Current and Upcoming Exhibitions at the MFA

The following exhibitions are currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston or will be opening in the coming months:


Think Pink: Oct 3, 2013 - May 26, 2014

From pinking shears to pink ribbons, the color pink is associated with fashion and femininity; perhaps no other color has as much social significance and gender association. The fascinating exhibition “Think Pink” explores the history and changing meanings of the color as its popularity ebbed and flowed in fashion and visual culture from the 18th century to the present day.


Boston Loves Impressionism: Feb 14, 2014 - May 26, 2014

Boston loves Impressionism and always has. For the first time, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, invited the public to choose works for a special Impressionist exhibition. Choosing from a different themed group each week, fans voted for their favorite paintings from a selection of fifty works from the MFA's Impressionist collection, with the top thirty picks earning a spot in the exhibition "Boston Loves Impressionism." 


Quilts and Color: April 6, 2014 - June 27, 2014

"Quilts and Color" celebrates the vibrant color palette and inventive design seen in the acclaimed Pilgrim/Roy Quilt Collection. The exhibition features nearly 60 distinctive quilts from the renowned collection and is the first to explore how, over five decades, trained artists Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy searched out and collected quilts with bold, eye-popping designs that echoed the work of mid-20th century Abstract Expressionist and Op Artists. 


Audubon's Birds, Audubon's Words: July 27, 2013 - May 11, 2014

As author and illustrator of The Birds of America, John James Audubon (1785–1851) traveled thousands of miles throughout the United States and Canada to seek out and draw North American birds in their natural habitats. In the book’s enormous pages—each more than three feet high—Audubon captured the full range of avian life in North America, including many exotic creatures.


Samba Spirit: January 18 - October 19, 2014

For the first time the MFA presents a selection of works by 20th-century Brazilian artists of African descent. Rarely studied in the United States, these painters and sculptors drew on indigenous, European, and African traditions, and found inspiration in all aspects of Brazilian life—religious rituals, urban and rural life, music, and dance.


Dawit L. Petros: Sense of Place: October 26, 2013 - April 13, 2014

Part of an annual series of MFA exhibitions focusing on SMFA graduates of the past decade whose work has achieved international acclaim, “Dawit L. Petros: Sense of Place” features the photographs, video art, and sculpture of this 2007 SMFA Masters degree recipient.


The Creative Process in Modern Japanese Printmaking: December 21, 2013 - August 17, 2014

In the 20th century, printmaking in Japan became not just a way of producing popular images but a fine art form. No longer constrained by the requirements of commercial publishing, artists were able to exploit the color woodblock process as far as their imaginations could take them, and to experiment with new Western media as well.


An Enduring Vision: Photographs from the Lane Collection: July 9, 2013 - March 30, 2014

This exhibition celebrates the Lane Collection, renowned for its deep holdings of the work of major American modernist photographers, including Charles Sheeler, Edward Weston, and Ansel Adams—and given to the MFA by Saundra Lane in 2012.


Art of the Americas Wing November 20, 2010 - December 31, 2016

The centerpiece of the Museum of Fine Art''s historic expansion is a spectacular new wing for the Art of the Americas collection, which will double the number of objects from the collection on view, including several large-scale masterpieces not displayed for decades.


American Gestures: Abstract Expressionism: September 21, 2013 - June 1, 2014

American art of the 1940s and ’50s was dominated by the gestural style known as Abstract Expressionism. In love with spontaneity and happy accidents, and favoring inspiration from the subconscious, artists invented a highly original American art language that triumphed internationally. “American Gestures” features drawings, prints, paintings, and sculpture from the late 1940s to the ’70s by Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, David Smith, Mark Tobey, Alfred Leslie, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and a number of others. Many of these works are relatively recent acquisitions, some shown here for the first time.


Please peruse the Entire Lineup of MFA exhibitions.

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