Exhibitions

On View

Through September 11

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 July 24

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.

Through June 5

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.

Through October 16

Boren Banner Series: Stefan Gonzales

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

Upcoming

June 25–October 9, 2022

Jeremy Shaw: Liminals

Jeremy Shaw explores altered states and the cultural and scientific practices that attempt to capture transcendental experience. This exhibition—Shaw’s first in the United States in over ten years—brings together prismatic lens-refracted photographs from the artist’s ongoing series Towards Universal Pattern Recognition with his mesmerizing para-fictional film Liminals (2017).

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.

August 3–December 31, 2022

Recent Acquisitions: Georgina Reskala

Georgina Reskala constructs abstracted landscapes that explore the uncertainty of memory by combining mechanical and manual photographic techniques. Created using layered exposures, the fragmented imagery in Untitled #041220 reflects the ways in which collective memories and histories become distorted over time.

October 8, 2022–January 15, 2023

Srijon Chowdhury: Same Old Song

Portland-based artist Srijon Chowdhury creates dreamlike oil paintings that consider the present moment as part of a larger mythology. The artist’s first museum solo exhibition, Same Old Song stages a dramatic climax of his practice to date, including an installation of six enormous new paintings that each center on a sensory feature of the human face.

October 15, 2022–October 15, 2023

THE THIRD, MEANING: ESTAR(SER) Installs the Frye Collection

For this artist-curated installation of the Frye Art Museum’s collection, the research collective ESTAR(SER) reaches into an archive of dreams to assemble an exhibition that asks fundamental questions about museums and the works of art they hold: What do artworks want from us? And what do we want from them?

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.