Erica Hirshler provides a tour of Boston’s waterfront, parks, and neighborhoods through the eyes of the painters who portrayed the city. Using images from the MFA’s collection, this lecture explores how artists chose to represent Boston and its inhabitants throughout its history. Enjoy early views of Boston Common and the Battle of Bunker Hill, Fitzhugh Lane’s ship-filled harbor scenes, and images by Childe Hassam and George Luks of the increasingly cosmopolitan city in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, as well as less familiar views of Dorchester, Roxbury, and other Boston neighborhoods.
BIO: Erica Hirshler
Erica E. Hirshler is Croll Senior Curator of Paintings, Art of the Americas, at the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston.