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Epic Christmas Flash Mob at MFA Boston

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On December 14 students from Berklee College of Music and assorted Bostonian musicians stormed the interior courtyard of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, surprising hundreds of art-lovers with an unannounced rendition of “O Holy Night.” While some will no doubt take exception to a publicly funded museum staging a recitation of a Christmas song, not to mention an exceptionally Christian one, we recommend also taking a few minutes to watch footage of the flash mob. Well, OK, it’s more of an impromptu concert than a straight-up flash mob, but it’s quite rousing nevertheless.

On the grand spectrum of museum flash mobs, this ranks below the Rijksmuseum’s amazing staging of Rembrandt’s “Night Watch” in a crowded mall, but well above the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s lackluster “Harlem Shake” video.

Watch the MFA Boston’s Christmas flash mob:

— Benjamin Sutton (@bhsutton)

(Image: YouTube screengrab.)

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  1. by Inette Taylor

    In a sense Art came alive during this topical flash mob Christmas event: another way of “seeing” art with closed eyes (watch as you listen to the solo singer). Powerful juxtaposition of a traditional Christmas song performance in a contemporary art gallery. Can we “see” the new properly without reference to the traditional? I believe not. Also, to really “see” we may have to sometimes close our eyes and listen. It is not only about looking inside at a Christian Christ-within aesthetic. You will find God waiting inside in whatever way He reveals Himself to you, across religious diversities. This Flash mob event may have sparked more meaningful art viewing for many at the time. I hope this happens again. Inette Taylor, South Africa


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