October 29, 2015

Our 6 picks for college art museums in Boston

Harvard University Art Museums

After working with our client Mount Holyoke College Art Museum to refresh their identity and website, Corey has been reflecting on the importance of art museums on college campuses. Not just a culture-filled escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy campus, college art museums are integral in bringing lectures to life and providing cultural context for a variety of lesson plans.

Whether you’re a current student or just a student of life, visiting a college art museum is an enriching, fun and thought provoking experience. For those not able to venture to the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in South Hadley, we compiled a list of our favorite college art museums in the Boston area that are accessible by public transportation.

Boston University Art Galleries, Boston University

The Boston University Art Galleries are committed to “a culturally inclusive and interdisciplinary interpretation of art and culture.” Comprised of the Stone, 808, Annex and Sherman Galleries, the collective is spread throughout the BU campus. The “Willie Cole: AQUAHALLIC” exhibition is currently on display in the 808 Gallery through December 4. Cole’s sculptures and installations transform everyday materials into “layered artworks with multiple autobiographical, art-historical and socio-political meanings.” Upcoming exhibitions from October 30-December 13 include “Raul Gonzalez III: Regalo” in the Annex and “Printer’s Proof: Thirty Years at Wingate Studio” in the Stone Gallery.

Contact: 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215; 617-353-3329
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12-5pm, Stone and 808 Galleries open until 8pm on Thursdays, Closed on Mondays and major holidays

Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University

The Harvard Art Museums, which consists of the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum and Arthur M. Sackler Museum, is “dedicated to advancing and supporting learning” on campus, in the local community and around the world. Harvard recently completed a large renovation and expansion project on the three museums, and they now feature 40 percent more gallery space, an expanded Art Student Center and a dramatic glass roof that “bridges the facility’s historic and contemporary architecture.” Semester-long exhibitions are hung in conjunction with undergraduate and graduate courses to support “instruction in the critical analysis of art.” Fall semester installations include “European and American Pop Art, 1955-1975” and “A History of Photography,” which accompany courses of the same titles and run through January 3.

Contact: 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-495-9400
Hours: Open daily 10am-5pm, Closed on major holidays


McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College

Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art displays innovative, multidisciplinary exhibitions, providing “political, historical and cultural context for works on view.” The museum’s core mission is to cultivate learning, celebrate artistic excellence and inspire research based on the visual arts. Permanent collections include American and Italian paintings and Flemish tapestries. A special exhibition, “John La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred,” runs through December 13 and includes over 85 paintings, stained glass windows and works on paper.

Contact: 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Devlin Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467; 617-552-8587
Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday 12-5pm; Closed on major holidays


List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This fall the List Visual Arts Center is celebrating its 30th anniversary as MIT’s renowned contemporary art museum. Located in the heart of Kendall Square, the museum’s mission is to “explore challenging, intellectually inquisitive, contemporary art” in the same way MIT students and researchers “push at the frontiers of scientific inquiry.” Current exhibitions include “They Come to Us Without a Word,” a multimedia installation by Joan Jonas through November 22, and “Rosa Barba: The Color Out of Space,” a compilation of cinematic large projections, small projector sculptures and wall works through January 3.

Contact: 20 Ames Street, Building E15, Cambridge, MA 02139; 617-253-4680
Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 12-6pm, Thursday 12-8pm, Friday-Saturday 12-6pm, Closed Mondays and major holidays


Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University

The Rose Art Museum features international collections and a number of rotating exhibitions, as well as public programming. The museum serves as a “living textbook for object-based learning, a home and resource for artists, and a catalyst for artistic expression, scholarly innovation and the production of new knowledge through art.” Exhibitions currently on view through December 13 include “Lisa Yuskavage: The Brood,” an exhibit of oil paintings about relational concepts and the female body, “LA/MA: ‘60s Pop from Both Coasts,” a juxtaposition of East Coast and West Coast Pop Art, “Jason Rhoades: Multiple Deviations,” a group of installations made from the debris of popular culture, and “Rose Video 07, Nira Pereg,” a video installation in collaboration with the Israel Museum of Jerusalem.

Contact: 415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453; 781-736-2028
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 12-5pm, Friday-Saturday 12-7pm, Sunday 12-5pm, Closed Monday-Tuesdays and major holidays


Tufts University Gallery, Tufts University

The mission of the Tufts University Gallery is to “animate the intellectual life” of the Medford community through exhibitions and programs that explore new perspectives and inspire critical thinking. The gallery specializes in contemporary art and currently features three exhibitions. “Shahzia Sikander: Parallax,” an immersive animation with music and sound by composer Du Yun, “Last Folio,” a photo exhibit of an abandoned Jewish school that has stood still in time since World War II, and “In Person-574: Sophia Ainslie,” a site-specific seven-panel mural, are all on view until December 6.

Contact: 40 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA 02155; 617-627-3518
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11am-5pm, extended hours Thursday until 8pm, Closed on Mondays, major holidays and June-August

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