Yesterday we went to Boston MFA to see several exhibits, three photography and one glass art by Chihuly. Our friends Jude and Laura came with us and we had a grand time, even a fire alarm evacuation of the museum as we finished lunch.
Then we saw the Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb’s Violet Isle, photographs from Cuba. They were very dynamic, gorgeous photographs. Unfortunately, the museum did not allow picture-taking in these collections. So I provide you with a link where you can see their photographs. I remember seeing his other collection a while back, “Istanbul” with an essay by Orhan Pamuk, while you are on their Web site you may want to view both books.
Next on the list was the Bank of America Collection which included early photographs as well as more contemporary ones. Many of the photographs were familiar to me from the books and Sotheby’s auction catalogs, but seeing the originals was a thrill. There were several Outerbridge, Le Gray, Eggleston, and many others. I should get the exhibit catalog online since the bookstore was closed due to construction.
Finally, we made it to the Modernist Photography exhibit which featured Weston, Strand among others. Again, seeing the original work is a different experience compared to reproductions in books and catalogs no matter how well they are printed. It was a relatively small collection, so we finished it in reasonable time and headed back to the parking lot.
After a long wait at the exit due to gate equipment malfunctioning, we headed back home. A very pleasant day, albeit a bit tiring but well worth it.
Here are some photographs from the day: