Exhibitions

On View

Through May 30

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.

Through November 14

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 April 11

Boren Banner Series: Marilyn Montufar

The Boren Banner Series is a new public art initiative that gives local and regional artists the opportunity to create a billboard-size work for the museum’s east facade. The inaugural presentation features Ronnie and Cleveland, a black-and-white double portrait by Seattle-based photographer, activist, and educator Marilyn Montufar.

Upcoming

January 30–April 25, 2021

Anastacia-Reneé: (Don’t be Absurd) Alice in Parts

Combining poetry, objects, and video, this immersive installation by multi-genre writer and performer Anastacia-Reneé offers a rageful meditation on gentrification—of neighborhoods and its insidious effects on the body—as seen through the eyes of her multilayered and witty character Alice Metropolis.

May 22–August 15, 2021

Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem

With works in all media by nearly eighty artists, Black Refractions celebrates The Studio Museum in Harlem’s role as a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society. Organized by the American Federation of Arts and The Studio Museum in Harlem, this landmark exhibition proposes a plurality of narratives of black artistic production and multiple approaches to understanding the Studio Museum’s powerful collection.

June 12, 2021–August 22, 2022

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.

September 18, 2021–January 16, 2022

Duane Linklater

Duane Linklater works across a range of mediums to address the contradictions of contemporary Indigenous life within and beyond settler systems of knowledge, representation, and value. This survey brings together sculptures, video works, and digital prints on linen, as well as new adaptations of key installations and site-responsive pieces.

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.