The thirteenth annual Sharing Visions: Seminars for Collectors will take place on Friday, May 12, 2017. Information on sessions will be available in the spring and registration will begin in late March.
Whether you are a novice or an expert, we hope you will join us on May 12 for an extraordinary day with fellow art lovers. Please save the date!
Registration opens on Thursday, March 30, 2017.
1a. Celebrating the Legacies of John Wilson and Eldzier Cortor
Explore two perspectives on the African American experience with Patrick Murphy, the curator of “Wilson/Cortor”; and artist Robert Freeman, MFA Honorary Overseer and a former student of John Wilson. After viewing the exhibition, look behind the scenes in the Morse Study Room to see works by Wilson and Cortor not included in the show, as well as a selection of prints and drawings by other artists of color purchased with support of the Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection.
Robert Freeman has shown his work nationally for over 20 years, and is represented in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the National Center for African American Artists; Boston Public Library; Brown University; and DeCordova Museum. Known for his vivid and powerful figurative paintings, Freeman has traditionally focused on the interactions between people in his work. As an MFA Honorary Overseer, he has championed efforts to diversify the Museum’s audience and its collection.
Patrick Murphy, Lia and William Poorvu Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings, and Supervisor of the Morse Study Room, joined the MFA in 1998 with a focus on modern and contemporary works on paper. His most recent projects include “Wilson/Cortor” and exhibitions of prints by Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, and Terry Winters.
1b. The Priest, the Prince, and the Pasha: The Life and Afterlife of an Ancient Egyptian Sculpture
Among the treasures of the MFA’s Egyptian collection is a small head of a priest known as the Boston Green Head. This masterful portrait has a remarkable history reaching back to the beginnings of Egyptian archeology. It was discovered in 1857 by Auguste Mariette, who created the Cairo Museum. It came to the MFA through Edward Perry Warren, the Bostonian expatriate collector who transformed the MFA’s classical art department. Hear more of the sculpture’s story and that of the colorful individuals who collected Egyptian art in the modern era.
Lawrence M. Berman, Norma Jean Calderwood Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, joined the staff of the MFA in 1999. He earned his PhD in Egyptology from Yale University. He is a frequent lecturer, the author of numerous books and scholarly articles, and has participated in excavations in the Valley of the Kings. His latest book is The Priest, the Prince, and the Pasha.
1c. A Silver Masterpiece with a Surprising Story: The 1876 Progress Vase
Learn about the MFA’s extraordinary new acquisition, Reed and Barton’s silver Progress Vase, which won a grand prize at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. Get a chance to study the monumental piece up close, interpret and discuss its controversial imagery of Native Americans, and explore strategies for presenting this historical object in the galleries to foster open conversation and dialogue.
Nonie Gadsden, Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, graduated from Yale University and the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. Since her arrival at the MFA in 2004, she has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions, such as “Nature, Sculpture, Abstraction, and Clay: 100 Years of American Ceramics.”
2a. Lifting the Curtain: Exhibiting Jewelry at the MFA
Making the magic happen in the galleries at the MFA takes a team. This presentation offers multiple perspectives on producing a jewelry exhibition. Learn from the curator how she chose works for “Past Is Present: Revival Jewelry,” the new discoveries made by the exhibition’s conservator, and how the exhibition space was considered and re-conceived by its designer.
Kyla Hygysician is a Designer in Exhibitions and Design. In addition to “Past Is Present: Revival Jewelry,” some of her recent projects include “Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence,” and “Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey.” She has a BA in Art History and a Masters in Architecture.
Emily Stoehrer, Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry, has worked in various roles in the David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts since 2006. She is curator of “Past Is Present: Revival Jewelry” and co-curated “Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen” in 2014.
C. Mei-An Tsu, is an Associate Objects Conservator in Conservation and Collections Management. She played an active role in conserving the artworks for the Art of the Americas Wing, as well as leading several Conservation in Action projects over the years. She holds a MS in Art Conservation from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum.
2b. Edward Weston: The Early Years
Savor a little known aspect of Edward Weston’s career—his earliest photographs, many platinum and palladium prints. Explore this rare body of work by one of the major West Coast modernist photographers and examine important, formative pieces, richly represented in the MFA’s Lane Collection. Learn more about Weston’s materials and techniques, along with important preservation issues relating to the work.
