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Boston Museums Reopening this Month!

Good news – Three of our world-class museums are reopening this month, with both new and existing/extended installations and exhibits. The museums have COVID-19 related requirements, and new hours in some cases, so we’ve included links for your information. These museums are wheelchair accessible.

Museum of Fine Arts

The MFA is opening again on September 26, with member previews already underway.

You can learn about COVID-19 related guidelines here: https://mfa.org/visit

You can buy your ticket – they aren’t selling admissions at the museum – here: https://mfa.org/tickets/day

Happening Now…

In addition to permanent exhibits (we can’t stay away from those Egyptian rooms!) new exhibits include…

Women Take the Floor, open until May 3, 2021 – This exhibit with more than 200 works primarily from the MFA’s collection challenges the prevailing history of 20th-century American art by focusing on the overlooked and underrepresented work and stories of women artists.

Black Histories, Black Futures, open until June 20, 2021 – Young scholars curated this exhibit featuring works by 20th century artists of color, as part of the MFA’s new partnership with local youth empowerment organizations.

The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, 617.267.9300, www.mfa.org (And, you can “visit” interior galleries by visiting the MFA on Google Arts and Culture.)

Institute for Contemporary Art

The ICA opens for members on September 30, and on ICA Free Thursday Night on October 1 for non-members.

You can learn about the ICA’s COVID-19 related requirements here: www.icaboston.org/visit

Happening Now…

Ragnar Kjartansson’s The Visitors, open September 30, 2020 to August 13, 2021 – This exhibit is a “sentimental portrayal of friendship, love, and loss.” It is a monumental, multi-channel sound and video installation of a performance at Rokeby Farm, a historic 43-room estate in New York. Each individual audio and video channel features musicians playing instruments alone or in groups, isolated yet in unison, occupying different rooms of the estate. (If you subscribe to The New York Times click here for an interesting article on Kjartansson.)

i’m yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times, open Nov 18, 2020 – May 23, 2021 – Relying on works from a number of esteemed artists, the ICA presents this exhibit within a raw architectural space as a series of galleries, each giving a different artistic perspective to emphasize that the stories museums tell through art are always in process.”  

William Kentridge – KABOOM, open November 18, 2020 – May 23, 2021 – The prolonged effects of colonialism in South Africa, especially apartheid, are the central focus of this interdisciplinary work. Kentridge draws on a diverse range of media, performance, film, opera and other large-scale theatrical productions to examine painful histories and uncomfortable paradoxes of colonialism – “what we’ve chosen not to remember.”

ICA, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, 617.478.3100, www.icaboston.org

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

You can read about the museum’s ticketing and COVID-19 related updates here: www.gardnermuseum.org/visit/know-before-you-go

Happening Now:

Boston’s Apollo: Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent, extended showing until October 12, 2020 – Sargent met a young African American elevator attendant named Thomas McKeller at the Hotel Vendome in Boston, and made him a model for his famous murals at the Museum of Fine Arts.  Sargent painted McKeller as male and female, as gods and goddesses. The Gardner is displaying the drawings together for the first time. It’s a thought provoking look at race and gender, identity and relationships.

Lorraine O’Grady: The Strange Taxi, Stretched, extended showing until November 24, 2020 – In this exterior piece for the museum’s facade, women members of O’Grady’s family emerge through the roof of a New England mansion to show black women rising above the limitations of post-World War I Boston.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston, 617.566.1401, www.gardnermuseum.org

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