Exhibitions & Publications

McMullen Museum exhibitions, more than sixty over two decades, comprise works loaned from institutions and collectors around the world. Research-driven with the aim of generating new knowledge on subjects relating to all areas of art history, exhibitions are curated by transdisciplinary teams of faculty scholars and international specialists.

McMullen Museum publications, edited by faculty curators, published by the Museum, and distributed by the University of Chicago Press, accompany exhibitions. Books are available for purchase in the Museum’s Atrium Shop and online. Many catalogues are accessible on the Internet Archive (see individual pages for links).


EaglemaniaEaglemania: Collecting Japanese Art in Gilded Age America
February 11–June 2, 2019
EaglemaniaCuenca: City of Spanish Abstraction
February 11–June 2, 2019



Carrie Mae WeemsCarrie Mae Weems: Strategies of Engagement
September 10–December 13, 2018
Hartmut AustenHartmut Austen: Not There, Not Here
September 10–December 13, 2018
Cao JunCao Jun: Hymns to Nature
February 5–June 3, 2018
Natures MirrorNature's Mirror: Reality and Symbol in Belgian Landscape
September 10–December 10, 2017
New England SkyNew England Sky: Alston Conley
September 10–December 10, 2017
Esteban LisaEsteban Lisa: The Abstract Cabinet
September 16–December 10, 2017
Raphael SorianoRafael Soriano: The Artist as Mystic
January 30–June 4, 2017
Beyond WordsBeyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections
September 12–December 11, 2016
Global ConcergencesAndrew Tavarelli: Global Convergences
September 12–December 11, 2016
Making it IrishThe Arts and Crafts Movement: Making It Irish
February 6–June 5, 2016
John La FargeJohn La Farge and the Recovery of the Sacred
September 1–December 13, 2015
Roman in the Provinces

Roman in the Provinces
February 14, 2015–May 31, 2015

Wifredo LamWifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds
August 30–December 14, 2014
Paris Night and DayParis Night & Day: Photography Between the Wars
February 15–June 8, 2014
Courbet MappingCourbet: Mapping Realism
September 1–December 8, 2013
Portugal Jesuits JapanPortugal, Jesuits, and Japan: Spiritual Beliefs and Earthly Goods
February 16–June 2, 2013
Paul KleePaul Klee: Philosophical Vision; From Nature to Art
September 1–December 9, 2012
Rural IrelandRural Ireland: The Inside Story
February 10–June 3, 2012
Making HistoryMaking History: Antiquaries in Britain
September 4–December 11, 2011
Dura EuroposDura Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity
February 5—June 5, 2011
Literary LivesLiterary Lives: Portraits from the Crawford Art Gallery and Abbey Theatre, Ireland
September 4—December 5, 2010
Asian JourneysAsian Journeys: Collecting Art in Post–war America
February 6–June 6, 2010
First HandFirst Hand: Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection
September 5-December 13, 2009
The Book as ArtThe Book as Art: Artists' books from the National Gallery of Women in the Arts
February 14–May 31, 2009
Mystic MasqueMystic Masque: Semblance and Reality in Georges Rouault, 1871–1958
August 30–December 7, 2008
Tree of ParadiseTree of Paradise: Jewish Mosaics from the Roman Empire
February 17–June 8, 2008
Pollock MattersPollock Matters
September 1–December 9, 2007
New KeyA New Key: Modern Belgian Art from the Simon Collection
February 10–July 22, 2007
September 1–December 31, 2006
Secular SacredSecular/Sacred: 11th- to 16th- Century Works
February 19–June 4, 2006
Power of ConversationThe Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and Their Salons
August 22–December 4, 2005
Dorothy CrossGONE: Site-specific Works by Dorothy Cross
April 14–July 12, 2005
Tree: A New VisionTREE: A New Vision of the American Forest
April 14–July 12, 2005
Julien LevyAccommodations of Desire: Surrealist Works on Paper Collected by Julien Levy
January 15–March 24, 2005
Fernand KhnopffFernand Khnopff
September 19–December 5, 2004
June 14–August 29, 2004
Sarah WestlakeSarah Westlake
June 14–August 29, 2004
Roberto MattaMatta: Making the Invisible Visible
February 1–May 18, 2004
Reflections in BlackReflections in Black: African American Photographs from the Smithsonian Institution
September 26–December 7, 2003
AbyssiniaAbyssinia, 1867-1868: Artists on Campaign
June 11–September 7, 2003
Common GroundCommon Ground: Photographers in the Street
June 11–September 7, 2003
MicroworldsAncient Microworlds
June 11–September 7, 2003
Eire LandÉire|Land
February 2–May 19, 2003
Feldberg CollectionReclaiming a Lost Generation: German Self-Portraits from the Feldberg Collection
October 6–December 8, 2002
Cowboys IndiansCowboys, Indians, & the Big Picture
October 6–December 8, 2002
Perfect WorldIn a Perfect World: Bermuda in the Context of American Landscape Painting
May 16–September 15, 2002
Andre MassonAndré Masson: Inside Outside Surrealism
January 28–April 28, 2002
Hope PhotographsHope [Photographs]
September 30–December 9, 2001
House: Charged SpaceHouse: Charged Space
June 11–September 16, 2001
Edvard MunchEdvard Munch: Psyche, Symbol and Expression
February 5–May 21, 2001
Forbidden ArtForbidden Art: The Postwar Russian Avant-Garde
October 15–December 10, 2000
Françoise GilotFrançoise Gilot, 1940-1950
June 14–September 24, 2000
Hand-Held DelightHand-Held Delight: The Eighteenth-Century Fan
June 14–September 24, 2000
Fragmented DevotionFragmented Devotion: Medieval Objects from the Schnütgen Museum, Cologne
February 6–May 22, 2000
Irish Art NowIrish Art Now: From the Poetic to the Political
October 1–December 12, 1999
Artists at BCArtists at Boston College: Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence in the Visual Arts
June 16–September 12, 1999
Saints and SinnersSaints and Sinners: Caravaggio and the Baroque Image
February 1–May 24, 1999
Imaging Meiji

Imaging Meiji: Emperor and Era, 1868-1912, Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Collection of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf

October 4–December 6, 1998

Art and LiteratureArt and Literature
June 23–September 20, 1998
Visionary StatesVisionary States: Surrealist Prints from The Gilbert Kaplan Collection
January 18–May 17, 1998
Re DressingRe/Dressing Cathleen: Contemporary Works from Irish Women Artists
October 5–December 7, 1997
In PrintIn Print: Contemporary Artists at the Vinalhaven Press
June 18–September 14, 1997
Original VisionsOriginal Visions: Shifting the Paradigm, Women's Art 1970-1996
January 26–May 18, 1997
J.M.W. TurnerJ. M. W. Turner and the Romantic Vision of the Holy Land and the Bible
October 8–December 15, 1996
A ShadowA Shadow Born of Earth: New Photography in Mexico
June 5–September 15, 1996
America's EyeAmerica's Eye: Irish Paintings from the collection of Brian P. Burns
January 26–May 19, 1996
Protection, Power and DisplayProtection, Power and Display: Shields of Island Southeast Asia and Melanesia
October 6–December 10, 1995
Memory and the Middle AgesMemory and the Middle Ages
February 17–May 23,1995



PamphiljThe Pamphilj and the Arts: Patronage and Consumption in Baroque Rome
Presenting the proceedings a conference at Boston College, this volume considers the life, character, and influential role of Cardinal Benedetto Pamphilj in shaping the visual arts, music, and literature of late baroque Rome from his elevation as cardinal in 1681 to his death in 1730.
E-Book available from the Internet Archive


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