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Founded by the Union League Club and the artists of the Hudson River School, since then usurped by effete poseurs with phoney accents allegedly aquired abroad, the Metropolitan Museum of Art spent years planning its 150th anniversary. Now the galleries are dark, the celebrations on hold.

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When Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts marked its 150th birthday in February, it spread the celebrations over two days. The first, a Tuesday, was for the staff. No meetings were scheduled. Matthew Teitelbaum, the museum’s director, was among many who gave impromptu talks in front of favorite works. And when the museum closed to the public at 4 p.m. — earlier than usual — there was a team photo in the Shapiro Courtyard, a bar serving hot chocolate and cider, a yoga class and a staff singalong.

The next day, the public was welcomed without charge. Crowded collection tours focused on 15 works of art (each representing a decade since the MFA's founding) selected by Maureen Melton, the museum’s historian. Among the 15 were a painting of a grain stack by Claude Monet and a 13th-century sculpture, “Sho Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion” from Japan.

Read more on the Washington Post:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/

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