The Boca Raton Museum of Art is excited to join the blogosphere. This blog will allow the museum to give a more personalized and timely view into our collections, exhibits, programming, people and events. We are very interested in visitor feedback, so please don't be shy about commenting on posts.
We would love to talk with you! We hope to promote discussion and generate awareness of both the permanent collection and the traveling temporary exhibitions. Besides discussing what we have to offer, we hope to reflect our interest and response to events and ideas that impact the global art world.
For those of you unfamiliar with the BRMA, I would like to give you a little insight into our institution. We are a small collecting museum located in Boca Raton, Florida.
Our primary focus is Modern Masters of European art, such as Pablo Picasso, the Fauves, Maurice Brazil Prendergast, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, and Jules Pascin, among others. In addition to these greats we have a modest contemporary art collection with pieces by John Waters, Robert Rauschenberg, Joan Mitchell, Nancy Graves, and Julio Larraz.
On the second floor, you'll find two galleries full of African and Pre-Columbian artworks dating as far back as 5 B.C. The Museum also houses art from all major art-producing areas of Sub-Saharan Africa as well as pottery vessels, finely modeled clay tomb figures, animal and human effigies, and utilitarian and ritual objects representing cultural and artistic production throughout Mesoamerica, west Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, the Yucatan and Honduras.
Almost all of our great collection was made possible by the generosity of donors. It's wonderful that so many people think it important to donate their family treasures to the BRMA so that everyone in our community may learn about our shared past. We are quite proud to act as custodians of culture here, and hope to later post some information about how, exactly, we go about caring for our collection.
The museum hosts multiple programs, both for Members as well as non-Members. For example, like many museums, we have openings for each new exhibition where Members can preview the new artwork, enjoy some cocktails and hors d'ouevres and mingle with one another.
Oftentimes, the artist whose work is showing will attend the reception or possibly someone intimately linked to the artist may visit in their stead. For our most recent opening, Cleve Gray: Man and Nature and Andrew Stevovich: The Truth about Lola, Mr. Stevovich visited the Members opening with his wife, his muse and inspiration for many of his paintings.
Artist Andrew Stevovich discusses his work with Museum Members.
Mr.Stevovich and Cleve Gray's widow, Francine du Plessix-Gray both attended the opening receptions. We are always so pleased to be able to act as a bridge between our audience and the artists that we show.
Besides these opportunities offered to our Members and Patrons, we also afforded the general public a chance to view a new installation with our recent exhibition, Rabarama in the Park. Down the center of Mizner Park (right outside the Museum's door) we installed four large outdoor sculptures by the Italian artist Rabarama for the public to enjoy. They were intriguing androgynous figures with constellations of symbols sculpted all over their bodies, some reminiscent of DNA double helixes and puzzle pieces, creating thoughts about the interconnectedness of humankind. The installation of the sculptures was quite fascinating to watch as well!
Images from the installation and exhibition of Rabarama In the Park.
Our Education Department offers a comprehensive roster of programming for local schools and tour groups as well and we are planning on addressing some of those exciting events in future blog posts.
We've seen how other blogs act as a conduit for useful discourse and information between institutions and individuals, and we are excited to join the local - and global - discussion. There is so much more we would like to share with you, so please check back often to see what else is in store. We hope you feel inclined to participate in our discussions too, because your input can only help us to grow as a community resource and non-profit institution. In the meantime, here are other blogs that have found ways to include their internet and local communities in all manner of arts happenings:
ARTLURKER: A Miami based Contemporary Art Newsletter/Blog
BLOGGERS @ BROOKLYN MUSEUM
EYE LEVEL (Smithsonian American Art Museum)
By Kelli Bodle, Boca Raton Museum of Art Curatorial Assistant