MFA Late Nites returns in October! The diverse event lineup features late-night programming in partnership with local organizations, artists, and more. There’s something for everyone, from dancing and DJs to pop-up performances, intriguing bites, an outdoor beer garden, and much more.
Add MFA Late Nite Bites to your ticket! MFA Late Nite Bites offers 3 small plates from a choice of 6 options.
Level LG, Gallery LG31
Level 1, Gallery 155
Level 1, Gallery 158
Level 1, Galleries 169
Level 1, Gallery 170
Art of Africa
Level 1, Galleries 171 and 172
Level 2, Galleries 259–263
Level 2, Gallery 264
Level 2, Galleries 265
Level 3, Art of the Americas Wing
Food and Drink
Available for purchase.
MFA Late Nite Bites
8 pm–Midnight, Level 1, Shapiro Family Courtyard and Sharf Visitor Center
Street food options and drinks
8 pm–1:30 am, Enter from Level 1 or Level G, Calderwood Courtyard
(Rain location: Level G, Garden Cafeteria)
Wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks.
8 pm–1:30 am, Level 1
Wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks.
HipStory Presents: A HipStoric Night at the MFA, Vol. II
Level 1, Shapiro Family Courtyard
8 pm, DJ Troy
8:45 pm, Dancers’ set: StiggityStackz Worldwide
9 pm, Beat sets: featuring Loman, Abstract Minor, and Lightfoot
9:45 pm, Dancers’ set: StiggityStackz Worldwide
10:05 pm, Capella
10:35 pm, Rayel
11:05 pm, Forté
11:35 pm, Cake Swagg
12:05 am, Cliff Notez
12:30 am, DJ Why Sham
HipStory returns to the MFA for a night that honors the roots of hip-hop and showcases some of the city’s best artists. Stop by for DJs, live music, MCs, and a dance party.
Level 1, Linde Family Wing
9 pm, Interactive audiovisual playground led by visual arts collective Coolpics.BIZ; Panel: Music as a Future-Building Activity led by the Black Lotus Collective
9:45 pm, LDER
10:15 pm, Optic Bloom
11 pm, Rilla Force
An exploration of music as a future-building technology, curated by the Optic Bloom team.
Lucy Dodd: A Slice of Life
8:30–9 pm, Level 2, Linde Family Wing
For her commissioned work for the installation in the Linde Family Wing galleries, Lucy Dodd presents a major new architectural construction of paintings. The unveiling of the work is accompanied by a performance by the artist and bohemian coterie, who feature in oceanic costume and character.
Events and Activities
DP Entertainment Presents: The Minds of the Abstract
8 pm–1 am, Level 1, Linde Family Wing
A pop-up gallery for an elevated experience featuring a variety of artists with distinct frames of mind, including sounds by violinist John Randolph.
Amalia Pica: Now, Speak!
8 pm–2 am, Level 3, Art of the Americas Wing
Amalia Pica’s lectern on view in “Women Take the Floor” is an invitation to publicly share our unique voices. “I am interested in what brings us together, and so communication and its difficulties are for me a sign of how much we need each other,” says Pica. Share something at any point throughout the night—a speech or poem, prepared or improvised.
Art Making: Color Field Painting
9 pm–1 am, Level 1, Linde Family Wing
Experiment with brilliant hues on unprimed canvas to create your own work of art inspired by Color Field paintings on view in “Contemporary Art: Five Propositions.”
Creative Residency: Regie Gibson
9:30, 10, and 10:30 pm, Level LG
Feel the power, beauty, art, and imagination of ancient Nubia when you join literary performer Regie Gibson in the galleries as he presents an original poetic text dedicated to that grand legacy calling to us across the ages.
Spotlight Talks: Hyman Bloom
9:30, 10, and 10:30 pm, Level 1, Gallery 158
As Halloween approaches, discover how painter Hyman Bloom represented life and death as cyclical and everlasting forces. Join Martina Tanga, Art of the Americas curatorial research and interpretation associate, Art Bridges-Terra Initiative, for this ten-minute look at “Hyman Bloom: Matters of Life and Death.”
“Ancient Nubia Now” Exhibition Shop
8 pm–2 am, Level LG