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Art Lovers’ Guide to Museums in Boston: Winter 2019 Edition

This winter, the top museums in Boston feature everything from polaroids at the MIT Museum to a multi-generational photography exhibit and the world-famous Infinity Mirror Rooms by Yayoi Kusama. Head out to explore the famous Museum of Fine Arts, Boston — one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world — and our other Boston favorites.

The Polaroid Project at the MIT Museum

Discover the story behind the Polaroid company, which brought instant photography to millions of amateur photographers and professional artists alike, such as Ansel Adams, David Hockney, Dennis Hopper, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Andy Warhol. See original polaroids by more than 120 artists, as well as 75 artifacts from the museum’s permanent Polaroid collection.

On view: October 11, 2019 – June 21, 2010

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Yayoi Kusama at the Institute of Contemporary Art

Yayoi Kusama is an icon of contemporary art. Her famous Infinity Mirror Rooms are room-size presentations that have gone viral on social media. The most immersive of these rooms, “LOVE IS CALLING,” which premiered in Japan in 2013, will be on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

On view: November 12, 2019 – February 7, 2021

Iranian Photography: Bahman Jalali and Gohar Dashti at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Works by the late Iranian photographer Bahman Jalali (1944-2010) and Gohar Dashti (born in 1980) are visually dissimilar. But both are tied together by their shared Iranian heritage, and explore political, social, and cultural themes — especially the afterman of the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war.

On view: January 11 – July 12, 2020

A Holiday Garden at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum celebrates the holiday season with a transformation of its seasonal garden. The festive courtyard has dark red amaryllis, green aloe, and flowering jade trees. The largest of the jade trees are five or six inches in diameter and are more than 60 years old.

On view: December 2019 – January 2020

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