Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 500,000 works of art. We welcome more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.

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This weekend, we're celebrating the closing of "Garden for Boston," the MFA’s first living, growing exhibition! 🌻 🌽 Join...
09/20/2021

This weekend, we're celebrating the closing of "Garden for Boston," the MFA’s first living, growing exhibition! 🌻 🌽 Join us in person on September 25 to hear from artists Ekua Holmes (African American) and Elizabeth James-Perry (Aquinnah Wampanoag) as well as Matthew Teitelbaum, the MFA's Ann and Graham Gund Director.

The free event starts at 3 pm on our Huntington Avenue Lawn: https://bit.ly/39beZRR

📷: Artists Ekua Holmes and Elizabeth James-Perry planting sunflowers and corn as part of their installations for "Garden for Boston"

Luchita Hurtado was born in Maiquetia, Venezuela and moved to New York as a child, where she became very interested in a...
09/19/2021

Luchita Hurtado was born in Maiquetia, Venezuela and moved to New York as a child, where she became very interested in art from an early age. Learn more about her painting “Untitled” (about 1969) from Google Arts & Culture: https://bit.ly/3tEG49g

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Luchita Hurtado was born in Maiquetia, Venezuela and moved to New York as a child, where she became very interested in art from an early age. Learn more about her painting “Untitled” (about 1969) from Google Arts & Culture: https://bit.ly/3tEG49g

#LatinxHeritageMonth #HispanicHeritageMonth #MesDeLaHerenciaHispana #MesDeLaHerenciaLatinx

“I want to thank the MFA for the spectacular invitation that’s on the front of the building right now that lets everyone...
09/18/2021

“I want to thank the MFA for the spectacular invitation that’s on the front of the building right now that lets everyone know that at some point in history, there was a little girl from Roxbury who used to skip up those steps to come here to think about art and think about creativity and to imagine. It’s one of the great experiences of my life.” —Ekua Holmes

A lifelong Boston resident, Holmes is an artist and community activist whose body of work explores themes of childhood, family bonds, memory and resilience. We're proud to display her work in "Paper Stories, Layered Dreams," now on view! ✨

“I want to thank the MFA for the spectacular invitation that’s on the front of the building right now that lets everyone know that at some point in history, there was a little girl from Roxbury who used to skip up those steps to come here to think about art and think about creativity and to imagine. It’s one of the great experiences of my life.” —Ekua Holmes

A lifelong Boston resident, Holmes is an artist and community activist whose body of work explores themes of childhood, family bonds, memory and resilience. We're proud to display her work in "Paper Stories, Layered Dreams," now on view! ✨

It's National Dance Day! Enjoy "A pavane," a court dance of the Renaissance with stylized movements and stately rhythms....
09/18/2021

It's National Dance Day! Enjoy "A pavane," a court dance of the Renaissance with stylized movements and stately rhythms.

Edwin Austin Abbey's 1897 painting employed his customary attention to detail, studying with great care the particular aspects of historical clothing and the positions and gestures of each of the dancers.

It's National Dance Day! Enjoy "A pavane," a court dance of the Renaissance with stylized movements and stately rhythms.

Edwin Austin Abbey's 1897 painting employed his customary attention to detail, studying with great care the particular aspects of historical clothing and the positions and gestures of each of the dancers.

Using ink, pencil and lines—curved, straight, diagonal—Martín Ramírez draws you into his world, luring you back to the s...
09/17/2021

Using ink, pencil and lines—curved, straight, diagonal—Martín Ramírez draws you into his world, luring you back to the small figure on horseback. Who is this man? Where is he? What is he doing? Is he able to get out?

Ramírez, a visionary artist from Jalisco, Mexico, produced a profusion of black and white drawings in this pseudo-psychedelic orientation while hospitalized for schizophrenia at the DeWitt State Hospital in California. While at DeWitt, the artist refused to speak, only expressing himself through his artwork. His drawings reflected his personal, cross-cultural experiences, often fusing imagery from Mexico and the United States.

✏️: "Untitled (Black and White Frontal Caballero)" (about 1952–55), graphite, ink and watercolor, on view in "Collecting Stories: The Invention of Folk Art"

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© 2009 Estate of Martín Ramírez courtesy of the Ricco/Maresca Gallery

Using ink, pencil and lines—curved, straight, diagonal—Martín Ramírez draws you into his world, luring you back to the small figure on horseback. Who is this man? Where is he? What is he doing? Is he able to get out?

