Monday, January 7, 2013

In Your Face Exhibit

Over the weekend, Taras and I went to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to check out Mario Testino's In Your Face exhibit.

Personally, I think the exhibit is quite a big deal for Boston. This is Testino's first exhibit in the US and it got crazy publicity - The New York Times, Vogue, and more. All that press and the star-studded opening gala that sounded oh-so-glam (Anna Wintour! A-list models! Olivia Palermo!) had me pretty stoked to check it out. Along with features of Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, there were plenty of shots of Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss, and one studly photo of Tom Brady made the cut (this is Boston, after all). Go ahead and watch this video before reading on. 

What the press said was no lie. It's a stunning exhibit - photos that are crisp with high contrast, all are beautiful and fantastical, and some are provocative. The exhibit can even be shocking for those not familiar with Testino's work. It's essentially exactly what you'd want a fashion photography exhibit to be. Though there is nudity, the exhibit is so well curated, so inspiring, and so artful that it hardly phased this self-admitted prude (I mean, it phased me a little). Nor did it phase the parents viewing the photos with their teen-aged kids(!). 

This exhibit ends on February 3rd (so soon!). Regular admission to the museum is $25 for adults, but Bank of America members can go for free Feb 2nd-3rd and local libraries have museum passes for $7/person. If you can't make it to the MFA in person, the exhibit book is on Amazon. 

The MFA also has a small exhibit with Testino's British Royal Portraits that is showing through June 16, 2013 - while cool, it's a small collection and I'd already seen most photos in other publications. 

Photo sources: my instagram feed, the mfa boston, and vault magazine

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