This year’s first ArtSmart post is about art exhibitions, shows, or pieces to see in 2014. Since I’ll be tethered the the Greater Boston area travel-wise for most of the year (though Baby Art Nerd may make some road trips later in the year), I decided to highlight shows in Boston. We’ve got a lot of fantastic museums and exhibition spaces, the momentum to bring more public art to the city, and a new mayor who will hopefully continue to champion the arts.
If there is one thing I’m most excited about experiencing with Baby Art Nerd, it’s taking him or her to museums. I’ll be using my New England Museum Association membership to it’s full advantage with lots of trips to area museums.
In no particular order, here are 5 upcoming shows that I’m looking forward to seeing this year.
At the ICA Boston February 5 – May 14, 2014.
The ICA seems to be on a roll with artists interested in exploring our notion of time. Josiah McElhenny‘s exhibition 2 years ago also looked at time, as a circular force rather than linear one. And really, I always am fascinated by science-y themes in contemporary art. With all the science and tech people in Boston, I’m sure this show will be well attended.
At the Museum of Fine Arts Boston April 6 – July 27, 2014.
Going from multimedia conceptual art to handmade quilts. 60 American quilts will be featured in this exhibition with a particular focus on ones that are inspired by Abstract Expressionism and Op Art. I enjoy AbEx art, as well as textiles, but I’m also excited about this show because nearly all the works are made by women. At a standard AbEx show, you *might* get a Helen Frakenthaler piece but usually the show is dominated by male artists.
February 14 – May 26, 2014.
Another MFA exhibition. Now, I’m generally not the biggest fan of Impressionism (I appreciate that they led to more modern art, but it just doesn’t move me.), but I’m intrigued by the concept behind this particular show. From today (January 6) through January 29th, the public is voting on the pieces that will be in the exhibition. So it’s a crowdsourced exhibition of a generally popular movement that always brings traffic in. It will be interesting to see what the public wants to see versus a curator’s choices. Coming from a collections background, it should be interesting to see how the MFA pulls everything together in 2 weeks. One would imagine that they’ll create labels during the final round, but that’s still A LOT of work to do behind the scenes in a short time. I also hope they’ll indicate which pieces were the most popular. You can be sure that I’ll vote for the most obscure pieces.
March 29 – July 6, 2014 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.
I love mid-century modern design. But this show will highlight only California designers of the movement rather than the global big names. Hyper-specific collections speak to me in a way that’s more engaging because you can see how artists were influenced by each other. Plus I just want to lust after the Eames pieces. The PEM has a GINORMOUS endowment which has given them a lot of freedom to create really interesting shows and collaborations (this show is from LACMA).
Okay, so this technically isn’t an exhibition, but the Harvard Art Museums used to be spread out in three buildings in Cambridge. The new museum addition is designed by Renzo Piano, and I have a bit of a design crush on him ever since I interned at the High Museum in Atlanta in 2005. The opening is slated for Fall 2014 and will unite the collections in a single building. Plus my cousin works for a Harvard sustainability office and might be able to get me an early tour. Score! I love Piano’s use of light and ability to create spaces that give art room to breathe. If I make only one of these 5, it will be the opening of the Harvard Art Museum.
What is ArtSmart? A couple fellow travel bloggers with an interest in art and I decided to do a roundtable series focused on making our readers “art smart”, e.g. understanding why certain works of art are famous and worth the visit while traveling. At the end of this post are links to the other ArtSmart posts by participating bloggers. Interested in joining the Roundtable? Check out our Facebook page or email me.
This Month’s Fellow ArtSmart Roundtable Articles:
Alexandra of ArtTrav: What art to see in Florence in 2014
Lesley of CultureTripper: Reopening of the Mauritshuis, The Hague.
Christina of Daydream Tourist: Threatened Venice
Ashley of No Onions Extra Pickles: 2014 Art Worth Traveling for in the USA
Jenna of This Is My Happiness: Art Exhibitions to Catch in 2014
Murissa of The Wanderfull Traveler: Top 5 Museum Visits in 2014: From Vancouver to Venice