Club Americano

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Henry Sargent: The Dinner Party (detail), about 1821 Oil On Canvas. Gift Of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb In Memory Of Mr. And Mrs. Winthrop Sargent. © Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Club Americano

465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
April 22nd, 2017 - June 4th, 2017
Opening: April 22nd, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:45 PM

10am to 4:45pm, daily, and till 9:45pm Wed. to Fri.


Artist and educator Pablo Helguera cordially invites you to “Club Americano”

Mexican-born, New York-based Helguera (born 1971) presents an intimate one-room exhibition and shared space that explores the historic foundations and contemporary definitions of American identity. His project takes aesthetic inspiration from 19th-century university clubs and gentlemen’s lounges—exclusive gathering spaces for elite groups of one gender and race—but breaks with tradition by welcoming people of all backgrounds to lounge, read, host community events, and view performances. “Club Americano” offers visitors a seat at a 19th-century dining table, surrounded by paintings and decorative arts from the Museum’s world-renowned collections. Selected by Helguera in collaboration with MFA curators, the artworks serve as subjects for After Dinner Speech performances that evoke the stories contained within them through a present-day lens.

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