Current Exhibitions

Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt

November 20, 2022–March 5, 2023
Docent Gallery

Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt is an exploration of a little-known aspect of Egyptian sculpture: the deliberate damage inflicted upon images for political and religious power. The exhibition takes as its starting point the question that many museum visitors ask when they see ancient sculpture: “Why are the noses broken on Egyptian statues?” Viewed through the lens of spiritual and ritual practices, Striking Power, which showcases 40 powerful works from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, examines the patterns of damage to images from these organized campaigns of destruction.

Sky Hopinka: Memories of Movement

February 9, 2022–January 8, 2023
Media Arts Watch Gallery

A member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Sky Hopinka is an internationally recognized multimedia artist who investigates the layered structure of Indigenous identity. Sky Hopinka: Memories of Movement includes new work by the artist: the three-channel video installation Here you are before the trees (2020), an etched photograph, and a calligram that forms a large-scale text-based image. Together, these works express an Indigenous understanding of place and belonging as defined by notions of community that span ancestral and non-ancestral lands alike.

National Anthem

November 26, 2021–February 5, 2023
Forman Gallery

Kota Ezawa’s “National Anthem” series includes watercolors, lightboxes, and a single-channel video, all of which depict NFL athletes engaging in peaceful protests against police brutality and the oppression of people of color in the US. The centerpiece of the project, the critically acclaimed video installation National Anthem (2018), features a soundtrack of “The Star-Spangled Banner” while the artist’s distinctive watercolor animation shows players “taking a knee” on the field.

Dawgs

August 15, 2021–July 2023
Hurlbut Gallery

SALUT’s arresting bright pastels and amorphous shapes capture the humor and absurdity of everyday life through the lens of an optimistic young child. For the next installation of contemporary mural art at MAG, Rochester artist SALUT (Bradd Young) will fill the walls of the Hurlbut Gallery with his light-hearted and candy-colored images inspired by the cartoons and memories of childhood.