Photopost: A Visit to the MFA, part one


For the first time in several years, I have a membership to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  I’m working on putting it to use by visiting the Museum and methodically but casually working my way through the galleries absorbing the art on display and sharing what I learn.

On a recent Sunday afternoon, I explored the third floor, home to the Museum’s collection of 20th-century art.  It is a quiet place in the museum even on a busy weekend.  A man pushing his sleeping child in a stroller along a window-lined corridor told me “This is the best part of the museum!”

I was impressed particularly by the MFA’s strong collections of 20th Century Art but African-American artists, Boston-area artists, and some who are both. Some artists I learned about for the first time that I’m really drawn to are Eldzier Cortor, Allan Rohan Crite, and Charles Sheeler.  In addition to a variety of modern paintings, sculpture and decorative arts, the third floor hosts an excellent exhibit of photography of Gordon Parks, who returned to his home town of  Fort Scott, Kansas for a photo essay in 1950.

Stopped for a selfie en route to the third floor.
El Fuego by José Clemente Orozco
Cercle du Blé by Matta (Roberto Sebastián Matta Echaurren)

 

Room No. V by Eldzier Cortor
Pigeons by John Sloan.
Tire Jumping in Front of My Window by Allan Rohan Crite
Big Wind In Georgia by Hale Woodruff
Room in Brooklyn by Edward Hopper

 

Old Brooklyn Bridge by Joseph Stella
Art Deco clocks.
The Pool Game by Jacob Lawrence
The Door by David Aronson
Venus by Fernando Botero
Deer’s Skull with Pedernal by Georgia O’Keefe
Hot Still-Scape for Six Colors – 7th Avenue Style by Stuart Davis
New England Irrelevancies by Charles Sheeler
The Arrangement of Things by Ross Bleckner with an appreciator of fine art.
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