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.

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…
Melina Mardueño
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Last October my brother, sister, and niece came to Boston to visit me. Due to the pandemic, they spent most of their visit in my home, but I was very…
Martina Tanga
Thursday, January 28, 2021
A young woman looks out at us from under semi-closed eyelids. Her forehead and cheeks are painted white; dramatic diagonal red lines intersect at the…
Ethan Lasser
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Rioters rampaging through the United States Capitol, rioters destroying offices, rioters terrorizing journalists and officials, rioters freely exiting…
Hope Stockton
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
I miss traveling. Thirty miles, 300 miles, 3,000 miles, anywhere outside the context of my normal day-to-day life, anyplace with different patterns…
Julia Welch
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
What do you think of when you hear the name Monet? It likely conjures images of sun-filled meadows, colorful gardens, or ethereal water lilies…
Ethan Lasser
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
As COVID-19 continues to devastate communities across America and we brace ourselves for an Election Day when so much is at stake, I find myself…
Nancy Berliner
Monday, September 28, 2020
When you go to the beach, do you pick up pebbles or stones that appeal to you—that speak to you, so to speak? You feel strongly that you want this one…
Linton Young
Monday, September 21, 2020
I have a secret. A shameful, potentially career-ending secret. I want to touch the art. I would never do it of course; I am a museum professional…
Laura Weinstein
Monday, September 14, 2020
Any day now when we step outside, despite our face masks, we will know the air has changed. Fall is approaching, and along with it, many other things…
Marina Tyquiengco and Tess Lukey and Layla Bermeo
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Artist and activist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith recreates the map of the United States, luring us in with its instantly recognizable shape, only to…
Nonie Gadsden
Monday, August 24, 2020
With head bowed, face taut, and fist clenched around a rock, this muscular nude figure of a woman practically vibrates with intensity, strength…
Erica E. Hirshler
Monday, August 17, 2020
A perfect summer day in New England with a clear blue sky. The musical burble of a small brook, birdsong, and the hum of insects. The air is hot…
Marietta Cambareri
Monday, August 10, 2020
If a family owned one work of art in Renaissance Florence, it was likely a Madonna and Child, a devotional object around which domestic life and…
Pamela Hatchfield
Monday, August 3, 2020
About 4,500 years ago in the western cemetery in Giza, Egypt, a great commotion stirred in the shadow of the newly built pyramids. Workmen were…