Join BHV member Joan Doucette on this self-guided visit to the MFA we will first explore the Ekua Holmes exhibition, part of general admission to the museum, then any other parts of the museum we choose. After our self-guided visit, there will be the option to visit the downstairs cafeteria for lunch.
More about the exhibition:
A lifelong resident of Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, Ekua Holmes (b. 1955) is an artist and community activist whose body of work explores themes of childhood, family bonds, memory, and resilience. This exhibition focuses on her award-winning children’s book illustrations—vibrant collages revealing stories of self-determination, love, and community that reflect the artist’s distinctive vision and commitment to Black imagery and representation.
The more than 40 works on view include original illustrations from Holmes’s published book projects: Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (2015) by Carole Boston Weatherford, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets (2017) by Kwame Alexander, and Black Is a Rainbow Color (2020) by Angela Joy. The exhibition also features a selection of Holmes’s luminous illustrations for the recently released book Saving American Beach (2021) by Heidi Tyline King—on view for the first time—as well as a selection of her independent work, including portrait installation pieces. Interpretive materials include a video interview with the artist and a group of wall texts written by teen participants in the MFA’s Curatorial Study Hall program.
In a time of significant diversification of children’s literature, Holmes and her artistic vision are part of the vital change embraced by this generation’s publishing industry. By daring to challenge norms and push boundaries, new literary and visual narratives are being created for all children to explore and see themselves. Influenced by the artist’s life experiences, familial connections, and friendships, Holmes’s artwork is an invitation for all to see the world anew.
Meet at the Huntington Ave. entrance promptly at 11:00 a.m. BHV members only. Please pay individually for your general admission passes upon arrival. General admission is free to MFA members and $25 for adults who are non-members of the MFA. Two non-members of the MFA may go for free as a guest of Joan Doucette -- first come, first serve. Advance registration is required since we may not exceed a group larger than 10 per the museum's social distancing guidelines.
COVID PRECAUTIONS AND GUIDELINES
All MFA visitors and staff are required to wear masks both inside and outside the building regardless of vaccination status, in accordance with the latest CDC guidance.
In addition, per the City of Boston's "B Together" vaccination requirement, to enter this establishment, you will need to show that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. That verification can be done with:
a CDC vaccination card
a digital image of your CDC card
an image of any official immunization record, or
a City of Boston app or any other COVID vaccine verification app.