Through April 3
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
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 April 17
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.
February 2–July 24, 2022
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
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
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
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.
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 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.