This exhibition, on hiatus during summer construction, reopens with the new Linde Family Wing on September 17, 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 portraits from our collection. Students will consider the important people they view as role models, parents, brothers, sisters, and friends. For a deeper understanding and appreciation of those in their families, the combination of the drawings, photographs, and memorabilia and personal objects will create a memorial to the importance of the people that define us. The children’s work and objects will be displayed on a painted tree mural covering the wall, connecting all the students’ families together with its expanding network of branches, and placing an emphasis on community in order to create a unity in each student’s personal history with others.

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Raul Gonzalez is an artist living in Somerville, MA. He is the recipient of an Artadia award and is represented by Carroll and Sons Art Gallery. He was the artist in residence this summer at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and he is the lead artist for the Community Arts Initiative Project opening in the new Linde Family Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 2011.

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