New Young Group of Curators Showcase ‘Black Histories, Black Futures’ at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston

Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan, 1950; Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006), Photograph, gelatin silver print, Gift of The Gordon Parks Foundation. PHOTOGRAPH © MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON

There’s a new group of art curators at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and most of them are still in high school. “Black Histories, Black Futures,” opening at the museum Jan. 20, showcases the talents of young scholars as part of new partnership between the MFA and local youth empowerment organizations such as Becoming a Man, The BASE and the Bloomberg Arts Internship Boston program managed by EdVestors.

Jennifer Rosa is a senior at John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science and lives in Mattapan. Her section of the larger show is themed “Smile in the Dark.” She says, “What surprised me the most about this process was the history behind most of the paintings and photographs that I picked. Works by Dawoud Bey were the most powerful to me, because he photographed black people living ordinary lives and being unapologetically happy during a time when being black wasn’t easy.”

The young scholars received mentorship from Layla Bermeo, the MFA’s Kristin and Roger Servison Associate Curator of Paintings, Art of the Americas, along with other curators throughout the museum during the program. They participated in workshops to learn about the curatorial process, from selecting artworks to writing labels and designing the gallery space. Importantly, the program was a paid fellowship, compensating the young people for their time and effort in putting the show together.

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Source: Bay State Banner