Past Exhibitions

Perspectives: Art from MFA Staff

April 4–May 4, 2024

Presented at the Copley Society of Art on Newbury Street, this exhibition features work by MFA staff who explore the idea of perspectives through a...

Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party

December 20, 2023–June 24, 2024

For more than five decades photojournalist Stephen Shames (b. 1947) has used his work to call attention to a wide range of social issues—from the...

Dinorá Justice: The Lay of the Land

November 18, 2023–April 14, 2024

Brazilian American artist Dinorá Justice (b. 1969) uses a distinct visual vocabulary to examine intertwined histories of gender, landscape, and visual...

Creative Spaces: The Photographer’s Studio as Inspiration

November 11, 2023–April 28, 2024

A photographer’s studio is a laboratory of creativity—a physical and psychological space for meditation, collaboration, and experimentation. “Creative...

Mondrian: Foundations

November 11, 2023–April 28, 2024

In the years around 1900, before Piet Mondrian (1872–1944) created some of the most recognizable abstract canvases of the last century, he turned his...

Marking Resilience: Indigenous North American Prints

November 4, 2023–March 24, 2024

Resilience often manifests in work by Indigenous North American artists, for example in its content or simply by increasing visibility to combat...

Digital Iridescence: Jell-O in New Media

October 28, 2023–March 24, 2024

Jell-O’s presence in contemporary art is an extension of its visual and cultural history. Since its invention in 1897 the cheap yet luxurious pantry...

Fashioned by Sargent

October 8, 2023–January 15, 2024

Who creates your image? In portraits by John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), sitters assume elegant stances, the fabric of their dress richly depicted in...

Strong Women in Renaissance Italy

September 9, 2023–January 7, 2024

When you think about Renaissance Italy, do the names Sofonisba Anguissola, Isabella d’Este, or Lavinia Fontana come to mind? These women, and many...

The Banner Project: Sheida Soleimani

August 20, 2023–June 23, 2024

Based in Providence, Rhode Island, artist Sheida Soleimani (b. 1990) constructs elaborate and surreal tableaux in her studio. She then photographs...