Current Exhibitions

Martyrs EARTH 2014

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Bill Viola: Martyrs–Earth, Air, Fire, and Water
October 11, 2017–July 2018

Martyrs is overtly rooted in art historical and religious iconography. Viola said: “The Greek word for martyr originally meant ‘witness.’ In today’s world, the mass media turns us all into witnesses to the suffering of others. The martyrs’ past lives of action can help illuminate our modern lives of inaction. They also exemplify the human capacity to bear pain, hardship, and even death in order to remain faithful to their values, beliefs, and principles. This piece represents ideas of action, fortitude, perseverance, endurance, and sacrifice.”
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shown:
Bill Viola
Earth Martyr, 2014
Color high-definition video on a flat-panel display mounted vertically on wall
42 3/8 x 24 1/2 x 2 5/8 in. (107.6 x 62.1 x 6.8 cm)
7:10 minutes
Photo: Kira Perov


Wendell Castle Remastered

October 8–December 31, 2017
This exhibition is the first to showcase the digitally crafted works of Wendell Castle, acclaimed figure of the American art furniture movement. It will feature approximately 40 works of art, including several historically important examples that inspired his latest achievements.
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shown: Wendell Castle Remastered, Long Night (detail), 2011, photo by Adrien Millot
Courtesy of Friedman Benda Gallery and Wendell Castle.

Wendell Castle Remastered at the Memorial Art Gallery is an adaptation of the exhibition originally presented at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, in 2015.


Kobayashi Kiyochika

Kiyochika & Japan, Transformed: Prints from the Arthur R. Miller Collection

August 24–December 10, 2017
The exhibition Kiyochika and Japan, Transformed showcases over 30 color woodblock prints by Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915), who witnessed firsthand the transformation of Japan when it opened to the West after centuries of isolation. These prints, drawn from the extraordinary collections of University of Rochester alumnus Arthur R. Miller, emphasize the complexities of modern and traditional life in late-19th century Japan. Kiyochika’s work is characterized by his innovative use of light and shadow as well as his juxtapositions of subject matter, both old and new, in his rapidly changing world.
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shown: Kobayashi Kiyochika, Three Geisha: Kayo of Kyoto, Hitotsuru of Osaka, and Kokichi of Tokyo c. 1878. Collection of Arthur R. Miller.


Sarah C. Rutherford

Through June 2018
New work by Sarah C. Rutherford, Her Voice Carries| Prelude is now on view in the Hurlbut Gallery. This work is part of her #HerVoiceCarries series, an art project on view throughout Rochester, featuring Rochester women who are changing their individual and collective worlds.
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Lucy Burne Gallery / Faculty Art Show

August 10- September 28, 2017
Enjoy the original works of art from our talented crew of faculty artists.


Jim Sanborn

Argentum: Double-Positive

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Argentum: Double-Positive, a new light sculpture by Jim Sanborn, is tested for the first time at University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery June 22, 2017. // photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester.


Centennial Sculpture Park

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shown: detail, Albert Paley, Soliloquy (2013). Gift of the Cameros Family and Ann Mowris Mulligan, with additional support from Bank of America Charitable Foundation, FULL MEA5URE, the Herdle-Moore Fund, the Rubens Family Foundation, and the Clara and Edwin Strasenburgh Fund. 
photo: Brandon Vick.

Paley-Soliloquy