Current Exhibitions

“To Help People See”: The Art of G. Peter Jemison

March 12–November 7, 2021

Multimedia artist G. Peter Jemison (Seneca, Heron Clan), has had a career that spans decades and nations, influencing generations of contemporary Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists alike. His artwork depicts his personal experience of Haudenosaunee culture, the tensions between Euro-American and Indigenous American ways of life, and the ongoing struggle for Native American land rights restoration.

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Tara Merenda Nelson: FourMats

May 28–August 8, 2021

Local artist Tara Merenda Nelson’s handmade cinema is not about showing the world as it is but about offering a cinematic encounter with that world. Her FourMats exhibition includes two multimedia installations that combine four formats—16mm film, super 8 film, slide film, and HD video—to construct a single image of the Kodak tower in downtown Rochester and the moon. Both works are an inquiry into perception and projection, using iconic imagery to reveal the distinct visual qualities of each projected format.

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Companion Program: Poetry of the Everyday Streaming from July 19–July 31, 2021

Poetry of the Everyday is a selection of short films by Rose Lowder, Tara Merenda Nelson, Helga Fanderl, and Anne Charlotte Robertson. Featuring travelogues, portraits, and diary films, this virtual program highlights a personal practice of filmmaking rooted in intimacy and observation.

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A Sense of Place: Prints from the Collection of David Z. Friedberg

June 25–December 5, 2021

This exhibition showcases David Z. Friedberg’s recent generous gift to MAG of his collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century prints. Many are by the innovative French printmaker Felix Buhot, who combined multiple techniques in a single print. The collection reflects Dr. Friedberg’s personal taste and interests and include landscapes, cityscapes, and domestic scenes.

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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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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.