2018 Lineup Includes 50 Art-Inspired Arrangements, Family Activities, Floral Demonstrations and a New Art in Bloom Market
BOSTON (February 22, 2018)—The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), celebrates the return of spring with Art in Bloom, taking place Saturday, April 28 through Monday, April 30, following an evening preview on Friday, April 27. For more than 40 years, the festival has paired art from the MFA’s collection—from ancient to contemporary—with floral interpretations created by 50 New England-area garden clubs. In addition to enjoying colorful arrangements scattered throughout the Museum, visitors can stop by the new Art in Bloom Market, Pop-Up Flower Truck and expanded Garden Cart for unique gifts and treasures, as well as take-home flower arrangements. Throughout the weekend, festival-goers are encouraged to share their best floral photos on social media with #mfaInBloom. Art in Bloom is sponsored by Wilmington Trust. Supporting sponsorship from Fitch Law Partners, Fox Hill Village — Westwood, MA and Restaurant Associates.
A favorite MFA tradition for decades, Art in Bloom highlights art from across the collection and offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages. The festival launches with an evening preview of freshly installed arrangements on Friday, April 27 from 5 to 10 pm. Daily events throughout the weekend include tours of arrangements throughout the galleries; floral-arranging demonstrations; snacks and lunch in the Art in Bloom Café among European masterpieces; and outdoor tours on the Museum’s campus and beyond. MFA members can enjoy a members-only viewing with tours, shopping and dining during Member Night on Saturday, April 28, while the Art in Bloom Community Day on Sunday, April 29 offers art-making activities for children and families, as well as performances by local community organizations, including the Boston City Singers. Additionally, special group tours are available beginning Friday evening, and free ikebana demonstrations take place on Saturday.
This year, Joseph Massie—widely regarded as one of Europe’s top botanical artists—offers Master Classes on Saturday, April 28 ($225 for members, $270 for nonmembers), as well as a lecture and demonstration of his innovative, contemporary couture process on Sunday, April 29 ($40 for members and $50 for nonmembers). Frequently referred to as “the floral artist of his generation” and not yet 30 years old, Massie has earned awards in national and international competitions—including five consecutive Gold Medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Additionally, Bryan Rafanelli, founder of the nation’s premier event planning and design company, is this year’s Art in Bloom highlight speaker. He shares his experiences, inspirations and unforgettable memories from exceptional events he has designed around the world in “Creating Memorable Moments” on Monday, April 30 ($40 for members and $50 for nonmembers).
Art in Bloom is included within Museum admission—$25 for adults and $23 for seniors and students age 18 and older. Admission is free for children 17 and under. Art in Bloom is presented by the MFA Associates, a group of dedicated volunteers who lead daily gallery tours for visitors and create the Museum’s flower arrangements throughout the year. In addition to experiencing the Art in Bloom arrangements on view througout the galleries, MFA visitors can also explore the Museum’s current exhibitions, including M. C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions, Klimt and Schiele: Drawn, (un)expected families), Collecting Stories: Native American Art, Seeking Stillness and Mark Rothko: Reflection.
During Art in Bloom, the MFA is open daily, Saturday through Monday, 10 am to 5 pm, in addition to the evening preview on Friday, April 27, 5 to 10 pm. Highlights of this year’s festival include:
Friday: Evening Preview (April 27)
Maps of the 50 arrangements are available on Friday evening, giving visitors their first opportunity to discover this year’s art-inspired arrangements. Cocktails and dinner at Bravo restaurant or New American Café cap off an elegant evening at the Museum.
Daily Activities (April 28–April 30)
Included with Museum admission are guided tours of arrangements (10:30 am–3:45 pm daily), continuous demonstrations of flower arranging for the home (noon–3 pm), and an outdoor walking tour of the MFA’s architecture, outdoor sculpture and neighboring gardens (1–2 pm). Visitors can enjoy lighter fare among European masterpieces in the Art in Bloom Café. Groups of 10 or more can book a group reservation to explore the galleries on their own or a private guided tour in advance on mfa.org.
MFA Art in Bloom Market, Pop-Up Flower Truck and Garden Cart
New this year, the Art in Bloom Market features 12 specially curated vendors—approximately half of whom are artisans from the Massachusetts area—located in the Museum’s Shapiro Family Courtyard. The Garden Cart, known for its fresh flower-filled tea cups, will be expanded to include tea cup candles and tea cups filled with succulents and flowering plants. Also available will be a selection of vases, flowering plants, flower arranging and garden supplies, and small gift items. Additionally, a Pop-Up Flower Truck will be parked in front of the Huntington Avenue Entrance, offering visitors the opportunity to purchase fresh flowers and create their own “Art in Bloom” at home.
Art in Bloom Community Day (April 29)
A family-friendly Community Day offers a variety of activities for visitors of all ages, including art making and entertainment. Children can look closely at floral paintings hanging throughout the Museum and sketch and paint fresh flowers with pencil and watercolor. A Story Hour featuring stories about the natural world is also available for young children and their families. The Boston City Singers, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Dorchester that provides musical training and performance opportunities to more than 500 singers ages 4 to 18, will perform in the Edward H. Linde Gallery at 3 pm.
M. C. Escher: Infinite Dimensions is presented with support from Alexander M. Levine and Dr. Rosemarie D. Bria-Levine and the Netherland-America Foundation. Media sponsor is Boston magazine.
Klimt and Schiele: Drawn is presented with support from the Cordover Exhibition Fund, the Alexander M. Levine and Dr. Rosemarie D. Bria-Levine Exhibition Fund, the MFA Associates/MFA Senior Associates Exhibition Endowment Fund, the Museum Council Special Exhibition Fund, John H. Deknatel and Carol M. Taylor, and Stanley and Mary Ann Snider.
(un)expected families is generously supported by an anonymous donor.
Collecting Stories: Native American Art is generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. Seeking Stillness is presented with support from the Barbara Jane Anderson Fund, the Dr. Lawrence and Roberta Cohn Fund for Exhibitions, and Peter and Catherine Creighton.
Mark Rothko: Reflection is presented with generous support from the Robert and Jane Burke Fund for Exhibitions. Additional support provided by an anonymous foundation and The Bruce and Laura Monrad Fund for Exhibitions. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is recognized for the quality and scope of its collection, representing all cultures and time periods. 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; Art of Africa and Oceania; Art of the Ancient World; Prints and Drawings; Photography; Textile and Fashion Arts; and Musical Instruments. Open seven days a week, the MFA’s hours are Saturday through Tuesday, 10 am–5 pm; and Wednesday through Friday, 10 am–10 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. Wednesday nights after 4 pm admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25), while five Open Houses offer the opportunity to visit the Museum 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. The MFA is located on the Avenue of the Arts at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. For more information, call 617.267.9300, visit mfa.org or follow the MFA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.