By Joe Auclair
October 18, members of the SMCC Art Club travelled to Boston to visit the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SFMA). In addition to the MFA’s extensive regular collection, on view were special exhibitions that received much attention. One was a retrospective collection of work by the American painter and part-time Maine resident Jamie Wyeth. The retrospective included landscapes of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and the Maine coast as well as portraits of famous people such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, John F. Kennedy and Andy Warhol. Among these twentieth century luminaries were poignant portraits of people unknown to the general public, notably Shorty and Draft Age.
Another important exhibition was a one hundred and seventy piece collection of work by nineteenth century Spanish master Francisco Goya. The MFA press release bills this exhibition titled Goya: Order and Disorder as the most significant show of the artist’s work in North America in 25 years. Order and Disorder, included an extensive collection of prints, etchings and lithographs. Many artist’s proofs, from the Caprichos and The Disasters of War. There were also large tapestries designed by Goya and paintings. Among the most famous of his paintings included in this collection was The Portrait of the Duchess Alba.
The SFMA was exhibiting Reverb: New Art From Greece. This was a mixed media exhibition that featured contemporary Greek artists who were exploring new concepts to express their shared cultural identity.
Art Club members who made the trip were Jeff Albright, Nelea Mihaila, Kabria Smith, Jessica Baker, Joe Auclair and Jeff Badger. Anyone interested in being involved with upcoming museum visits is welcome to meet with us Tuesdays at 12:30 in the main Art Studio.