Upcoming Exhibitions

September 11, 2021–January 23, 2022

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.

September 18, 2021–January 16, 2022

Duane Linklater: mymothersside

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.

October 23, 2021–April 17, 2022

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 is creating a new work inspired by the ecological history of First Hill, where the Frye is located.

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.