“Boston Loves Impressionism”
Museum Of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Date: Through May 26, 2014
The title of this exhibit doesn’t just give an impression of what it is about, it gives it away. Visitors to this exhibit will see a wide range of impressionist pieces from greats such as Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet. There will also be a running vote for everyone’s favorites. It will be hard to choose between pieces like Monet’s “Water Lilies,”Vincent van Gogh’s “House at Auvers” and Renoir’s “Children on the Seashore.” The exhibit has only fantastic works so there is nothing not to love about it.
“5,000 Moving Parts”
265 Massachusettes Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Date: Through Nov. 30, 2014
“5,000 Moving Parts” is an interesting art exhibit from this technological university that concerns moving or “kinetic” art. Some pieces in this exhibit, such as John Douglas Powers’ “Ialu and Haliades,” take obvious forces and turn them into works of art. Other pieces, specifically “Electro-Magnetic I” from Vassilakis Takis, use forces that people cannot see to make the art move. Luckily for those who do not have a lot of time to get to museums, this exhibit is running for about a year, so there is plenty of time to see it.
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“Collecting For The Boston Athenaeum In The 21st Century”
10 ½ Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108
Date: Through September, 2014
The Boston Athenaeum has a wonderful rare books and manuscripts collection that makes bibliophiles drool. Some of the pieces in it have been collected since the turn of the 21st century. This exhibit is a look at those books, and it highlights what makes them so special, such as their rarity, their authors or even their bindings. One standout piece, “The Truest and Largest Account of the late Earthquake in Jamaica,” was bound in tortoise shell in 1693.
“Storied Walls: Murals Of The Americas”
11 Divinity Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Date: Through Sept. 29, 2014
“Storied Walls” is a fascinating look at the history of murals mostly through photographs and drawings of important works all over the world. Humans have long used natural and constructed walls to do more than just draw and paint. They have used them to tell stories using drawings and finally language to accompany pictures. This exhibit looks at everything from ancient walls to the Sistine Chapel. While it has been up for some time, its run is over in 2014, so this spring is a great time to see it.
“A World Of Glass”
Institute Of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
Date: March 19, 2014 to July 6, 2014
Artists Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg are behind this upcoming contemporary art exhibit that features polyurethane pieces. With 193 sculptures, there is plenty to see. The exhibit uses these sculptures by Djurberg and combines them in four video projections with the work of composer Hans Berg to create an experience that draws parallels between the easily broken glass and humanity. Whether the point gets across or not, the visuals will be striking.
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