Boston winters are as brutal as can be. But if you're looking to climb out of the frozen tundra and into a museum, here are new and exciting exhibits opening in the next few months worth layering up for.
If your superhero power of choice would be flight, you’re in luck. Head to Kendall Square’s Le Lab to experience “Birdly,” an installation that simulates a bird in flight. Wearing a Head Mounted Display, you’ll lay face down on the machine and soar through the sky acting as a bird, Red Kite. Think of it as a fusion of a flight simulator and virtual reality, but instead of joysticks your arms function as wings soaring high. Word to the wise:If you’d like to experience the show, make a same-day appointment in person at the gallery. Advanced reservations cannot be made, and we guarantee everyone will be eager to try this one.
Le Laboratoire Cambridge
650 East Kendall St. Cambridge
‘Kenneth Paul Block: Illustrations’
The MFA has been killing it with their fashion-focused exhibits in the last few years, and this winter is no exception. Come December, grab your slickest outerwear to check out “Kenneth Paul Block: Illustrations” a collection of work by one of the most notorious fashion illustrators of the 20th century. You’ll see the famous sketches Block created while sitting front row at shows like Chanel and Oscar de la Renta. Also at the MFA in December is “Hiro: Photographs,” an extensive collection of Japanese-born, China-raised photographer Yasuhiro Wakabayashi’s most innovative work. It’s the first solo exhibition of Hiro’s work in a major American museum, so you don’t want to be fashionably late.
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave.
Dec. 12 - Aug. 14
This isn’t your grandma’s Gardner Museum. If you think opera is just a bunch of sad Italians singing, then be prepared to be blown away by Beth Morrison Projects’ ‘Penelope,’ a live multimedia opera making its Boston debut.Part of the Gardner’s RISE concert series, the show, which is inspired by “The Odyssey,” combines experiential art with contemporary music. Also part of the RISE series is Berklee College of Music alum Liz Longley’s show fusing hip hop and spoken word poetry. She’ll perform songs from her self-titled album on Nov. 19, so if live music is your jam, you won’t want to miss this.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way
‘The Birthday Party’
Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian are three Iranian artists who live together in Dubai. For their new show, “The Birthday Party,” the trio curated a collection that uses sculpture, painting, drawing, and video for the ICA to illustrate global contemporary culture. Improvisation plays a part in this exhibit, so visitors will never know what to expect. Also opening at the ICA is “Diane Simpson”, a sculptural exhibit that utilizes material, clothing, and architectural sources. Corrugated cardboard and metal are just a couple you may spot at this Chicago artist’s show. While it’s Simpson’s first solo exhibition, the collection will be a survey of over thirty years of work.
Institute of Contemporary Art
(100 Northern Ave)
Dec. 16 - March 27
History buffs will get a kick out of “Young Jack,” the newest permanent exhibit at the JFK Library and Museum that opened this past week. In this exhibition of items from John F. Kennedy’s young life, you’ll see everything from his boarding school desk with his initials carved into the front (so naughty!) to exclusive photographs of his childhood antics (of which there were many) and military service. The museum will even display the coconut husk JFK inscribed an S.O.S. message into after his patrol destroyer boat was rammed by a Japanese destroyer off the Australian coast during World War II. The husk was previously on display at the National Archives of Japan in Tokyo, but is finally making its way back to the U.S.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Dorchester
Now open — permanent