FEATURED EXHIBITION

Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform

This exhibition examines how landscape architects and photographers advocated for social reform in the development of Boston, New York, and Chicago in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Using city plans, maps, photographs, and archival materials, this exhibition presents the invention of landscape architecture as a progressive response to the social and environmental conditions for working-class immigrants, and invites visitors to consider how artists and designers are addressing the contemporary urban challenges and social conditions of our time.

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FEATURED ROOMS

MARTHA ROMME

Within Isabella’s collection are these off-view 12 pochoir lithographs by Martha Romme, an early twentieth century French couturier and artist. The lithographs replicate the French Republican Calendar, used by the French government for about 12 years from late 1793 to 1805. The calendar began at the autumnal equinox; each of the 12 months had 30 days. The months were renamed based on Paris’s nature and weather.


Combining France’s past and present in 12 works, Romme used the French Republican Calendar to create lithographs for the year 1919 using the newly repopularized pochoir technique. This color application process using stencils was rejuvenated by the French in the early 20th century.

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MUSIC AND DANCE

Isabella Stewart Gardner’s passion for Music and Dance is reflected in many of the artworks on view in the museum. Works by Degas, Sargent, Kronberg, Vermeer and others feature references to the importance of performing arts at the Gardner.

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