6 must see museum exhibits & virtual events in Boston this August

Museum exhibits in Boston coming up this August. Image courtesy: Harvard Art Museums via The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Looking for museum exhibits & events in Boston this August? Boston is home to some of the best museums in the country that cater to a variety of artistic, scientific and historical interests. These popular cultural spaces host a number of virtual and in-person events every month to feed your curiosity and open you up to new ideas.

There is a lot going on in Boston Museums in August 2021. Our top picks include a new exhibit at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a printmaking workshop, an archeology talk and more!!! 

Museum Exhibits & Virtual Events In August 2021 In Boston

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: The Rape of Europa: Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley

6 must see museum exhibits & virtual events in Boston this August

Artists in residence at the museum have put together this new exhibit coming up in August. Image courtesy: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Artists in residence Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley have created a graphically stylized short film for this exhibit which is a response to Titian’s masterpiece, The Rape of Europa also on display at the museum. Mary plays a range of historical and mythical characters in the film that are trapped between scenarios presented in a collage by Patrick. This new August exhibit in Boston that gives voice to the character of Europa is a must attend for all art critics and enthusiasts.

When: Thursday, 12 August 2021
Where: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
How much: Free admission

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Printmaking Two-Day Workshop

A two-day workshop that will walk you through the basics of printmaking techniques like additive, subtractive and stencil monotype. In the sessions to be conducted by artist Maxine Greij, students can be part of an interactive gathering and talk about different master prints and participate in discussions around the skill. The best part is, you can actually create your own original artworks with your instructor’s help! So go, unleash your creativity at this interesting workshop.

When: Saturday, 7 August 2021 & Sunday, 8 August 2021 | 12:45 pm to 4:45 pm
Where: 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
How much: $140 for members & $160 for non-members

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Virtual Summer Science Week: Awesome Archaeology!

6 must see museum exhibits & virtual events in Boston this August

This archeology session for kids is definitely worth checking out this month. Image courtesy: Harvard Museum of Natural History

This fun session for children is all about meeting people who were alive 4000 years ago by observing the different objects they left behind. Kids can ‘dig’ deep into the lives of ancient Egyptians, Maya, Mesopotamians and dabble with multiple archeological activities, 3D models and augmented reality to take a look at the artefacts on display in two museums in Boston. Register the kids at home quickly for this workshop because seats are filling up fast!

When: Monday, 9 August 2021 | 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Where: Virtual
How much: $63 for members & $70 for non-members

Harvard Art Museums: Art Talk Live: In Living Color—Memory, Movement, and Home in Delsarte’s Unity

This virtual discussion tackles a work of artist Louis Delsarte’s titled Unity. The 1995 print was made during her residency at Brandywine Workshop and Archives. In this session, doctoral candidate Kéla Jackson will talk about the role of music, color and interiority in this creation.

When: Tuesday, 10 August 2021 | 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Where: Virtual
How much: Free admission

Harvard Art Museums: Winslow Homer: Eyewitness

The Civil War was a time of great strife in America and during this time, artist Winslow Homer served as a correspondent at Harper’s and created sketches of soldiers: some of those fighting on the frontlines and others of those spending a quiet moment in the camps. In a new exhibit coming up late August at the museum, art enthusiasts can take a peek into how these works shaped the artist’s later years as a watercolorist and painter. The show is also an attempt to showcase the message that Winslow wished to share about the role of artists during a time of war and conflict.

When: Tuesday, 31 August 2021
Where: 32 Quincy Street, CambridgeMA 02138
How much: Included in admission

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston: The Worlds We Make

6 must see museum exhibits & virtual events in Boston this August

This new exhibit coming up in August will display select collections from the museum. Image courtesy: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Another exhibit coming up in Boston this August is a display of select collections from this museum that explores how artists have imagined, dreamt and presented the world to us that goes beyond present reality. These creations speak of a way towards social change and cover broader themes like climate and the natural environment, historical narratives and even speculative fiction! On show are works by artists like Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Jeffrey Gibson among others. Don’t miss out on what is going to be a deep look at their artistic creations. 

When: Saturday, 14 August 2021
Where: 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA 02210
How much: Included in admission fare


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