Current Exhibitions

The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained-Glass Art

February 16–September 13, 2020

The Path to Paradise is the first survey and major scholarly assessment of this groundbreaking artist’s 37-year career. Organized by the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, the exhibition travel to two additional venues in the United States. Drawn from both private and institutional collections, The Path to Paradise will feature approximately 45 of Judith Schaechter’s stained-glass panels along with a selection of related drawings and process materials.

shown: Judith Schaechter, The Battle of Carnival and Lent, (detail) 2010-2011, stained, engraved and painted glass.

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Ja’Tovia Gary

Ja’Tovia Gary: Giverny I (NÉGRESSE IMPÉRIALE)

December 20, 2019–August 16, 2020

Ja’Tovia Gary’s Giverny I (NÉGRESSE IMPÉRIALE) film installation re-contextualizes archival images by combining documentary elements and direct animation, connecting the artist’s everyday experience as a Black woman with art history. By contrasting the luxury of Claude Monet’s historic gardens with the vulnerability of her own body, Gary shows how connections between colonialism, state violence, and media shape visual perception: how we see, experience, and understand the visual world.

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Shown: Ja’Tovia Gary (American, b. 1984) Still from Giverny I (NÉGRESSE IMPÉRIALE), 2017 © Ja’Tovia Gary. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.


Chitra Ganesh: Sultana’s Dream

EXTENDED


The Condition of Womanhood

Chitra Ganesh’s Sultana’s Dream is an exhibition of Ganesh’s 2018 portfolio of 27 linocuts. The project Sultana’s Dream was inspired by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s early 20th-century story of the same title; the prints—all black linocuts on tan paper—both illustrate elements of the text and use its imagery and themes to explore urgent topics of the political present.

Shown left: The Condition of Womanhood
Plate 1 from Sultana’s Dream, 2018 by Chitra Ganesh (American, b. 1975). Linocut.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred E. Lewis and Marion Stratton Gould Fund, by exchange, and funds from deaccessioning, MAG 2019.12.3

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Suffrage postcards

What is Women’s Suffrage?

Currently on view in the Cameros Gallery

By 1900, many women wanted rights as men, and that meant the ability to vote. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, postcards were a cheap, accessible, and exceedingly mobile media for spreading the messages of women’s suffrage. Some postcards provide the short, thought-provoking power of a pithy contemporary tweet.

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Watch Rochester Author Writes Book Highlighting Women’s Suffrage via Spectrum News.


The FUA Krew

Mural by FUA Krew at MAG

now on view in the Hurlbut Gallery

Rochester has its own graffiti legends, none more esteemed than the collective FUA (pronounced “fwah”) Krew. Though many members of FUA Krew have dispersed over the years, becoming ambassadors for Rochester and building their international recognition, our city remains the center of their work.
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Argentum: Double-Positive

Argentium- Double Positive

Argentum: Double-Positive by Jim Sanborn consists of two bronze projection cylinders in front of MAG’s 1913 building. These cylinders are perforated with a series of texts that light up at night and project onto the facade and surrounding landscape at MAG. The texts highlight the creativity and invention that have been the core industry of the City of Rochester for decades.
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SOTA School exhibition photos

Lucy Burn Gallery in the Creative Workshop

Text & Texture: Adult Student Show
December 5, 2019–February 8, 2020
Inspired: Teen Show featuring artwork from area high school students
January 20–February 8, 2020


Centennial Sculpture Park

Albert Paley Soliloquy

Always open – always free.
Four major artists were commissioned to create site specific work for Centennial Sculpture Park. Wendell Castle’s Unicorn Family provides an outdoor grouping of chairs, a table, and a lamp for visitors who like to sit and enjoy the passing scene. Jackie Ferrara created Marking Crossways, geometric pathways and cameos leading from the ‘quarry’ area to the front entrance of MAG. Tom Otterness, known internationally for his engaging installations created Creation Myth, two heroic figures at the corner of Goodman and University Street as well as 17 diminutive bronze muses scattered throughout the Park. Albert Paley installed Soliloquy, a colorful 25-foot stainless steel sculpture at the Goodman Street entrance. 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.