The Confused Thinking Behind the Kimono Protests at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
I am a little confused about what was so incorrect about this event. I think the article helps a little in explaining points of view. Read and see what you think!
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts recently cancelled an event they had called “Kimono Wednesdays,” that, according to the museum, sought to engage people by arranging enhanced encounters with works of art. The function was organized around the display of Claude Monet’s “La Japonaise” (1876) a painting of the artist’s wife, surrounded by fans, wearing a blond wig and a bright red kimono. When the program began visitors were given the opportunity to put on a kimono similar to the one depicted in the painting, and were encouraged to pose for photographs and share those images on social media using the tag “#mfaBoston!” The New York Observer, speaking with the MFA’s Deputy Director Katie Getchell, reported that, “The idea was to give visitors a ‘tactile experience’ with the kimonos made in Japan ‘to understand and experience the painting in a new way’.