Tuesday, January 18, 2011

At the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Yesterday, Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Susan and I visited the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

It was "Free Admission Day." There were many special events scheduled, from concerts to family art-making activities. Most importantly, from my perspective, it was the last day to see "Richard Avedon Fashion 1944--2000."

It was an absolutely beautiful, breathtaking and inspiring exhibition, despite often feeling like I was standing in a crowded subway car to see it. Here are a few photographs:

We also got to see one of my favorite series of photographs, The Brown Sisters by Nicholas Nixon:

Soon the noise of the crowd and the children and strollers took their toll on Susan and I and we fled to the second floor where we bathed in the beauty of Monet:

I then wanted to show Susan one of my favorite John Singer Sargent paintings. And for a few minutes I wandered the galleries looking for it. Was I dreaming I wondered?

Alas, I soon learned from a helpful museum guide, it had been moved into the new American Wing, which I might add, is quite beautiful and feels to this writer as if it had been there a long time.

The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit.
By this time my son, a senior at Northeastern, arrived and we continue to climb over children on the floor and around strollers and knapsacks and throngs of people milling about the galleries.

When I saw this Mary Cassatt painting I could not but think I could certainly use right now a cup of tea!

We spotted an amusing Edward Hopper and Susan explained that  Drug Store shows a brightly lit storefront on a deserted street at night, like the restaurant in Nighthawks. "EX-LAX" is prominently displayed across the drug store's eave, helping it stand out as it would if you needed EX-LAX. One day Hopper changed that to EX-LAS from fear that the painting would not sell. Instead, the sympathetic buyer insisted Hopper change it back to EX-LAX.

Daryl and I stopped to view a large Charles Sheeler painting while Susan spotted an Edward Steichen print. Slowly we walked and slowly we turned toward the final gallery of our visit where we enjoyed Modernist Photography 1910--1950.

Here, a print by one of my favorite photographers, Walker Evans:

And then, instead of tea, we enjoyed a Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale:

Susan and I said goodbye to Daryl and drove back home to Western Massachusetts. I took a self-portrait:

And.......I made a Meatball Pizza (The meatballs are based on this recipe, although to these I had added some grated carrot.):

I fell to sleep thinking someone might give me the book Avedon Fashion 1944--2000 for my birthday.

What do you want for your birthday?
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  1. What a nice day! I wrote a paper on Mary Cassatt in college. I adore her paintings.
    Pizza & ale? A perfect ending to any day, if you ask me:).

  2. You would have run into me, if I lived closer. Irritating to see these things mentioned with no opportunity to partake.

    Very happy you did.

    Oddly, I was reading about Cecil Beaton's show at the National Portrait Gallery, put on by Sir Roy Strong, last nite. Sweet dreams indeed.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  3. What a fabulous day Bruce!
    R Avedon is one of my favorites!

  4. gorgeous Avedon photographs, the BFA is beautiful would love to see the new American wing. Books always work for me-birthday, and otherwise. pgt

  5. Love your photographs. Came here via "Of Peacocks and Paisleys".

  6. This is one of the museums I have always wanted to visit, esp to see that Sargent. Oohh Ahhh. Thank you for the virtual visit! Pizza looks super yummy, but when exactly is your birthday??

  7. Thank You all! It was such a glorious day! And Thank You Kamini; it is a pleasure to meet you. Miss Basketeer, my birthday is March 7. OH, and the pizza was delicious. Right now I am making no-knead rye bread--and tortellini, kale, kielbasa, cannelloni soup (Bon Appetit cover recipe 2/2002)

  8. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts sounds like a magnificent visit.

    I just visited some London area museums last month while in the UK, including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, V&A, & the British Museum to name a few. The euphoria I feel while museum visiting is like that of a symphony, it awakens the senses and at once I am alive.

  9. What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LT475.
    The image can be seen at wahooart.com who can supply you with a canvas print of it.


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