Boston Museum Exhibitions

Boston brims with world-class exhibitions throughout the year, but seems to offer even more for Summer 2017. From fine art to public installations and photography worth pondering long after your visit, the city museums offer something for every visitor this summer.  Here are our favorite new Boston museum exhibitions.

Steve McQueen’s Ashes at ICA Boston

The film and art worlds combine with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen’s US debut of Ashes at the ICA’s iconic space in the Seaport. The video installation chronicles two disparate but connected worlds: on one side of the screen you’ll see a happy fisherman called Ashes on a boat while the other side shows the young man’s fate. The exhibit runs through February 2018. For more information, visit the ICA Boston’s exhibition website. Photo above courtesy of @icaboston.

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston

The MFA offers an exhibit for every viewer this season with three major shows. Matisse in the Studio runs through July 9 and shows paintings, drawings, and cutouts from the legendary artist alongside pieces he purchased on his travels that greatly impacted his work. Botticelli and the Search for the Divine, also closing July 9, pairs the Italian artist’s Renaissance works alongside other masters like his teacher Filippo Lippi. Museums from around the world have donated 24 of the works on view, many of which have never been seen in the United States. Memory Unearthed, the Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross, running through July, is a rare and impactful look at the devastating Polish ghetto in the 1940s.

Listen Hear: The Art of Sound at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

While the permanent collection at this “house” museum is iconic thanks to its Rembrandts, Singer Sargents, and Titians, the recent addition by Renzo Piano allows the exploration of more contemporary exhibits. Listen Hear: The Art of Sound at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum running through September 5, features seven sound works spread across the museum and two public art installations that are off-site.

A New Light on Bernard Berenson: Persian Paintings from Villa I Tatti at Harvard Art Museums

Take a step back into Persian history from the 14th-17th centuries thanks to avid collector and Harvard Alum, Bernard Berenson, who collected the works in the early 20th century and kept them at his Florentine home, Villa I Tatti. In addition to carefully curating his own collection, Berenson helped other Americans compile their own works of art, including Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner. The exhibit A New Light on Bernard Berenson at Harvard Art Museum runs through August 13.

DAY TRIP: Nick Cave’s Until at MASS MoCA

For those looking for a day trip from Boston this summer, don’t miss Nick Cave’s latest exhibit, Until, at MASS MoCA, 130 miles from Boston. Cave uses found objects like ceramic birds, crystals, chandeliers, and 17 cast-iron lawn jockeys to explore issues of gun violence, race relations, and gender politics in his largest installation yet. The exhibit runs through August 2017.