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Boca’s art museum returns with Portrait Gallery “selfies” and stunning Steichen murals

Boca Raton Museum of Art on the north end of Mizner Park reopens at 11 a.m. Wednesday June 3 with free admission through September. New public hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.

Wednesdays through Sundays. Member mornings are 10 a.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The revised exhibit schedule gives art lovers a chance to see self-portraits from the National Portrait Gallery. “Everybody does selfies,” museum executive director Irvin Lippman when the museum closed on state and city orders.

Don’t miss Shimomura Crossing the Delaware, a parody of the famous Washington Crossing the Delaware image with a boat full of Samurai warriors.

Also on view through Sept. 20 is Maske, artist Philly Galembo’s take on striking mythic characters from contemporary African ceremonies in masks and costumes.

Edward Steichen’s striking murals, In Exaltation of Flowers, and Works on Paper from The Collection, will be on view through Jan. 3. “I saw them in Dallas. I knew I had to have them here,” Lippman said of the Steichen works.

The 11 weeks the museum was closed because of the coronavirus lockdown gave workers time to renovate two spaces. The reopening will unveil new looks for the Wolgin Education Center and the Jody Harrison Grass Lobby. Grass is the museum’s board chair and she and her husband Martin endowed the museum with a $1 million education donation in January.

The museum will follow guidelines on capacity limits and social distancing and has “a robust cleaning and sanitizing schedule,” according to the reopening announcement. Masks will be required with a limited number for purchase in the museum store. There are hand-sanitizing stations and cash-free and touchless payment options at the store and lobby desk.

“For the time being, there will be no docent tours or scheduled programs. We are working carefully to prepare the museum, Art School, and Artists Guild for your return,” according to the museum.

The museum will continue offering more than 40 online programs including virtual tours and programs through the web site and social media.


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