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Museums Special

Artifacts: Tidbits about area museums

In 1936, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston held its first fund-raiser, the Modern Art Ball. It was attended by many art-world luminaries, including Salvador and Gala Dalí, who arrived in shark costumes.A blank stone installed in 1908 over the front door of the Museum of Fine Arts was intended to be carved into a frieze. But the museum’s board couldn’t decide on a design, and it has remained blank for 103 years.

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