Following on lhbrown's lead, when I received news of this exhibit today, I thought I'd share it here. Particularly because Boston is such a great city to visit, especially in the summer.
The Museum of Fine Arts will be hosting the works of Edward Hopper from May 6 to August 19, 2007.
"A magnificent exhibition of works by twentieth-century master realist Edward Hopper - the first in Boston in more than fifty years - premieres at the MFA. Get a fresh perspective on beloved and lesser-known works alike, from Hopper's first successes to his last. great poignant pictures. They are all here: evocative renderings of urban life, from Automat to the iconic nighthawks, as well as sunny images of New England lighthouses, Victorian mansions, and Cape Cod dunes. These paintings, watercolors and prints are unforgettable, depicting moments, moods and architecture from a bygone era whose emotions remain hauntingly present."
The Gardner Museum is fabulous! Just the other night I watched a fascinating documentary on PBS about the art heist there a few years ago. If you visit, you'll spot the empty frames, still hanging in their appointed places, awaiting the return (hopefully, someday) of the Rembrandt, the Vermeer et. al.
In the early morning hours after St. Patrick's Day, 1990. Thieves identifying themselves as policemen gained entry, tied up the guards and spent an hour and half inside the museum, taking the pieces they wanted. There are a number of theories, including one that the IRA was involved. Years after the theft, a Boston newspaper reporter was blindfolded and taken for a ride to a warehouse where he was shown what appeared to be Rembrandt's Storm on the Sea of Galilee. Thieves are still at large, paintings haven't been sighted since. The sad thing is that if what the reporter saw was real, it was not in a frame, but rolled up and cracked. It is a fascinating (if very sad) case. This site offers one overview:
Thanks for the info and the link on the heist which was most interesting. Now that you refreshed my memory on this, I wagely remember hearing something about this horrendeous theft at the time. We used to live in Cambridge while my husband was in law school, but have since then somewhat lost touch with Boston/Cambridge. area.