Art for This Moment

Great works of art can deepen our understanding of the world around us. As we confront the COVID-19 outbreak, art can offer solace, clarity, and perspective. Through Art for This Moment, MFA staff, artists, and others share objects from across our collections that carry personal significance and global resonance.

Ethan Lasser
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
As COVID-19 continues to devastate communities across America and we brace ourselves for an Election Day when so much is at stake, I find myself…
Nancy Berliner
Monday, September 28, 2020
When you go to the beach, do you pick up pebbles or stones that appeal to you—that speak to you, so to speak? You feel strongly that you want this one…
Linton Young
Monday, September 21, 2020
I have a secret. A shameful, potentially career-ending secret. I want to touch the art. I would never do it of course; I am a museum professional…
Laura Weinstein
Monday, September 14, 2020
Any day now when we step outside, despite our face masks, we will know the air has changed. Fall is approaching, and along with it, many other things…
Marina Tyquiengco and Tess Lukey and Layla Bermeo
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Artist and activist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith recreates the map of the United States, luring us in with its instantly recognizable shape, only to…
Nonie Gadsden
Monday, August 24, 2020
With head bowed, face taut, and fist clenched around a rock, this muscular nude figure of a woman practically vibrates with intensity, strength…
Erica E. Hirshler
Monday, August 17, 2020
A perfect summer day in New England with a clear blue sky. The musical burble of a small brook, birdsong, and the hum of insects. The air is hot…
Marietta Cambareri
Monday, August 10, 2020
If a family owned one work of art in Renaissance Florence, it was likely a Madonna and Child, a devotional object around which domestic life and…
Pamela Hatchfield
Monday, August 3, 2020
About 4,500 years ago in the western cemetery in Giza, Egypt, a great commotion stirred in the shadow of the newly built pyramids. Workmen were…
Hannah Goodwin
Monday, July 27, 2020
July 26 marked the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the heart of which is made up of two goals: equality and an end to…
Lawrence M. Berman
Monday, July 20, 2020
Throughout history, events uncontrollable and unforeseen have intervened to derail our best-laid plans. One of my favorite objects in the MFA’s…
Patrick Murphy and Meghan Melvin
Monday, July 13, 2020
Of all the various media in the MFA’s collection, the graphic arts—prints and drawings—are among the most nimble. A draftsperson can pick up a pencil…
Joseph Zordan
Monday, July 6, 2020
Statues and monuments across the world are being toppled, and in the process, so too are the myths that upheld them. A few years ago, when I was an…
Lauren Whitley
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Over many generations, the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, a rural, majority Black community, have made quilts with remarkable innovation and creativity…
Maureen Melton
Monday, June 22, 2020
On February 4, 2020, the MFA turned 150 years old. We had just begun celebrating the auspicious anniversary when the COVID-19 pandemic forced this…