Lost in Boston Friday Night and Saturday

After my adventures at the List, I took the T back to the dorm. The T was packed with fans on their way to Fenway for the game, which was a lot of fun. After a quick rest, I walked up and down Newbury Street, a long stretch of art galleries, stores, and restaurants, for two hours or so, mostly observing the people who were out walking on a nice weekend evening. I finally stopped for dinner at Bhindi Bazaar, an Indian restaurant on Mass. Ave (that’s how a true Bostonian would say it). I had the chicken caffreal, which is a green herb curry from Goa flavored with cilantro, green chiles, and lemon. Very tasty. But by the time I finished dinner, I was exhausted (I realized around this time that I’d been walking since about 9 AM), so my last night of nightlife in Boston was somewhat abbreviated.

Saturday, I had 2-3 hours to kill in the morning before my afternoon flight, so I swung by the Museum of Fine Arts, which was practically next door to my dorm. I first glanced at some of the work by students of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, on display for a sidewalk sale. The museum itself was a little pricey, but well worth it. I skipped the Gauguin Tahiti exhibit and concentrated on the MFA’s great collection of nineteenth and twentieth century European paintings. I also caught their solid collection of Georgia O’Keefe paintings in the American wing, but the most exciting work that I saw was the Tim Noble and Sue Webster exhibit (available until August 15). Their work uses bright lights, colorful neon, and rubbish found nearby to create punk-influenced, satirical sculptures. Most compelling were the shadow sculptures where they took rubbish (tin cans, etc) and projected light to create “shadow sculptures” resembling in one case a skyline, and in another case, two human figures sitting back to back (more on Noble and Webster here and here, including a screen shot of their very cool, funny piece, “Girl Friend from Hell”). It was a fantastic culmination for a great trip.

I do regret missing the Institute of Contemporary Art, and I also wish I’d made time for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a fascinating collection of fine and decorative art, but hopefully there will be opportunities to return to Boston soon. After this trip, it has definitely become one of my favorite cities.

3 Comments »

  1. Clancy Said,

    May 9, 2004 @ 10:05 pm

    Oh, too bad I’ll miss you! I’m going to Boston Wednesday and will be there until Sunday. It will be my first time there, and I’ll use your posts as a travel guide. 🙂

  2. chuck Said,

    May 9, 2004 @ 10:43 pm

    Are you going for a conference or for pleasure? Not that the two terms are mutually exclusive…

    You know, academic bloggers have created a mini-travel guide through conference and research travel narratives. I got most of my good tips about Boston from George, who also blogged about San Diego (of course I was there for MLA). Kathleen has blogged several conferences. Liz Lawley blogged her trip to Toronto. Perhaps we should compile a “Lonely Academic Planet” travel guide!

  3. George Said,

    May 10, 2004 @ 2:29 am

    Glad to hear you had such a good time, Chuck. Maybe MLA will hit Boston one of these years, and we’ll all go at once.

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