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Exhibition: "Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema"

Exhibition: "Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema"

September 13 – November 29

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

McMullen Museum of Art

The McMullen Museum of Art is pleased to announce its latest exhibition Mariano: Variations on a Theme Variaciones sobre un temaThe exhibition will run September 7, 2021 through December 5, 2021. Admission is free and open to the public seven days a week, Mondays through Fridays, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5:00 pm.

The first major exhibition on Cuban artist Mariano Rodríguez (1912–90) in the United States, this retrospective features over 140 oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings from leading museum and private collections, including the artist’s estate, which has provided unprecedented access to rarely seen works and archives.

Mariano’s allegiance to the Cuban Revolution limited the display of his artworks in America principally to those created before 1959, when he was a member of the Cuban avant-garde. This exhibition widely expands the artist’s known corpus. It demonstrates how his dedication to lo cubano (the essence of Cuban expression) and his evolving stylistic interests from other parts of the world repositioned him as a painter of universal consequence.

Mariano’s career spanned six decades of the twentieth century. He embarked on his peripatetic life in 1936 when he left Cuba for Mexico to study with painter Manuel Rodríguez Lozano. Mariano belonged to the second generation of Cuban modernists, who first sought to align themselves with Mexico and then to adopt themes of national Cuban identity. Mariano’s Cuban iconography focused on el gallo (the rooster), but he also embraced leitmotifs that included peasants, fruit, vegetation, and marine subjects. In exploring these national themes, Mariano forged distinctive styles that incorporated, in turn, geometric abstraction, abstract expressionism, figuration, and grotesque imagery. Through the grotesque he demonstrated virtuosity in hybridity, signaling a new postmodern orientation.

Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta will serve as the exhibition’s curator and will edit and contribute to an accompanying bilingual catalogue that includes essays by Alejandro de la Fuente, professor of Latin American history at Harvard University, and Roberto Cobas Amate, curator of the Cuban avant-garde collection at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. Together, the essays consider sixty years of Mariano’s career, illuminating both his roots in traditional forms of Cuban symbolism and his unique styles that characterize his work beyond lo cubano.

Organized by the McMullen Museum in collaboration with the Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, the exhibition will travel to Pérez Art Museum Miami in 2022. Major support has been provided by Boston College and the Patrons and the Latin American Art Initiative of the McMullen Museum. 

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Esta retrospectiva, la primera exposición importante sobre el artista cubano Mariano Rodríguez (1912–90) en los Estados Unidos, presenta más de 140 obras entre óleos, acuarelas y dibujos provenientes de importantes museos y colecciones privadas, incluyendo la de la Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, que han proporcionado un acceso sin precedentes a obras y archivos muy poco vistos hasta este momento.

La lealtad de Mariano a la Revolución cubana limitó la exposición de sus obras en los Estados Unidos, donde principalmente se exhibieron las creadas antes de 1959, cuando formaba parte de la vanguardia cubana. Esta exposición expande ampliamente el corpus conocido del artista. Demuestra cómo su dedicación a “lo cubano”, combinada con la evolución de sus intereses estilísticos a partir de influencias de otras partes del mundo, lo reposicionaron como un pintor de resonancia universal.

La carrera de Mariano abarcó seis décadas del siglo XX. Su vida itinerante comenzó en 1936 cuando dejó Cuba para estudiar en México con el pintor Manuel Rodríguez Lozano. Mariano pertenecía a la segunda generación de pintores modernos cubanos, que inicialmente buscaron alinearse con México y luego adoptaron temas de identidad nacional cubana. La iconografía cubana de Mariano se centró en el gallo, pero también incluía otros leitmotivs—imágenes de campesinos, frutas, vegetación, y temas marinos. Al explorar estas temáticas nacionales, Mariano forjó estilos distintivos que incorporaron, a su vez, la abstracción geométrica, el expresionismo abstracto, la figuración y una imaginería grotesca. A través de lo grotesco demostró virtuosismo en la hibridez, señalando una nueva orientación posmoderna.

Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta será la comisaria de la exposición y editará y contribuirá a un catálogo bilingüe acompañante que incluirá ensayos de Alejandro de la Fuente, profesor de historia latinoamericana de la Universidad de Harvard, y Roberto Cobas Amate, comisario de la colección de arte de vanguardia cubana del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana. En conjunto, los ensayos explorarán sesenta años de la carrera de Mariano, iluminando tanto sus raíces en las formas tradicionales del simbolismo cubano como el estilo único que caracteriza su trabajo más allá de lo nacional.

Organizada por el Museo McMullen en colaboración con la Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, la exposición viajará al Pérez Art Museum Miami en 2022. Ha sido subvencionada por Boston College con el apoyo de los Patrocinadores y la Iniciativa de Arte Latinoamericano del McMullen Museum.

 

Visual Trivia Night on the Terrace (Students Only)

Visual Trivia Night on the Terrace (Students Only)

September 23

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

McMullen Museum of Art

Back by popular demand, the McMullen has again gathered together a series of pop culture trivia questions on everything from advertising, fashion, sports, anatomy, movies, politics, and—you guessed it—art, and transformed them into visual questions presented on a large screen outdoors. So yeah, we know you could probably pick out a Beyoncé song if we played it on the PA, but could you give us the titles of her albums if we gave you the cover art? What if we showed you a series of skylines? Would you be able to name the cities?

