BOSTON–In 2018, Boston-based Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum exhibitions will feature Henry James, Fra Angelico, and the wonder of Sarcophagus. Here are the details:
Henry James and American Painting
October 19, 2017 – January 21, 2018
This exhibition will be the first to explore in-depth the relationship between Henry James’s literary works and the visual arts. It will offer a fresh perspective on his friendships with American artists including John La Farge, James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, and close friend and esteemed arts patron, Isabella Stewart Gardner. The exhibition will feature nearly fifty works, including paintings, photographs, manuscripts, letters, and printed books, on loan from museums and private collections in the United States and Great Britain, and from the collections of the Morgan Library and Museum and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth
February 22 – May 20, 2018
One of the most celebrated painters in Western European history, Fra Angelico transformed time-honored stories, investing traditional tales with sparkling immediacy and renewed relevance. This exhibition reunites for the first time his four magnificent reliquaries depicting episodes from the Virgin Mary’s life. In collaboration with the Museo di San Marco of Florence and with remarkable loans from around the world, this exhibition reveals the creativity and ingenuity of Angelico’s sacred narratives.
Life, Death, and Revelry
June 14-Sept. 10, 2018
Life, Death, and Revelry, on view at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum from June 14 to Sept. 10, 2018, will take a close look at the Museum’s Sarcophagus with Revelers Gathering Grapes. This masterwork of classical art was created by Roman sculptors around 225 AD and was originally used as a coffin. Ownership of the Sarcophagus has changed hands over thousands of years and has been in the collection of Isabella Stewart Gardner’s since she purchased it 1898.
Life, Death, and Revelry will invite us to see this work through the eyes of artists over time, including the contemporary artists known as OpenEnded Group, whose 3D video installation Maenads and Satyrs allows us to explore the sensual qualities of the work in new and surprising ways. Giving new life to an ancient sarcophagus, this conversation between the past and present will immerse visitors in an exploration of how ideas about death and the afterlife are expressed in art, and how ancient art can inspire the art of today.
(Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum • 25 Evans Way Boston MA 02215 • Hours: Open Daily from 11a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays until 9 p.m. Closed Tuesdays. • Admission: Adults $15; Seniors $12; Students $5; Free for members, children under 18, everyone on his/her birthday, and all named “Isabella” • $2 off admission with a same-day Museum of Fine Arts, Boston ticket • For information 617 566 1401 • Box Office 617 278 5156 • www.gardnermuseum.org)