The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has revealed their #mfaNOW program, which showcases recent acquisitions to their Linde
Family Wing for Contemporary Art and hosts free all-night parties. The all-night parties will feature food trucks, lawn games, live music, DJ’s, art making, artist demonstrations, and
programming such as star gazing in the MFA’s beautiful courtyard and nighttime jogs through Boston. The next event will be the MFA Overnight: College Edition and will take place
on October 14-15 from 9:00pm to 9:00am. Guests can come and go as they please.
The recent installations, “Political Intent” and “Beyond Limits,” are powerful collections of contemporary art that make statements about today’s society. “Political Intent” explores tensions from slavery, the subject of mosques and Islam, and complex identities such as those in the LGBTQ community. “Beyond Limits” houses many abstract works that
challenge traditional interpretations of line, color and form. Andy Warhol’s Red Disaster (1963, 1985) shows a repeating electric chair on a red background, commenting on the power of media and how we have become accustomed to gruesome images in everyday life.
“UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991-2015” showcases an artist designated by the Los Angeles Times as “the visual poet laureate of the Internet age.” Stark’s imaginative mind examines the world in a way relatable to the college students of today. The exhibition includes such pieces as Cat Videos and Stark’s “chorus girl” in A Torment of Follies (2008), in which a girl’s dress is made up of an optical illusion. One particularly striking piece is a video installation set to a West Coast gangsta rap soundtrack and
features images such Tupac and Renaissance paintings. The piece is called Bobby Jesus’s Alma Mater b/w Reading the Book of David and/or Paying Attention is Free (2013). Even
the name is jumbled and chaotic.
Attendees of the #mfaNOW overnightevents will have a unique opportunity to see Christian Marclay’s The Clock (2010) at
night. The video masterpiece took three years of research and editing to compile and features thousands of bits from television and film history over a 24-hour period. During any time
of day, The Clock displays the accurate time on screen in a section from a show or movie. It becomes an actual timepiece and blurs the line between the screen and reality. Guests have
been known to sit for hours watching The Clock, in an intimate examination of media.
As always, Babson College students can enter the MFA on any day for free by presenting their student ID card, but be sure not to miss the amazing events that will be taking place during
#mfaNOW. A schedule is provided below and more information can be found at: www.mfa.org/programs/mfanow
mfaNOW Overnight: College Edition
9 pm, Friday, October 14, to 9 am, Saturday, October 15, 2016
mfaNOW Overnight: State of the Party
9 pm, Friday, November 4, to 9 am, Saturday, November 5, 2016
mfaNOW Overnight: Last Call
9 pm, Friday, December 9, to 9 am, Saturday, December 10, 2016