CLAIRE CRITTENDON & AVA NEELY
Welcome to the McMullen Museum of Art
Just over four miles away is the McMullen Museum of Art, owned and operated by Boston College. Open to all who wear masks, this museum “aims to cultivate learning, celebrate artistic excellence, explore the visual traditions of diverse cultures, and inspire transdisciplinary faculty and student research based on the visual arts” according to its website.
Currently, the museum has an exhibition from Martin Parr, who is a global photographer from the UK. His work focuses on the local aspect of places across the world. This exhibit, entitled “Time and Place,” has been running since January 31 and will continue until July 5.
The second exhibit, entitled “Aftermath,” is an interdisciplinary installation, making both social and political comment on the global fast fashion epidemic. Under the leadership of developmental psychologist Boston College Professor Julia DeVoy and public health consultant Dielle Lundberg, this piece was a collaborative work, with the name being voted on and chosen by undergraduate students. Some of their work is in the piece as well.
If you’re taking public transit from campus, it’s a straight shot down the green line from Riverside to Reservoir. By car, it’s a 12-minute drive, with free parking behind and two free wheelchair-accessible spots in front of the building. There is no cost upon entry. The museum is wheelchair-accessible, with elevators connecting the floors. It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays.
The McMullen Museum of Art was formerly entitled the Boston College Museum of Art, which was founded in 1993. The name was then changed in 1996 in recognition of an endowment given to the museum by longtime patrons John and Jacqueline McMullen. It is also in recognition of the McMullen Family Foundation, founded in honor of John’s parents.
John, who passed away in 2005 at 87 years old, had a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and served on the Boston College Board of Trustees from 1978 to 1986.
The museum prides itself on its unique approach of being ‘faculty-driven’ as a university art museum, “with the aim of inviting transdisciplinary collaboration and research from faculty across the University working in collaboration with other scholars from around the world,” according to its website. The museum has had more than 60 exhibitions of interdisciplinary work.
Looking to grab something to eat after your trip? Within walking distance, there are plenty of options. Playa Bowls, Gyro City, Flatbreads Cafe, Fin’s Sushi Grill, and Eagle’s Deli are all within a mile.
For more information, visit https://www.bc.edu/sites/artmuseum/ or call the museum at (617) 552-8587.