In this space, you will encounter numerous works of art depicting leaders and various interpretations of leadership. As a response to the MFA’s call for art for “Portraits of Leadership,” artists of all ages from Dorchester to Seoul submitted portraits, totaling more than 2,600 works. Teens from Curatorial Study Hall, an internship program teaching young adults various museum practices, were given the tremendous responsibility of curating these submissions. Working together, they identified and explored six themes—narratives and storytelling, families, memorials, activists, fame, and artistic expression—each section distinguished by different color coding. As you look at the works in this exhibition, take your time with each work of art and discover the countless ways leadership can look.
Curated by Joshua Alsaindor, Everett High School, junior; Brianna Medrano, John D O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, sophomore; Jalil Presley Rogers, Cristo Rey Boston, sophomore; Hannah Nguyen, Randolph High School, senior; Iyla Lara, Edward M Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, sophomore; Sophia Shatzky, Brookline High School, junior.