Thursday, December 16, 2010

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

90 minutes in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is not nearly enough time.

I spent the last two days visiting my friend Shandra Stark (her link contains nudity) who lives just outside of Boston in Massachusetts. I will be blogging in the future about one of the main reasons I went to visit her, which is the Boston Bottega. The Bottega deserves multiple blog posts, and it will get it.

Today, I just wanted to mention our very short trip to Boston's Museum of Fine Art. In college I fell in love with art history, thanks to Dominic Ricciotti, my professor at Winona State University. It took Ricciotti a few years to convince me, but I had fallen in love with the history of art. Since graduation it has been a great hobby to seek out as many major museums to expose myself to as many masterpieces as possible.

The ultra chilly wind and terrible parking situation found us parking in a very expensive lot right next to the museum. The worst part, was that this expensive lot was also not anywhere near an entrance. Which meant we paid extra to avoid a long walk in the cold, and then we had to take a long walk in the cold anyways. Despite, the ridiculous parking situation, it was free Wednesday night and we had some art to see.

Shandra and myself tried to just rush into the Boston MFA and do a speed soak of the collection since the parking clock was ticking. It was impossible. We only made it through the American wing before our parking fee was going to exceed 20 dollars. The wing we saw, which was jam packed full of great works was only one fifth of the work on display. Looking at the map after trying to find our way through the maze like pathways made me laugh, as I couldn't believe how much we missed. All it really means is that I will be back.

Highlights of the American wing for me:

1. A circular Louise Nevelson that had plexi glass pieces that I did not know she used in her sculptures.

2. A large black and brown Adolph Gottlieb painting. It was a really powerful work that I hope to examine further in a future visit.

3. Thomas Cole's Garden of Eden painting. There were many great Thomas' Cole and John Singer Sargeant works. Along with a great collection of Georgia O'Keefe works, but this Garden of Eden painting by Cole was really narrative and demanded attention. I just loved all the things that were happening and felt it effectively protrayed my idea of the Garden of Eden story. Here's the image, which pales in comparison to the actual work:

I look forward to returning to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow! Sounds like quite the place to see art!

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