Show us what you’ve got. Gather a team of two to six BC students and register at https://tinyurl.com/8en2775d. Prizes go to the first, second, and third place teams. Follow us @theMcMullen on Instagram for clues leading up to the event. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

 

Walk + Talk through "Mariano: Variations on a Theme" with Curator Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta

Walk + Talk through "Mariano: Variations on a Theme" with Curator Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta

September 24

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

McMullen Museum of Art

To celebrate the opening of Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema, the McMullen Museum invites guests to join curator Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta for an in-person tour and Q+A session through the exhibition. Thompson Goizueta will introduce major themes in Mariano and will offer background and anecdotes on how the exhibition came together. Visitors are welcome to ask questions along the way.

Free; open to the public; register at https://tinyurl.com/3cj62fyw.

Family Weekend Docent Tour of "Mariano" Exhibition

Family Weekend Docent Tour of "Mariano" Exhibition

September 25

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

McMullen Museum of Art

To celebrate Family Weekend, the McMullen Museum invites BC students and their families for a free docent tour of Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. The tour is free and open to BC students and families only prior registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/27jzvcxr. If you would like to schedule a separate, private tour, please contact the Museum at least two weeks in advance.

 

Please note that due to the football game, it may be difficult to park on campus without a parking pass. For more information on Family Weekend, visit https://bcgroups.org/bcevents/family-weekend-2021-home/.

Weekly Docent Tour

Weekly Docent Tour

September 26 – December 05

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

McMullen Museum of Art

Beginning on Sunday, September 26, the McMullen Museum will offer free docent tours every Sunday of Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. No prior registration is required. If you would like to schedule a separate, private tour, please contact the Museum at least two weeks in advance

Exhibition: "Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema"

Exhibition: "Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema"

September 13 – November 29

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

McMullen Museum of Art

The McMullen Museum of Art is pleased to announce its latest exhibition Mariano: Variations on a Theme Variaciones sobre un temaThe exhibition will run September 7, 2021 through December 5, 2021. Admission is free and open to the public seven days a week, Mondays through Fridays, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5:00 pm.

The first major exhibition on Cuban artist Mariano Rodríguez (1912–90) in the United States, this retrospective features over 140 oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings from leading museum and private collections, including the artist’s estate, which has provided unprecedented access to rarely seen works and archives.

Mariano’s allegiance to the Cuban Revolution limited the display of his artworks in America principally to those created before 1959, when he was a member of the Cuban avant-garde. This exhibition widely expands the artist’s known corpus. It demonstrates how his dedication to lo cubano (the essence of Cuban expression) and his evolving stylistic interests from other parts of the world repositioned him as a painter of universal consequence.

Mariano’s career spanned six decades of the twentieth century. He embarked on his peripatetic life in 1936 when he left Cuba for Mexico to study with painter Manuel Rodríguez Lozano. Mariano belonged to the second generation of Cuban modernists, who first sought to align themselves with Mexico and then to adopt themes of national Cuban identity. Mariano’s Cuban iconography focused on el gallo (the rooster), but he also embraced leitmotifs that included peasants, fruit, vegetation, and marine subjects. In exploring these national themes, Mariano forged distinctive styles that incorporated, in turn, geometric abstraction, abstract expressionism, figuration, and grotesque imagery. Through the grotesque he demonstrated virtuosity in hybridity, signaling a new postmodern orientation.

Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta will serve as the exhibition’s curator and will edit and contribute to an accompanying bilingual catalogue that includes essays by Alejandro de la Fuente, professor of Latin American history at Harvard University, and Roberto Cobas Amate, curator of the Cuban avant-garde collection at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. Together, the essays consider sixty years of Mariano’s career, illuminating both his roots in traditional forms of Cuban symbolism and his unique styles that characterize his work beyond lo cubano.

Organized by the McMullen Museum in collaboration with the Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, the exhibition will travel to Pérez Art Museum Miami in 2022. Major support has been provided by Boston College and the Patrons and the Latin American Art Initiative of the McMullen Museum. 

___________________________________________________________________________________
 

Esta retrospectiva, la primera exposición importante sobre el artista cubano Mariano Rodríguez (1912–90) en los Estados Unidos, presenta más de 140 obras entre óleos, acuarelas y dibujos provenientes de importantes museos y colecciones privadas, incluyendo la de la Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, que han proporcionado un acceso sin precedentes a obras y archivos muy poco vistos hasta este momento.

La lealtad de Mariano a la Revolución cubana limitó la exposición de sus obras en los Estados Unidos, donde principalmente se exhibieron las creadas antes de 1959, cuando formaba parte de la vanguardia cubana. Esta exposición expande ampliamente el corpus conocido del artista. Demuestra cómo su dedicación a “lo cubano”, combinada con la evolución de sus intereses estilísticos a partir de influencias de otras partes del mundo, lo reposicionaron como un pintor de resonancia universal.

La carrera de Mariano abarcó seis décadas del siglo XX. Su vida itinerante comenzó en 1936 cuando dejó Cuba para estudiar en México con el pintor Manuel Rodríguez Lozano. Mariano pertenecía a la segunda generación de pintores modernos cubanos, que inicialmente buscaron alinearse con México y luego adoptaron temas de identidad nacional cubana. La iconografía cubana de Mariano se centró en el gallo, pero también incluía otros leitmotivs—imágenes de campesinos, frutas, vegetación, y temas marinos. Al explorar estas temáticas nacionales, Mariano forjó estilos distintivos que incorporaron, a su vez, la abstracción geométrica, el expresionismo abstracto, la figuración y una imaginería grotesca. A través de lo grotesco demostró virtuosismo en la hibridez, señalando una nueva orientación posmoderna.

Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta será la comisaria de la exposición y editará y contribuirá a un catálogo bilingüe acompañante que incluirá ensayos de Alejandro de la Fuente, profesor de historia latinoamericana de la Universidad de Harvard, y Roberto Cobas Amate, comisario de la colección de arte de vanguardia cubana del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana. En conjunto, los ensayos explorarán sesenta años de la carrera de Mariano, iluminando tanto sus raíces en las formas tradicionales del simbolismo cubano como el estilo único que caracteriza su trabajo más allá de lo nacional.

Organizada por el Museo McMullen en colaboración con la Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, la exposición viajará al Pérez Art Museum Miami en 2022. Ha sido subvencionada por Boston College con el apoyo de los Patrocinadores y la Iniciativa de Arte Latinoamericano del McMullen Museum.

 

Art, Art History, and Film Department Colloquium

Art, Art History, and Film Department Colloquium

September 27

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Dr. Kyrah Malika Daniels

Assistant Professor of Art History and African and African Diaspora Studies

"Flashes of Spirit: Mirror Divination and the Healing Arts in 20th Century Congolese Religion"

 

In Congolese ritual healing ceremonies, mirrors (ditensi) have long been used as divination implements to reveal the origin of a client’s condition, and as direct conduit to the ancestors (bankaka), they issue ritual instructions for treatment. Analyzing a healing ceremony conducted by two priestesses and diviners, I introduce divination as the art of seeing and discerning to develop mystic vision into the invisible realm of spirits. Mirrors also feature in sacred healing arts of minkisi, which become mystic eyes and concealers of medicine. Ultimately, I consider how mirrors as divination arts sustain communication between visible and invisible worlds, offering unique ways of intuiting knowledge from the ancestral realm.

CURRENTS Presents Leah Tripplett Harrington

CURRENTS Presents Leah Tripplett Harrington

September 29

6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

The Art, Art History and Film Department welcomes Leah Tripplett for this CURRENTS virtual talk.

“Mariano: The Woman and the Rooster”: Virtual Lecture by Carol Damian

“Mariano: The Woman and the Rooster”: Virtual Lecture by Carol Damian

September 30

5:30 PM

Mariano has long been the “painter of roosters” and his work identified with the creature as a symbol of Cuba, the countryside, and male virility. Mariano’s roosters are colorful, loud, arrogant, and bold beyond their size as they announce their presence with each strut and cock of their heads. However, Mariano is more than the painter of roosters and the rooster; only one aspect of a far more complex symbolism. The McMullen Museum welcomes scholar of Latin American and Caribbean art Carol Damian for a virtual lecture that explores the rooster as the voice of nature and nature as woman in Mariano’s works. Like the rooster, Mariano’s paintings of women are part of a narrative informed by the relationships between man/woman and the natural world. Images of women appear throughout Mariano’s career, often overshadowed by the artist’s roosters, and are a meaningful presence to be discussed.

This virtual lecture is free and open to the public. To join us, please register at https://tinyurl.com/tk3s45c.

Dr. Carol Damian is an art historian, former Professor of Art History in the School of Art and Art History, and former Director and Chief Curator of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University. She is a graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and received her MA in Pre-Columbian art and her PhD in Latin American history from the University of Miami. A specialist in Latin American and Caribbean art, her most recent work has focused on Latin American women and Cuban exile artists, on whom she has written many catalogues and articles. Dr. Damian has contributed to numerous publications and lectures frequently on Latin American and Caribbean art, and the local art scene where she is recognized for her knowledge and experience. Dr. Damian has curated many notable exhibitions and is a cultural properties expert and consultant for US Customs/Homeland Security (ICE). Presently, she is the curator of the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Freedom Tower, and the Chapel of La Merced Colonial Collection at Corpus Christi in Miami.

Weekly Docent Tour

Weekly Docent Tour

September 26 – December 05

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

McMullen Museum of Art

Beginning on Sunday, September 26, the McMullen Museum will offer free docent tours every Sunday of Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. No prior registration is required. If you would like to schedule a separate, private tour, please contact the Museum at least two weeks in advance

Exhibition: "Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema"

Exhibition: "Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema"

September 13 – November 29

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

McMullen Museum of Art

The McMullen Museum of Art is pleased to announce its latest exhibition Mariano: Variations on a Theme Variaciones sobre un temaThe exhibition will run September 7, 2021 through December 5, 2021. Admission is free and open to the public seven days a week, Mondays through Fridays, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5:00 pm.

The first major exhibition on Cuban artist Mariano Rodríguez (1912–90) in the United States, this retrospective features over 140 oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings from leading museum and private collections, including the artist’s estate, which has provided unprecedented access to rarely seen works and archives.

Mariano’s allegiance to the Cuban Revolution limited the display of his artworks in America principally to those created before 1959, when he was a member of the Cuban avant-garde. This exhibition widely expands the artist’s known corpus. It demonstrates how his dedication to lo cubano (the essence of Cuban expression) and his evolving stylistic interests from other parts of the world repositioned him as a painter of universal consequence.

Mariano’s career spanned six decades of the twentieth century. He embarked on his peripatetic life in 1936 when he left Cuba for Mexico to study with painter Manuel Rodríguez Lozano. Mariano belonged to the second generation of Cuban modernists, who first sought to align themselves with Mexico and then to adopt themes of national Cuban identity. Mariano’s Cuban iconography focused on el gallo (the rooster), but he also embraced leitmotifs that included peasants, fruit, vegetation, and marine subjects. In exploring these national themes, Mariano forged distinctive styles that incorporated, in turn, geometric abstraction, abstract expressionism, figuration, and grotesque imagery. Through the grotesque he demonstrated virtuosity in hybridity, signaling a new postmodern orientation.

Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta will serve as the exhibition’s curator and will edit and contribute to an accompanying bilingual catalogue that includes essays by Alejandro de la Fuente, professor of Latin American history at Harvard University, and Roberto Cobas Amate, curator of the Cuban avant-garde collection at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. Together, the essays consider sixty years of Mariano’s career, illuminating both his roots in traditional forms of Cuban symbolism and his unique styles that characterize his work beyond lo cubano.

Organized by the McMullen Museum in collaboration with the Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, the exhibition will travel to Pérez Art Museum Miami in 2022. Major support has been provided by Boston College and the Patrons and the Latin American Art Initiative of the McMullen Museum. 

___________________________________________________________________________________
 

Esta retrospectiva, la primera exposición importante sobre el artista cubano Mariano Rodríguez (1912–90) en los Estados Unidos, presenta más de 140 obras entre óleos, acuarelas y dibujos provenientes de importantes museos y colecciones privadas, incluyendo la de la Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, que han proporcionado un acceso sin precedentes a obras y archivos muy poco vistos hasta este momento.

La lealtad de Mariano a la Revolución cubana limitó la exposición de sus obras en los Estados Unidos, donde principalmente se exhibieron las creadas antes de 1959, cuando formaba parte de la vanguardia cubana. Esta exposición expande ampliamente el corpus conocido del artista. Demuestra cómo su dedicación a “lo cubano”, combinada con la evolución de sus intereses estilísticos a partir de influencias de otras partes del mundo, lo reposicionaron como un pintor de resonancia universal.

La carrera de Mariano abarcó seis décadas del siglo XX. Su vida itinerante comenzó en 1936 cuando dejó Cuba para estudiar en México con el pintor Manuel Rodríguez Lozano. Mariano pertenecía a la segunda generación de pintores modernos cubanos, que inicialmente buscaron alinearse con México y luego adoptaron temas de identidad nacional cubana. La iconografía cubana de Mariano se centró en el gallo, pero también incluía otros leitmotivs—imágenes de campesinos, frutas, vegetación, y temas marinos. Al explorar estas temáticas nacionales, Mariano forjó estilos distintivos que incorporaron, a su vez, la abstracción geométrica, el expresionismo abstracto, la figuración y una imaginería grotesca. A través de lo grotesco demostró virtuosismo en la hibridez, señalando una nueva orientación posmoderna.

Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta será la comisaria de la exposición y editará y contribuirá a un catálogo bilingüe acompañante que incluirá ensayos de Alejandro de la Fuente, profesor de historia latinoamericana de la Universidad de Harvard, y Roberto Cobas Amate, comisario de la colección de arte de vanguardia cubana del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana. En conjunto, los ensayos explorarán sesenta años de la carrera de Mariano, iluminando tanto sus raíces en las formas tradicionales del simbolismo cubano como el estilo único que caracteriza su trabajo más allá de lo nacional.

Organizada por el Museo McMullen en colaboración con la Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, la exposición viajará al Pérez Art Museum Miami en 2022. Ha sido subvencionada por Boston College con el apoyo de los Patrocinadores y la Iniciativa de Arte Latinoamericano del McMullen Museum.

 

Publication Highlight: “A Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latino/a Art” with Alejandro Anreus

Publication Highlight: “A Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latino/a Art” with Alejandro Anreus

October 06

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The McMullen Museum welcomes William Paterson Professor of Art History Alejandro Anreus for a virtual presentation on his latest book, co-authored with Robin Adèle Greeley and Megan A. Sullivan, A Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latino/a Art (2021). This forthcoming volume consists of over thirty new essays on the crucial historical and theoretical issues that have framed our understanding of art in Latin America, including Anreus’s chapter, “Art and the Cuban Revolution.” We invite you to join us as Anreus situates Mariano within the history and politics of Cuba in the mid-twentieth century. 

Free; open to the public; register at https://tinyurl.com/54br3fxd.

Alejandro Anreus is a professor of art history and Latin American/Latinx studies at William Paterson University. He specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and politics of the United States and Latin American between the two world wars.

Weekly Docent Tour

Weekly Docent Tour

September 26 – December 05

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

McMullen Museum of Art

Beginning on Sunday, September 26, the McMullen Museum will offer free docent tours every Sunday of Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. No prior registration is required. If you would like to schedule a separate, private tour, please contact the Museum at least two weeks in advance

“Mariano: ‘I Live and Paint, Paint and Live’”: A Virtual Lecture by the Artist’s Daughter Dolores Rodríguez

“Mariano: ‘I Live and Paint, Paint and Live’”: A Virtual Lecture by the Artist’s Daughter Dolores Rodríguez

October 14

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

The McMullen Museum welcomes Mariano’s daughter Dolores Rodríguez for a virtual lecture on the man behind the brush. Rodríguez will share memories of her father over his prolific career and expand upon numerous works in the exhibition with details on Mariano’s biography and artistic motivations. Guests are welcome to ask questions following the lecture.

To register for this virtual lecture, please sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/enb39xb6.

Dolores Rodríguez received her PhD in History from the School of Arts and Letters at the University of Havana. Prior to acting as the Vice Director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba, for ten years, Rodríguez taught English literature and history at the University of Havana for 20 years and English language and literature at the Bancaria University and Quill Institute of Modern Languages in Mexico City for 18 years.

