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October 31, 2019 - January 30, 2020
Nearly five centuries after his death, Raphael’s fame remains undiminished. Commemorating the five-hundredth anniversary of the painter’s death in 1520, this exhibition brings together for the first time a painting of an episode from Inghirami’s life with the Gardner’s own portrait, as well as a special selection of sculpture, drawings, and archival materials to tell the fascinating story of the man with the red cap and the collector who brought him to America.
The Strange Taxi, Stretched
January 14 - May 19, 2020
The Strange Taxi, Stretched is an adaptation of an autobiographical photomontage Lorraine O'Grady made in 1991. In both the original and the stretched versions, female members of O’Grady’s family emerge through the roof of a New England mansion and escape the limitations placed on them in post-World War I Boston.
Elements of Me
February 13 - September 27, 2020
Adam Pendleton’s exhibition considers the relations between (geometric) abstraction, Blackness, and languages of collectivity. Three basic shapes—square, triangle, and circle—are the refrains in this room-sized installation.
Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent
February 13 - May 17, 2020
In 1916, John Singer Sargent met Thomas Eugene McKeller, a young Black elevator attendant, at Boston’s Hotel Vendome. McKeller posed for most of the figures—both male and female—in Sargent’s murals in the Museum of Fine Arts. The painter transformed McKeller into white gods and goddesses, creating soaring allegories of the liberal arts that celebrated the recent expansion of the city’s premier civic museum.