November 1–December 6, 2023

Fashioned by Sargent

Celebrate the exhibition “Fashioned by Sargent” by exploring the many multifaceted ways John Singer Sargent and the subjects of his portraits created meaning and messages through fashion and dress. Together with curators and scholars, delve into the complexities of public image making and gain new insights into the collaborative relationship between artist and sitter.

Take the full five-session course or choose the lectures that interest you most.

Ticket Packages

Purchase the discounted five-session course package, either in-person or livestreamed. Tickets are required for either option. The in-person course package does not give access to the livestream, and vice versa. Please note that this course package is not available after the date of the first session.

Tickets (Member / Nonmember)

In-Person $120 / $150
Livestream $65 / $85

In-Person Tickets Livestream Tickets

Ticket Required

For more information and to purchase tickets for individual sessions, select from the section below.

Upcoming Events


November 1, 2023
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

What happens when you turn yourself over to the hands of an artist? Who decides what you wear for your portrait, and what message will your image send...


November 8, 2023
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Sargent painted some eye-catching portraits of men, but his provocative visions of women stole the show, asserting his bold Parisian style. Beyond his...


November 15, 2023
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

You know the paintings; now focus on the fashion within the art by taking a look at the sumptuous textiles, elegant silhouettes, and architectural...


November 29, 2023
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Sargent admired the unusual beauty of American socialite Virginie Avegno Gautreau and convinced her to pose for a portrait—a calculated bid for...


December 6, 2023
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Discover the visual pleasures of the London art scene in the years around John Singer Sargent’s 1886 move from Paris to Thames-side Chelsea. From the...

Ticket Information

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975 ($6 processing fee applies); to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.

Ticketing Policies

Livestream Tickets

The livestream ticket gives access to a live feed of the event that can be watched remotely. You must be logged in to the account used to purchase the ticket in order to access the livestream on the Video Content page. Please log in at least 5 minutes before the start of the event to test your connection.

Livestream ticket holders must watch the event live; there is no recording of the event available for viewing at a later time.


Supported by the MFA Associates, MFA Senior Associates, and Weekend Guides in honor of Barbara Martin.