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Wifredo Lam: Composición, I,
1930 (Private Collection;
2014 ArtistsRights Society [ARS],
New York/ADAGP, Paris)

Exhibition opening: Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds
Sunday, August 31, 7:00-9:00 p.m.,
McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College
Visitor information
Dessert reception and exhibition viewing, with opening remarks at 8:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Press: Boston Globe, August 28;
Cuban Art News, August 26

Colored drawing
Federico Barocci: The Head of
St. John the Evangelist, c1580
(National Gallery of Art,
Washington, D.C.)

‘Though this be madness, yet there is method in it’: Federico Barocci's Colored Drawings
Thursday, October 2 at 5:00 p.m. in Devlin Hall 101

Upon her retirement in 2001 from a long and distinguished teaching career at Boston College, Josephine von Henneberg endowed an annual lecture series that has since brought to BC prominent scholars in the history of Italian art. Dr. Babette Bohn, Professor of Art History in the School of Art at Texas Christian University, will present this year’s Josephine von Henneberg Lecture in Italian Art. Dr. Bohn is a specialist in Italian art and has published widely, including co-authoring "Barocci: Brilliance and Grace," the catalogue of an exhibition for which she was also the curator. The exhibition was on view at the St. Louis Art Museum in late 2012, and the National Gallery in London in early 2013.

Federico Barocci (about 1533-1612) was a painter and prolific draughtsman in whose drawings we can begin to see how, in late 16th-century Italy, the harmonious and humanistic character of High Renaissance art was beginning to develop towards the dynamism of the Baroque. The lecture is free and open to the public; a reception will follow. Please RSVP by September 12 (617-552-8596 or
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All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds
Wifredo Lam: Le Sombre
Malembo, Dieu de carrefour, 1943
(Rudman Collection; c2014
Artists Rights Society [ARS],
New York/ADAGP, Paris)

Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds
August 30 – December 14, 2014
McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College
Visitor information
This retrospective exhibition of the work of the Cuban artist Wifredo Lam (1902-82) will present it in the context of established artistic movements of the twentieth century, and demonstrate how the artist blurred the boundaries of these movements and incorporated influences from literature and religion to create a truly global and original oeuvre. An accompanying catalogue includes essays by Elizabeth T. Goizueta, the curator of the exhibition, as well as Professor Claude Cernuschi. Organized by the McMullen Museum, and underwritten by Boston College and the Museum's Patrons, the exhibition will travel to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta in February 2015.


Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire
August 22, 2014 – January 4, 2014
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
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For this exhibition, co-organizers Professor Gail Hoffman of Boston College's Classical Studies and Fine Arts departments and Lisa R. Brody of the Yale University Art Gallery brought together objects from the farthest reaches of the Roman Empire to examine the interaction between local traditions and imperial culture. Co-sponsored by Boston College, the exhibition will open at the McMullen Museum on February 14, 2015.


Japanese Woodblock Prints
July 7 – August 30, 2014
O'Neill Library Reading Room, Library Hours
Bookbuilders of Boston intern Erin Furlong recently assisted the Burns Library in processing its Japanese prints. This exhibition comprises some highlights of this collection, which is now open to researchers.


Illuminating Stained Glass: An Exhibition of Selected Decorative Windows of the Bapst and Burns Libraries
December 16, 2013 – September 30, 2014
Level Three Gallery, O'Neill Library, Library hours
Gary Wayne Gilbert photographed a selection of Earl Edward Sanborn's windows illustrating various aspects of Jesuit education. Sponsored by the Boston College Libraries.