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Boston’s Best 2013 Museum Exhibitions To Look Forward To

December 24, 2012 6:00 AM

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Boston and the Greater Boston Area are home to myriad art museums, both large and small. There is even a museum dedicated to bad art, but the exhibits at the Museum of Bad Art are not the sort that art lovers come to Boston to see. Thankfully, a few upcoming art exhibits are full of good art of varying mediums. Whether art lovers are 10 or 100, Boston boasts the perfect exhibit.
(Photo from MFA)

(Photo from MFA)


“Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Master Drawings from the Casa Buonarotti”
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300
www.mfa.org

Price: $25 adults/$23 seniors 65 and older/$23 students 18 and older/free children 6 and younger daily/free children 7 to 17 after 3 p.m. and on weekends/$10 children 7 to 17 all other times
Hours: April 21 to June 30; Sat to Tue – 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Wed to Fri – 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Michelangelo is inarguably one of the most famous, celebrated and skilled artists of all time. This collection contains 26 of his drawings, each of which was kept in Casa Buonarotti in Florence, Italy. Some of these images have never been on display in the United States. Subjects of these drawings include the Virgin Mary, Baby Jesus and Cleopatra and are among his most celebrated pieces. Fans and students of Renaissance art should not miss this rare treat.

Related: New England Art Worth the Drive

Blue Man Group (credit: blueman.com)

Blue Man Group (credit: blueman.com)


“Blue Man Group: Making Waves”
Boston Children’s Museum
308 Congress St.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 426-6500
www.bostonkids.org

Price: $14 visitors 1 and older/free 0-12 months/free members
Hours: Jan. 19 to May 12 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fri – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Blue Man Group exhibit at the Boston Children’s Museum combines visual and audio art to make an interactive exhibit that both children and adults can appreciate. “Making Waves” features a number of objects children may touch and make their own music with, including a Theremin organ and a sand drum. Throughout the exhibit, sound is given a visual effect and vice versa. Of course, the Blue Men are also featured doing a song that is specifically for the exhibit.

(Photo from MIT)

(Photo from MIT)


“Amalia Pica”
MIT List Visual Arts Center
20 Ames St.
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 253-4680
listart.mit.edu/

Price: free
Hours: Feb. 8 to April 7; Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Thurs – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Mon

Amalia Pica is a European artist who hails from London. Her work has never before been displayed in the United States. The exhibit contains pieces from a variety of mediums including photographs, drawings, sculptures and even performances. Her work is both aesthetically pleasing and informative as she helps her audience approach the successes and failures of social communication. After the exhibit leaves MIT, it is headed to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hollywood Africans, 1983. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Gift of Douglas S. Cramer 84.23. Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins. © 2012 The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (Photo from ICABoston.org)

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hollywood Africans, 1983. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Gift of Douglas S. Cramer 84.23. Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins. © 2012 The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York (Photo from ICABoston.org)

“This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s”
Institute of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 478-3100
www.icaboston.org

Price: $15 general/$13 seniors/$10 students/free children 17 and younger/free members/free Thurs. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m./free families last Sat of every month except for Dec.
Hours: Nov. 15 to Mar. 3; Tue, Wed, Sat and Sun – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thurs and Fri – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m

“This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s” is a celebration of art from the 1980s. More than that, it is a celebration of the cultural and political changes that occurred during that explosive decade of music, color and social responsibility. The four sections of this exhibit represent that the issues of the time, including AIDS and sexuality, highlighting the contrast of these issues and the art that came out of them.

(Photo from MFA)

(Photo from MFA)


“New Blue and White”
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300
www.mfa.org

Price: $25 adults/$23 seniors 65 and older/$23 students 18 and older/free children 6 and younger daily/free children 7 to 17 after 3 p.m. and on weekends/$10 children 7 to 17 all other times
Hours: Feb. 20 to July; Sat to Tue – 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Wed to Fri – 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

“New Blue and White” is an exhibition of blue and white porcelain, a medium and color scheme that has been very popular over the course of art history. Something about these subtle, yet vivid blue and white ceramic pieces appeal to everyone from art collectors to  homemakers. While blue and white ceramic pieces have appeared for a long time, this exhibit is about contemporary pieces and how modern artists have used this classic ceramic type.

Related: The Museum of Bad Art: Even the World’s Worst Artwork Deserves To Be Seen

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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