Upcoming Exhibitions

Reflections on Space

Reflections on Place | Rochester

April 2018
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Photo by Larry Merrill
shown: Larry Merrill, Untitled

Wards of Time: Photographs of Antiquities by Larry Merrill

April 20–August 5, 2018
Wards of Time: Photographs of Antiquities by Larry Merrill includes a selection of images from an ongoing series by Rochester photographer Larry Merrill. In this work, Merrill directs our gaze, magnifying and abstracting the texture and tonal variations of ancient sculptures that signify the accrual of time. As part of the series, Merrill visited the Memorial Art Gallery’s collection and photographed 3rd century BCE miniature sculpted Egyptian heads, which will be on view adjacent to their photographs. Merrill’s photographs offer a reflection on time and decay, on the museum artifact, on history, and on our own mortality. Learn more


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.

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


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, 1903


PLEASE NOTE

r-flx-2019

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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