Exhibitions

On View

Through April 3

Art on the Mind: Ten Years of Creative Aging

Since 2010 the Frye Art Museum has been at the forefront of museum programming for people living with dementia and care partners. Featuring artwork from program participants, this exhibition illustrates the success of arts engagement in bringing joy, respect, and dignity to people living with dementia while destigmatizing the disease.

Through August 21

Human Nature, Animal Culture: Selections from the Frye Art Museum Collection

This exhibition focuses on portrayals of domesticated animals from the Frye Art Museum’s collection as a way to examine how human-animal relations have shifted over time, and to reflect upon the role art plays in mediating our relationships with animals more broadly.

Through January 23

Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art

This presentation brings together seven artworks—all acquired in 2019 and on view at the Museum for the first time—by a range of local, national, and international artists. The works showcase diverse perspectives and forms of expression while complicating the narratives around mediums and genres traditionally associated with the Frye’s collection, such as painting, landscape, and portraiture.

Through April 17

Boren Banner Series: Sadie Wechsler

The Boren Banner Series is a public art initiative that gives regional artists the opportunity to create a billboard-size work for the museum’s east facade. For this presentation, Portland-based photographer Sadie Wechsler has created a new work inspired by the ecological history of the Frye's First Hill neighborhood.

Upcoming

February 2–July 24, 2022

Recent Acquisitions: Jeffry Mitchell

Describing himself as a “gay folk artist,” Jeffry Mitchell rejects the irony and elitism often associated with the art world. In this focused presentation, Snowflake Drawing #5 (Double Lotus Pod) recalls the symmetrical designs of childhood craft projects and exhibits the artist’s expressionistic, highly personal visual language.

February 5–May 15, 2022

Christopher Paul Jordan and Arnaldo James: In the Interim (Ritual Ground for a Future Black Archive)

Building upon an ongoing dialogue between two artists of the African diaspora—Christopher Paul Jordan from the United States and Arnaldo James from Trinidad and Tobago—In the Interim explores Black futurity and presents a vision of shared experience across the spatial and temporal dimensions of the diasporic world.

February 12–June 5, 2022

Christina Quarles

Los Angeles–based artist Christina Quarles paints bodies that are subjected not only to the weight and gravity of the physical world but also to the pleasures and pressures of the social realm. Her evocative scenes feature ambiguous figures whose limbs, torsos, and faces merge with familiar domestic objects made strange through unexpected color choices and experimental painterly gestures. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, this exhibition is the largest presentation of Quarles’s work to date.

April 23–October 16, 2022

Boren Banner Series: Stefan Gonzales

Seattle-based artist Stefan Gonzales investigates the lives of ordinary objects through photography, sculpture, and installation. For the next iteration of the Boren Banner Series, Gonzales will gather similarly sized samples of unaltered materials like quarry stone, photograph them in their home studio, and create a compilation of these photographs that functions as a provisional archive.

June 25–September 18, 2022

Romare Bearden: Abstraction

Organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY, Romare Bearden: Abstraction is the first in-depth examination of Romare Bearden’s engagement with abstraction. Comprised of approximately fifty-five paintings, works on paper, and collages by the ground-breaking African American artist, the exhibition contextualizes this important, but relatively unknown, body of abstract work alongside Bearden’s widely celebrated figurative collages.

Past

Archive

Many internationally renowned and locally revered artists have exhibited at the Frye since it first opened in 1952. Find more information on exhibitions and artists in our exhibition archive.

Catalogues

Frye Publications

Catalogues are published by the Frye in conjunction with our exhibitions. Each book features photographs of artworks and installation images accompanied by essays and historical texts by scholars, art historians, and artists. Catalogues are available for purchase in the Museum Store as well as for purchase online.