Exclusively for the Denman Waldo Ross Society

Please join us on June 17 for our Ross Society Spring Study: Seminars for Collectors, exclusively for members of the Ross Society. This special program, led by the Museum’s outstanding curators and conservators, celebrates our commitment to collecting, studying, and sharing art.

Thank you for your interest in the Ross Society Seminar. This event has reached full capacity at this time. We look forward to inviting you to future Ross Society events.

Seminar 1

The MFA has a renowned jewelry collection from around the world. Join Emily Stoehrer for an up-close look at exciting new additions to the collection, like an extraordinary hand ornament designed by G. Paulding Farnham for Tiffany & Co.; highlights from the costume jewelry collection; and Charmed, a bracelet featuring work from dozens of contemporary jewelers.

Emily Stoehrer, Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry

Enjoy the opportunity to look closely at modern and contemporary prints from a recent bequest of more than 2,000 works. This exceptional collection, assembled over decades by longtime MFA supporter Richard Caves, transforms our holdings in 1960s British printmaking (Richard Hamilton, David Hockney) and minimalism, with a special focus on prints by Sol LeWitt. Other highlights include works by Pablo Picasso, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Kiki Smith, and Terry Winters. To allow close looking, this session is limited to 10 participants.

Patrick Murphy, Lia and William Poorvu Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings

Enjoy an opportunity for close looking and join the conversation with the conservators and the curator as they discuss treatment decisions and new discoveries about one of the Museum’s treasures in the MFA’s new state-of-the-art Conservation Center. Bartolomeo Vivarini’s altarpiece with the Virgin and The Dead Christ, a gift to the MFA in 1901 from Quincy Adams Shaw, consists of a central sculpture, nine painted panels, and an original frame. The examination and treatment of this work brings together the expertise of three different conservation labs, working closely with Art of Europe curators.

Marietta Cambareri, Senior Curator of European Sculpture and Jetskalina H. Phillips Curator of Judaica
Abigail Hykin, Robert P. and Carol T. Henderson Head of Objects Conservation
Gregory Porter, assistant conservator, Furniture and Frame Conservation
Rhona MacBeth, director of Conservation and Scientific Research, head of Paintings Conservation and Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo Conservator of Paintings
Lydia Vagts, conservator of paintings

Seminar 2

D. Y. Begay is one of the most acclaimed contemporary Native American artists. Drawing on knowledge that reaches back generations, she weaves works of art renowned for their subtle beauty and technical mastery while mentoring a new generation of Navajo (Diné) weavers. Join Jenn Swope for a close look at D. Y. Begay’s latest creation, a tapestry titled Níhootsoí after the “golden sun rays” that warm the earth.

Jennifer Swope, David and Roberta Logie Associate Curator of Textile and Fashion Arts

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes viewing of Japanese prints and drawings as we prepare for our spring 2023 exhibition, featuring comparisons between the works of the great Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) and those of his students, his contemporary rivals, and his later admirers. A special feature of the exhibition is a selection from a large group of drawings acquired in Japan around 1885 that have never before been studied or publicly shown. Learn how these works shed light on Hokusai and his influence on a new generation of artists.

Michiko Adachi, Bettina Burr Associate Conservator, Asian Conservation
Sarah E. Thompson, curator, Japanese Art, Art of Asia

Join Layla Bermeo, Kristin and Roger Servison Curator of Paintings, for a conversation about the creation of the MFA's first gallery of modern Latin American art. Part of the new reinstallation of the third level of the Art of the Americas Wing, this space celebrates and provides context for the Museum's acquisitions of important works by Remedios Varo, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Frida Kahlo. Learn more about our efforts to expand representation of Latin American artists in our galleries.

Layla Bermeo, Kristin and Roger Servison Curator of Paintings, Art of the Americas

Spring Study Registration

This event is for members of the Ross Society only.

For more information, contact the Gifts of Art program at rosssociety@mfa.org.