 

Weekly Docent Tour

Weekly Docent Tour

September 26 – December 05

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

McMullen Museum of Art

Beginning on Sunday, September 26, the McMullen Museum will offer free docent tours every Sunday of Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. No prior registration is required. If you would like to schedule a separate, private tour, please contact the Museum at least two weeks in advance

Exhibition: "Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema"

Exhibition: "Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema"

September 13 – November 29

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

McMullen Museum of Art

The McMullen Museum of Art is pleased to announce its latest exhibition Mariano: Variations on a Theme Variaciones sobre un temaThe exhibition will run September 7, 2021 through December 5, 2021. Admission is free and open to the public seven days a week, Mondays through Fridays, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5:00 pm.

The first major exhibition on Cuban artist Mariano Rodríguez (1912–90) in the United States, this retrospective features over 140 oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings from leading museum and private collections, including the artist’s estate, which has provided unprecedented access to rarely seen works and archives.

Mariano’s allegiance to the Cuban Revolution limited the display of his artworks in America principally to those created before 1959, when he was a member of the Cuban avant-garde. This exhibition widely expands the artist’s known corpus. It demonstrates how his dedication to lo cubano (the essence of Cuban expression) and his evolving stylistic interests from other parts of the world repositioned him as a painter of universal consequence.

Mariano’s career spanned six decades of the twentieth century. He embarked on his peripatetic life in 1936 when he left Cuba for Mexico to study with painter Manuel Rodríguez Lozano. Mariano belonged to the second generation of Cuban modernists, who first sought to align themselves with Mexico and then to adopt themes of national Cuban identity. Mariano’s Cuban iconography focused on el gallo (the rooster), but he also embraced leitmotifs that included peasants, fruit, vegetation, and marine subjects. In exploring these national themes, Mariano forged distinctive styles that incorporated, in turn, geometric abstraction, abstract expressionism, figuration, and grotesque imagery. Through the grotesque he demonstrated virtuosity in hybridity, signaling a new postmodern orientation.

Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta will serve as the exhibition’s curator and will edit and contribute to an accompanying bilingual catalogue that includes essays by Alejandro de la Fuente, professor of Latin American history at Harvard University, and Roberto Cobas Amate, curator of the Cuban avant-garde collection at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. Together, the essays consider sixty years of Mariano’s career, illuminating both his roots in traditional forms of Cuban symbolism and his unique styles that characterize his work beyond lo cubano.

Organized by the McMullen Museum in collaboration with the Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, the exhibition will travel to Pérez Art Museum Miami in 2022. Major support has been provided by Boston College and the Patrons and the Latin American Art Initiative of the McMullen Museum. 

___________________________________________________________________________________
 

Esta retrospectiva, la primera exposición importante sobre el artista cubano Mariano Rodríguez (1912–90) en los Estados Unidos, presenta más de 140 obras entre óleos, acuarelas y dibujos provenientes de importantes museos y colecciones privadas, incluyendo la de la Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, que han proporcionado un acceso sin precedentes a obras y archivos muy poco vistos hasta este momento.

La lealtad de Mariano a la Revolución cubana limitó la exposición de sus obras en los Estados Unidos, donde principalmente se exhibieron las creadas antes de 1959, cuando formaba parte de la vanguardia cubana. Esta exposición expande ampliamente el corpus conocido del artista. Demuestra cómo su dedicación a “lo cubano”, combinada con la evolución de sus intereses estilísticos a partir de influencias de otras partes del mundo, lo reposicionaron como un pintor de resonancia universal.

La carrera de Mariano abarcó seis décadas del siglo XX. Su vida itinerante comenzó en 1936 cuando dejó Cuba para estudiar en México con el pintor Manuel Rodríguez Lozano. Mariano pertenecía a la segunda generación de pintores modernos cubanos, que inicialmente buscaron alinearse con México y luego adoptaron temas de identidad nacional cubana. La iconografía cubana de Mariano se centró en el gallo, pero también incluía otros leitmotivs—imágenes de campesinos, frutas, vegetación, y temas marinos. Al explorar estas temáticas nacionales, Mariano forjó estilos distintivos que incorporaron, a su vez, la abstracción geométrica, el expresionismo abstracto, la figuración y una imaginería grotesca. A través de lo grotesco demostró virtuosismo en la hibridez, señalando una nueva orientación posmoderna.

Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta será la comisaria de la exposición y editará y contribuirá a un catálogo bilingüe acompañante que incluirá ensayos de Alejandro de la Fuente, profesor de historia latinoamericana de la Universidad de Harvard, y Roberto Cobas Amate, comisario de la colección de arte de vanguardia cubana del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana. En conjunto, los ensayos explorarán sesenta años de la carrera de Mariano, iluminando tanto sus raíces en las formas tradicionales del simbolismo cubano como el estilo único que caracteriza su trabajo más allá de lo nacional.

Organizada por el Museo McMullen en colaboración con la Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, la exposición viajará al Pérez Art Museum Miami en 2022. Ha sido subvencionada por Boston College con el apoyo de los Patrocinadores y la Iniciativa de Arte Latinoamericano del McMullen Museum.

 

STITCH and the McMullen Museum Present: Knitting on the Quad

STITCH and the McMullen Museum Present: Knitting on the Quad

October 20 – October 21

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Lawn in front of Lyons Hall

With fall in the air, STITCH and the McMullen Museum are gathering our knitting supplies and taking over the lawn in front of Lyons Hall for a knitting workshop on Wednesday and Thursday, October 20 and 21. Whether you’ve never tried a single stitch or could do a K2 P3 in your sleep, we welcome you to join our knitting circle. Bring your own project or start your own with our supplies. Instructions will be provided for beginners.

Weather permitting.

