Upcoming Exhibitions

1969 turns 50ROC-FLX | Mucha | Path to Paradise | The Soul Train


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


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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The Seasons - series

Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau

October 13–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.

shown: Alphonse Mucha, The Seasons (series), 1896.


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.

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

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Dara Birnbaum: The Soul Train

to be announced
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.

Dara Birnbaum (U.S., b. 1946) is a pioneering artist who has made a significant contribution to contemporary art through her transformations of the moving image. Her videotapes and installations enact a complex and critical engagement with television’s representation of political events and the public’s reception of history. Her work has expanded the expressive range and power of art-making, and been shown in and collected by museums all over the world.