WBUR Coverage of MFA Boston Panel

“I want to start with our acknowledgement and apology,” Museum of Fine Arts Director Matthew Teitelbaum said at the beginning of a public forum, "Kimono Wednesdays: A Conversation," at the Boston museum Sunday. The event addressed protests last summer over MFA programs and brief talks called “Claude Monet: Flirting with the Exotic” and “Kimono Wednesdays" that invited visitors to try on the traditional Japanese garment and pose in front of the museum’s Claude Monet painting “La Japonaise,” which depicts the French artist’s wife doing the same.

In particular, Teitelbaum addressed the initial “Flirting with the Exotic” title: “I think that was misguided and apologize for sensationalizing an important issue.”