Shady Ladies Tours of The MFA @ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston [6 December]

Shady Ladies Tours of The MFA

18:15 - 20:15

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
See the MFA in a Whole New Way! We all know Boston’s reputation as a puritan, stuffy city. So I guess you would expect the Museum of Fine Arts to be a conservative museum. But somehow, the MFA never got the memo. Instead, its collection is a treasure trove of great art works on some of the most subversive themes: in particular, sexuality, and women's struggle for power.

And now Shady Ladies Tours is coming to Boston to let you in on the secrets. For two years, Shady Ladies has been setting New York ablaze with its tours of the Metropolitan Museum, telling people the fascinating backstories that bring the museum to life. Now it comes to Boston to show you a whole new side of the MFA.

On this tour you’ll see ancient Greek women, from goddesses to courtesans, a Roman priestess, and some ancient murderesses as well. There are some fascinating possessions of Marie Antoinette (a woman who reached for the stars and lost her head), as well as a bust of Cleopatra (the original femme fatale). And from the 18th century onwards, portraits that show women who broke barriers, smashed stereotypes and generally behaved in a way that some thuggish types might describe as “nasty.”

Shady Ladies tours are different from standard museum tours. We focus on the gripping stories that other tours ignore—while also paying due respect to those serious formal questions that make up the history of art. Once you’ve toured the MFA with us, you’ll see art—and possibly women—in a whole new light. Book your tour today, and learn just how fresh and exciting an art museum can be!

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