When public health concerns shuttered the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston, the museum decided to get creative to allow its exhibits to still be on display to the public.
Rather than simply close down, the MFA decided to move its artwork online via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Although the switch to virtual exhibits does not replace a live experience, curators at the museum have taken this opportunity to engage with sequestered art lovers in a new way through social media outreach. An exhibit on Jean-Michel Basquiat and his contemporary art was recently featured as part of the museum’s Late Nites events on Instagram Live.
“This is a major opportunity to create and provide free and far-reaching access to the art and ideas that drive the exhibition,” said MFA contemporary art curator Liz Munsell. “Almost all these artists are artists of color who really made an amazing space for their voices in the art world and also helped to launch hip-hop culture.”
The Council congratulates the MFA for its quick and creative use of virtual platforms to provide increased access to art. WBUR has more.