The lecture discusses Benton’s portrait New England Editor in the context of his own time and that of the MFA’s provisional collection for contemporary art, a designation in use by the institution from 1941 to 1957 for the purposes of collecting paintings and works on paper by contemporary American and European artists. The Provisional Collection forms the basis of the second in a series of three pilot exhibition projects supported in partnership with the Luce Foundation of American Art to create innovative and engaging installations from underutilized areas of the permanent collection.
Presented by Elliot Bostwick Davis, Ph.D. John Moors Cabot Chair, Art of the Americas, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Tickets available first-come, first-serve on the day of the lecture at the Welcome Center. The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. Free coffee available. Cookies provided courtesy of Big Y.