Upcoming Exhibitions

Josephine Tota | Nancy Jurs | Bruce Nauman | Art & Remembrance | Monet

The Surreal Visions of Josephine Tota

July 15–September 9, 2018

Josephine Tota was a first-generation Italian immigrant who spent much of her adult life working as a seamstress in Rochester. In her early seventies, she discovered painting as a means to transform a difficult past into harrowing, self-referential images. Channeling the world around and within her through the legacy of religious art and the language of Surrealism, she produced a decade’s worth of visionary images in the privacy of her home before succumbing to dementia. Fourteen tempera paintings from Memorial Art Gallery’s permanent collection form the core of the exhibition, augmented by approximately 70 from private lenders.

A full-color catalog will document Tota’s contribution to the realm of authentic outsider art.

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shown: Josephine Tota, Untitled (Self-portrait), 1987

Nancy Jurs

shown: Nancy Jurs, Artist Statement (My Life Has Gotten So Busy, It Now Takes Up All of My Time), 2008

My Life Has Gotten So Busy That it Now Takes Up All of My Time

July 15–September 9, 2018
My Life Has Gotten So Busy that it Now Takes Up All of My Time is an exhibition of sculptural installations and photographs by Rochester-based artist Nancy Jurs that focuses on self-portraiture, autobiography, and personal narrative. Jurs is well known as a potter who trained at Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Craftsmen. Less known are her sculptures and installations that employ found, unaltered objects, which evoke personages or anthropomorphic visions, and her manipulated photographs. These works of art represent a surprising and compelling conceptual thread throughout Jurs’ career.

Bruce Nauman: No, No, New Museum

August 3–October 8, 2018
In his now classic video artwork No, No, New Museum, Bruce Nauman takes the idea of an artist or artwork saying “no” to an extreme. It is a 62-minute endlessly looped recording of a green-costumed jester performing a temper tantrum, incessantly protesting, “no, no, no, no, no…!”

shown: Bruce Nauman (American, b. 1941)
No, No, New Museum, 1987
Videotape (color, sound), 62 minutes
© Art Bridges

No No New Museum

Art and Remembrance

Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz

August 17–December 2, 2018
Lecture: Sunday, September 16 at 2 pm
Celebration Series: Fabric of Survival, Sunday, November 11, 2018 | noon to 5 pm

Waterloo Bridge

Monet’s Waterloo Bridge: Vision and Process

October 7, 2018–January 6, 2019

This small but powerful focus exhibition of Claude Monet’s “Waterloo Bridge” series will include the stellar example from MAG’s collection along with seven others borrowed from North American sister institutions. Monet saw the paintings both individually and as an ensemble that, collectively, expressed his sense of the essential subject—the atmosphere and colors of the fog-bound landscape of the Thames. The concurrent experience of viewing several of the series will create a special dialogue between the visitor and the works of art.

An exciting aspect of this exhibition is the opportunity to work closely with conservation lab at Buffalo State University. Newly-developed photographic technologies that allow close examination of the surface of the picture will make it possible to decipher more about how Monet altered his canvases from their initial rendering in London to his obsessive reworking of the canvases upon his return to France.
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shown: Claude Monet, Waterloo Bridge, Veiled Sun (detail) 1903



Rochester Finger Lakes

The Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition (RFLX) will be cancelled for 2017 to accommodate the expansion and renovation of the museum’s Grand Gallery. The RFLX will return to MAG as scheduled in the summer of 2019.
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