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    • 26 Apr 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston 02115
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     Join MA-NMWA for an opening day private guided tour of Art in Bloom! The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), celebrates the return of spring with its 48th-annual Art in Bloom celebration, showcasing 45 interpretive arrangements.  For more than four decades, the beloved event has paired art from the MFA’s collection—from ancient to contemporary—with floral interpretations created by volunteer and professional floral designers. 


    • 1 May 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston 02108
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    Please join MA-NMWA for a viewing of the exhibition, Mothercraft, by local artist Toni Pepe, on Wednesday, May 1, at 5:30 pm.  The artist will be our host this evening and a small reception will follow. There is no charge for this event, but please register so that we can share our numbers with the Boston Athenaeum.

    MOTHERCRAFT, an ongoing series by artist Toni Pepe, uses press photographs found in flea markets, eBay, photo morgues, and other archives, to reconsider portrayals of motherhood.

    The photographs Pepe collects represent shifting perspectives on motherhood, socially and politically. Her reuse of them interrogates how motherhood and caretaking have been seen as taboo, marginal, or unworthy of scholarly attention, while also exploring photography’s role in record-keeping, memory, and myth-making.

    About the artist:
    Toni Pepe (b.1981 Boston, lives in Boston) is a visual artist whose creative practice is grounded in photographic processes, memory, storytelling, and identity as seen through a feminist lens. Found photographs from private and public collections play a crucial role in her practice. Pepe often uses vernacular or press imagery to explore different modes of collecting and preserving knowledge.

    Pepe is chair and assistant professor of photography at Boston University where she helped launch a new MFA program in Print Media and Photography.

    • 8 May 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • ICA, Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA 02210
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    This is the first museum survey dedicated to Firelei Báez, one of the most exciting painters of her generation. Báez delves into the historical narratives of the Atlantic basin, exploring the multilayered legacy of colonial histories and the African diaspora in the Caribbean and beyond. Her exuberant paintings feature finely wrought, complex, and layered uses of pattern, decoration, and saturated color, often overlaid on maps made during colonial rule in the Americas. This exhibition will offer audiences a timely opportunity to gain a holistic understanding of Báez’s complex and profoundly moving body of work, cementing her as one of the most important artists of the early 21st century.

    • 5 Sep 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • MFA, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue Boston, Massachusetts 02115


    Join MA-NMWA for a private tour led by Nonie Gadsden, Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture. Born in Hawaii to parents of Okinawan ancestry, Toshiko Takaezu (1922–2011) was a technically masterful and innovative artist best known for her ceramic sculptures, which she treated as abstract paintings in the round. Her gestural style, distinctive palettes, and complex layering of glazes align with the practices of Abstract Expressionists who were her contemporaries. Yet Takaezu added an element of chance as her pieces revealed their final colors only after firing. She often showed her ceramics in groups, sometimes with her equally innovative paintings and textiles, in carefully constructed arrangements that responded to their environments. This exhibition takes inspiration from these displays, tracing Takaezu’s development from potter to multimedia installation artist.

    The MFA holds a significant collection of Takaezu’s pottery—more than 20 examples are featured here alongside loans from private collections. Highlights also include a large-scale weaving—a recent Museum acquisition—and a grouping of works exploring the artist’s cross-cultural interactions with contemporary Japanese ceramicists during her pivotal eight-month trip to Japan in 1955–56. In conjunction with the exhibition, additional displays on the third floor of the MFA’s Art of the Americas Wing and in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art juxtapose Takaezu with two of her friends: the ceramic artist Leza McVey and sculptor Isamu Noguchi.


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