Course

MFA Collections through Time

February 26–May 20, 2020

In recognition of our 150th anniversary, we asked our audience what they wanted to know about the MFA. The result is this fascinating twelve-session course exploring the Museum’s history and expansive collections. Through multiple, and often unexpected, perspectives from curators, conservators, and other Museum staff, learn about works of art and the remarkable stories that have shaped the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, since 1870.

Take the full twelve-week course or choose the lectures that interest you most.

Ticket Packages

Multi-session course packages are available. Please note that this course package is not available after the date of the first session.

For more information and to purchase tickets for individual sessions, select from the section below.

Members
$288.00
Nonmembers
$360.00
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Past Events

Lecture

February 26, 2020
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Explore the history of the MFA and the development of its collection over the past 150 years with MFA historian Maureen Melton and director of...

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March 4, 2020
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Exhibiting ancient art presents unique difficulties. Some objects are large and heavy while others are small and delicate, and almost all are fragile...

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March 11, 2020
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

The objects in the David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts span the globe and much of human history—from Peruvian and Egyptian...

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March 18, 2020
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

One of the Museum’s foundational collections, the MFA’s holdings of Greek and Roman art are world renowned. Department curators offer insights on how...

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March 25, 2020
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

In 1876, a group of Bostonians visited the first World’s Fair to be held in the United States: the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. The objects...

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April 1, 2020
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

While some collections at the MFA were formed through multi-year excavations or one or two huge gifts, the holdings of European paintings, sculpture...

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April 8, 2020
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Discover unique aspects of the Museum’s collection of prints and drawings–one of the most significant of its kind in the US–through the perspective of...

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April 15, 2020
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

From the foreboding depths in John Singleton Copley’s Watson and the Shark to the crashing waves in Winslow Homer’s Driftwood, the sea is a leitmotif...

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April 29, 2020
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Join Museum staff for a discussion about a recently acquired Viennese grand piano from about 1815. Conservator Christine Storti describes the critical...

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May 6, 2020
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Join us to learn the story behind the creation and history of a 16th-century sculpture from the Benin Kingdom. Conservator LeeAnn Gordon describes the...

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May 13, 2020
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

The MFA possesses a historic photography collection, founded in 1924 when Alfred Stieglitz donated 27 of his photographs. Learn about the development...

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May 20, 2020
1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Hear from curators Reto Thüring and Michelle Fisher as they discuss their visions and strategies for collecting contemporary art at the MFA...

Ticket Information

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975 ($6 processing fee applies); to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.

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Sponsors

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Courses Sponsor

Supported by the MFA Associates, MFA Senior Associates, and Weekend Guides in honor of Barbara Martin.