Yayoi Kusama is one of Japan’s preeminent artists. The signature fields of dots that appear in her work were taken directly from hallucinations she experienced as a child. #HeartArt #5WomenArtists

Pictured: "Dots Infinity NOWH," 2004.
This relief (705–681 BC) documents—in fact, celebrates—the military conquests of Assyrian king Sennacherib. Carved for his palace at Nineveh, it depicts the Assyrian practice of deporting captives in newly conquered territories, and defends resettlement as a tool of empire building.

The artwork is part of a special installation that opens conversations around historical acts of violence,...
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"I came to see the films as a form of virtual reality, a window to the outside world—long soaks, sometimes blissful, sometimes troubling, at all times revelatory and compassionate, in the ways the human animal behaves when organized into groups." — The Boston Globe's Ty Burr on the work of Frederick Wiseman.

MFA Film's "Frederick Wiseman: For the Record" celebrates his half-century of...
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Frederick Wiseman deserves more than celebration. He deserves to be seen. - The Boston Globe

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"Darkness Made Visible," now on view, pairs Derek Jarman's final feature-length film "Blue" (1993) with Mark Bradford's video installation "Spiderman" (2015)—both riveting first-person accounts of the AIDS crisis: bit.ly/2nfr5QV
"Part of the great cumulative power of these images lies in how they afford a window on both the everyday and the monstrous." — The Boston Globe on "Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross."

The exhibition, now on view, offers an extraordinarily rare glimpse of life inside the Lodz Ghetto through the lens of Polish Jewish photojournalist Henryk Ross: bit.ly/2nE5BjX

At the MFA, bearing witness to the unbearable - The Boston Globe

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"The show is an insight into his mind, as much as it is a reminder of how important cultural cross-pollination was to Modernism as a movement." — Condé Nast Traveler on "Matisse in the Studio."

Member Preview days are April 4–8! The exhibition opens to the public on April 9.

See Matisse Paintings Next to the Objects That Inspired Them

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This 1945 photograph captures Edward Weston on the rocky beach at Point Lobos in California—his favorite place to work during this period. It was taken by Imogen Cunningham, his friend and fellow member of Group f/64. Weston was born #onthisday in 1886.
Erica Hirshler, Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings, takes us through three works by women artists.
J. M. W. Turner's "Slave Ship" (1840) captures the horror of the transatlantic slave trade. The iconic painting is part of a special installation in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art that presents objects and works of art that bear witness to efforts to erase, displace and silent peoples.

Read more about the exhibition, opening March 25, in Boston Magazine.

A New MFA Exhibition Focuses on Deportation and Displacement

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"In March 1945 a man who had witnessed far too much human misery dug into ground hardened by the Polish winter and retrieved what he had buried months earlier. Thus, in a manner of speaking, did he provide the dead with an afterlife."

— The New York Times Lens Blog on "Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross"

This Jewish Photographer Documented a Nazi-Controlled Ghetto

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Helen Frankenthaler poured paint directly onto the canvas, tilting the surface at various angles to produce her desired image. Her "soak stain" method paved the way for later artists to experiment with new ways to approach the canvas. #5WomenArtists

"Floe IV" (1965) is on view in "Making Modern." See it tonight—we're free after 4 pm!
“The photographs themselves are part of the resistance. These people want to be remembered—they want to be remembered for who they are.”

WBUR 90.9 FM's Bob Oakes spoke to Dr. Harold Bursztajn, a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist whose parents survived the Lodz Ghetto, and Kristen Gresh, curator of the exhibition “Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross.”

Exhibit Features Rare WWII Photos Of Jewish Ghetto

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Anthony van Dyck, born #onthisday in 1599, was court painter to Charles I of England and highly acclaimed for his regal, yet sensitive, portrayals of the royal family.

Pictured: "Princess Mary, Daughter of Charles I," about 1637.
#TriviaTuesday: Can you name the artist who created this convertible snake belt/necklace? Hint: She worked for Halston in the 1970s. #5WomenArtists
The exhibition "Memory Unearthed" presents a moving visual record of the Holocaust through the lens of Polish Jewish photographer Henryk Ross—one of just 877 recorded survivors of the Lodz Ghetto.

Members see it first—MFA Member Preview days start today: bit.ly/2nE5BjX
"These images reflect the determination of Henryk Ross, a talented Polish Jewish photojournalist and a rare Lodz Ghetto survivor, to document what he called 'our martyrdom.'" — The New York Times on "Memory Unearthed."

Members see it first—Member Preview days are March 21-24. The exhibition opens to the public March 25.

Henryk Ross’s Grim Photos Document Life in the Lodz Ghetto

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"Ghost (Vines)" (2013) by Teresita Fernández, on view in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, references nature's fleeting presence. Layers of precision-cut metal are backed with bright green silkscreen ink that casts a soft green glow around sharp, machined edges—mimicking the pattern of mass. #5WomenArtists #HeartArt

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Ellen Day Hale was one of an increasing number of professional women artists who flourished in the United States during the decades following the Civil War. She first studied art in Boston, but like most ambitious young painters of her day, she completed her training in Paris. Hale showed this self-portrait in Boston in 1887, and when one local critic declared that she displayed “a man’s...
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