Current Exhibitions

Installation view, "re: collections, Six Decades at the Rose Art Museum," Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, 2021.

Installation view, re: collections, Six Decades at the Rose Art Museum, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, 2021. Photo by Isometric Studio, Brooklyn, New York.

The Rose Art Museum has been dedicated to the exhibition of modern and contemporary art since 1961. Its curatorial mission has included major thematic exhibitions, surveys of leading contemporary artists, and new commissions. In addition, the museum has served as a launchpad for emerging artists providing first-ever solo museum shows.
Beauford Delaney, "Abstraction (Greene Street)," 1950.

re: collections, Six Decades at the Rose Art Museum

Gerald S. and Sandra Fineberg Gallery, Lower Rose, and Lois Foster Wing

Organized in celebration of the Rose’s 60th anniversary, "re: collections, Six Decades at the Rose Art Museum" casts a critical eye in two directions: highlighting the radical roots from which the museum grew, while showcasing the potential for future transformations.

Beauford Delaney, Abstraction (Greene Street), 1950 [detail]. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mr. Maurice Geller, -.1050. © Estate of Beauford Delaney, by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Attorney, Esquire, Court Appointed Administrator; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY.

Family portrait of the Kahlo family, with Frida Kahlo in the middle dressed in men's clothes.

Frida Kahlo: POSE

Lois Foster Wing

June 25, 2021 - December 19, 2021

"Frida Kahlo: POSE" is a focused exhibition organized in five overlapping sections – posing; composing; exposing; queering, and self-fashioning – that examines Kahlo's complex identity as a path-breaking individual and artist. Contemporary art from the Rose permanent collection will be placed in dialogue with Kahlo’s work, pointing to the inspiring legacies and cultural impact of this transgressive artist.

Guillermo Kahlo, photograph of the Kahlo family with 19-year-old Frida Kahlo posing in a man's three piece suit (center), 1926 [detail]. Black and white photograph. Courtesy of Private Collection and Rose Art Museum.

Mark Dion, The Undisciplined Collector, 2015

Mark Dion: The Undisciplined Collector

Permanent Installation

Wood paneled and furnished with the trappings of a 1961 collector's den, "The Undisciplined Collector" evokes the year of the Rose Art Museum's founding and serves as an introduction to the rich history of collecting at Brandeis University.

Mark Dion, The Undisciplined Collector, 2015. Rose Art Museum Special Fund, 2015.6. Charles Mayer Photography.

A student sits on a concrete bench a part of the Chris Burden's sculpture Light of Reason, which consists of antique Victorian lampposts and three concrete benches.

Chris Burden: Light of Reason

Permanent installation

An integral part of the image of the Rose Art Museum, the antique Victorian lampposts and concrete benches of Chris Burden's sculpture "Light of Reason" serves as an inviting gateway to the museum and a dynamic outdoor space for the Brandeis community.

Chris Burden, Light of Reason, 2014. 24 restored cast-iron street lamps. Rose Art Museum Acquisition Fund, Gift of Monroe and Edith Geller and Russian Sale Gift, 2014.3. © Chris Burden. Charles Mayer Photography.