New Light: Encounters and Connections

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. July 3, 2021 – August 22, 2022

Selected press:

Boston Globe, At the MFA, a door opens to the history of Black art in Boston

Spanning cultures and geographies, and sometimes millennia too, “New Light: Encounters and Connections” presents more than 60 works of art from across the MFA’s collection, many of which are on view for the first time.

The exhibition is organized into 21 “conversations”—in each, a contemporary piece that has recently joined the collection is juxtaposed with one or two rarely seen objects acquired earlier in the Museum’s history that range from an ancient Egyptian carving of a princess to experimental miniature vases made by French ceramicist Auguste Delaherche.

Placed in dialogue, these objects, old and new, invite visitors to explore an array of subjects. 

Together, these conversations reveal the potential of every addition to the collection to spark unexpected connections and new narratives.