tour: African American Artists

Special Event

Highlight Tour: The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection
October 12, 2015
12:00 pm12:45 pm

The Heritage Fund supports the purchase of numerous works by artists of color. Celebrate the fund’s 10th anniversary and learn about some of the...

Highlight Tour: African American Artists

Special Event

Highlight Tour: The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection
October 12, 2015
1:00 pm1:45 pm

The Heritage Fund supports the purchase of numerous works by artists of color. Celebrate the fund’s 10th anniversary and learn about some of the...

Johannes Vermeer, The Astronomer, about 1668

Special Event

Lecture: Think Global: Artistic Production in an Interconnected World
October 12, 2015
1:30 pm2:15 pm

Just as international trade networks influenced the work of European and early American artists, many of today’s international artists draw on ideas...

Special Event

Tour en Espanol: The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection
October 12, 2015
1:30 pm2:15 pm

The Heritage Fund supports the purchase of numerous works by artists of color. Celebrate the fund’s 10th anniversary and learn about some of the...

Highlight Tour: African American Artists

Special Event

Highlight Tour: The Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection
October 12, 2015
2:00 pm2:45 pm

The Heritage Fund supports the purchase of numerous works by artists of color. Celebrate the fund’s 10th anniversary and learn about some of the...

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