Upcoming Exhibitions

The 613 | FourMats | Rochester- Finger Lakes 2021 | Renaissance Impressions | Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster

The 613 by Archie Rand

April 25–July 18, 2021

For over five decades Archie Rand has been regarded as a maverick and rule-breaker, and The 613 is his most ambitious work. An enormous multi-panel painting, it depicts surprising responses to the 613 commandments of the Torah, which is the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament). Yes, there are more than 10 commandments—the rules that govern ethical and religious behavior in Judaism. Rand’s monumental installation explores traditions of both biblical interpretation and artistic expression. It exemplifies Rand’s groundbreaking achievements in the construction of contemporary Jewish iconography, affirming his position as a relentlessly innovative artist.

learn more


Tara Merenda Nelson: FourMats

May 28–August 8, 2021

Local artist Tara Merenda Nelson’s handmade cinema is not about showing the world as it is but about offering a cinematic encounter with that world. Her FourMats exhibition includes two multimedia installations that combine four formats—16mm film, super 8 film, slide film, and HD video—to construct a single image of the Kodak tower in downtown Rochester and the moon. Both works are an inquiry into perception and projection, using iconic imagery to reveal the distinct visual qualities of each projected format.

learn more


Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition

August 15–October 17, 2021

Every two years, Rochester’s oldest and longest-running juried exhibition showcases new work in all media by emerging and established artists from a 27-county region of western and central New York State. Since only a small percentage of works submitted are chosen, Finger Lakes remains a prestigious showcase for regional artists.

learn more


Renaissance Impressions: 16th-Century Master Prints from the Kirk Edward Long Collection

Companion Exhibition/Collection Connection: Renaissance Prints as Visual Communication

November 14, 2021–February 6, 2022

These two exhibitions explore the emergence and transformative impact of the print medium on the visual culture of Renaissance Europe. Renaissance Impressions showcases the extraordinary technique, imagery, and imagination of the master printmakers of the time. Renaissance Prints as Visual Communication highlights the surprising interconnections between this new print medium and paintings, stained glass, ceramics, and armor in MAG’s permanent collection.

Sponsored by Dr. Dawn F. Lipson, with additional support from Natalie and J. Richard Ciccone and Joanna and Michael Grosodonia.


Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster

March 6–June 19, 2022

HIV/AIDS Education Posters from the Atwater Collection at the University of Rochester

learn more