Rose Art Museum reopens to the public with exhibition celebrating 60th anniversary

New exhibition celebrates the Rose’s 60th anniversary and highlights the radical roots from which the museum grew, while showcasing the potential for future transformations.

Al Loving, self portraitPhoto/Charles Mayer Photography

Self Portrait, Al Loving

Blue Coast by Yuyoi Kusama
Photo/Charles Mayer Photography

Blue Coat, Yayoi Kusama

The Rose Art Museum reopened to the public June 25 with a new exhibition that celebrates the museum's history, and one that presents select paintings, drawings, and prints focused on Frida Kahlo.

The exhibition is free, but advanced reservations are required, so visit the Rose's website for more information.

About the exhibitions:

re: collections, Six Decades at the Rose Art Museum

I don’t want to wallow in art history,” wrote Jack Whitten. “I want to use art history as a catapult." As an artist, Whitten recognized the past as both a foundation and a launching pad to reach uncharted realms. Organized in celebration of the Rose’s 60th anniversary and opening June 25th, the exhibition re: collections, Six Decades at the Rose Art Museum, casts a critical eye in these two directions: highlighting the Rose’s radical roots while showcasing the potential for future transformations. 

Following the example of artists featured in the exhibition, re: collections challenges art historical conventions and cultural hierarchies by charting alternative genealogies that link artworks drawn from the museum’s stellar permanent collection.

re: collections is a culmination of many years of research, teaching, and critical thinking about the art historical canon—how it was forged, by whom, its biases, omissions, and deliberate exclusions,” said Gannit Ankori, Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator. “The curatorial team and I knew that we didn’t want to feature the Rose’s incredible collection as a mere illustration of the traditional Euro- and U.S.-centric narrative of art. We didn’t want to reiterate such limited and limiting perspectives of human creativity.”

Untitled, Willem De Kooning
Photo/Charles Mayer Photography

Untitled, Willem De Kooning

Texts spaced across the Rose’s galleries introduce thematic and formal threads interwoven throughout the show. The resilient creativity of artists has long been a force for change, pushing against and altering the boundaries of the accepted and expected. Remixing traditional materials and modes of artmaking expands what these categories might be, just as the subversion and reconfiguration of representations made by others make room for art that speaks powerfully of the self and to newly envisioned worlds and ways of being.

Wide Narrow, Sam Gilliam
Photo/Charles Mayer Photography

Wide Narrow, Sam Gilliam

The exhibition recontextualizes the familiar while introducing the new, displaying well-known works alongside emerging and historically underrepresented artists, among them:

Raida Adon, Radcliffe Bailey, Matthew Barney, Mark Bradford, Sarah Charlesworth, Robert Colescott, Renee Cox, Jamal Cyrus, Willem de Kooning, Beauford Delaney, Jim Dine, Mark Dion, Melvin Edwards, Nona Faustine, Ellen Gallagher, Sam Gilliam, Marsden Hartley, Grace Hartigan, Robert Indiana, Jennie C. Jones, Ellsworth Kelly, Yayoi Kusama, Roy Lichtenstein, Al Loving, Danny Lyon, Rene Magritte, Marisol, James (Ari) Montford, Robert Motherwell, Senga Nengudi, Louise Nevelson, Yoko Ono, Robert Rauschenberg, Nam June Paik, Elle Pérez, Pablo Picasso, Howardena Pindell, Betye Saar, Kay Sage, Lorna Simpson, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Fred Wilson, Jack Whitten, Dahn Vo, and others.

Curated by Ankori, Guest Curator of African and African Diaspora Art Elyan J. Hill, and Associate Curator and Director of Programs Caitlin Julia Rubin, re: collections, Six Decades at the Rose Art Museum will be on view for three years, with several rotations.

Programming and a free brochure will be available. In addition, a major catalog to be published by Brandeis University Press in 2023 will echo and enhance the show’s themes and concepts.

Las troyanas, Ilia Sanchez
Photo/Charles Mayer Photography

Las troyanas, Zilla Sánchez

re: collections, Six Decades at the Rose Art Museum is made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.

Frida Kahlo: POSE is a focused exhibition that presents select paintings, drawings, and prints; a rich array of vintage photographs (some never before seen); and rare archival footage and ephemera, providing new perspectives on Kahlo's complex identity as a path-breaking individual and artist. Organized in five overlapping sections – posing; composing; exposing; queering, and self-fashioning – this research-based show examines the relationship between photography and art within Kahlo's world; explores her mode of composing herself and her paintings; and shines a light on Kahlo’s queer identity and gender fluid self-presentations. Contemporary artworks from the Rose Art Museum’s permanent collection that explore queer identity will be placed in dialogue with Kahlo’s work, pointing to this transgressive artist's inspiring legacies and cultural impact.

Frida Kahlo: POSE is co-curated by Dr. Gannit Ankori, Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator at the Rose Art Museum, and Circe Henestrosa, Mexican Fashion Scholar and Curator, and designed by Isometric Studio, Brooklyn, New York.

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