Karen Haas has worked with Trustee Saundra Lane and her collection since 1995 and has been the Lane Curator of Photographs at the MFA since 2001. She has curated a number of exhibitions, including “Imogen Cunningham: In Focus” and “Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott.”
Maggie Wessling is the Claire W. and Richard P. Morse Fellow for Advanced Training in Conservation of Works of Art on Paper. Maggie specialized in the conservation of photographs in her graduate studies in art conservation at New York University.
2c. Mexican Feather Painting
Go behind the scenes to explore the exciting acquisition of a rare 16th-century Mexican featherwork painting, St. Michael Archangelus. Learn about its history in the collection of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II in Prague, its production by indigenous amanteca (feather artists) in Mexico, and its path to rediscovery and acquisition by the MFA. Explore the analytical techniques that have led to the identification of feathers from over a dozen tropical bird species and new information about the structure of this remarkable, iridescent artwork.
Dennis Carr, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of the Americas, holds graduate degrees from Yale University and the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. Since arriving at the MFA in 2007, Carr has worked on numerous gallery installations and exhibitions, most recently “Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia.”
3a. Behind the Scenes: Conversations around “Memory Unearthed”
“Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross” is the story of the Lodz Ghetto, as told through the surviving photographs of Polish Jewish photographer Henryk Ross. Using his position as an official photographer for the Nazi-appointed Jewish Council, Ross covertly documented the ghetto residents’ grim daily life until the ghetto’s liquidation by Nazi forces in the fall of 1944. Learn more from MFA curators about the extensive program of events and conversations that explore ideas and questions raised by this exhibition.
Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Curator of Photographs, is the MFA curator for “Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross.” Gresh was also the curator of “She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World” and the author of its accompanying book. She has a PhD in the History of Photography from the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris.
Kristen Hoskins is Curator of Lectures, Courses, and Concerts. She plans more than 250 events per year, highlighting the MFA’s exhibitions and collections through a variety of programs. She holds a graduate degree in Nonprofit Arts Leadership with a focus on audience engagement and has been at the Museum for three years.
3b. Making Modernity: Edouard Manet and Victorine Meurent
In 1862, Manet began working with Meurent, who became his favorite model for more than a decade. Delve into Manet’s artistic process by looking closely at the MFA’s two depictions of Meurent, both paintings from early in their working relationship. With a conservator’s eye, explore Manet’s unique touch, learn about discoveries from recent technical examinations and treatment, and consider the world in which the paintings were created, rejected, and eventually collected.
Katie Hanson, Assistant Curator of European paintings, joined the MFA in January 2015. Her recent projects have included curating the 2016 exhibition “Pairing Picasso” and the installation of the Museum’s Monet gallery. She holds a PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Rhona MacBeth was trained at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and joined the Museum in 1989. Since 2003, she has been the Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo Conservator of Paintings and Head of Paintings Conservation. Over the course of her tenure, she has carried out treatments on many of the MFA’s most important paintings, such as Frida Kahlo’s Dos Mujeres (Salvadora y Herminia), Jan Massys’s Judith with the Head of Holofernes, and a number of Rembrandt masterpieces.
3c. Islamic Art at the MFA—Rethinking Our Objects, Reframing Our Goals
In late 2017, the highlights of the Islamic collection return to the MFA after several years touring in the US. In preparing for these treasures to go on display at the MFA, curator Laura Weinstein and Adam Tessier, Head of Interpretation, have worked with scholars and thinkers inside and outside the Museum to consider what presenting Islamic art means today. View key objects pulled from storage that feature in the future gallery, and engage in a challenging conversation about the role of Islamic art in the Museum.
Adam Tessier has served as Head of Interpretation at the Museum since 2011. In that role, he works collaboratively with curators and other MFA staff on virtually every exhibition and gallery installation, helping to shape the way visitors engage with works of art and the stories they tell through in-gallery text and other interpretive approaches.
Laura Weinstein is the Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art. In 2011, she led the reinstallation of the Museum’s South and Southeast Asian collections and has curated and co-curated several exhibitions of Islamic and Indian art, including “Megacities Asia.” She is the author of the exhibition catalogue Ink, Silk & Gold: Islamic Art from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.