Seeing Change
Crafting Democracy
Observation Towers
Midtown Mandala
  • October 4, 2019
  • November 17, 2019
Games for Windows
This Heirloom
Not Your Object
Be Heard. Be Arts In The Loop.
30 Years of FUA Krew
43ºN by 77°W
Parking (Lots of Love)
Read Art @ Greenwood
Blockitecture
Antiracist East-West Walk
Best Foot Forward
Avatar Poetics
In Their Wake
Sister Moon
  • October 4, 2019
  • November 17, 2019
I wanna ROC with you!
Visions of Public Art
Necessary Invisibles
Inside Out
Remembrance of Things Fast
14 Plots (Spill No. 0650898)
State of the City
Corinthian Hall Craft Intervention
Urban Pictograms
Coming Soon
Big Ideas. Small Venues. October 4 - November 17
Exhibitions, pop-ups, and public art projects that explore our current moment and our changing city.
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Heather Swenson’s newest project Observation Towers combines the artist’s interest in printmaking and sculpture and brings her work into a public space for the first time. Through mimicking parts of their surroundings while simultaneously pulling visual information from other spaces, these structures...
Crafting Democracy showcases how objects of material culture can provoke and engage everyday citizens, including those of marginalized identities, as productive tools in deliberative democracies. Craft can also aid those wanting their voices to be amplified through the process of...
Help add color, through a yarn intervention at this site, to honor the work of the Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Sewing Society, who invited Douglass to speak at Corinthian Hall (now a parking lot) on July 5, 1852, where he delivered...
Visions of Public Art is an exhibition of imagined public art installations in Rochester, New York. As the proposed installations are all in theory, there are no physical, budgetary, or legal restraints on their design. The final exhibition will consist...
State of the City brings together a range of artists from various backgrounds and artistic practices. Each of the projects featured in this exhibition examine different cultures, communities, and stories that exist within our city. This effort also continues a...
Visual Studies Workshop is pleased to present new works recently made in Rochester, NY by contemporary artists that approach or call for changes to current world subjects including, but not limited to environment, immigration, health, race, policy, social awareness, feminism,...
Games for Windows: Experiments with Game Footage is a store-front window exhibition curated by Nilson Carroll at The Liquor Store in Rochester, NY. Expanding the tradition of cinema and games, each artist uses various gestures of play to create experimental video...
A feminist series of artworks by Siena Pullinzi focusing on the objectification of the female body, sex, and the internal conflicts of loneliness and isolation. Women depicted in these prints are a self reflection of how these topics coexist on...
In this series the artist Mara Ahmed has re-created her own history by using old, black and white photographs of her ancestors, juxtaposing them against South Asian architectural details, and subverting boundaries by placing them on the wrong side of...
Read Art @ Greenwood is a performative exhibition that embeds artists books in the stacks of Greenwood Books, a beloved independently owned and operated used bookstore adjacent to Rochester Contemporary Arts Center. Artists books from independent publishers and presses, art...
October 4, 2019
For 30 years, FUA Krew has grown from a local group of graffiti artists into a collection of some of the top graffiti artists from around the world. Experience their progression as seen through their own eyes. Featuring never-before-seen historical...
Best Foot Forward explores the intimate connection between walking, thinking and making. This exhibition brings together artwork that is the outcome of walking; of being a pedestrian in a specific place and time as a way of knowing and connecting...
Rochester’s history with racial division is not unlike other cities in this nation. In spite of contributions that span generations, communities of color continue to struggle under the weight of biased policies. Pluralistic trends have done little to dampen motivations...
October 4, 2019
* DELAYED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE * A new mural by Shawn Dunwoody
*Screening on Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays Avatar Poetics is a program of videos by artists who use animation, digitally mediated modes of performance, and computer-generated characters to explore themes of the virtual ‘self’ as it relates to queerness, cyberfeminism, fantasy world-building,...
