|Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation||October 18, 2020–May 16, 2021|
|Cézanne: In and Out of Time||November 11, 2020–February 28, 2021|
|Monet and Boston: Lasting Impression||November 15, 2020–February 28, 2021|
|Women Take the Floor||through May 3, 2021|
|Black Histories, Black Futures||through June 20, 2021|
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Upcoming Exhibitions and New Galleries
Ann and Graham Gund Gallery
October 18, 2020–May 16, 2021
Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation brings together more than 120 works by Jean-Michel Basquiat and 11 of his peers—A-One, ERO, Fab 5 Freddy, Futura, Keith Haring, Kool Koor, LA2, Lady Pink, Lee Quiñones, Rammellzee and Toxic—all artists whose techniques share a conceptual approach rooted in early hip-hop practices. Their subversive abstractions generated a new style all their own, giving rise to the insurgent “post-graffiti” movement in American art and catalyzing the rise of hip-hop and street art as globally dominant phenomena. Writing the Future illuminates this unprecedented fusion of creative energies and its defiance of longstanding class and racial divisions in 1980s New York City as these artists demanded—and commanded—the attention not only of the art establishment, but of the world at large.
Sponsored by Bank of America. Additional support is provided by the Robert and Jane Burke Fund for Exhibitions, the Darwin Cordoba Fund, the Amy and Jonathan Poorvu Fund for the Exhibition of Contemporary Art and Sculpture, and the Museum Council Special Exhibition Fund.
Lorna and Robert Rosenberg Gallery
November 11, 2020–February 28, 2021
The landscapes of Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) seem impossible to enter, his still lifes tilt at dizzying angles, and the sitters in his portraits withhold attention. Though he was a peer of the Impressionists, sometimes participating in their exhibitions and working alongside them, Cézanne’s vision and art depart from theirs in ways both subtle and startling. Cézanne: In and Out of Time looks at this trailblazing artist and considers what sets him apart, placing 12 of his paintings—including six private loans on view at the MFA for the first time—in conversation with works by Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir and other contemporaries.
Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art (multiple galleries)
November 15, 2020–February 28, 2021
Monet and Boston: Lasting Impression was organized to mark the occasion of the MFA’s 150th anniversary in 2020, as a birthday gift from the Museum to the City of Boston. For the first time in a generation, the MFA brings together all 35 of its paintings by Claude Monet (1840–1926), inviting visitors to immerse themselves in his work, from the serenity of the artist’s garden at Giverny to the majesty of the Rouen Cathedral. The exhibition also draws from the Museum’s broader global collection to bring Monet’s early works into conversation with exemplars he admired—from Japanese woodblock prints to earlier European paintings—enabling a fuller understanding and appreciation of the art and artists that inspired him.
Sponsored by Bank of America and UNIQLO USA. Additional support from an Anonymous Donor in memory of Bob Henderson, the MFA Associates / MFA Senior Associates Tribute Fund and Exhibition Endowment Fund, the Cordover Exhibition Fund, the Alexander M. Levine and Dr. Rosemarie D. Bria-Levine Exhibition Fund, and an Anonymous Funder. Media partner is WCVB Channel 5.
Art of the Americas Wing (multiple galleries)
through May 3, 2021
Marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in 2020, this reinstallation—or “takeover”—of the entire third floor of the MFA’s Art of the Americas Wing highlights approximately 200 works made by women artists over the last century. This exhibition and related programming challenge the dominant history of 20th-century art by highlighting the overlooked and underrepresented work and stories of women artists, while advocating for diversity, inclusion and gender equity. Primarily drawn from the MFA’s collection, Women Take the Floor is organized into seven thematic galleries and features paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs, jewelry, textiles, ceramics and furniture.
Sponsored by Bank of America. Generously supported by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation. Additional support from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Exhibition Fund, and the Eugenie Prendergast Memorial Fund.
Carol Vance Wall Rotunda, Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Visitor Center, Lower Hemicycle
through June 20, 2021
Curated by young scholars as part of the MFA’s new partnership with local youth empowerment organizations, this exhibition features 20th-century paintings and works on paper by artists of color and is a centerpiece of the Museum’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2020. In the summer of 2019, six fellows from Becoming a Man (BAM), The BASE, and the Bloomberg Arts Internship Boston program managed by EdVestors participated in a series of workshops designed to build curatorial skills such as close looking, research methods, label writing, and gallery installation. The teen curators were mentored by Layla Bermeo, the MFA’s Kristin and Roger Servison Associate Curator of Paintings, Art of the Americas, and supported by peers from the MFA's Teen Arts Council (TAC), who contributed to the exhibition's interpretation and programming. The culminating project features approximately 50 works, organized into four thematic sections that explore and celebrate Black histories, experiences and self-representations. "Ubuntu: I Am Because You Are" presents images of community life and leisure activities, while "Welcome to the City" focuses on paintings of urban scenes in both figurative and abstract styles. Presented on two sides of the Lower Hemicycle, “Normality Facing Adversity” and “Smile in the Dark” examine photographs and works on paper showing dignified Black people and families, from before and after the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibition features well-known artists including Archibald Motley, Norman Lewis, James Van Der Zee and Dawoud Bey, in addition to highlighting painters with connections to Boston, such as Loïs Mailou Jones and Allan Rohan Crite, and bringing fresh attention to rarely shown works by artists such as Eldzier Cortor, Maria Auxiliadora de Silva and Richard Yarde.
Supported by Robert and Pamela Adams, Robert Ellis Alan, and the Terrell Family Foundation.