There are a handful of terrific museum exhibitions on view regionally this season. Visiting a museum is a great way to beat the summer heat, take a break from a busy vacation, and take time to reflect with art in a peaceful, yet engaging setting. This list comprises of exhibitions ranging from Norman Rockwell to Ubuhle Women.
UTICA, NY – Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute will present the landmark exhibition Norman Rockwell, June 11 through September 18, featuring iconic images of American scenes painted by the most beloved artist and illustrator of the 20th century.
“Over the course of his six-decade career, Norman Rockwell illustrated the everyday moments in America, featuring diverse races, nationalities, economic backgrounds, and creeds. Through two world wars, the Great Depression, the wars in Korea and Vietnam, and the Civil Rights struggles, Rockwell promoted an optimistic world in the face of hardship and struggle. This exhibition will present Rockwell’s story-filled scenes of American life as well as the people behind the images—from presidents to postmen.
With more than 50 original artworks including full-scale oil paintings, photographs, drawings, and archival magazines and tear sheets, Norman Rockwell will unlock the mystery of how the artist’s most significant commissions developed from start to finish.”
CORNING, NY – Corning Museum of Glass
Past | Present: Expanding the Stories of Glass is an exhibition of objects that provides ways for us to connect with the past as we consider shared human experiences then and now.
“The stories objects tell are always evolving. Past | Present explores how objects reveal stories about people across time and place, and how the Museum can broaden voices and narratives in our galleries. The text in this exhibition—which emerged from dialogues among curators, educators, scholars, artists, and other community members—is only a starting point. Your presence in the exhibition, the thoughts and conversations you might have during or after your visit, and your participation in gallery activities make you a part of the history of these objects.”
ROCHESTER, NY – Memorial Art Gallery
“Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence showcases a new form of bead art, the ndwango (“cloth”), developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The six artists featured in the exhibition call their paintings in beads ndwangos, which translates as “cloth” or “rag.” The black fabric on which the Ubuhle women work is reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts which many of them grew up wearing. By stretching this textile like a canvas, the artists transform the flat cloth into a contemporary art form with colored Czech glass beads.”
ROCHESTER, NY – George Eastman Museum
“Anastasia Samoylova’s photographs are deceptive, drawing us in with the promise of luxurious paradise then revealing a crumbling landscape that nature promises to reclaim. Yet this is what it is to live at the edge of climate change, as rising sea levels and hurricanes threaten the very spaces that are so prized. In her series FloodZone, Samoylova (American, b. Soviet Union, b. 1984) focuses on the southern United States, where the sought-after tropical climate drives the real estate market to continue to build upon land that is known to be slipping into the ocean.”
Learn More: https://www.eastman.org/floodzone
SYRACUSE, NY – Everson Museum
“Curious Vessels: The Rosenfield Collection – Louise Rosenfield is among the most avid pottery collectors in the United States. Over the past thirty years, she has amassed a collection of more than 4,000 pieces of functional pottery from artists across the globe. Her ambition for her collection has always been clear— instead of donating work to a museum, she would rather donate it to a restaurant, where patrons could enjoy the work as originally intended.”