MFA reopens amid pandemic

By Katie Peters, Claire Crittendon & Rachel Shepard – Editors-in-Chief & Copy Editor

Pictures taken at the Museum of Fine Arts on October 14 in galleries “Black Histories, Black Futures” and “Women take the floor.” (for both photos)
Photos by Katie Peters.

After a six month temporary closure, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA) reopened its doors to the public on September 26, with a multitude of guidelines in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In order to visit the MFA, visitors are required to order tickets ahead of time online. The time designated on the ticket gives visitors a one hour window to get to the museum, after that entry will be denied. Masks are required for visitation and are mandatory for all areas of the museum. In order to keep up with COVID-19 guidelines, some exhibitions have been closed temporarily, and will only be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

As of October 16, the MFA has seven exhibits open in-person. Black Histories, Black Futures, Murals for the Movement, Women Take the
, Art of the Americas and the first floor of Art of Europe are all available to be viewed with general admission. Writing the Future Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation opened October 18 and requires a special ticket.

Black Histories, Black Futures is the first exhibit displayed upon entering the building. A plaque posted next to Room No. V by American artist Eldzier Cortor gave a brief background to the gallery. “Determined to see themselves and their experiences on the walls of this institution, the teen curators have transformed these spaces, rewriting the history of the art that we tell here.”

Curated by Boston-area high schoolers, Black Histories, Black Futures, “grew out of the MFA’s new partnership with local youth empowerment organizations, including Becoming a Man (BAM), The BASE, and the Bloomberg Arts Internship Boston program managed by EdVestors.”

On the third floor of the Art of The Americas sits Women Take the Floor, an exhibit that focuses on uplifting the woman artists of the 20th century who were largely undervalued because of their gender. Works of art took many
mediums, including paint, photography, textiles, video, sculptures, furniture, and more. More than 200 works of art are separated into seven themed galleries and will be on display until May 3, 2021.

For those who don’t feel comfortable with going in person, the MFA has uploaded virtual tours and visual content for their website. Short videos, ranging from four to six minutes, give viewers the opportunity to see Gender Bending Fashion, a previous exhibit from 2019. As well as a current exhibit, Ancient Nubia, that will be open for visitation from October 13 to January 30, 2021.

Aside from virtual tours, the museum has uploaded multiple video series that offer members and visitors more insight about the exhibits. The video series range from performances of cultural instruments, interviews with contemporary artists about their process and reflection on recent work, and curators are often heavily featured in their own series. These include “Curator’s View: Bloom’s in the Collection” and “Hear from MFA Curators,” where they offer insight on pieces currently or previously displayed at the MFA.

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