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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
The Strange Taxi, Stretched
January 14 - November 24, 2020
The Strange Taxi, Stretched is an adaptation of an autobiographical photomontage Lorraine O'Grady made in 1991. In both the original and the stretched versions, female members of O’Grady’s family emerge through the roof of a New England mansion and escape the limitations placed on them in post-World War I Boston.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Thomas McKeller and John Singer Sargent
February 13 - October 12, 2020
In 1916, John Singer Sargent met Thomas Eugene McKeller, a young Black elevator attendant, at Boston’s Hotel Vendome. McKeller posed for most of the figures—both male and female—in Sargent’s murals in the Museum of Fine Arts. The painter transformed McKeller into white gods and goddesses, creating soaring allegories of the liberal arts that celebrated the recent expansion of the city’s premier civic museum.
Elements of Me
February 13 - November 15, 2020
Adam Pendleton’s exhibition considers the relations between (geometric) abstraction, Blackness, and languages of collectivity. Three basic shapes—square, triangle, and circle—are the refrains in this room-sized installation.