A Small Slice of the Boston MFA

Appeal To The Great Spirit

At the entrance to the Museum of Fine Arts is this grand and welcoming sculpture by Cyrus Edwin Dallin, 1909.  It dates to the opening of their current location on Huntington Avenue. This is one of the largest museums in the US with vast and impressive collections.  It’s very easy to get happily lost for a long time here.

Thought I would throw in another of  The Great Spirit  to pay homage to the American Duster, or Western.  I’m a big fan of the kitschy film genre.  Don’t ask me why.


If you do get lost you can take nourishment at the New American Cafe in the Shapiro Courtyard. It’s one of four very good places to eat (and for all budgets) in the sprawling MFA.

I took these photos at Dale Chihuly’s gorgeous show Through the Looking Glass in 2011. Above, two views onto the Shapiro Courtyard that links to the Art of the Americas wing, opened in 2006.  The Dr. Zuess-like tree is titled Lime Green Icicle Tower.

Magical installations in darkened rooms created a shiny other worldly atmosphere.  Blown glass reminds me of the ocean and these large pieces were no exception.

I was pretty excited to see this Pacific Northwest glass artist represented at the MFA in Boston with a big show.  It’s inspiring that a world class art museum celebrates this kind of work and artist.





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