Ramírez, a visionary artist from Jalisco, Mexico, produced a profusion of black and white drawings in this pseudo-psychedelic orientation while hospitalized for schizophrenia at the DeWitt State Hospital in California. While at DeWitt, the artist refused to speak, only expressing himself through his artwork. His drawings reflected his personal, cross-cultural experiences, often fusing imagery from Mexico and the United States.

✏️: "Untitled (Black and White Frontal Caballero)" (about 1952–55), graphite, ink and watercolor, on view in "Collecting Stories: The Invention of Folk Art"

#LatinxHeritageMonth #HispanicHeritageMonth #MesDeLaHerenciaHispana #MesDeLaHerenciaLatinx

© 2009 Estate of Martín Ramírez courtesy of the Ricco/Maresca Gallery

09/16/2021
Monet's "Rouen Cathedral, Façade"

“This cursed cathedral is hard to do!” wrote Monet during a painting trip to the city of Rouen.⁣

Take a closer look at the iconic "Rouen Cathedral, Façade" (1894) with curator Julia Welch 🔍

The painting is one of the 25 masterpieces by the artist featured in "Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated," on view through October 17: https://bit.ly/3Ab28uE

Gmar Chatimah Tova. A shofar, such as this 19th-century example from Poland, is made of a ram’s horn and blown at Rosh H...
09/15/2021

Gmar Chatimah Tova. A shofar, such as this 19th-century example from Poland, is made of a ram’s horn and blown at Rosh Hashanah and at the very end of Yom Kippur. The 26-hour fast of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) begins this evening at sundown and ends tomorrow after nightfall.

Hear what this instrument sounds like: https://bit.ly/3zT21Uy

Gmar Chatimah Tova. A shofar, such as this 19th-century example from Poland, is made of a ram’s horn and blown at Rosh Hashanah and at the very end of Yom Kippur. The 26-hour fast of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) begins this evening at sundown and ends tomorrow after nightfall.

Hear what this instrument sounds like: https://bit.ly/3zT21Uy

Born in 1915 in Havana, Cuba, #CarmenHerrera frequently moved between the United States, France, and her home country in...
09/15/2021

Born in 1915 in Havana, Cuba, #CarmenHerrera frequently moved between the United States, France, and her home country in the 1930s and 1940s. Finally settling in New York in 1954, Herrera was continually overlooked by the art establishment for her gender and ethnicity.

"Being ignored is a form of freedom," she writes. "I truly used that all my life."

🎨 : "Blanco y Verde (#1)" (1962), acrylic on canvas

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© Carmen Herrera. Courtesy Lisson Gallery

Born in 1915 in Havana, Cuba, #CarmenHerrera frequently moved between the United States, France, and her home country in the 1930s and 1940s. Finally settling in New York in 1954, Herrera was continually overlooked by the art establishment for her gender and ethnicity.

"Being ignored is a form of freedom," she writes. "I truly used that all my life."

🎨 : "Blanco y Verde (#1)" (1962), acrylic on canvas

#LatinxHeritageMonth #HispanicHeritageMonth #MesDeLaHerenciaHispana #MesDeLaHerenciaLatinx

© Carmen Herrera. Courtesy Lisson Gallery

🗣️ Have a question for #AskACurator Day? Contemporary art curators Michelle Millar Fisher, Marina Tyquiengco and Debra L...
09/15/2021

🗣️ Have a question for #AskACurator Day? Contemporary art curators Michelle Millar Fisher, Marina Tyquiengco and Debra Lennard are here until 5 pm answering questions about their exhibition “New Light: Encounters and Connections,” contemporary art and their work as curators!

🗣️ Have a question for #AskACurator Day? Contemporary art curators Michelle Millar Fisher, Marina Tyquiengco and Debra Lennard are here until 5 pm answering questions about their exhibition “New Light: Encounters and Connections,” contemporary art and their work as curators!

#TriviaTuesday: This 19th-century sculpture from the Santa Cruz Islands, part of the Solomon Islands, served what purpos...
09/14/2021

#TriviaTuesday: This 19th-century sculpture from the Santa Cruz Islands, part of the Solomon Islands, served what purpose?

#TriviaTuesday: This 19th-century sculpture from the Santa Cruz Islands, part of the Solomon Islands, served what purpose?

It may be Monday morning, but you can still daydream about the weekend!🎨:"Boys in a Pasture" (1874), Winslow Homer, oil ...
09/13/2021

It may be Monday morning, but you can still daydream about the weekend!

