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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the great art museums of the world. The MFA houses approximately 350,000 objects including some of the world's greatest collections of 19th-century French paintings, American paintings, English and French silver, prints and drawings, Egyptian art, American decorative arts, Asian art, and photographs. The Museum also hosts a variety of lectures, films, musical performances and an array of activities for families throughout the year.

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  • How can art, artists, and cultural institutions move from perpetuating colonialism to confronting, repairing, resisting and ending colonialism? Join Boston-area thinkers, institutions, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials, and artists for a discussion inspired by national observances of the 400th Anniversary of the arrival at Jamestown of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America.
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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • How do we develop Latinx leaders and increase Latinx leadership? Join Boston-area thinkers, activists, artists, and entrepreneurs for a discussion inspired by the MFA's Latinx Heritage Night, a celebration of Latinx culture. Image: Event Image
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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • How should cultural institutions acknowledge Black histories? Join Makeeba McCreary, chief of learning and community engagement at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; Jason Talbot, co-founder of Artists For Humanity and Radical Black Girl's Destiny Polk for a discussion inspired by the MFA’s annual Juneteenth commemoration. Moderating is art historian Dr. Nikki A. Greene. The panelists discuss the history of cultural institutions, as well as recent racist harassment experienced by the children of the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy while visiting the MFA.
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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • How do we practice solidarity among liberation movements? In this MFA City Talks, organizers Vanessa Silva and Lily Huang join D. Farai Williams, founder of Dynamizing Equity (dEQ) and MIT Community Innovators Lab strategist Lawrence Barriner, II, for a discussion inspired by the themes found in “Bouchra Khalili: Poets and Witnesses,” on view at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston from March 21 – August 25, 2019. They consider how individuals fighting for their own goals can find solidarity among liberation movements. Image: Pixabay
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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • How should museums represent race? Meet some Boston-area thinkers and artists for a discussion inspired by themes found in a recent exhibit, [“Made Visible: Contemporary South African Fashion and Identity”](https://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/made-visible "mfa exhibit") that was on view February through May, 2019.
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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Dr. Kyrah Daniels moderates a discussion in the Edward H. Linde Gallery of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston with guests Dr. Karilyn Crockett, Pedro Cruz, and Stephen Hamilton. The four discuss how connecting to traditions can shape our relationships with the past. The talk in inspired by the themes found in [“Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular"](https://youtu.be/gMJiOrAh-eo "exhibit link"), on view February 27–June 16, 2019.
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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Artist Ai Weiwei and the MFA Boston's Matsutaro Shoriki Chair of Art of Asia, Christina Yu Yu, met in Boston for the launch of the book _Ai Weiwei: Beijing Photographs 1993–2003_ by MIT Press. Opening remarks by Roger Conover, Executive Editor at the MIT Press. The book is an autobiography in pictures. Ai Weiwei is China’s most celebrated contemporary artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. This book offers an intimate look at his world in the years after his return from New York and preceding his imprisonment and global superstardom. The photographs capture the artist’s emergence as the uniquely provocative figure that he is today. With more than 600 carefully sequenced images culled from an archive of more than 40,000 photographs taken by Ai Weiwei, there is no more revealing portrait of his life in China than this. Image: [www.flickr.com](https://www.flickr.com/photos/a-weidinger/22825274976 "Ai Weiwei")
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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Frederick Ilchman discusses Thomas Gainsborough's elegant portraits, which were the height of fashion in 18th-century England. Ilchman discusses the context in which these works were created: Gainsborough's competitors and the demands of his patrons. By examining the artist's unique painting techniques, viewers discover the very substance of his singular style.
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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Erica Hirshler provides a tour of Boston's waterfront, parks, and neighborhoods through the eyes of the painters who portrayed the city. Using images from the MFA's collection, this lecture explores how artists chose to represent Boston and its inhabitants throughout its history. Enjoy early views of Boston Common and the Battle of Bunker Hill, Fitzhugh Lane's ship-filled harbor scenes, and images by Childe Hassam and George Luks of the increasingly cosmopolitan city in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, as well as less familiar views of Dorchester, Roxbury, and other Boston neighborhoods.
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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Ms. Martin gives an overview of a major Rembrandt exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and suggests ways to look at the works of this master artist.
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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston