This summer, the BMA’s inaugural Museum Lab installation takes an indepth look at one of our signature works, L’Aurore (Dawn) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825–1905). A French academic painter par excellence, Bouguereau often deftly interpreted the nude female form in lush, meticulous mythological paintings. Acquired in 2005 and a centerpiece of the 19th-century European collection, L’Aurore (Dawn) was one of a series of four paintings each portraying a different time of day. The installation explores the artist’s life and style as well as the painting’s subject matter, conservation, history, and more. Visitors are invited to contribute to the installation by sharing their thoughts and by posing questions on their own or during one of our in-gallery programs.
The Museum Lab project is a new initiative to explore how the BMA and its visitors look at, think about, and talk about art. Museum Lab installations use specific objects, themes, or artists in the BMA’s collection as springboards to discover the types of information that interest visitors and to experiment with ways visitors want to consume that information. Developed collaboratively by curatorial and education staff, Museum Lab installations can be found around the Museum throughout the year.