The McMullen Museum will highlight its newly opened exhibitions, “Nature’s Mirror: Reality and Symbol in Belgian Landscape," and "Esteban Lisa: The Abstract Cabinet," in a student-exclusive event, Art After Dark, on Friday.
The “Nature’s Mirror” exhibition features landscape paintings created between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries in the region of Belgium and the Netherlands. The exhibition boasts over 120 paintings, all of which capture the development of realism and symbolism within the landscape genre.
The museum has also recently opened the exhibition “Esteban Lisa: The Abstract Cabinet,” focusing on the abstract paintings of Esteban Lisa and Joaquín Torres García. The exhibition initially opened at Museu Fundación Juan March in Palma, Spain.
The McMullen Museum and its curator, Elizabeth Thompson Goizueta, has also added several paintings to the exhibition.
According to museum director, Nancy Netzer, the additional paintings serve “to fill some gaps in the artist's development, and there [are] some works in the Boston area that had not been displayed before.”
The Art After Dark event will showcase these two exhibitions and an array of activities.
“The concept is to open up the exhibitions to students interested in a variety of aspects of the exhibition,” said Rachel Chamberlain, the museum’s Manager of Education, Outreach & Digital Resources.
The event will include various art activities, outdoor lawn games, and a scavenger hunt.
BC’s Music Guild and Jammin’ Toast will also perform because, as Chamberlain said, "we always like to highlight BC's own talent."
Both exhibitions will be on display for the duration of the semester, with the Art After Dark event starting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 22.