Art for This Moment

Great works of art can deepen our understanding of the world around us. As we confront the current events shaping this period in history, art can offer solace, clarity, and perspective. Through Art for This Moment, MFA staff, artists, and others share objects from across our collections that carry personal significance and global resonance.

Oleksandra Kovalchuk
Monday, May 16, 2022
Over the last few weeks, coming to the MFA has helped me find some peace while an outrageously cruel war goes on in my homeland, Ukraine. Each time I…
Benjamin Weiss
Thursday, April 28, 2022
History is slippery. We like to think of the past as being made up of a knowable series of events that time and study have neatly sorted and sifted by…
Bobby Giglio
Monday, March 28, 2022
A musical instrument is the anticipation of something. Sinuous strings and thin soundboards, carefully carved air ducts and hollow tubes, membranes…
Christine Evers
Friday, February 25, 2022
“Stories and objects share something, a patina. . . . Perhaps a patina is a process of rubbing back so that the essential is revealed. . . . But it…
Haley Rayburn
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
I get an immediate sense of comfort from the ceramic decorations of Sara Galner. As a member of the Saturday Evening Girls, an early 20th-century…
Jessica Doonan
Monday, December 27, 2021
Starting a new job in a pandemic is not easy. When I began working at the MFA in February 2021, almost all of my interactions with colleagues took…
Courtney Harris
Monday, November 29, 2021
Have I always loved small things? I’ve asked myself that question many times over the past few years as my obsession with all things miniature has…
Olga Khvan
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
As we find ourselves in a recent wave of anti-Asian hate sweeping the nation—mourning the victims of the March 2021 shootings in Atlanta, hearts…
Marina Tyquiengco
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
“Garden for Boston” is the first living outdoor exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Since late May, I’ve watched this project—comprised of…
George Scharoun
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Approaching a marble figure in the cool, quiet halls of the MFA’s ancient Greek and Roman galleries is an uncanny, potentially dizzying experience…
Emily Stoehrer
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
As a young child I used to wander around the seashore and tide pools with my sister, searching for starfish. Sometimes we even found one! What we…
Eben Haines
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Looking at Jan Davidsz. de Heem’s Interior of a Painter’s Studio, we find the artist hard at work in a spare but disheveled space, with clear northern…
Chanel Thervil
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Bold. Vibrant. Fun. Energizing. That’s how my life looked before the pandemic. I relished hugging friends as a greeting and goodbye. I liked getting…
Luiza deCamargo
Friday, April 30, 2021
The first time I met Sonya Clark she helped me move a 300-pound cast-bronze bench down a steep flight of stairs. Well, maybe there’s more to the story…
Chelsea Garunay
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
After a year of anxious interactions, losing ourselves in reveries of art in a public space can feel like a gentle first step back to the social lives…