Hit the street each week to find the latest in this new series of paintings and public installations by Thievin’ Stephen. About the Artist Thievin’ Stephen (Rochester, NY) cuts through stencils, samples, and the world we inherited, in search of...
October 4, 2019
Parcel 5 will be transformed into the biggest canvas in Rochester during Current Seen. Local artists will design a work entitled Midtown Mandala, using gravel as the active medium. Community volunteers will use brooms to sweep an acre-sized mandala to...
Michael Goldman/Consolidated Studios (San Francisco, CA / b. Rochester, NY) considers himself part craftsman, part entertainer and part teacher. Employing ample humor Urban Pictograms expand upon his early signage experiments from San Francisco which made obvious some of the darker...
October 4, 2019
Permeable membranes like shelter, skin, city, and identity separate as well as connect insides and outsides. Where does one begin and the other end? Inside Out is a group exhibition of new and recent works curated by Colleen Buzzard. Image:...
Be Current. Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Arts In The Loop. Contribute your ideas to a vision for a vibrant arts scene in downtown Rochester. What will your downtown arts scene look, sound, and feel like? The mission of Arts...
October 4, 2019
14 Plots (Spill File No. 0650898) is a site-specific installation by Colin Lyons which memorializes the environmental legacy of 62-64 Scio Street. On August 31, 2006, an oil leak was discovered during the removal of a 2,000 gallon underground storage...
October 4, 2019
43ºN by 77°W is an exhibition of abstract contemporary photography investigating the effects of geographic climate on the industrial landscapes. Dating back to the 19th century Rochester, N.Y. has a been a hub for innovative thinking, modern manufacturing technology, and...
*Screening on Thursdays & Saturdays, 59 mins Remembrance of Things Fast: True Stories Visual Lies, 1994 by John Maybury (b. 1958, London) is a landmark work, in terms of its use of high-end post-production techniques and visual f/x to construct an...
*DELAYED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE* Parking (Lots of Love): Anna and Frederick Douglass’s 1st Rochester Home” The Douglass Family lived in a house on Alexander Street from 1848-1851, their first home when they moved to Rochester. Now it’s a parking lot...
Build the world you wish to see with Blockitecture, a set of architectural building blocks that can be stacked and nested to create towers, cities and dwellings in various configurations. Inspired by our current moment and our changing city, Blockitecture...
This interactive video installation by W. Michelle Harris names some of the Black people who lived in this area prior to the Civil War as a mode of remembrance—a simultaneous street-side and waterfront wake. Though they are often rendered invisible...
October 4, 2019
Rochester, NY artist Megan Sullivan’s video Sister Moon, is a meditative look at the feminine nature of water and the moon. The spiritual character calls to the viewer to ruminate on the sacred, sustaining and regenerative nature of the elements....
Join the Rochester Art Collectors for a tour of CURRENT SEEN venues and public art, walking from ​Visual Studies Workshop to Rochester Contemporary Art Center. Each venue will host a brief presentation. This program is FREE and open to the...
It is not enough to not be a racist. Join Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), Rochester Contemporary Art Center, and other partners for a walk across our city and show your commitment to supporting race equity in Rochester. The ANTIRACIST...
October 19, 2019
A cohort of photographers, born between 1950 and 1970, committed themselves to documenting these struggles for social change as they unfolded. Progressive and independent, some published their work in The Village Voice, the nation’s first alternative newsweekly, and some joined...
Art writing, reporting and criticism are key components that support a thriving, dynamic art scene. While CITY Newspaper and WXXI warrant considerable praise for their promotion and coverage of the visual arts, there is equally a consensus that the Rochester...
Crafting Democracy showcases how objects of material culture can provoke and engage everyday citizens, including those of marginalized identities, as productive tools in deliberative democracies. Craft can also aid those wanting their voices to be amplified through the process of...
Visions of Public Art is an exhibition of imagined public art installations in Rochester, New York. As the proposed installations are all in theory, there are no physical, budgetary, or legal restraints on their design. The final exhibition will consist...
