NIGHT AT THE MFA
Come join me at the MFA on FREE Wednesdays in exploring the Truth & Beauty, Pictorialist Photography. I come to Boston with a Master’s degree in Museum Studies and I love anything art related!! I would love to share my passion for art and museums with you so come join me for a night of fun!! Afterwards we will head for drinks and dinner nearby at Larkin Conors. : )
Behind This Statue:
Works On Paper
Truth & Beauty, Pictorialist Photography
Photography Focused on High Art Ideals at the Turn of the 20th Century
Photographers known as the Pictorialists, who worked around 1900, were part of the first international movement in the history of the medium. Their mission was to prove the artistic merit of photography by strengthening its connections with the fine arts. To this end they made images that sought to represent truth and beauty; that were atmospheric; that had poetic, literary, or spiritual value; and that emphasized the role of the photographer as a craftsman. Figures such as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Frederick H. Evans, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Gertrude Käsebier, and Clarence H. White made spectacular images influenced by current art trends, including Impressionism, Symbolism, and the Arts and Crafts movement.
The Pictorialists primarily utilized two printing processes: platinum, with its extraordinary tonal richness, and gum bichromate, a labor-intensive process that involved hand coating papers with carefully prepared emulsions and pigments. They often presented their images by mounting them on papers that were specially lined or colored, like fine art drawings, and they sometimes showed them in specially designed frames.
This exhibition celebrates the MFA’s recent acquisition of four major works related to the Boston leader of the movement, F. Holland Day. His The Seven Last Words (1898), purchased in 2013, is a centerpiece of the show and was recently called “an important touchstone of Modernist photography,” by The New York Times. Day daringly styled himself in this series as Christ wearing a crown of thorns. The other three photographs—portraits of Day by Edward Steichen, James Craig Annan, and Clarence H. White—are also included. A small number of significant loans from private collections are also on view.
D Is For Design
<strong style=”color : #222222″>An Array of Drawing From A to Z
Design drawings are among the hidden treasures of the MFA’s collection, and this exhibition displays nearly 30 works on paper, each representing a different artist, architect, or designer in an alphabet of design from the 16th through the 20th centuries.
A is for Ashbee: a design for a ring by the Arts and Crafts designer and social reformer C. R. Ashbee; L is for La Farge: a design for stained glass by the artist and designer John La Farge; and R is for Rossi: an architectural model by the renowned 20th-century Italian architect Aldo Rossi.
The surprising juxtaposition of unrelated but visually compelling designs for architecture, theater, stained glass, furniture, jewelry and silver, and textiles—many of which are rarely, if ever, on view—presents an opportunity for visitors to engage with questions surrounding design, from technical to artistic.
Patriotic Posters from the US and Europe
Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI, this exhibition features fifty wartime posters from the United States and Europe—including select examples from Britain, France, Germany, and Russia. Many of the works were used to encourage enlistment in the US Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Service, while others appeal to the American citizenry to buy war bonds, conserve food, support the Red Cross and other relief agencies, and maintain a strong work ethic on the home front. This exhibition is the first time since 1938 that many of these works will be on view, and marks the MFA’s first display of the newly acquired poster I Want You for U. S. Army (1917) by James Montgomery Flagg.
Via The T: Take the Green Line E train to the Museum of Fine Arts stop, or the Orange Line train to the Ruggles stop.
Driving: Use thisGoogle Map, click on directions, then add the address you’re coming from. There is a garage/parking lot which is $17 for the evening after 5:30, or you have a slim chance at finding street parking.
If you’re just going to <strong style=”color : #000000 ; text-align : justify”>Conor Larkins, you can get off of the Green Line E train to the Museum of Fine Arts stop. You can use the lot at the MFA or you can try your luck at parking on the street.
See you there!