Exhibitions

At the Gardner

Connect the past and present to explore new ideas and forms of creativity through exhibitions of historic and contemporary art. Read on to learn about what you can expect to see next in our Hostetter and Fenway Galleries inside, and on our Façade outside on Evans Way.

Current Exhibitions

Where does inspiration come from? This fall, we celebrate the unique ways that the Gardner Museum has inspired artists to create new works of contemporary relevance—from developing varied modes of expression, to investigating themes of identity, beauty, memory, and connection. For the first time, all three concurrent exhibitions will feature a Gardner Artist-in-Residence. 

Close Up: Raphael & the Pope's Librarian

in the Fenway Gallery, October 31, 2019-January 20, 2020

The Strange Taxi: Stretched, 2020

on the Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade, January 14-May 19, 2020

Upcoming Exhibitions

The three exhibitions in our Winter/Spring 2020 season will explore issues of race, class, representation, and artistic practice in the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Boston’s Apollo tells the story of Thomas McKeller, a Boston-based African-American model for the preeminent Gilded Age painter John Singer Sargent, and invites visitors to consider questions of visibility and identity through a historical perspective. Installations by artists Adam Pendleton and Lorraine O’Grady in the Fenway Gallery and the Façade offer a contemporary lens to explore the intersections of race, gender, and power in today’s America.

Boston's Apollo: Thomas McKeller & John Singer Sargent

in Hostetter Gallery, February 13–May 17, 2020

Adam Pendleton: Elements of Me

in the Fenway Gallery, February 13–September 27, 2020

Image at top: Three visitors look at objects within a clear glass case during our Big Plans: Picturing Social Reform exhibition from June–September 2019.