Current Exhibitions

Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster

March 6–June 19, 2022

Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster is the first major exhibition devoted to the University of Rochester’s vast collection of HIV/AIDS-related posters. The exhibition features 165 of the most visually arresting and thought-provoking posters from the over 8000 donated by collector, physician, and medical historian Dr. Edward C. Atwater, one of the largest collections of its kind in the world. Illustrating the wide range of strategies used to educate and inform about this devastating global pandemic, the exhibition underscores how beauty and creativity have grown out of the tragedy and destruction of the deadly virus.

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Sky Hopinka: Memories of Movement

February 9, 2022–January 8, 2023

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.

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Chitra Ganesh: Sultana’s Dream

December 17, 2021–June 5, 2022

Chitra Ganesh: Sultana’s Dream is an exhibition of Ganesh’s 2018 portfolio of 27 linocuts. The project Sultana’s Dream was inspired by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s early 20th-century story of the same title; the prints—all black linocuts on tan paper—both illustrate elements of the text and use its imagery and themes to explore urgent topics of the political present.

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National Anthem

November 26, 2021 – August 14, 2022

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.

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Dawgs

August 15, 2021–July 2023

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.

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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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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.