October 31, 2019 - January 30, 2020

Exhibition

In the Company of Artists

25 Years of Artists-in-Residence

October 17, 2019 - January 20, 2020

Exhibition

Lorraine O'Grady

The Strange Taxi, Stretched

January 14 - May 19, 2020

Museum closed Tuesdays. Upcoming events are:

Thursday, February 13, 2020

  • Coming Soon

    Boston's Apollo

    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. 

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  • Helga Davis Presents

    Meeting Thomas McKeller

    Thursday, February 13, 7 - 9 pm

    Visiting Curator of Performing Arts Helga Davis has created a special evening reflecting on the life and times of Thomas McKeller (about 1890-1962).

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

  • The Larger Conversation

    Redefined: The Black Model in 21st-Century Portraiture

    Saturday, February 15, 3 - 5 pm

    Following a screening of Lorraine O'Grady: A Portrait (2012) by Adam Pendleton, join Lorraine O'Grady and Adam Pendleton for a discussion of the body, race and gender in American Art, and the need to rethink, document, and preserve new histories.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

  • The Larger Conversation

    Reclamation: Power, Agency, and the Black Model

    Thursday, March 05, 7 - 9 pm

    Do we each have a say over our bodies once they are captured in a portrait or on a smartphone? Join us for a conversation that examines the role, cultural relevance, and impact of the 19th-century black model.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

  • Weekend Concert Series

    Lawrence Brownlee, tenor

    Myra Huang, piano

    Sunday, March 15, 1:30 - 3 pm

    International opera star Lawrence Brownlee brings his liquescent and golden voice to the greatest of the 19th-century song cycles in his Gardner Museum debut.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

  • Members Only

    Member Thematic Tour

    Exhibition Insights: Boston's Apollo, Elements of Me, The Strange Taxi, Stretched

    Saturday, March 21, 10 - 11 am

    Tour all three special exhibitions with a Museum Teacher before the Museum opens for a closer look at these exhibitions!

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • The Erasure of Thomas McKeller

    with Dr. Nikki A. Greene

    Thursday, April 02, 7 - 9 pm

    How has the erasure of black identity shaped American culture? Nikki A. Greene argues for this erasure as part of a larger cultural blind spot in 20th-century America.

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

  • Members Only

    Member Thematic Tour

    Exhibition Insights: Boston's Apollo, Elements of Me, The Strange Taxi, Stretched

    Saturday, April 18, 10 - 11 am

    Tour all three special exhibitions with a Museum Teacher before the Museum opens for a closer look at these exhibitions!

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

  • Dear Mr. McKeller

    An Ode to One Man's Impact

    Thursday, April 23, 7 - 9:30 pm

    Enjoy a series of performative responses by Boston dancers, poets, and actors as they celebrate and honor the legacy and lived experiences of Thomas McKeller.

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