Upcoming Exhibitions

Andy Warhol: A Life in Pop | Season of Warhol : Cow Wallpaper : Silver Clouds : Warhol TV
“The 613” | Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster


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

October 25, 2020–March 28, 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 of 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.

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Season of Warhol

October 25, 2020–March 28, 2021

Andy Warhol thrived on outrageousness and got used to critics trashing his work. But today, 33 years after his death, many see him—the king of pop art—as the most influential artist of the 20th century. Warhol’s creative activities were boundless: painting, printmaking, film, television, commercial illustration, sculpture, photography, installation art, rock music promotion, publishing, writing, modeling, advertising. He touched nearly every form of aesthetic expression. With this season of exhibitions and installations, MAG presents the most exciting and exhaustive opportunity to experience art by Andy Warhol ever mounted in Rochester.

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Cow Wallpaper

October 25, 2020–March 28, 2021

Warhol loved filling walls and spaces with his art and inundating viewers with his garish color palette and abrasive pop style. But Cow Wallpaper? How absurd. How banal! On this installation of the artist’s wallpaper, MAG hangs the complete portfolio of his eerie Electric Chair prints (1971), effectively combining the banal with a most serious subject matter and striking at heart of Warhol’s famously conflicted aesthetic.

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Silver Clouds

October 25, 2020–March 28, 2021

In 1966, Warhol declared that he was retiring from painting (ha-ha!), and this installation signaled the end of his painting career. (He never actually stopped painting.) Warhol imagined these helium- and air-filled silver pillows as paintings of a sort, exiting galleries and windows and floating away forever. Enjoy Silver Clouds at MAG before it floats away!

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Warhol TV

October 24, 2020 – March 28, 2021

For Warhol, television was a way to make anyone famous, and he often used informal real-time footage, a prescient version of today’s “reality TV,” to feature both trivial and glamorous subjects. This exhibition in MAG’s Media Arts Watch gallery will showcase three of Warhol’s TV series as well as some of his live TV appearances, video clips, and advertisements. More recent material drawn from YouTube explores how his tabloid television anticipated contemporary modes of mass media production. True to the original medium, and in honor of Warhol’s visionary obsession with popular culture, Warhol TV will be presented on an outdated CRT television inside a living room, complete with comfy furniture and a TV guide.


“The 613” – Archie Rand

Coming 2021

“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.


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

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