Boston’s art scene has no parallel with its world-class museums offering exhibits on photography, prints, and paintings to keep you busy all winter. Here’s what you can’t miss at four of Boston’s best institutions.
Showdown! Kuniyoshi Vs. Kunisada at Museum of Fine Arts
See a fierce rivalry on view at the Museum of Fine Arts with Showdown! Kuniyoshi Vs. Kunisada. The two Japanese artists excelled in ukiyo-e woodblock prints in the 19th century, and today collectors prize their their work for their varying depictions. The exhibit, running through December 10, has 100 pieces on view, all drawn from the museum’s permanent collection.
Henry James and American Painting at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
This house museum is a tribute to all things beautiful-art, interior design, gardening, and the foresight of one woman to see the importance of her collection. The building, modeled after a Venetian palazzo, is centered around a flower filled courtyard, while the permanent collection has standout pieces from Botticelli, Rembrandt, and Titian. The new Renzo Piano-designed wing is hosting Henry James and American Painting through January 21, 2018. Through nearly 50 items, the exhibit looks at the importance of travel and the connection between James’s work and his relationships with American artists. The museum’s Third Thursdays event on October 19 will have a travel theme to tie in with the new exhibit.
Picturing Frederick Douglass: The Most Photographed American of the 19th Century at Museum of African American History
Frederick Douglass, one of America’s earliest civil rights activists, is the focus of the museum’s most recent exhibit, Picturing Frederick Douglass: The Most Photographed American of the 19th Century. The show, which explores Douglass’ admiration for photography, shown through images taken of him from 1841 to his death in 1896, has proved a hit with visitors. The Museum of African American History recently announced it would extend the exhibition through December due to its popularity.
Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran At Harvard Art Museums
See a different perspective this winter with Technologies of the Image: Art in 19th-Century Iran, running through January 7, 2018. The exhibit examines how Persian artisans of the 19th century melded traditional techniques with new image-making skills from the West.