The MFA is hosting the first of four all-night
raves "mfaNOW" contemporary-art events that includes dancing and "food trucks and lawn games, live music and DJs, lectures, artist demonstrations, performance art."
Only problem is more people showed up than the museum expected/can handle ... Read more.
Keiko reports the Museum of Fine Arts will hold a panel discussion next month on lessons learned from last year's "Kimono Wednesdays" controversy, in which Asian-American protesters charged letting white people try on a kimono was racist cultural appropriation - an accusation met by Japanese and Japanese-American counter-protesters, who saw the event as an introduction to Japanese culture.
She posts a statement by the MFA on the lengthy negotiations that led to the Feb. 7 event - which is free but for which you have to reserve tickets.
Artblog.net covers the latest controversy around that kimono thing at the MFA: The people who organized the original "yellowface" protests organized a panel discussion for this Saturday at MassArt - from which they initially planned to exclude whites, and prevent blacks and Latinos from making any comments - although they would be given note cards on which to jot down questions. Read more.
Support for Kimono Wednesdays at the MFA is just what it sounds like.
The Globe reports on last evening's gallery talk about that Monet painting. The teacher was disappointed people can no longer wear a kimono matching the one in the painting; on the other side, there was some check-your-privileging going on.
The Museum of Fine Arts reports it's responding to complaints about cultural appropriation and banning the weekly wearing of kimonos in front of Monet's La Japonaise.
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 Director’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."
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