Fruitlands Museum: 100 Objects, 100 Stories, 100 Years, On view through March 29th.
Celebrate the centennial of this amazing museum by viewing an exhibit highlighting not only the one hundred most popular objects in the museum’s diverse collections, but also the important role that Fruitlands has played in the community during the last one hundred years. Each of the museum’s five collections – the Land, the Shakers, the Transcendentalists, the Native Americans, and American Art – will be represented in this first-ever publically curated Fruitlands exhibit. I asked Fruitlands Executive Director Wyona Lynch-McWhite why they chose to let the public curate this particular exhibit.
"The public has a pretty good eye. There were only a few things that I wouldn’t have thought would have been chosen," Lynch-McWhite said. "What I loved about it was they were personally important for large numbers of people. It reminds me that enjoying a museum is not a monolithic experience. Everyone has their own view, they take away from it a very different story that’s very personal for them. But not one that you can describe. It’s all what they choose to get from it."
Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds, On view at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College through December 14th.
Born in Cuba to parents of Chinese and African/Spanish descent, Lam provided a new context for art. Rooted in four continents, he gave expression to his multiracial and multicultural ancestry and engaged with the major political, literary, and artistic circles that defined his century. When I visited this stunning show, I got to speak with Curator Elizabeth Goizueta, who told me what it was like for Lam to meet one of his artistic heroes.
“In 1938 when Lam goes to Paris and meets Picasso with an introduction, and Picasso puts his arm around him and says 'you remind me of someone I knew long ago… me', it’s classic, quintessential Picasso. But I think that the endorsement gave Lam the ability and the power to continue to explore these motifs that he was very interested in exploring, and as a black man, it gave him more credibility than Picasso,” she said.
Nightcrawler, In theaters Friday.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Gyllenhaal's character muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling—where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents.
This week on Open Studio We tour the Museum of Fine Arts’ Goya: Order and Disorder show and, as he returns to the podium next week, we chat with BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons.