21. go to the MFA and spend hours wandering around

Yesterday I took the day off from work, reserved a museum pass from my public library, got on-street parking (SCORE!), and spent several hours wandering around in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

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From lower left, clockwise:
Paul Signac, “Antibes, the Pink Cloud,” 1916
Kehinde Wiley, “John, 1st Baron Byron,” 2013
John La Farge, “The Fish and Flowering Branch,” about 1890
Stephen Rolfe Powell, “Manic Saturn Johnson,” 1993

The photo above includes a few of the pieces that struck my fancy.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed some of the current exhibitions. I popped back into the Hokusai exhibit (my folks took me to that in April when they were in town and it simply took my breath away.) Playing with Paper: Japanese Toy Prints was a nice complement to the Hokusai exhibit.  In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11 was stunning. Takashi Arai’s daguerreotypes were the highlight of that exhibit. And finally, Nature, Sculpture, Abstraction, and Clay: 100 Years of American Ceramics was exceptionally well presented. I missed a few exhibits that I’d like to go back to see, especially Gordon Parks. (I didn’t make it to the third floor of galleries.)

Three hours is definitely my maximum time in a museum. While it was so great to go and just wander, I walked out with a headache that didn’t go away for a good chunk of time. Ah well, good art is good and worth it.