A roving UHub photographer reports the MFA had this "try on a kimono" event this evening - that got crashed by a man and a woman who tried to convince participants they were being racists by trying on kimonos or even just looking at paintings of people in kimonos - by participating in "yellowface." He was not impressed: Read more.
The MFA has posted the position from which Malcolm Rogers is retiring. Think you've got what it takes? You'll need to be an art-aware self starter who's great at fundraising and shmoozing, natch. Also required:
Accessible and collaborative, generous of spirit, outgoing, and one who enjoys the social demands of the Directorâ€™s role; Integrity, fairness, decisiveness, and good and tempered judgment.
H/t Fort Pointer.
Boston Magazine reports somebody went around the outside of the MFA spray painting bad renditions of Homer Simpson - including on the base of "Appeal to the Great Spirit" on Huntington Avenue.
Ed. question: Anybody notice the explosion of graffiti along the Orange Line from Forest Hills to just past Back Bay over the last few months?
Roving UHub photographer Steve Chase photographed one of the giant baby heads at the MFA around noon yesterday, reports that by 2 p.m., the hat was already gone. He wonders: Who made it and who took it?
The short version- "John Singer Sargent Watercolors is a not-to-be-missed treasure for American art and painting lovers alike."
Around 2:45 p.m. Leslie Kinzel tweets:
Sirens, lights, placid announcer voice saying there's an emergency in the building, please exit.
Didn't last long. At 3:03, Dusto Masterson tweeted:
They've let us back in at the MFA. Guards are unsure of exact problem, but speculate something minor such as a kitchen fire.
Both the Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art are opening their doors at no charge today. The MFA says:
We hope the Museum will be a place of respite for our community.
The ICA says:
We hope the museum will offer a place of community & reflection.
John Carroll runs the numbers on an auction of art the MFA no longer wanted.
The museum is closed today, so they're delivering art online.
A revamped Koch Gallery opens today.
Our own Stevil brings us this photo of the replicas of the MFA giant baby heads now on sale at Circle Furniture in the Back Bay. Just imagine these on your coffee table, staring at you. It'd be like that Twilight Zone episode with Telly Savalas and the talking doll. Times three.
Matthew Wilding reports stumbling onto an exhibit by six contemporary Egyptian artists (one of whom died in Tahrir Square) at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
I donâ€™t know whether this exhibit was "good art" (though it's affiliation with the MFA infers it). I do know that it was incredibly effective. It was interesting and beautiful, and it made me relate to the core with people I very rarely find common ground with or think about.
Boston Daily totals up all the money spent on art-museum expansion in the Boston area over a decade, and comes up with a pretty large number.
Eeka, who wants to be a tour guide when she grows up, is putting together a list of Boston's Giant Heads, from the Creepy Baby Heads outside the MFA to the Sphinxy Arthur Fiedler Head on the Esplanade.