Upcoming Exhibitions

Mucha | De’VIA | Path to Paradise  | “The 613”


Alphonse Mucha

Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau

October 13, 2019–January 19, 2020
Mucha is most often remembered for the prominent role he played in shaping the aesthetics of French Art Nouveau at the turn of the 20th century.

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Exhibition and museum tour organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.
Presented by Dr. Dawn F. Lipson, with additional support from Allen C. and Joyce Boucher, the Elaine P. and Richard U. Wilson Foundation, and Janet S. Reed.

Funding is also provided by Walter B. D. Hickey, Jr., the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery, the Gouvernet Arts Fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fund, Marcia Lowry, Gary and Karen Neems, and Joanne Hume-Nigro and Ron Nigro.

shown: Alphonse Mucha, Zodiaque (detail), 1896. Color lithograph on paper.


De’Via: Deaf View

De’Via: The Manifesto Comes of Age

November 7, 2019-February 16, 2020

In 1989 a group of Deaf artists and a Deaf art historian convened to discuss contemporary art by Deaf artists. Recognizing a growing body of work that explicitly explored Deaf culture and Deaf experience, the group issued a manifesto that proclaimed a new genre of art, articulated its defining features, and named it: De’VIA: Deaf View/Image Art.

In November 2019, the Memorial Art Gallery will exhibit De’VIA: The Manifesto Comes of Age. Featured will be work by the genre’s precursors, founders, and artists whose work, while they may not specifically identify with De’VIA, reflect the movement’s enduring influence. The exhibition draws principally from the permanent collection of RIT’s Dyer Arts Center, which is located on the campus of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. In a city that is home to one of the largest and most dynamic Deaf communities in the country, MAG is honored to celebrate De’VIA’s significance during the movement’s 30th anniversary year.

shown: Nancy Rourke, Dandelion, 2011


The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained-Glass Art

February 16–May 24, 2020
The Path to Paradise is the first survey and major scholarly assessment of this groundbreaking artist’s 37-year career. Organized by the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, the exhibition will be on view in Rochester from February 15 through May 24, 2020, after which it will travel to two additional venues in the United States. Drawn from both private and institutional collections, The Path to Paradise will feature approximately 45 of Judith Schaechter’s stained-glass panels along with a selection of related drawings and process materials.

shown: Judith Schaechter, The Battle of Carnival and Lent, (detail) 2010-2011, stained, engraved and painted glass.

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“The 613” – Archie Rand

June 14–September 20, 2020

“The 613” challenges commonly held distinctions between abstraction and representation. By linking the Bible’s commandments with oftentimes seemingly unrelated pictures, Rand undermines how people usually expect words and images to function when they are juxtaposed with each other. His loose, pulp fiction-inspired, almost cartoon-like painterly style is as irreverent to the history of painting as it is to the religious traditions it purports to document. The complexity of it all encourages an investigation of both systems of knowledge, that of art history and of Judaism, and demands an engaged viewing on the part of its audience. “The 613” is fundamentally a study of how meaning is made.