 

STITCH and the McMullen Museum Present: Knitting on the Quad

STITCH and the McMullen Museum Present: Knitting on the Quad

October 20 – October 21

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Lawn in front of Lyons Hall

With fall in the air, STITCH and the McMullen Museum are gathering our knitting supplies and taking over the lawn in front of Lyons Hall for a knitting workshop on Wednesday and Thursday, October 20 and 21. Whether you’ve never tried a single stitch or could do a K2 P3 in your sleep, we welcome you to join our knitting circle. Bring your own project or start your own with our supplies. Instructions will be provided for beginners.

Weather permitting.

 

Weekly Docent Tour

Weekly Docent Tour

September 26 – December 05

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

McMullen Museum of Art

Beginning on Sunday, September 26, the McMullen Museum will offer free docent tours every Sunday of Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. No prior registration is required. If you would like to schedule a separate, private tour, please contact the Museum at least two weeks in advance

Exhibition: "Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema"

Exhibition: "Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema"

September 13 – November 29

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

McMullen Museum of Art

The McMullen Museum of Art is pleased to announce its latest exhibition Mariano: Variations on a Theme Variaciones sobre un temaThe exhibition will run September 7, 2021 through December 5, 2021. Admission is free and open to the public seven days a week, Mondays through Fridays, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5:00 pm.

The first major exhibition on Cuban artist Mariano Rodríguez (1912–90) in the United States, this retrospective features over 140 oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings from leading museum and private collections, including the artist’s estate, which has provided unprecedented access to rarely seen works and archives.

Mariano’s allegiance to the Cuban Revolution limited the display of his artworks in America principally to those created before 1959, when he was a member of the Cuban avant-garde. This exhibition widely expands the artist’s known corpus. It demonstrates how his dedication to lo cubano (the essence of Cuban expression) and his evolving stylistic interests from other parts of the world repositioned him as a painter of universal consequence.

Mariano’s career spanned six decades of the twentieth century. He embarked on his peripatetic life in 1936 when he left Cuba for Mexico to study with painter Manuel Rodríguez Lozano. Mariano belonged to the second generation of Cuban modernists, who first sought to align themselves with Mexico and then to adopt themes of national Cuban identity. Mariano’s Cuban iconography focused on el gallo (the rooster), but he also embraced leitmotifs that included peasants, fruit, vegetation, and marine subjects. In exploring these national themes, Mariano forged distinctive styles that incorporated, in turn, geometric abstraction, abstract expressionism, figuration, and grotesque imagery. Through the grotesque he demonstrated virtuosity in hybridity, signaling a new postmodern orientation.

Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta will serve as the exhibition’s curator and will edit and contribute to an accompanying bilingual catalogue that includes essays by Alejandro de la Fuente, professor of Latin American history at Harvard University, and Roberto Cobas Amate, curator of the Cuban avant-garde collection at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. Together, the essays consider sixty years of Mariano’s career, illuminating both his roots in traditional forms of Cuban symbolism and his unique styles that characterize his work beyond lo cubano.

Organized by the McMullen Museum in collaboration with the Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, the exhibition will travel to Pérez Art Museum Miami in 2022. Major support has been provided by Boston College and the Patrons and the Latin American Art Initiative of the McMullen Museum. 

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Esta retrospectiva, la primera exposición importante sobre el artista cubano Mariano Rodríguez (1912–90) en los Estados Unidos, presenta más de 140 obras entre óleos, acuarelas y dibujos provenientes de importantes museos y colecciones privadas, incluyendo la de la Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, que han proporcionado un acceso sin precedentes a obras y archivos muy poco vistos hasta este momento.

La lealtad de Mariano a la Revolución cubana limitó la exposición de sus obras en los Estados Unidos, donde principalmente se exhibieron las creadas antes de 1959, cuando formaba parte de la vanguardia cubana. Esta exposición expande ampliamente el corpus conocido del artista. Demuestra cómo su dedicación a “lo cubano”, combinada con la evolución de sus intereses estilísticos a partir de influencias de otras partes del mundo, lo reposicionaron como un pintor de resonancia universal.

La carrera de Mariano abarcó seis décadas del siglo XX. Su vida itinerante comenzó en 1936 cuando dejó Cuba para estudiar en México con el pintor Manuel Rodríguez Lozano. Mariano pertenecía a la segunda generación de pintores modernos cubanos, que inicialmente buscaron alinearse con México y luego adoptaron temas de identidad nacional cubana. La iconografía cubana de Mariano se centró en el gallo, pero también incluía otros leitmotivs—imágenes de campesinos, frutas, vegetación, y temas marinos. Al explorar estas temáticas nacionales, Mariano forjó estilos distintivos que incorporaron, a su vez, la abstracción geométrica, el expresionismo abstracto, la figuración y una imaginería grotesca. A través de lo grotesco demostró virtuosismo en la hibridez, señalando una nueva orientación posmoderna.

Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta será la comisaria de la exposición y editará y contribuirá a un catálogo bilingüe acompañante que incluirá ensayos de Alejandro de la Fuente, profesor de historia latinoamericana de la Universidad de Harvard, y Roberto Cobas Amate, comisario de la colección de arte de vanguardia cubana del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana. En conjunto, los ensayos explorarán sesenta años de la carrera de Mariano, iluminando tanto sus raíces en las formas tradicionales del simbolismo cubano como el estilo único que caracteriza su trabajo más allá de lo nacional.

Organizada por el Museo McMullen en colaboración con la Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, la exposición viajará al Pérez Art Museum Miami en 2022. Ha sido subvencionada por Boston College con el apoyo de los Patrocinadores y la Iniciativa de Arte Latinoamericano del McMullen Museum.

 

Into the Collection: Works by Cuban Artist Roberto Estopiñán

Into the Collection: Works by Cuban Artist Roberto Estopiñán

October 25 – October 26

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Into the Collection offers visitors an opportunity to view and learn more about objects from the McMullen Museum’s permanent collection rarely on display. In conjunction with the McMullen’s current exhibition, Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema, Assistant Director Diana Larsen, aided by the Museum’s Student Ambassadors, will offer a virtual presentation on drawings and sculpture by Cuban artist Roberto Estopiñán in the Museum’s collection. Visitors are invited to learn from the presenters, ask questions, and share their knowledge and observations. 

In order to view the works discussed in the virtual presentation up close, the McMullen will display the objects at the museum the following day, Tuesday, October 26, from 2:00–4:00 pm.

To register for this live event on Zoom, please sign up by clicking here.

 

Into the Collection: Works by Cuban Artist Roberto Estopiñán

Into the Collection: Works by Cuban Artist Roberto Estopiñán

October 25 – October 26

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Into the Collection offers visitors an opportunity to view and learn more about objects from the McMullen Museum’s permanent collection rarely on display. In conjunction with the McMullen’s current exhibition, Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema, Assistant Director Diana Larsen, aided by the Museum’s Student Ambassadors, will offer a virtual presentation on drawings and sculpture by Cuban artist Roberto Estopiñán in the Museum’s collection. Visitors are invited to learn from the presenters, ask questions, and share their knowledge and observations. 

In order to view the works discussed in the virtual presentation up close, the McMullen will display the objects at the museum the following day, Tuesday, October 26, from 2:00–4:00 pm.

To register for this live event on Zoom, please sign up by clicking here.

 

Free Virtual Docent Tours of "Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema"

Free Virtual Docent Tours of "Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema"

October 29 – December 03

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

On October 29, November 19, and December 3, 2021, the McMullen Museum will offer a free virtual docent tour of Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Register yourself and guests (optional) for a virtual tour at https://tinyurl.com/yuh392z7. If you would like to schedule a separate, private virtual tour, please contact Rachel Chamberlain at rachel.chamberlain@bc.edu at least two weeks in advance.

 

Binding the Globe: Race and Empire in Luxury Atlases from the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World

Binding the Globe: Race and Empire in Luxury Atlases from the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World

October 29

5:00 PM

 The Annual Josephine von Henneberg Lecture in Italian Artwith Director of the Center for Renaissance Studies Dr. Lia Markey

Atlas production struggled to keep up with the changing world of the sixteenth century. With the explosion of cartography, travel writing, and cataloguing, luxury atlases developed out of the portolan chart with elaborate illustrations representing newly imagined people, flora, and fauna. This virtual lecture marks the preliminary stages of a book project and will explore three case studies of magnificent atlases at the Newberry Library produced in the Mediterranean in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century.  The large-scale Portuguese “Lopes atlas” from 1565 (Ayer MS 26) colorfully renders the world with bodies, coats-of-arms, ships, and cities. The Ottoman Turkish Tarih hindi garbi from c. 1600 (Ayer MS 612) represents a hybrid atlas and travelogue, based on an Italian source about the Americas, with miniature paintings of abundant lands and monstrous people.  Finally, Robert Dudley’s Arcano del mare (Ayer 135.D8 1646), begun as early as 1595 and printed in 1646 in Florence, represents the first sea atlas to render the entire world, highlighting a failed Medici expedition to Brazil with the depiction of Indigenous bodies.  What was the purpose of these atlases? Who were their patrons and users? How do they reveal power dynamics in the early modern world?  Translation of image and/or text function in all three examples to define empire and race in the early modern world. 

Free; open to the public on Zoom; please register in advance:

https://bccte.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwofuupqD0iHt0-ygn5hSDb4dA2gJHKoGhf 

After registering, you will receive information on joining the lecture on Zoom.
 
Weekly Docent Tour

Weekly Docent Tour

September 26 – December 05

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

McMullen Museum of Art

Beginning on Sunday, September 26, the McMullen Museum will offer free docent tours every Sunday of Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. No prior registration is required. If you would like to schedule a separate, private tour, please contact the Museum at least two weeks in advance

Exhibition: "Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema"

Exhibition: "Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema"

September 13 – November 29

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

McMullen Museum of Art

The McMullen Museum of Art is pleased to announce its latest exhibition Mariano: Variations on a Theme Variaciones sobre un temaThe exhibition will run September 7, 2021 through December 5, 2021. Admission is free and open to the public seven days a week, Mondays through Fridays, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5:00 pm.

The first major exhibition on Cuban artist Mariano Rodríguez (1912–90) in the United States, this retrospective features over 140 oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings from leading museum and private collections, including the artist’s estate, which has provided unprecedented access to rarely seen works and archives.

Mariano’s allegiance to the Cuban Revolution limited the display of his artworks in America principally to those created before 1959, when he was a member of the Cuban avant-garde. This exhibition widely expands the artist’s known corpus. It demonstrates how his dedication to lo cubano (the essence of Cuban expression) and his evolving stylistic interests from other parts of the world repositioned him as a painter of universal consequence.

Mariano’s career spanned six decades of the twentieth century. He embarked on his peripatetic life in 1936 when he left Cuba for Mexico to study with painter Manuel Rodríguez Lozano. Mariano belonged to the second generation of Cuban modernists, who first sought to align themselves with Mexico and then to adopt themes of national Cuban identity. Mariano’s Cuban iconography focused on el gallo (the rooster), but he also embraced leitmotifs that included peasants, fruit, vegetation, and marine subjects. In exploring these national themes, Mariano forged distinctive styles that incorporated, in turn, geometric abstraction, abstract expressionism, figuration, and grotesque imagery. Through the grotesque he demonstrated virtuosity in hybridity, signaling a new postmodern orientation.

Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta will serve as the exhibition’s curator and will edit and contribute to an accompanying bilingual catalogue that includes essays by Alejandro de la Fuente, professor of Latin American history at Harvard University, and Roberto Cobas Amate, curator of the Cuban avant-garde collection at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana. Together, the essays consider sixty years of Mariano’s career, illuminating both his roots in traditional forms of Cuban symbolism and his unique styles that characterize his work beyond lo cubano.

Organized by the McMullen Museum in collaboration with the Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, the exhibition will travel to Pérez Art Museum Miami in 2022. Major support has been provided by Boston College and the Patrons and the Latin American Art Initiative of the McMullen Museum. 

___________________________________________________________________________________
 

Esta retrospectiva, la primera exposición importante sobre el artista cubano Mariano Rodríguez (1912–90) en los Estados Unidos, presenta más de 140 obras entre óleos, acuarelas y dibujos provenientes de importantes museos y colecciones privadas, incluyendo la de la Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, que han proporcionado un acceso sin precedentes a obras y archivos muy poco vistos hasta este momento.

La lealtad de Mariano a la Revolución cubana limitó la exposición de sus obras en los Estados Unidos, donde principalmente se exhibieron las creadas antes de 1959, cuando formaba parte de la vanguardia cubana. Esta exposición expande ampliamente el corpus conocido del artista. Demuestra cómo su dedicación a “lo cubano”, combinada con la evolución de sus intereses estilísticos a partir de influencias de otras partes del mundo, lo reposicionaron como un pintor de resonancia universal.

La carrera de Mariano abarcó seis décadas del siglo XX. Su vida itinerante comenzó en 1936 cuando dejó Cuba para estudiar en México con el pintor Manuel Rodríguez Lozano. Mariano pertenecía a la segunda generación de pintores modernos cubanos, que inicialmente buscaron alinearse con México y luego adoptaron temas de identidad nacional cubana. La iconografía cubana de Mariano se centró en el gallo, pero también incluía otros leitmotivs—imágenes de campesinos, frutas, vegetación, y temas marinos. Al explorar estas temáticas nacionales, Mariano forjó estilos distintivos que incorporaron, a su vez, la abstracción geométrica, el expresionismo abstracto, la figuración y una imaginería grotesca. A través de lo grotesco demostró virtuosismo en la hibridez, señalando una nueva orientación posmoderna.

Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta será la comisaria de la exposición y editará y contribuirá a un catálogo bilingüe acompañante que incluirá ensayos de Alejandro de la Fuente, profesor de historia latinoamericana de la Universidad de Harvard, y Roberto Cobas Amate, comisario de la colección de arte de vanguardia cubana del Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Habana. En conjunto, los ensayos explorarán sesenta años de la carrera de Mariano, iluminando tanto sus raíces en las formas tradicionales del simbolismo cubano como el estilo único que caracteriza su trabajo más allá de lo nacional.

Organizada por el Museo McMullen en colaboración con la Fundación Mariano Rodríguez, la exposición viajará al Pérez Art Museum Miami en 2022. Ha sido subvencionada por Boston College con el apoyo de los Patrocinadores y la Iniciativa de Arte Latinoamericano del McMullen Museum.

 

Members-Only Crash Course in 20th-Century Cuban Abstraction with Curator Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta

Members-Only Crash Course in 20th-Century Cuban Abstraction with Curator Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta

November 03

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

To provide a wider context for the abstract paintings currently on display in the McMullen Museum’s exhibition, Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema, curator Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta will present an hour-long crash course in the history of Cuban abstraction for Museum Members. (FYI: Boston College faculty, staff, and students are all Museum Members!)

Register for the virtual Crash Course in Cuban Abstraction at https://tinyurl.com/22ebc4un.

Not a Member? Join today! Members receive numerous perks, including free admission to museums across the country, discounts on catalogues, a free annual gift, and exclusive invitations to crash courses and other events. All proceeds go to supporting exhibitions and programming for our audiences. Find out more at https://www.bc.edu/sites/artmuseum/join/

Flannery O’Connor: The Making of an American Master

Flannery O’Connor: The Making of an American Master

November 04

5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Devlin Hall, 101

Please join us to watch a film about one of America's most iconic Catholic writers followed by a discussion with the film's producer, Mark Bosco, S.J., and one of the most respected scholars of O'Connor's work, Angela O'Donnell of Fordham University's Curran Center for American Catholic Studies.

Weekly Docent Tour

Weekly Docent Tour

September 26 – December 05

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

McMullen Museum of Art

Beginning on Sunday, September 26, the McMullen Museum will offer free docent tours every Sunday of Mariano: Variations on a Theme | Variaciones sobre un tema from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. No prior registration is required. If you would like to schedule a separate, private tour, please contact the Museum at least two weeks in advance

Career Week in the Arts + Entertainment

Career Week in the Arts + Entertainment

November 08 – November 12

In collaboration with the Boston College Career Center, Alumni Center and the McMullen Museum of Art, the Boston College Arts Council will host Career Week in the Arts + Entertainment. The week will be made up of a panel of career professionals and employers sharing stories behind their chosen career path, and conversations around meaningful work. Plus, Career Night at the McMullen is back! Come and network with New England Alumni Art professionals while surrounded by the fall 2021 McMullen exhibition.

Career Week in the Arts + Entertainment is open to all Boston College students, alumni, faculty and staff. Registration is required for the virtual panels. For more information visit: bc.edu/arts-career


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