Archive for the ‘Museums- Art & Antiquities’ Category.

Chihuly Glass Exhibit

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts is currently hosting a show of glass-works by Dale Chihuly. Among the colorful installations is the largest collection of his chandeliers ever together for a single show. The works span the intimate to monumental, with dazzling colors both bold and diaphanous. 

 

 

 

Museum of Fine Arts Boston Americas Wing

MFA Boston

MFA Boston

We have had opportunity to twice visit the New 4-story Americas Wing at Boson’s Museum of Fine Arts. With this addition the MFA has more exhibition space than the Prado. The galleries are of exceptional design and cancept, offering open spaces and intimate venues for maximum enjoyment. Many of the “show Stoppers” are on permenant display, but the plan calls for regular rotation of treasures from storage to walls. Be sure to make time for a side-trip into Boston.

Museum of Bad Art

The Museum of Bad Art, located in Dedham, Massachusetts, is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory. The museum was founded in the fall of 1993 and presented its first show in March 1994. The response was overwhelming. Since then, MOBA’s collection and ambitions have grown exponentially.

MOBA was first housed in the basement of a private home in Boston, but now is available to all at the MOBA Permanent Gallery, in the Dedham Community Theater, in Dedham Square, Massachusetts. Conveniently located just outside the men’s room, the gallery is open whenever movies are showing, typically 5 to 11pm on weekdays, noon to 11 on weekends and school holidays. Admission to the Museum of Bad Art is free, so this important institution is supported entirely by voluntary contributions and sales of MOBA gifts. http://www.museumofbadart.org/

Museums of Contemporary, Colonial, Ancient Art & Antiquities

 

 Concord 

 

Concord Art Association: The permanent collection of the Concord Art Association includes a wide variety of paintings, drawings and sculpture acquired during its early years of the 20th century. Gallery Shows and Juried Competitions. www.concordart.org

 

Concord Free Public Library:  sculptures by Daniel Chester French, a Concord History and Archive and Genealogy collection. www.concordlibrary.org

  

Decordova Musem & Scupture Park:  largest Sculpture Park in New England nestled on a reservoir; Museum with changing exhibitions. www.decordova.org

 

Gropius House: Walter Gropius (1883-1969) was a celebrated German architect and teacher, founder of the school of design known as the Bauhaus in Germany, and a leading proponent of modern architecture. This house was his first architectural commission in the United States, built in 1938 as his family home after coming here to teach at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. This was Walter Gropius’ home from 1938 until his death in 1969. Property maintained by: www.historicnewengland.org

 

 Boston

 

 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum:  a 15th Century Venetian-style Palace housing a collection of 2500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, rare books….  all surrounding a spectacular indoor courtyard brimming with flowers and fountains.  www.gardnermuseum.org

 

 Museum of Fine Arts:  check their site for their permanent and changing exhibits, music, film, lectures series and more…www.mfa.org 

 

The Institute if Contemporary Art:  Contemporary Art in all mediums in Boston’s newest Art Museum on the waterfront.  www.ica.org

 

Cambridge

 

Fogg, Busch Reisenger and Arthur M. Sackler Museums:  The Sackler Museum will have an ongoing exhibit until a new building is completed which will incorporate all 3 museums. www.artmuseums.harvard.edu

 

 Longfellow National Historic Site:  built in 1759; used by George Washington as his headquarters for 9 months during the siege of Boston and visited by Benjamin Franklin and Abigail & John Adams; later occupied from 1837-1882 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and his wife Frances where they hosted Emerson, Hawthorne and Charles Dickens.  www.longfellowfriends.org

 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology:  one of the oldest museums in the world {1866} devoted to anthropology houses one of the most comprehensive records of human cultural history in the Western Hemisphere.   www.peabody.harvard.edu

 

Lowell

 

New England Quilt Museum:  several exhibits a year showcasing both traditional and contemporary quilts; library and resource center housed in an 1845 Greek Revival Style building.  www.nequiltmuseum.org

 

Whistler House Museum of Art:  a permanent collection of 19th & 20th Century New England Representational artists and etchings by James McNeil Whistler.   www.whistlerhouse.org

 

Salem

 

Peabody Essex Museum:  one of the nation’s major museums for Asian art, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Indian along with the finest collection of Asian Export art extant and 19th century Asian photography; the earliest collection of Native American and Oceanic art in the nation- all of exceptional standing.  The historic houses and gardens, and American decorative art and maritime art collections provide an unrivaled spectrum of New England’s heritage over 300 years.  www.pem.org

 

Clinton

 

Museum of Russian Icons:  a collection of 370 Russian icons, the largest in North America spanning six centuries.   www.museumofrussianicons.org