April 21, 2017
By Mackenzie Cummings-Grady | March 22, 2017 | Culture
Just as New England starts to blossom so does its museums with thought-provoking exhibits, shows, and installations. Make sure to check out these special exhibits at museums around Boston and further afield, from Henri Matisse’s colorful work to an art competition all the way from New Zealand.
Interior with Etruscan Vase, Henri Matisse, 1940, The Cleveland Museum of Art.
Where: Museum of Fine Arts
What: Daniela Rivera, Henri Matisse, The MFA Film Program and more.
Why: There are a lot of reasons to visit the MFA this month. Breaking from the traditional mold of painting, Daniela Rivera details her personal experiences with images, materials, and sounds gathered from Chile’s Chuquicamata copper mine in Daniela Rivera: The Andes Invited. Chiles gargantuan mines are industrial canyons, a symbol of national pride, and a driver of the economy. Yet, Rivera’s art dives into the cost of these benefits. This exhibit is on display through September 17.
In addition, through April 2, The MFA Film Program, and the Turkish American Cultural Society of New England, host a 25-film program highlighting works by emerging and established Turkish filmmakers. Tickets are $9 for MFA members, and $5 for students at local universities. Also beginning on April 9 is Matisse in the Studio, Henri Matisse’s first international exhibit to examine his personal artistic collection. For free, members can see the major works of this influential artist at its only US venue. This exhibit will run through July 9.
Beginning on March 25, take a look at the works in I must tell you what I saw, inspired in part, by a poem by Armenian intellectual Atom Yarjanian. The exhibit covers historical acts of violence, mass displacement, and ethnic cleansing with pieces from artists J.M.W. Turner, Sophie Ristelheuber, and Arshile Gorky, and is free to museum members. This exhibit will run until July 30. 464 Huntington Ave., 617-267-9300
Where: Peabody Essex Museum (PEM)
What: World of Wearable Art
Why: For 25 years, New Zealand has hosted a design competition that pits sculptors, costume designers, and other makers against the boundary between fashion and art, and how far it can be pushed. The World of Wearable Art competition is the country’s largest art event, culminating in a live runway show in front of an audience of 50,000. PEM is the exclusive U.S. east coast venue for this theatrical exhibition, and is on view until June 11. 161 Essex St., Salem. 978-745-9500.
What: Nick Cave Until
Why: The artist celebrated for his wearable sculptures defies all expectations with his immersive installation, made up of thousands of objects and beads, causing participants to feel like they entered a new world. On display at MASS MoCA from now through August, a New York Times interview with Cave revealed that he got the idea for the exhibit when he wondered if “there was racism in Heaven.” 1040 MASS MoCA WAY, North Adams, 413-662-2111
Where: Clark Institute of Art
Why: Genre painting, otherwise known as scene painting depicting every day life, was a popular art form in the Dutch Republic throughout the seventeenth century. Garret Dou, a forefather to this art form, questioned mortality through his detailed depiction of seventeenth century people. This exhibition further explores Dou’s unique voice, and will be on display until September 17. 225 South St., Williamstown, 413-458-2303
Where: Boston Athenaeum
What: New England On Paper
Why: Contemporary prints, drawings, and photographs, acquired through the Francis Hovey Howe Print Fund, will be on display starting April 6, and running through September 3. The various art forms will document New England’s beautiful natural environment, guaranteed to change how New Englander’s view their home. 10 ½ Beacon St., 617-227-0270