"Radical Geometries: #Bauhaus Prints, 1919–33" closes on Sunday! Celebrate the centenary of this groundbreaking school of modernist abstraction with a group of more than 60 works on paper, designed by faculty and students for the first Bauhaus exhibition at Weimar in 1923. #Bauhaus100
Pictured: "At the Aoyama Palace, the Taishō Emperor Goes for a Walk with His Sons, the Prince Regent (Hirohito) and Prince Chichibu (Yasuhito)" (about 1922, photo about 1905), color lithograph; ink on card stock, artist unknown, on view in "Royal Celebrations: Japanese Prints and Postcards"
Sleek, shiny and expensive—silver was ideal for up-to-date luxury objects, especially cocktail and coffee sets. Cocktails were the signature drink of the 1920s, even though the decade-long prohibition of alcohol in the U.S. meant that high-quality spirits were difficult to obtain. Mixed drinks stretched the supply of good booze and disguised the terrible taste of bad, so cocktail sets became essential for well-appointed bars. Manufacturers experimented with many daring designs—including architectural shapes, as seen in this example by the International Silver Company—before the Depression crippled the market for such goods. #HeartArt
In the 1936 work "My Grandparents, My Parents, and I (Family Tree)," #FridaKahlo explicitly visualizes—and perhaps even expresses gratitude for—her mixed heritage, positioning her mestiza (Spanish and indigenous) mother over the Mexican landscape and her German-born Jewish father next to the sea. The shifting perspectives, combination of standing and floating figures, and metallic support recall the format of devotional ex-voto paintings.
Don't miss your last chance to see this loan from @themuseumofmodernart and seven other paintings by Kahlo in "Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular," which explores how the artist was inspired by traditional Mexican folk art. The exhibition is on view through Wednesday, June 19. #mfaFridaKahlo
This week's fan favorite goes to @thefakeemilyhobbs, who captured this creative photo of #YayoiKusama's "Dots Infinity NOWH" (2004), on view in "Community Arts Initiative: Mindful Mandalas." Well spotted! Enter your photos for next week's fan favorite by using #mfaBoston.
Throughout the month of June, @bplboston cardholders can receive free admission to the Museum as part of our partnership for "Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris." David Leonard, president of the BPL, and Ben Hires, director of strategic partnerships, stopped by the MFA and used their library cards to visit the exhibition!
Don't miss your last chance to see “Postwar Visions: European Photography, 1945–60," which investigates the rise of mid-century creativity in an assemblage of approximately 35 works. The exhibition is on view through June 23!
Pictured: "Luminogramm (light drawing)" (1952), gelatin silver print, Otto Steinert
The gentle face of this nearly 1,000-year-old Chinese sculpture expresses the boundless compassion embodied by its subject: the Buddhist bodhisattva #Guanyin. Buddhists believe that, although life is characterized by suffering, every being has the potential to achieve enlightenment and freedom from the cycle of birth and death. A #bodhisattva (or “enlightened being”) has reached the state of Buddhahood but remains on earth to help all beings attain enlightenment. This sculpture would have been the central figure in a larger configuration called the Water-Moon Guanyin: the bodhisattva sits in a relaxed manner on a stone or a tree stump, gazing into a body of water.
In honor of the late director John Singleton (1968–2019), MFA Film is partnering with @collierconnection and @roxfilm to present a screening of his first and most iconic film, "Boyz n the Hood," on June 15. A discussion with actor @morrischestnutofficial and Lisa Simmons, director of the Roxbury International Film Festival, will take place at 7 pm, followed by the screening. Tickets are available on mfa.org/film.
"Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular" brings together eight paintings by #FridaKahlo with nearly 40 examples of arte popular, traditional Mexican folk art that inspired the artist. Don't miss your last chance to see the exhibition, on view through June 19. #mfaFridaKahlo
Pictured: "Self-Portrait with Hummingbird and Thorn Necklace" (painted in Coyoacán, 1940), oil on canvas