Contemporary art is a vast and complex field representing artists, ideas, and trends from every imaginable cultural and geographical background. This book introduces the art of our times by taking the reader through a tour of some seventy examples from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Thematic chapters present artistic categories, concepts, and propositions that have been prevalent since the mid-1950s and offer a path toward understanding the different subjects, forms, styles, purposes, and techniques of contemporary art. Some, such as portrait, are long-standing notions in the history of art; others, such as site or borrowed, raise provocative questions and may be less immediately obvious. But it is the works of art themselves brilliantly conceived by some of the most creative minds of our times that make the case for embracing contemporary media in all its diversity.