McMullen Museum Relocates

Nancy Netzer, Director of the McMullen Museum of Art, welcomes guests to a special event at the Museum. (Photo courtesy of McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College)
Nancy Netzer, Director of the McMullen Museum of Art, welcomes guests to a special event at the Museum. (Photo courtesy of McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College)

This past September, The McMullen Museum of Art moved to a new location referred to as “a world-class space” on Commonwealth Avenue, on the Brighton Campus of Boston College.

An important cultural resource, the Museum has offered renowned, critically acclaimed exhibitions for more than two decades. It presents exhibitions that rival those in far larger, comprehensive museums and provides the Greater Boston community with an intimate and often exclusive view of diverse and outstanding art.

We will always remember the 1999 opening reception for “Saints and Sinners: Caravaggio and the Baroque Image”; and in 2007, the incredibly beautiful “Tree of Paradise: Jewish Mosaics from the Roman Empire.”

Funded in part by a gift to Boston College from the McMullen Family Foundation, the new venue, originally built in 1927, now includes 30,000 square feet of space and triples the Museum’s exhibition areas.

“The renovation and expansion of this landmark Renaissance Revival building has created a state-of-the-art facility that will enhance the McMullen’s role as a leading presenter of exhibitions of international importance and multi-use spaces for displaying Old Master and American paintings from the Museum’s collection,” said noted McMullen Museum Director and Professor of Art History, Nancy Netzer.

“The new facility provides a more welcoming and accessible venue with expanded features for members of the community,” said Jacqueline McMullen, whose family’s connection to Boston College spans three generations. “We hope to share the Museum’s groundbreaking exhibitions with an even wider audience.”

The next exhibition opens on Monday, January 30. Titled “Rafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic,” it runs through June 4, 2017.

Rafael Soriano (1920-2015) was an acclaimed master of geometric abstraction and a global figure in the twentieth-century art world. His work resonated with international artists of Latin American origin. As a result of the Revolution in Cuba, in 1962 he emigrated to the United States. An unprecedented examination of his life’s work, the exhibition will focus on the multiple influences that nurtured his style.

Featuring more than ninety paintings, pastels, and drawings, “The Artist as Mystic” begins with Soriano’s works in the Cuban geometric abstract style and concludes with luminous, mystical imagery in paintings from his mature period. Special programming is planned for families and the general public.

The Museum is open to the public free of charge seven days a week. Special memberships offer programs, performances, and social events in addition to exclusive previews and behind-the-scenes tours. It is currently closed between exhibitions in preparation for “The Artist as Mystic.”

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