Three Great Exhibits, One Great Afternoon at the MFA

It’s always a little sad when I drop my kids off at the airport to return to their college lives. Anticipating how I would feel, to my surprise, my husband planned for us to go to the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in the Fenway neighborhood to see an exhibit of Mario Testino, the renowned celebrity photographer and contributor to Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines. I was definitely game as it’s always a bit difficult to return to the empty nest following a full one.

The exhibit, “Mario Testino: In Your Face,” features striking and some larger-than-life images of international celebrities from sport heroes, such as the Patriot’s Tom Brady, to supermodels like Gisele Bündchen, to actors and entertainers including Brad Pitt and Lady Gaga.  In another room, “Mario Testino: British Royal Portraits” showcases beautiful images of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth, Diana, Princess of Wales; Prince Charles;  the gorgeous engagement photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton; and Prince Harry.  Mario Testino’s work captures subjects in spectacular poses highlighting their unique features, dazzling fashion and beautiful bodies, as well as stunning settings, that are sure to captivate any viewer.

While strolling through the MFA, another exhibit, “The Postcard Age” caught my eye. This exhibit features about 400 postcards from the Leonard A. Lauder collection of over 120,000. Postcards were the craze in the decades around the 1900s; they were bought, mailed, re-mailed, pasted into albums, and used for advertising and even political purposes. Lauder’s collection is said to be the most comprehensive of its kind. Through the postcard medium, the exhibit traces historical and cultural themes including war, politics, women and flight among others. This was a fascinating and really fun way to explore the issues of the times.

We capped the afternoon with lunch in the atrium café, right in the museum.  The delicious meal, featuring locally-sourced ingredients and creative cuisine, was the perfect finale to the day.

Testino’s “In Your Face”runs until February 3 and his “British Royal Portraits” runs though June 16, 2013. “The Postcard Age” runs until April 14, 2013. Check out the MFA’s web site for hours and exhibits. Also, with a Bank of America® debit or credit card, the Museums on Us® program allows free admission to cardholders during the first full weekend of every month.  Don’t miss these terrific exhibits… it’s not too late, even during a Bank of America free admission weekend, so why not?