Festive Flora at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum through Early Jan. As Construction on New Wing Progesses
By Carol Stocker
Globe Garden Writer
The Gardner Museum’s interior courtyard is adorned with winter berries, dozens of red poinsettias, flowering jade, jasmine trees, white azaleas and lady’s slipper orchids.
On December 16, the Gardner opens its doors to celebrate the season—and herald the arrival of the museum’s new Renzo Piano-designed wing, currently under construction and slated to open in early 2012—with an evening of music, cocktails, informal talks, gallery games, and more in the museum’s uniquely atmospheric courtyard and galleries. Acclaimed multidisciplinary artist and Gardner Artist-in-Residence Adam Pendleton returns to the museum to present the premiere of three scenes (variation two), a new work that incorporates musical performance and spoken text.
After this event, Gardner After Hours will take a hiatus for 2011 as the museum prepares for the opening of its new wing. However, from January through August 2011, the museum will continue to hold Extended Evening Hours (5-8pm) on the third Thursday of each month.
Both the Café and Shop offer special holiday fare this month. And both will be closed during all of 2011 as construction is completed, and will reopen in new and improved facilities within the museum’s new wing in early 2012. Building On a Legacy: Learn more about the Gardner Museum’s new wing, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, at http://www.buildingproject.gardnermuseum.org.
Each New Years Day, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum offers a free day of museum admission in conjunction with Boston’s First Night celebration, inviting Bostonians and visitors to kick off the new year in style. This annual event honors the late Frank Hatch, former board member and President of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, for his lifelong dedication to public service and the arts. On January 1, the museum is open to all from 11am to 5pm.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum • 280 The Fenway Boston MA 02115 • Tue.-Sun., 11am-5pm; plus After Hours events, 5:30-9:30pm on the third Thursday of the month, through December 2010 • Admission: $12 adults; $10 seniors; $5 students; FREE members, children under 18, everyone on their birthday, and all named “Isabella”; full list of discounts at http://www.gardnermuseum.org/specials.asp • $2 off regular admission with a same-day receipt or membership card from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston • Box Office 617 278 5156, firstname.lastname@example.org • www.gardnermuseum.org • Modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palazzo surrounding a flowering courtyard garden, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum houses one of the most remarkable art collections in the world, featuring works by Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Degas, and Sargent. Concerts, seasonal garden displays, lectures, and special events enrich the collection and continue to fire the imagination of all who visit.