Geometric bird flies through an abstract space.

Avinash Kumar’s Illusionary Odyssey

Opening on May 31, 2024

Hurlbut Gallery

Illusionary Odyssey traverses both walls of the corridor and creates a sense of environment by using the architectural pillars in the space. The elements in the artwork show the process of life from creation to destination as manifested by a bird of paradise searching for its ultimate home. Geometric forms within a three-dimensional space show the ups and downs of the journey create the landscape for the entire composition.

Painting of a person in a white hate and shirt holding a drum against stark black and red background.

Past Forward
Native American Art from Gilcrease Museum

Opening on June 2, 2024

Docent Gallery

This exhibition illuminates the extensive collection built by Thomas Gilcrease (Muscogee Nation), surveying more than 3,000 years of Native American art. It is structured around transhistorical themes, encompassing works from portraiture to sculpture, and offers an overview of Indigenous visual culture.

Delicately-drawn watercolor painting of a waterfall in Rochester.

“Faithfully Thought Out”
The Artistic Collaborations of M. Louise Stowell and Harvey Ellis

Opening on June 28, 2024

Lockhart Gallery

Inspired by a cache of paintings and drawings acquired by the Memorial Art Gallery in 2016, this exhibition illuminates Rochester artists M. Louise Stowell and Harvey Ellis and their friendship and collaboration during their years in Rochester. It recovers Stowell’s contributions to their playful artistic partnership and demonstrates their patient forethought and characteristic shared techniques.

Pastel drawing of abstract, colorful curves.

Drawing as Discovery
500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors from the Permanent Collection

Opening on September 26, 2024

Docent Gallery

This exhibition showcases 100 stellar works selected from MAG’s holdings of over 2,000 drawings. Organized by artistic intent, it unites work across a breadth of cultures and time periods by the common principle that the very act of drawing is at the heart of artistic creativity. Significant work by well-known artists such as Francisco Goya, Rembrandt van Rijn, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Rashid Johnson, Kara Walker, and Wendy Red Star is displayed alongside drawings of equally striking quality by lesser- or unknown artists.

Standing robot made out of nine old-fashioned portable televisions.

Nam June Paik

Opening on December 18, 2024

Media Arts Watch and Forman Galleries

Nam June Paik (1932–2006) is referred to as the “Father of Video Art” for his pioneering work in transforming video into a medium for artistic expression starting in the 1960s. Enjoy a selection of Paik’s work from MAG’s permanent collection, presented in the museum’s introductory Forman Gallery, and a screening of Nam June Paik: Edited for Television—a provocative portrait of the artist, his work, and his philosophies—in the Media Arts Watch Gallery.