The following exhibitions are currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston or will be opening in the coming months:
Jamie Wyeth: July 16, 2014 - December 28, 2014
The first comprehensive retrospective of artist Jamie Wyeth (born 1946) will examine his imaginative approach to realism over the course of six decades, from his earliest childhood drawings through various recurring themes inspired by the people, places, and objects that populate his world.
Goya Order and Disorder: October 12, 2014 - January 19, 2015
One of the titans of European art, Francisco Goya (1746–1828) witnessed a time of revolution and sweeping change in thought and behavior. As 18th-century culture gave way to the modern era, Goya’s penetrating gaze sought new means to capture human experience, both as he observed it, and as his imagination and artistic gifts transformed it.
Karsh Goes Hollywood: September 9, 2014 - March 8, 2015
This exhibition in Sharf Visitor Center presents twenty iconic figures from Hollywood's Golden Age photographed by Karsh over his life-long career. Karsh captures the star quality in his celebrity sitters photographed in their prime, a selection that includes images of Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Clark Gable, Gregory Peck, and many more.
Shinique Smith Bright Matter: August 23, 2014 - March 1, 2015
For the past decade, Shinique Smith (American, born in 1971) has been internationally admired for exuberant paintings, sculpture, and large-scale installations that capture the power of human expression and resilience. Whether in graffiti, calligraphy, and vibrant sweeping strokes on canvas; patterned clothing densely clustered or hung as human forms; or even full-body impressions pressed in ink against walls, her works reflect intersecting forces-of personal history, influence, and energy. "Shinique Smith: BRIGHT MATTER" surveys 30 key works from the past decade while debuting more than a dozen new pieces, including painting, sculpture, full-room installation, video, and performance.
Gold and the Gods: Jewels of Ancient Nubia: July 19, 2014 - May 14, 2017
This dazzling exhibition focuses on the Museum's world-class collection of jewelry from Ancient Nubia (located in what is now Sudan). The Nubian adornments housed at the MFA constitute the most comprehensive collection outside Khartoum. As the conduit between the Mediterranean world and lands south of the Nile Valley, Nubia was known for its exotic luxury goods-especially gold. "Gold and the Gods" focuses on excavated ornaments from an early 20th-century expedition by the Museum with Harvard University, dating from 1700 BC to 300 AD.
Community Arts Initiative: May 10, 2014 - October 14, 2014
This Community Arts Initiative Artist Project features the works of children from our eight partner community organizations working under the guidance of artist Jake Fried. The students created multiple stop-motion animations about familiar places and people using drawing, flip-books, claymation, and paper cutouts. Each animation project stemmed from an exploration of the MFA's collection and allowed each clubhouse to reflect on and represent the people and places important to their communities. Students were introduced to new and unique art-making materials and skills, while also learning about the Museum's collection and the wider world of video art. The project created a fun and interactive environment where the participating students learned, experimented, and bonded with their peers, families, and communities.
D is for Design: April 17, 2014 - February 22, 2015
Design drawings are among the hidden treasures of the MFA's collection, and this exhibition displays nearly 30 works on paper, each representing a different artist, architect, or designer in an alphabet of design from the 16th through the 20th centuries. A is for Ashbee: a design for a ring by the Arts and Crafts designer and social reformer C. R. Ashbee; L is for La Farge: a design for stained glass by the artist and designer John La Farge; and R is for Rossi: an architectural model by the renowned 20th-century Italian architect Aldo Rossi.
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.
Over There! Posters from WWI: July 26, 2014 - June 14, 2015
Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI, this exhibition features fifty wartime posters from the United States and Europe—including select examples from Britain, France, Germany, and Russia. Many of the works were used to encourage enlistment in the US Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Service, while others appeal to the American citizenry to buy war bonds, conserve food, support the Red Cross and other relief agencies, and maintain a strong work ethic on the home front.