Current Exhibitions

Through December 8

Recent Acquisitions: Toyin Ojih Odutola

Toyin Ojih Odutola’s drawings, paintings, and prints question physical and sociopolitical identities as they pertain to skin color. This suite of three lithographs, recently acquired for the Frye Art Museum’s collection, demonstrates Odutola’s signature approach to portraiture, in which the sitter is seen obliquely or from multiple, unusual angles within one composition.

Through December 8

Frame of Mind: Storytelling Through Animation

A Partnership for Youth exhibition, Frame of Mind: Storytelling Through Animation showcases the results of an eight-week workshop for teens led by teaching artists from Reel Grrls, during which students develop, animate, and edit their own stop-motion film projects.

Through January 5

Pierre Leguillon: Arbus Bonus

Pierre Leguillon’s artwork-as-exhibition Arbus Bonus calls attention to the major role famed twentieth-century photographer Diane Arbus’s work has played in defining the image of American postwar popular culture. Bringing together every published magazine spread that features her photography, Leguillon’s project considers the ways in which cultural histories are assembled and disseminated, and proposes more inclusive counter-narratives.

Through January 5

Dress Codes: Ellen Lesperance and Diane Simpson

Dress Codes brings together the work of two contemporary artists who perform acts of translation in relation to clothing’s form and ornamentation. Pressing images of historical garments—and the values encoded within them—through the interpretive interface of the grid, Ellen Lesperance and Diane Simpson connect the everyday language of dress to wide-ranging cultural and political histories.

Through January 26

Donald Byrd: The America That Is To Be

For four decades, choreographer Donald Byrd has created innovative and startling productions that explore the capacities of dancers’ bodies, the complexities of Africanist aesthetics, and the ways theatrical dance can open audiences to social change. Presenting selected works from across his career, the exhibition reflects Americans’ ongoing struggles to care for our complex diversity.

Through August 23

Unsettling Femininity: Selections from the Frye Art Museum Collection

Bringing together varied depictions of women from the Frye Art Museum’s collection, Unsettling Femininity examines historical conventions of representation during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to probe the politics of looking and question our habitual ways of viewing images of women.