Thursday, December 31, 2015

Highlights of a visit to the Boston MFA

My husband and I had a few hours to kill in Boston on Monday, and decided that, since we'd be in the car for a few hours afterward, and since the weather was not great, we should spend the time visiting the MFA (Museum of Fine Arts).  I was particularly interested in the current exhibition "Class Distinctions - Dutch Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer".  Photos aren't allowed in this exhibit, but we both found it extremely interesting.  One complaint though: I knew that, since it is vacation week, it would be crowded.  But this exhibit was filled with people pushing strollers, and several very tall men (I would guess over 6'5") who stood close to the artworks, taking their time reading the labels that explained about the work.  While it wasn't a problem for my 6'1" husband, it was really frustrating for 4'11" me.  By the time I got to the final room of the exhibit, I simply gave up.  Please folks, be considerate of others!  Let short people in front of you, and re-consider bringing baby strollers in an exhibit like this, unless you have someone who can watch the stroller in the center of the gallery when you are getting up close and personal with the artwork!  Thank you!!
Other  parts of the museum weren't so crowded.  Our time was limited, so we picked certain areas to explore before we had to hit the road.  There was another current exhibition I wanted to see, though it did not interest my husband at all!!  The exhibit is called "Crafted: Objects in Flux", and a few pieces really caught my interest!!
The temporary site-specific ceramic installation "Poros", by Nathan Craven, pictured above and below, and also at the top of the post, is made from approximately 6000 fired clay elements, fitted to a window, with light pouring in from the outside.
Here's a few other pieces that intrigued me, from this exhibit. 
I'll admit, the MFA is NOT my favorite art museum, but there still is much to see.  We spent a bit of time exploring European painting, including works by Monet, Picasso, van Gogh, and more.  But it was a contemporary piece that totally grabbed me:  Endlessly Repeating Twentieth Century Modernism by Josiah McElheny, pictured below and at the top of the post.  This installation is made from hand-blown vessels of mirrored glass, and mirrors.  It was totally fascinating!
Pictured below is me!  I'm taking a photo of the mirrored installation, so you are seeing a reflection of me in the case that holds the blown glass display.  Confusing, I think?
To confuse me further, there was a piece of performance art ongoing:
All in all, visiting the MFA was a great way to spend some time before we hit the road!

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