Best Art Exhibits Coming To Boston In 2016

April 11, 2016 6:00 AM

(Photo Credit: Thinkstock)

(Photo Credit: Thinkstock)

(Photo Credit: Thinkstock)

Every year brings a new round of art exhibits to Boston. There are always many to choose from, but some stand out as being innovative, exciting or extraordinary. From works by classic artists in classic mediums to technologically advanced art installations by modern artists, it won’t be hard to find a great new art exhibit in this city this year. Most art museums in Boston have plenty of exhibits at any given time, so be sure to explore when visiting these gems.

(Photo Credit: Museum of Fine Arts)

(Photo Credit: Museum of Fine Arts)


“#techstyle”
Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300
www.mfa.org

Date: Through July 10, 2016

The Museum of Fine Arts is hosting #techstyle — a fascinating look at technological innovations in clothing. It includes amazing techniques like laser-cut leather and a 3-D printed dress. It also includes a few things no one would think to wear, such as “dresses you can tweet.” Some of these pieces come from esteemed design houses, such as Alexander McQueen, so art and fashion fans alike can enjoy this exhibit. It will be on display at the Henry and Lois Foster Gallery.

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(Photo Credit: Institute of Contemporary Art Boston/Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Institute of Contemporary Art Boston/Facebook)


Nalini Malani – “In Search Of Vanished Blood”
Institute Of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 478-3100
www.icaboston.org

Date: July 1 to Oct. 18, 2016

Nalini Malani is a video and installation artist from India whose works are on display in the “In Search of Vanished Blood” exhibit at the ICA. The exhibit includes projected imagery from hand-painted Mylar cylinders. In total, there are six videos projecting from the cylinders and accompanied by sound. The ghostly cylinders with their intricately detailed images hang from the center of the room and are works of art unto themselves. Malani’s skillful “In Search of Vanished Blood” is a must-see.

(Photo Credit: Harvard Art Museums)

(Photo Credit: Harvard Art Museums)


“Everywhen: The Eternal Present In Indigenous Art From Australia”
Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-9400
www.harvardartmuseums.org

Date: Through Sept. 18, 2016

Based on the concept of everywhen from Indigenous Australians, this exhibit focuses on contemporary Indigenous art with a few historic works woven in for contrast. The focus is on time and its significance in Indigenous culture. More than 70 works from some of the most talented artists of the genre will be on display. Pieces include jewelry, paintings and much more curated by Stephen Gilchrist, who is an Indigenous Australian himself. Visitors are encouraged to share their experiences at this exhibit using the hashtag #everywhen.

“Rodin: Transforming Sculpture”
Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St.
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 745-9500
www.pem.org

Date: May 14 to Sept. 5, 2016

Auguste Rodin is thought of as the father of modern sculpture, known for “The Thinker” among other popular works. This traveling exhibit focuses on the idea that Rodin changed sculpture greatly during his lifetime. He neglected former practices that focused on mythology and perfectionism and focused more on realism, using techniques that were out of the ordinary. While the Peabody Essex Museum is a little north of Boston, the trip is well worth it.

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“The Gallery Of The Louvre”
Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St.
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 745-9500
www.pem.org

Date: Oct. 8, 2016 to Jan. 8, 2017

The Peabody Essex Museum will have more than one worthwhile new exhibit this year thanks to “The Gallery of the Louvre.” This exhibit focuses on the titular painting by Samuel F.B. Morse — the same who invented the electrical telegraph and Morse Code. This extraordinarily detailed 6′ x 9′ painting features the Salon Carré in the Louvre and a collection of 40 of the museum’s most famous paintings by artists like da Vinci and Caravaggio. Along with this gorgeous painting, there will be around 40 pictures from the museum’s collection that display other examples of copying in art.

Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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