Current Exhibitions

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

July 17–October 23, 2022
Docent Gallery

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence showcases a new form of bead art, the ndwango (“cloth”), developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The black fabric on which the Ubuhle women work is reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts which many of them grew up wearing. By stretching this textile like a canvas, the artists transform the flat cloth into a contemporary art form with colored Czech glass beads. Ubuhle means “beauty” in the Xhosa and Zulu languages and it describes the shimmering quality of light on glass that for the Xhosa people has a particular spiritual significance.

Paul Garland: Intuitive Progression

June 17–November 27, 2022
Lockhart Gallery

Paul Garland (b. 1943) has taught generations of artists in Upstate New York while continuing to advance his own artistic practice for more than 50 years. His lifelong pursuit of making art through intuition and instinct has produced an extensive body of evocative, dreamlike abstractions layered with shimmering color and bold geometric shapes. This exhibition in the Lockhart gallery highlights examples of Garland’s extensive body of work.

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.