Pop art reframed at MFA’s Takashi Murakami exhibition

In the primarily Western-dominated discourse of contemporary art, it is easy to attribute the “superflat” world of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami largely to the legacies of postmodern masters such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Admittedly, Murakami’s glossy and mass-produced works much resemble American pop art stylistically. But it would be illogical to assume that […]

MFA fall exhibition preview: ‘Seeking Stillness’ offers an escape

As fall approaches, pumpkin spice aficionados and UGG boot lovers around the world are rejoicing. At the same time, the imminent season brings with it new art shows to the Boston area. The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is at the center of the Bostonian art scene, with its vast collection and the remarkable exhibitions it […]

MFA displays modern Japanese portraits of women in its new exhibit

Found in the corner of the Arts of Asia Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), the exhibit “New Women for a New Age: Japanese Beauties, 1890s–1930s” went up in December 2016 and will remain on display until August 20. Past the collection of Chinese ceramics, flanked by the Japanese Buddhist Temple Room, the museum visitor finds […]

Students, faculty share positive visual art experiences on both sides of the Charles

Tufts’ acquisition of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) in summer 2016 offered an opportunity for students and faculty at the SMFA to collaborate more with students on the Medford/Somerville campus. According to the students and faculty interviewed, this merger has been an all-around positive change. Mags Harries, a professor at the SMFA, says the transition […]

MFA exhibit pays tribute to historic instances of oppression, prejudice worldwide

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is now showing a new exhibit called “’I must tell you what I saw:’ Objects of witness and resistance” in its Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. It consists of only eight objects and pieces of art, but pays due diligence to them all. The exhibit seeks to […]

MFA premiers ‘Make Way For Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey,’ brings classic picture books to all ages

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston opened an exhibit titled “Make Way for Ducklings: The Art of Robert McCloskey” On Nov. 25. Any child of Massachusetts will recognize the story as well as its iconic and precise illustrations, so it is appropriate to visit the museum on the Green Line, to walk through the frigid wind in […]

Tufts expands relationship with Boston following SMFA acquisition

After acquiring the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) this past summer, Tufts will expand its relationship with the City of Boston, but will not be increasing its Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) to the city, according to Tufts Co-Director of Community Relations Rocco DiRico. DiRico explained that this is because Tufts does not own […]

ICA exhibits a fine selection of contemporary art with ‘First Light’

As evidenced by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy’s installment of Ai Weiwei’s public art masterpiece, “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads,” or the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) upcoming launch of the mfaNOW program, art institutions in the Boston area have been focusing on contemporary art this year. This leaves the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), the leading contemporary art […]

Tufts to acquire School of the Museum of Fine Arts

Following several months of discussions, Tufts announced that the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) is due to become a part of Tufts University by June 30, 2016 pending final approval, in a Dec. 22 statement. According to the statement, written by University President Anthony Monaco and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences James Glaser, the […]

Renoir protests at MFA distract from serious critiques of museums

Earlier this week, a group of protesters rallied outside the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston. The protesters were not gathering, however, because of an offending exhibit or speaker, but rather to express their dislike for the esteemed French impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Among the signs brandished in the air: “God Hates Renoir” and “We’re not iconoclasts[;] Renoir just […]