September Exhibits Around Boston

September may mean the end of the summer months and back-to-school season, but that doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of great art to take in throughout the region. The arts are a great expression year round, and with so many great organizations in the area, the start of fall brings plenty for art enthusiasts to enjoy – and perhaps even find new inspiration. Here’s a look at some of our top picks in the greater Boston area coming up next month.


This month, Dutch artist Theo Jansen brings his creations to the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge for a discussion and display of his lifelike creations. These skeletal machines are wind powered, navigating entirely on their own, even walking in reverse when they come in to contact with water. Take a look at these ‘beests in action in the video below:

Viewers can also get up close with these PVC “animals” later in the month with a series of events at the Peabody Essex Museum. Check the museum’s website for more details and a full schedule of events.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Always a great destination for those who appreciate the arts, there are many exhibitions currently running at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. While no new shows are slated to open this month, visitors have until Sept. 13 to see the powerful photos of Gordon Parks, a celebrated photographer who was the first African-American hired full time to work for Life magazine. This series of photos shows life back in Parks’ Kansas hometown of Fort Scott in the 1950s, prior to the civil rights movement. Learn more about the Gordon Parks exhibition – and other MFA exhibits – on the museum’s website.

Institute of Contemporary Art

Another fantastic museum of modern expression, the Institute of Contemporary Art also hosts a full slate of exhibitions all throughout the year. Sculpture fans should hurry, though, as the artwork of Arlene Shechet exhibition closes Sept. 7. These polymorphic creations show off great visual creations, with intricate combinations of materials, paints and glazes that result in whimsical figurines and novel objects. Find out more about Shechet’s art and check out other current and upcoming exhibitions on the ICA’s website.

Boston University

As college students return to Boston University for the fall semester, a slew of new exhibits are planned to open this month at the university’s art galleries. This month, three exhibitions open, starting with “A Call for Peace” and Ariel Freiberg: Unquenchable Thirst, both opening Sept. 11. A Call for Peace commemorates the 70th anniversary of the dropping of nuclear bombs on Japan during World War II, and brings six of Iri and Toshi Maruki’s “Hiroshima Panels” to the museum along with several artifacts from the era to Boston. Lent by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, these paintings and tragic remnants serve as a chilling reminder of the toll of nuclear war. In “Unquenchable Thirst,” Freiberg captures depictions of idealized gender identities and constructed beauty amid abstractly painted canvases with veils, tears and other fragments that leave the viewer to balance the tension of the seen and unseen.

BU’s final new exhibition, Willie Cole’s “AQUAHALLIC,” features the artist’s sculptures, made with everyday materials like shoes and irons that combine to create unique chandeliers and other installations. The use of plastic bottles to recreate a 1959 El Dorado shows the viewer the contradictory relationship between plastics and the environment, and serves as an especially fitting exhibition for BU’s 808 Gallery – a former Cadillac showroom.

There are many more great exhibitions, museums and galleries throughout the region for art lovers to take in this – and every – season. Whether to see the crafts of others or to discover your own inspirations, art is a wonderful force at all times of year. For more information on art classes to help you refine your own artistic skills, contact Hunakai Studio of Art today or check out our class schedules for all age groups online.