Upcoming Exhibitions

“The 613” | Andy Warhol: A Life in Pop

Tara Merenda Nelson: FourMats

April 17–August 10, 2020

Rochester-based 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. FourMats features two of Nelson’s multimedia installations that combine four formats—16mm film, super 8 film, slide film, and HD video—to construct single images, of the Kodak tower in downtown Rochester and of the moon. Both works are an inquiry into perception and projection, using iconic imagery to reveal the distinct visual qualities of each projected format.

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“The 613” – Archie Rand

June 14–September 20, 2020

“The 613” explores both traditions of biblical interpretation and of artistic expression. Interrogation is a common strategy among the individual panels, as the images may underscore, contradict, and very often obscure the teachings of the referenced commandments. Quoting masterworks by artists such as Paul Cézanne and Edouard Manet and enlisting imagery from Jewish comic artists, Rand interweaves visual culture and Scripture which, ironically, has been interpreted historically to forbid the creation of idols, images, and even art more broadly.


1940/2020

June 26–October 11, 2020

The exhibition 1940/2020 celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery. From its origins in 1940 as the Women’s Council, the organization has served as the primary auxiliary arm of MAG by raising funds for exhibitions and collections and providing volunteers for outreach programs. Beginning in 1956, the Council also raised funds to enrich MAG collections through dozens of new acquisitions. These include works as varied as Rachel Ruysch’s Floral Still Life, Hyacinthe Rigaud’s 1731 portrait of the Archbishop of Paris, tapestries by Fernand Léger and Alexander Calder, and Mortal, a portfolio of woodcuts by the major contemporary artist Kiki Smith. This exhibition, held in the Lockhart Gallery, showcases about 30 of these works acquired over the course of the past 60 years.


Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop | Works from the Bank of America Collection

October 25, 2020–January 31, 2021

Andy Warhol (1928–1987) is among the most recognizable and influential artists of all time. For all of his much discussed dispassion and irony, he had an uncanny sense for the power and influence of American and popular culture, both in its superficial and more profound forms. Warhol’s focus extended well beyond his famous obsessions with commercialism, celebrity, and glamour. Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop features a broad range of the artist’s screen-printed imagery from 1964 to 1985.

This Exhibition is made possible through the Bank of America Art in our Communities program.