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.

In Praise of Trees: Woodcuts by Naoko Matsubara

December 9, 2022-May 21, 2023
Lockhart Gallery

In Praise of Trees showcases the work of the contemporary Japanese-Canadian print artist Naoko Matsubara (b. 1937). The exhibition presents 39 woodcuts from her portfolio In Praise of Trees. Each print represents a single tree or a quality associated with trees, such as hardness, strength, stability, and vitality. All were inspired by her childhood memories of Kyoto, Japan, where she grew up as the daughter of a Shinto priest.

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.