Monday, January 17, 2011

Avedon and the New American Cafe at the MFA

Yesterday was the last day to see the Richard Avedon fashion photography exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, which a friend invited us to see, and I was so glad that she did. This traveling exhibit was organized by the International Center of Photography in New York City, and featured  an impressive collection of his work spanning from 1944-2000. Included were both photographs and magazine covers from Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, featuring top models such as Suzy Parker, Dovima, Twiggy and Lauren Hutton. 

Although time has run out to see this exhibit, there's still much to see at the MFA with the  recent opening of the new Art of the Americas Wing. This historic renovation is worth a trip into the city. The contemporary structure sits between two existing wings of the museum, and houses collections from North, Central and South Americas. The contrast of architecture is striking, and it does very good job of bridging what some have said were separate and disjointed wings of the original museum. The dramatic glass atrium serves as a central meeting place between the existing museum and the new wing, and features the New American Cafe which serves up some creative and delicious fare. For lunch, Lee and I chose the burger on a brioche bun with fried onions. It was high quality family farm raised beef, nice sharp cheddar, and the brioche was perfection:
Nicholas had the short ribs over wide noodles with mushroom sauce. The beef just melted in your mouth, and it took all of my willpower to keep my hands off his plate. I'd go back just for this dish:
Ally tried the turkey panini with bacon and a fruit inspired mayonnaise served with homemade chips. She was very happy:
And the pièce de résistance was the apple pie with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. We all agreed that we'd never had a flakier pie crust. Oh, to find out the secret to this little gem:
You can review the current exhibitions to plan your day, and be sure to include the New American Cafe as you'll be in for a most pleasant experience.

To learn more about the new wing read Sebastian Smee's piece, Continental Connection,that ran in the Boston Globe this past November.

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