Exhibitions

On View

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 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.

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.

Upcoming

December 17, 2019–June 7, 2020

Recent Acquisitions: Mary Henry

Mary Henry devoted nearly four decades to creating distinctive works of geometric abstraction. This pair of tonal diptychs distills her impressions of the pale tones and broad glacial expanses of Alaska, and exemplifies the opportunities for experimentation and growth the artist found within the confines of Minimalism.

January 25–April 19, 2020

Subspontaneous: Francesca Lohmann and Rob Rhee

Subspontaneous brings together the work of two Seattle-based artists who collaborate with gravity, time, and the forces of nature in their sculptural practices. In form and content, the exhibition proposes a mutualistic model of co-creation, celebrating contingency, entanglement, and interdependence.

January 25–April 19, 2020

Rebecca Brewer: Natural Horror

Rebecca Brewer’s work straddles the boundary between abstraction and representation to evoke fragmented memories and flowing organic forms. Natural Horror features two recent bodies of work that operate in the idiom of painting but employ materials and techniques associated with non-canonical craft practices.

February 15–April 19, 2020

Agnieszka Polska

Agnieszka Polska creates hallucinatory computer-generated media works that operate at the intersection of language, history, and scientific theory to illuminate issues of individual and social responsibility. This exhibition presents two video installations that address the urgent global issue of climate change and the specter of mass extinction.

May 9–August 2, 2020

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.

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.