🎨:"Boys in a Pasture" (1874), Winslow Homer, oil on canvas

It may be Monday morning, but you can still daydream about the weekend!

🎨:"Boys in a Pasture" (1874), Winslow Homer, oil on canvas

Twenty years ago, this quilt hung in artist Susan Hoffman’s apartment in New York City, near the World Trade Center. Whe...
09/11/2021

Twenty years ago, this quilt hung in artist Susan Hoffman’s apartment in New York City, near the World Trade Center. When allowed to return home after the attacks of 9/11, she found the windows blown in and a small tear in the righthand panel of the triptych. Hoffman has since left it untouched as a tribute to the lives lost in the tragedy.

🧵: “Coastline” (1975), featured in our upcoming exhibition “Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories”

Twenty years ago, this quilt hung in artist Susan Hoffman’s apartment in New York City, near the World Trade Center. When allowed to return home after the attacks of 9/11, she found the windows blown in and a small tear in the righthand panel of the triptych. Hoffman has since left it untouched as a tribute to the lives lost in the tragedy.

🧵: “Coastline” (1975), featured in our upcoming exhibition “Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories”

We’re giving away a copy of “Out of Wonder” from Candlewick Press!  For a chance to win, tell us in the comments: 📖 “Wha...
09/10/2021

We’re giving away a copy of “Out of Wonder” from Candlewick Press! For a chance to win, tell us in the comments:

📖 “What was the last children’s book you gave as a gift?”

“Out of Wonder” (by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth) features mixed-media images by Ekua Holmes alongside original poems that pay homage to 20 famed poets ✒️See works from the book in “Paper Stories, Layered Dreams,” on view now. #FridayReads

Recommended for Grade 2 and up, find official rules here: https://bit.ly/3t0MajY

We’re giving away a copy of “Out of Wonder” from Candlewick Press! For a chance to win, tell us in the comments:

📖 “What was the last children’s book you gave as a gift?”

“Out of Wonder” (by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth) features mixed-media images by Ekua Holmes alongside original poems that pay homage to 20 famed poets ✒️See works from the book in “Paper Stories, Layered Dreams,” on view now. #FridayReads

Recommended for Grade 2 and up, find official rules here: https://bit.ly/3t0MajY

"I am beyond thrilled to join the MFA, and I am grateful for the opportunity to champion the art of community through fa...
09/09/2021

"I am beyond thrilled to join the MFA, and I am grateful for the opportunity to champion the art of community through fashion."

We're excited to announce the appointment of theo tyson as our Penny Vinik Curator of Fashion Arts! A scholar whose curatorial practice rests at the intersections of fashion, race, gender, class, identity and sexuality, Theo will be responsible for the MFA's collection of 20th- and 21st-century fashion. We look forward to welcoming her to the Museum on November 1!

📷: theo tyson at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film. Photo by Acquille Dunkley.

"I am beyond thrilled to join the MFA, and I am grateful for the opportunity to champion the art of community through fashion."

We're excited to announce the appointment of theo tyson as our Penny Vinik Curator of Fashion Arts! A scholar whose curatorial practice rests at the intersections of fashion, race, gender, class, identity and sexuality, Theo will be responsible for the MFA's collection of 20th- and 21st-century fashion. We look forward to welcoming her to the Museum on November 1!

📷: theo tyson at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film. Photo by Acquille Dunkley.

Who and what is America? The 50 masterpieces featured in our upcoming exhibition "Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Sto...
09/09/2021

Who and what is America?

The 50 masterpieces featured in our upcoming exhibition "Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories" were created by men and women, known individuals and those yet to be identified, urban and rural makers, and members of the Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian and LGBTQIA+ communities. Together, they reveal a rich—and richly complicated—story of our shared history.

🗓️ 🎟️ The exhibition opens on October 10! Timed-entry tickets are now available: https://bit.ly/2WpxVcv

🧵: Detail of "To God and Truth" (2019), Bisa Butler, printed and resist-dyed cottons, cotton velvet, rayon satin and knotted string, pieced, appliquéd and quilted

Who and what is America?

The 50 masterpieces featured in our upcoming exhibition "Fabric of a Nation: American Quilt Stories" were created by men and women, known individuals and those yet to be identified, urban and rural makers, and members of the Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian and LGBTQIA+ communities. Together, they reveal a rich—and richly complicated—story of our shared history.

