Art and Exhibitions

The year ahead brings an exciting lineup of new exhibitions to the MFA—from the highly anticipated “Obama Portraits Tour” to a fresh look at the iconic works of Hokusai.

The Stillness of Things: Photographs from the Lane Collection

August 27, 2022–February 27, 2023

See innovative photographic variations on traditional still lifes—by Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Adam Fuss, Abelardo Morell, Edward Weston, and more.

The Obama Portraits Tour

September 3–October 30, 2022

Kehinde Wiley’s and Amy Sherald’s portraits of former President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama are coming to Boston for the first time.

LIFE Magazine and the Power of Photography

October 9, 2022–January 16, 2023

This major exhibition takes you behind the scenes at the visually revolutionary Life magazine—offering a revealing look at the collaborative process behind many of the publication’s iconic images and photo essays.

Frank Bowling’s Americas

October 22, 2022–April 9, 2023

Now in his 80s, Frank Bowling remains relentless in his exploration of the endless possibilities of paint. Delve into a transformative early chapter in the career of this boundary-crossing artist.

Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina

March 4–July 9, 2023

Explore an exceptional pottery tradition developed by enslaved African Americans in the 19th-century bringing together historic ceramics with responses from contemporary artists.

Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence

March 26–July 16, 2023

Includes Member Preview and member ticket presale

Taking a new approach to the work of the ever-popular Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), this exhibition explores the master printmaker’s impact on other artists—during his lifetime and through to today.

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