MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON
If I’ve disappeared for the past few months…it’s because I left Lisbon a bit earlier than expected to jump into an internship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Summer came and left so quickly that my life in Boston already feels like a dream - the cockroach-infested apartment around the corner from Fenway Park, weekly outdoor dinners in Cambridge, window shopping on Newbury Street, Deerfield reunions left and right - and of course my daily life at the Museum. I interned in the Teen Programs department and spent most of the summer planning, supervising and mentoring the summer cycle of the Teen Arts Council. This program is absolutely fantastic and I hope it will be replicated at museums around the U.S. - twelve teens per cycle come to the MFA from underserved areas of Boston to learn about possible careers and to increase the youth presence at the Museum. Working in Teen Programs is an adventure - on Tuesday you’re hiking in the middle of the woods in Dover, on Wednesday you’re on a behind-the-scenes tour with a curator from the Fashion & Textiles Department gaping at a shelf of Renaissance-era shoes, on Thursday you’re teaching a Public Speaking workshop (and then enjoying the teens’ extemporaneous speeches on a topic of their choice, i.e. “Things I Like About Girls”).
The greatest part about working at the Museum was meeting dozens and dozens of people who are truly passionate about their jobs. While setting up and attending workshops for the Teen Arts Council, I met with educators, security guards, HR staff, curators, engineers, volunteer guides, all the way up to the Director, Malcolm Rogers - all of whom were friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to share their stories and spaces with me. Whether here or elsewhere, I hope I will always work in an environment where people are as passionate, interesting and open as they are at the Museum.
If you’re ever in Boston, you cannot miss the MFA and its new contemporary wing! I’m so disappointed that I’d left by the time the Linde Family Wing opened, and the Degas and the Nude exhibition opens this week, but hopefully a trip back to Boston is in the very near future. I spent one of the best summers of my life here and I’ll always look forward to the next visit. Until then…new photos of Poland and Glasgow are coming soon!
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
[Photos taken by me. 1-4: from the Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass summer exhibit; 5: The Rape of the Sabine Women by Pablo Picasso; 6: my favorite space - the Buddhist Temple Room; 7: La petite danseuse de quatorze ans [Little fourteen-year-old dancer] by Edgar Degas; 8: the Koch Gallery; 9: D’où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous [Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?] by Paul Gauguin; 10: Troubled Queen by Jackson Pollock.