Art for This Moment

Great works of art can deepen our understanding of the world around us. As we confront the current events shaping this period in history, 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.

Jessica Doonan
Monday, December 27, 2021
Starting a new job in a pandemic is not easy. When I began working at the MFA in February 2021, almost all of my interactions with colleagues took…
Courtney Harris
Monday, November 29, 2021
Have I always loved small things? I’ve asked myself that question many times over the past few years as my obsession with all things miniature has…
Olga Khvan
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
As we find ourselves in a recent wave of anti-Asian hate sweeping the nation—mourning the victims of the March 2021 shootings in Atlanta, hearts…
Marina Tyquiengco
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
“Garden for Boston” is the first living outdoor exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Since late May, I’ve watched this project—comprised of…
George Scharoun
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Approaching a marble figure in the cool, quiet halls of the MFA’s ancient Greek and Roman galleries is an uncanny, potentially dizzying experience…
Emily Stoehrer
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
As a young child I used to wander around the seashore and tide pools with my sister, searching for starfish. Sometimes we even found one! What we…
Eben Haines
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Looking at Jan Davidsz. de Heem’s Interior of a Painter’s Studio, we find the artist hard at work in a spare but disheveled space, with clear northern…
Chanel Thervil
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Bold. Vibrant. Fun. Energizing. That’s how my life looked before the pandemic. I relished hugging friends as a greeting and goodbye. I liked getting…
Luiza deCamargo
Friday, April 30, 2021
The first time I met Sonya Clark she helped me move a 300-pound cast-bronze bench down a steep flight of stairs. Well, maybe there’s more to the story…
Chelsea Garunay
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
After a year of anxious interactions, losing ourselves in reveries of art in a public space can feel like a gentle first step back to the social lives…
Melina Mardueño
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Last October my brother, sister, and niece came to Boston to visit me. Due to the pandemic, they spent most of their visit in my home, but I was very…
Martina Tanga
Thursday, January 28, 2021
A young woman looks out at us from under semi-closed eyelids. Her forehead and cheeks are painted white; dramatic diagonal red lines intersect at the…
Ethan Lasser
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Rioters rampaging through the United States Capitol, rioters destroying offices, rioters terrorizing journalists and officials, rioters freely exiting…
Hope Stockton
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
I miss traveling. Thirty miles, 300 miles, 3,000 miles, anywhere outside the context of my normal day-to-day life, anyplace with different patterns…
Julia Welch
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
What do you think of when you hear the name Monet? It likely conjures images of sun-filled meadows, colorful gardens, or ethereal water lilies…