View of the Art of the Americas Wing galleries from the Shapiro Courtyard
Art of the Americas Wing: November 20, 2010 - December 31, 2016

The centerpiece of the MFA’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.  Learn more about the new wing.

John James Audubon Birds
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...

Bernard Childs, Arrival, 1955
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....

Maria Auxiliadora da Silva, Chuva Sobre São Paulo (Rain over Sao Paulo), 1971
Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art January 18, 2014 - 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—...

Magna Carta exhibition
Magna Carta: Cornerstone of Liberty July 2, 2014 - September 1, 2014

One of only four surviving copies of the original Magna Carta—a document written in 1215 that is the foundation for many liberties that Americans enjoy—travels to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this summer for a special exhibition in the Art of the Americas Wing. An inspiration for...