Friday Photos: A Love Letter to Boston

Last weekend I fled the crazy North Texas weather and made my way to beautiful New England, for my first ever trip to Boston! I championed my role as a super tourist and tried to fit in as many new experiences as possible.  Lucky for me, I had a fantastic guide, Alex Vargo (former McDermott Intern for Gallery Teaching), to show me around this fantastic city!

First stop was Harvard Square, for a walking tour of the breathtaking university campus! We visited the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the highlight of which was the Ware Collection of Glass Models of Plants. The collection represents 847 plant species painstakingly and accurately crafted in glass by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka, father and son glassmakers from Germany. The duo worked over five decades (from 1886 through 1936) to create these 4,200 glass models for the museum’s collection. Amazing!

As a museum educator, visiting Boston’s exciting collection of art institutions was at the top of my list. First stop was the ICA Boston, where I attended a film screening hosted by the ICA’s Fast Forward program, a multi-year new media program for Boston teens. It was equally exciting to see the newest Dewey Square mural, an abstract seascape by British artist Matthew Ritchie, that will be up for the next 18 months as part of the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservency public art program.

I could have stayed all day at the MFA Boston. The eye-popping color of their Quilts and Color exhibition was amazing, and the selection of contemporary Latin American art displayed in Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales was powerful. However my favorite piece, by a mile, was the large-scale ceiling installation, Untitled 2003, by Tara Donovan. Made solely from thousands of Styrofoam cups and hot glue, this installation is quite the sight, sprouting from the ceiling of the MFA’s contemporary wing like a beautiful, translucent blob. Love it. (The DMA displayed our very own Tara Donovan sculpture in our Difference? show last year.)

It wouldn’t have been a proper trip to Boston without taking in some history. Luckily the Freedom Trail offers an easy way to visit some of the area’s most interesting historical sites. You just follow the red brick road, literally. We started in the Boston Common (America’s oldest public park), explored the Granary Burying Ground (which houses Benjamin Franklins’ parents), passed the Old Corner Bookstore (which is, unfortunately, a chain restaurant now), waved at the Old State House, and finished our tour with a cup of clam chowder at the Union Oyster House (America’s oldest continually running restaurant. Extra fun fact: The toothpick was first used in the United States at the Union Oyster House!)

These are only a fraction of the wonderful experiences I had while visiting Boston. But as you can see, I had an absolutely fantastic trip and cannot wait to return to beautiful Beantown.

In conclusion: Boston, I ❤ you.

Danielle Schulz
Teaching Specialist


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