The following exhibitions are currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston or will be opening in the coming months:
Hippie Chic: July 16, 2013 - November 11, 2013
The end of the 1960s and early 1970s was an exciting time for fashion as the counterculture''s challenges to authority expressed itself in new ways of thinking about dress. The emerging hippie culture rejected the dictates of Paris haute couture, adopting instead an eclectic, highly individual look, mixing vintage and ethnic clothing with fashions inspired by contemporary psychedelic Pop art, nature, fantasy, and ethnographic art.
She Who Tells a Story: August 27, 2013 - January 12, 2014
“She Who Tells a Story” introduces the pioneering work of twelve leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian.
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.
Elegant Contortions: July 9, 2013 - March 30, 2014
Mannerist artists went to extremes in their treatment of the human body. In the years after Raphael’s death in 1520, complex poses, intricate gestures, and esoteric symbolism replaced the harmony and balance of the High Renaissance.
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.
Rembrandt the Etcher: August 10, 2013 - February 17, 2014
Etching as a printmaking medium emerged in the early 16th century in Germany and Italy, but its full creative potential only was realized with Rembrandt Harmensz. Van Rijn’s activity as an etcher from 1630 to 1661. This exhibition of 45 works, drawn primarily from the MFA’s collection, explores the unprecedented range of subject matter, format, and graphic vocabulary in the nearly 300 etchings that Rembrandt made during his career.
John Singer Sargent Watercolors: October 13, 2013 - January 20, 2014
Presenting more than 90 of Sargent’s dazzling works, this exhibition, co-organized with the Brooklyn Museum, combines for the first time the two most significant collections of watercolor paintings by John Singer Sargent (1856–1925), images created by a consummate artist with daring compositional strategies and a complex technique. “John Singer Sargent Watercolors”also celebrates a century of Sargent watercolors at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
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.
Holland on Paper: The Age of Art Noveau: August 10, 2013 - February 23, 2013
In the era of Art Nouveau, from the 1890s through the turn of the century, there was a flourishing of new, imaginative art and craft throughout Europe. Holland also saw an explosion of inventive art and design in this period, including many expressive works on paper—posters, decorative calendars, illustrated books, as well as prints and drawings.
Please peruse the Entire Lineup of MFA exhibitions.