In the Fall of 2017, I was invited to be the inaugural Creative Artist-in-Residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I brought over 40 artists together to activate galleries through performance art, music, and dance. The creative residency centered on a collaboration with interdisciplinary filmmaker, Sue Murad, to respond to the architecture of the museum as a site of performance. The film is set to be released in late 2020.

The creative residency featured nine curated evenings of performance, including three world premier musical arrangements, multi-gallery "pop-up" tours,  immersive movement workshops, and several outdoor performances on the museum's campus.

 

Most of the events were curated to engage museum patrons on Wednesday evenings, when the museum waives its admission fee to provide free access to the public.

 

The residency culminated in two evening-length concerts, one featuring an evening of work by Boston-local, composer, Tony Schemmer, and the final culminating performance in the Koch Gallery with newly commissioned dance work set to pieces by Rachmaninoff, Cage, and Arnold Schönberg's epic string sextet, Verklärte Nacht. 

© 2020 Ilya Vidrin