Upcoming Exhibitions

Lessons of the Hour | 1969 turns 50 | The Soul Train | ROC-FLX


Isaac Julien

“Lessons of the Hour”—Frederick Douglass

March 3–May 12, 2019
MAG is pleased to announce the world premiere of “Lessons of the Hour,” a ten-screen installation by artist Isaac Julien. The work is inspired by episodes in the life of Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), the visionary African American abolitionist and freed slave, and by the issues of social justice that shaped his life’s work. “Lessons of the Hour”—Frederick Douglass is the second exhibition in MAG’s “Reflections on Place” series of media art commissions informed by the history, culture, and politics of the City of Rochester, New York.
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Isaac Julien photo by Thierry Bal.


1969 Turns 50

April 12–July 28, 2019

This exhibition showcases diverse works of art linked by the year of their creation, 1969. That year bore witness to some of the most transformative events in modern history, including the first moon landing, the escalation of the Vietnam War and resulting protests, the election of Richard Nixon to the U.S. Presidency, Woodstock and “Abbey Road,” the Stonewall Riots, and the Soviet takeover of Czechoslovakia. Some works are abstractions, some documentation; others are somewhere in between. 1969 Turns 50 is a new way of looking at the work of a wide variety of artists from a distinctive moment in history.

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Gospel Song

shown: Romare Bearden
American, (Charlotte, NC, 1911 – 1988, New York, NY)
Gospel Song, 1969, American Collage, Mixed media on board, 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm), Marion Stratton Gould Fund, 70.18


Dara Birnbaum

Dara Birnbaum: The Soul Train

April 13–October 13, 2019
The Soul Train is the third in MAG’s “Reflections on Place” series of media art commissions informed by the history, culture, and politics of the City of Rochester, New York.

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66th Rochester Finger Lakes

June 9–September 15, 2019
The Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition (RFLX), the oldest juried exhibition in Rochester, was postponed in 2017 to accommodate the expansion and renovation of the museum’s Docent Gallery. The summer of 2019 will mark the 66th installation, when we will celebrate and showcase the talents of emerging and established artists from a 27-county region. Online artist applications will be available beginning at 8 am on Friday, January 18, 2019.
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