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.

Hanbok

Olga Khvan
For most of my life, I haven’t felt Korean enough. Two years ago, a gnawing search for validation led me to a mail-in DNA kit. One hundred percent…

Sūmud

Kristen Gresh
With my Sephardic husband and family, as well as with my dear Palestinian and Israeli friends, I have spent the last five months and counting mourning…

Nahat Oud

Nate Steele
The first time I heard an oud live, I was enraptured. The deep growl of the bass, the compelling and percussive rhythms of the plectrum, called a…

Hidden Figures

Meghan Melvin and Benjamin Weiss
A white marble bust of Boston hotelier Harvey D. Parker (of Parker House Hotel fame) presides over the Morse Study Room for Prints, Drawings, and…

Bardwell Settee

Kennedy Harwood
It’s Christmas morning, and I’m sitting with my cousins around an overwhelmingly full dining table, though this packed corner of my grandmother’s…

Closed Form

Jacqueline Yu
Whether it comes from the T lurching over an antiquated track or a toy in the hands of my hyperactive niece, rattling is a constant sound in my life…

A Letter to Sofonisba Anguissola

Katy Hessel
Dearest Sofonisba, I don’t know you. We’ll never meet. I live almost 500 years after you, in a world you wouldn’t recognize. I’m in my 20s; you lived…

Welcome to Our Home

Anna Nasi
The quilt atop my childhood bed has given warmth to me and three generations of women in my family. Its lace overlay has torn, its doily appliqué has…

Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer

Mary Jane Childs
At four years old I saw my first ballet, Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and I immediately fell in love with dance. By age six I was taking my first…

Translated Vase

Michael Rocco
Last July my friend Griffin visited me in Boston. I couldn’t wait to update them on everything new and exciting in my life. First we visited the MFA…

Mixing Bowl (Bell Krater) with Perseus, Athena, and Hermes

Sophia Palumbo
Like many people my age, when I was in middle school I was obsessed with Percy Jackson and the Olympians, a series of fantasy novels inspired by Greek…

Under the Wave off Kanagawa (the Great Wave)

Tamar Avishai
How often do we appreciate the tremendous power of an ocean wave? Not often, I realize, while I sit in a rocking chair in my suburban Cleveland home…

St. Francis Supported by an Angel

Claire Dettelbach
My love for art has always been informed by an interest in how people across time think, feel, celebrate, grieve, and love. I view art as the tangible…

Powder Horn

Alexandra Moleski
The first time I ever visited the Museum of Fine Arts, I was only a few weeks into my first semester of college. I was new to Boston and more…

The Ghetto

Matthew Whiman
What is it about the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a remarkable vestige of New York City’s Jewish past, that makes me think of Samuel Bak’s painting The…