Upcoming Exhibitions

Lessons of the Hour | 1969 turns 50 | The Soul Train | ROC-FLX | Mucha | Path to Paradise


Isaac Julien

Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass

March 3–May 12, 2019
MAG is pleased to announce the world premiere of Lessons of the Hour, a ten-screen installation by artist Isaac Julien. The work is inspired by episodes in the life of Frederick Douglass (1818–1895), the visionary African American abolitionist and freed slave, and by the issues of social justice that shaped his life’s work. Lessons of the Hour—Frederick Douglass is the second exhibition in MAG’s “Reflections on Place” series of media art commissions informed by the history, culture, and politics of the City of Rochester, New York.
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Isaac Julien photo by Thierry Bal


1969 Turns 50

April 12–July 28, 2019

This exhibition showcases diverse works of art linked by the year of their creation, 1969. That year bore witness to some of the most transformative events in modern history, including the first moon landing, the escalation of the Vietnam War and resulting protests, the election of Richard Nixon to the U.S. Presidency, Woodstock and “Abbey Road,” the Stonewall Riots, and the Soviet takeover of Czechoslovakia. Some works are abstractions, some documentation; others are somewhere in between. 1969 Turns 50 is a new way of looking at the work of a wide variety of artists from a distinctive moment in history.

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Gospel Song

shown: Romare Bearden
American, (Charlotte, NC, 1911 – 1988, New York, NY)
Gospel Song, 1969, American Collage, Mixed media on board, 40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm), Marion Stratton Gould Fund, 70.18


Dara Birnbaum

Dara Birnbaum: The Soul Train

April 14–October 13, 2019
The Soul Train is the third in MAG’s “Reflections on Place” series of media art commissions informed by the history, culture, and politics of the City of Rochester, New York.

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Rochester Finger Lakes

66th Rochester Finger Lakes

June 16–September 15, 2019
The Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition (RFLX), the oldest juried exhibition in Rochester, was postponed in 2017 to accommodate the expansion and renovation of the museum’s Docent Gallery. The summer of 2019 will mark the 66th installation, when we will celebrate and showcase the talents of emerging and established artists from a 27-county region. Online artist applications are now open with a deadline of midnight on Friday, March 1, 2019.
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Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau

October 12–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.


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

February 15–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 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.

Judith Schaechter (b. 1961) has stretched the medium of stained glass into a potent and incisive art form for the 21st century, boldly paving her path in the diverse arena of contemporary art. Her work is represented in over a dozen museums including the Museum of Art and Design, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Toledo Museum of Art, and in major exhibitions around the world. In addition, through her extensive teaching, she has furthered her influence to her peers and younger generations of artists. Her awards include two NEA Visual Artists’ Fellowships, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a USA Artists Rockefeller Fellow, and an American Craft Council College of Fellows Award.