As a hub of art history and research, the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College has drawn global attention and praise for providing local access to brilliant, diverse collections. However, BC students often undervalue the presence of such a cultural treasure on campus.
Until now, that is.
Interest in the McMullen Museum has peaked among scholastics and students alike since the university released plans in December 2014 to renovate and relocate. Nearly two years later, the museum now inhabits the former residence of Boston’s Cardinal Archbishop at 2101 Commonwealth Avenue.
Devlin Hall served well as the McMullen’s home since 1993. Unfortunately, the location’s space capacity stunted the museum’s gallery size, flexibility, and potential to grow. The picturesque location at 2101 Comm. Ave. nearly doubles the McMullen’s exhibition area and provides a Renaissance-style exterior.
The McMullen Museum officially opens to the public next week with an inaugural exhibition entitled Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections. Luckily, BC students have the unique opportunity to preview the new museum this Friday during Art After Dark.
Art After Dark is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to “take over” the new McMullen Museum from 6 to 10 p.m. Attendees will have private access to the space during an evening packed with interactive and indulgent activities. Features of the opening event include 3D book sculpting, Medieval themed canapés and desserts, coloring pages, a screening of Monty Python, an oversized game of Concentration, a scavenger hunt, and more. To top it off, BC’s Electronic State of Mind will provide entertainment for the night.
Art After Dark is an invitation for the student body to not only gain early access to the new McMullen Museum, but to remember that it is ours for viewing, learning, and enjoying.
Visit McMullen Museum of Art’s Facebook event for more details on this free event open exclusively to BC students.