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Current Exhibitions

The newly reinstalled galleries invite visitors to join exciting fresh conversations among works in the museum’s contemporary collection. The galleries will feature longtime favorites alongside more recent additions and a selection of foundational video artworks. Together, these works demonstrate the wide range of perspectives that animate contemporary art.

CMA, 1926.1976
Sunday, September 19, 2021 to Sunday, January 23, 2022

Odilon Redon was known as “the prince of mysterious dreams” for his enigmatic and imaginative paintings, drawings, and prints that mined fantasy, literature, and the subconscious.

CMA, 1958.32 (detail)
Friday, September 17, 2021 to Sunday, December 5, 2021

This special installation of four works by Vincent van Gogh is intended to provide visitors with direct experience of the artist’s actual paintings and graphic art to coincide with the Immersive Van Gogh experience of video and sound projections. The installation is free to the public and on view in the Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Gallery (222).

CMA, 2001.45 (detail)
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 to Sunday, February 13, 2022

Twenty-one works from the Indian subcontinent, made between the mid-1600s to mid-1900s, place the pivotal moment when Krishna raised Mount Govardhan in the context of the conquests, miracles, and pastimes of his early life story.

CMA, 1937.502 "In the Subway"
Saturday, July 17, 2021 to Sunday, December 26, 2021

Ashcan School Prints and the American City, 1900–1940 presents prints of city life made by urban realists during a time of rapid demographic, social, and economic change to America’s cities. With New York City as an epicenter of change—packed with vibrant new communities of immigrants from Europe and Latin American countries and with Black Americans migrating from the rural South—artists responded to the everyday lives and experiences of city dwellers, incorporating advertising and mass media techniques into their depictions of the lower classes, immigrants, working women, and social elites alike.

"Group in Front of Fence, Pitt Street, Lower East Side, NY" Walter Rosenblum. CMA, 2017.83
Saturday, July 10, 2021 to Sunday, November 7, 2021

Street photography—spontaneous images of everyday life captured in public places—blossomed in New York City during the first half of the 20th century. This young genre of photography was heir to the slightly earlier tradition of urban realism in painting and printmaking, as seen in the complementary exhibition Ashcan School Prints and the American City, 1900–1940, on view in the James and Hanna Bartlett Prints and Drawings Gallery from July 17 to December 26, 2021. Both movements turned to depictions of the everyday activities of urban dwellers to explore the radical demographic, social, and economic shifts then transforming the city.

CMA, 1919.75 (detail)
Friday, June 11, 2021 to Sunday, November 14, 2021

This display celebrates the recent conservation of two monumental rubbings from the Buddhist caves of Longmen in central China. They were shown for the first time at the museum’s opening in 1916 and have not been on display for almost a century.

Saturday, May 22, 2021 to Sunday, August 14, 2022

Gold and silver reliquaries, jeweled crosses, liturgical garments, and illuminated manuscripts are among the rare treasures kept in the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Münster, in northwestern Germany.

CMA, 2006.146 (detail)
Friday, May 21, 2021 to Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Artwork from the Islamic world is as diverse and vibrant as the peoples who produced it. The objects presented in this gallery were created during the 8th through 19th centuries, a period of great cultural and geographic expansion.

CMA, 1994.25 cover (detail)
Friday, April 30, 2021 to Sunday, October 24, 2021

Due to its remarkable malleability and durability, gold has been widely used in artifacts for the wealthy and for royalty since the fifth millennium BC. In Korean art, this precious mineral was the main material for luxury goods during the Three Kingdoms period (57 BC−668).

CMA, 1964.386 (detail)
Friday, April 23, 2021 to Sunday, October 3, 2021

Rinpa is a style of Japanese art focused on abstracted natural motifs and allusions to classical literature. Coined in the early 1900s, Rinpa means “Rin School,” after painter Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716), whose work was critical to the later transmission of the tradition.

Sunday, November 22, 2020 to Sunday, January 9, 2022

The mola is a key component of traditional dress among the Indigenous Guna (formerly Kuna) women of Panamá. Guna women have been sewing mola blouses since the turn of the 20th century, and they have become powerful symbols of their culture and identity.