🗓️ 🎟️ The exhibition opens on October 10! Timed-entry tickets are now available: https://bit.ly/2WpxVcv

🧵: Detail of "To God and Truth" (2019), Bisa Butler, printed and resist-dyed cottons, cotton velvet, rayon satin and knotted string, pieced, appliquéd and quilted

"There’s something in me that’s continuously attracted to the remaking, the recreating and the restaging of the 1960s an...
09/08/2021

"There’s something in me that’s continuously attracted to the remaking, the recreating and the restaging of the 1960s and ’70s... specifically about the desire of women of my mom’s age—60 and up—which I think was entirely invisible then, and still is now. There’s so much q***r work nowadays that really strives to correct the balance, but is still based in obsession with youth."

Samantha Nye’s work across media interrogates the power, beauty and occasional humor of consensual erotic exchange between older people, a population often wrongly deemed beyond desire.

💞 You can see her video works in "Samantha Nye: My Heart's in a Whirl," presented as part of School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University’s 2021 Traveling Fellow exhibition program.

"There’s something in me that’s continuously attracted to the remaking, the recreating and the restaging of the 1960s and ’70s... specifically about the desire of women of my mom’s age—60 and up—which I think was entirely invisible then, and still is now. There’s so much q***r work nowadays that really strives to correct the balance, but is still based in obsession with youth."

Samantha Nye’s work across media interrogates the power, beauty and occasional humor of consensual erotic exchange between older people, a population often wrongly deemed beyond desire.

💞 You can see her video works in "Samantha Nye: My Heart's in a Whirl," presented as part of School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University’s 2021 Traveling Fellow exhibition program.

Save the Date! We're offering free general admission on Saturday, October 9 in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, invitin...
09/07/2021

Save the Date! We're offering free general admission on Saturday, October 9 in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, inviting visitors to recognize and honor the heritage of all Indigenous peoples and the histories of their nations and communities.

🎫 Free tickets can be reserved online starting at 10 am on October 5 and will also be available at the Museum day of, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sponsored by Ameriprise Financial.

Save the Date! We're offering free general admission on Saturday, October 9 in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, inviting visitors to recognize and honor the heritage of all Indigenous peoples and the histories of their nations and communities.

🎫 Free tickets can be reserved online starting at 10 am on October 5 and will also be available at the Museum day of, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sponsored by Ameriprise Financial.

Jean-François Millet's images of workers deeply focused on their tasks minimized anecdotal detail or regional idiosyncra...
09/05/2021

Jean-François Millet's images of workers deeply focused on their tasks minimized anecdotal detail or regional idiosyncrasy in order to celebrate the skilled laborer.

🎨: "Cooper Tightening Staves on a Barrel" (about 1848–52), oil on canvas

Jean-François Millet's images of workers deeply focused on their tasks minimized anecdotal detail or regional idiosyncrasy in order to celebrate the skilled laborer.

🎨: "Cooper Tightening Staves on a Barrel" (about 1848–52), oil on canvas

"Despite the adversity of working the land, this young Black farmer appears to take pride in his work, and is successful...
09/04/2021

"Despite the adversity of working the land, this young Black farmer appears to take pride in his work, and is successful at what he does."

—Raheem Miller, Curator and Sophomore at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science⁣

See "Young Farmer" (1953) by Charles Wilbert White in "Black Histories, Black Futures," an exhibition curated by teen scholars.

"Despite the adversity of working the land, this young Black farmer appears to take pride in his work, and is successful at what he does."

—Raheem Miller, Curator and Sophomore at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science⁣

See "Young Farmer" (1953) by Charles Wilbert White in "Black Histories, Black Futures," an exhibition curated by teen scholars.

Hey Boston, are you ready for a long weekend? Tell us your plans, and why they include the MFA ♥️ 🎨: "Tire Jumping in Fr...
09/03/2021

Hey Boston, are you ready for a long weekend? Tell us your plans, and why they include the MFA ♥️

🎨: "Tire Jumping in Front of My Window" (1936–47), Allan Rohan Crite, oil on canvasboard

Hey Boston, are you ready for a long weekend? Tell us your plans, and why they include the MFA ♥️

🎨: "Tire Jumping in Front of My Window" (1936–47), Allan Rohan Crite, oil on canvasboard

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So excited that AIB weekend is finally here! It's my favorite Bostonian way to welcome spring! Thanks for working so hard to make this year's event virtual. It's going to be a great weekend!!🌷🌹🥀🌺🌸🌼🌻
Mont Vernon, NH has a contest at the library where you create a Peep diorama. My 8-year-old son Tommy created an MFA-themed diorama with original artwork. Happy Easter from your fans in the Granite State!