State of the City brings together a range of artists from various backgrounds and artistic practices. Each of the projects featured in this exhibition examine different cultures, communities, and stories that exist within our city. This effort also continues a...
Visual Studies Workshop is pleased to present new works recently made in Rochester, NY by contemporary artists that approach or call for changes to current world subjects including, but not limited to environment, immigration, health, race, policy, social awareness, feminism,...
A feminist series of artworks by Siena Pullinzi focusing on the objectification of the female body, sex, and the internal conflicts of loneliness and isolation. Women depicted in these prints are a self reflection of how these topics coexist on...
In this series the artist Mara Ahmed has re-created her own history by using old, black and white photographs of her ancestors, juxtaposing them against South Asian architectural details, and subverting boundaries by placing them on the wrong side of...
Read Art @ Greenwood is a performative exhibition that embeds artists books in the stacks of Greenwood Books, a beloved independently owned and operated used bookstore adjacent to Rochester Contemporary Arts Center. Artists books from independent publishers and presses, art...
October 4, 2019
For 30 years, FUA Krew has grown from a local group of graffiti artists into a collection of some of the top graffiti artists from around the world. Experience their progression as seen through their own eyes. Featuring never-before-seen historical...
Best Foot Forward explores the intimate connection between walking, thinking and making. This exhibition brings together artwork that is the outcome of walking; of being a pedestrian in a specific place and time as a way of knowing and connecting...
*Screening on Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays Avatar Poetics is a program of videos by artists who use animation, digitally mediated modes of performance, and computer-generated characters to explore themes of the virtual ‘self’ as it relates to queerness, cyberfeminism, fantasy world-building,...
October 4, 2019
Permeable membranes like shelter, skin, city, and identity separate as well as connect insides and outsides. Where does one begin and the other end? Inside Out is a group exhibition of new and recent works curated by Colleen Buzzard. Image:...
October 4, 2019
43ºN by 77°W is an exhibition of abstract contemporary photography investigating the effects of geographic climate on the industrial landscapes. Dating back to the 19th century Rochester, N.Y. has a been a hub for innovative thinking, modern manufacturing technology, and...
*Screening on Thursdays & Saturdays, 59 mins Remembrance of Things Fast: True Stories Visual Lies, 1994 by John Maybury (b. 1958, London) is a landmark work, in terms of its use of high-end post-production techniques and visual f/x to construct an...
Build the world you wish to see with Blockitecture, a set of architectural building blocks that can be stacked and nested to create towers, cities and dwellings in various configurations. Inspired by our current moment and our changing city, Blockitecture...
Heather Swenson’s newest project Observation Towers combines the artist’s interest in printmaking and sculpture and brings her work into a public space for the first time. Through mimicking parts of their surroundings while simultaneously pulling visual information from other spaces, these structures...
Help add color, through a yarn intervention at this site, to honor the work of the Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Sewing Society, who invited Douglass to speak at Corinthian Hall (now a parking lot) on July 5, 1852, where he delivered...
Games for Windows: Experiments with Game Footage is a store-front window exhibition curated by Nilson Carroll at The Liquor Store in Rochester, NY. Expanding the tradition of cinema and games, each artist uses various gestures of play to create experimental video...
Rochester’s history with racial division is not unlike other cities in this nation. In spite of contributions that span generations, communities of color continue to struggle under the weight of biased policies. Pluralistic trends have done little to dampen motivations...
October 4, 2019
* DELAYED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE * A new mural by Shawn Dunwoody
Hit the street each week to find the latest in this new series of paintings and public installations by Thievin’ Stephen. About the Artist Thievin’ Stephen (Rochester, NY) cuts through stencils, samples, and the world we inherited, in search of...
October 4, 2019
Parcel 5 will be transformed into the biggest canvas in Rochester during Current Seen. Local artists will design a work entitled Midtown Mandala, using gravel as the active medium. Community volunteers will use brooms to sweep an acre-sized mandala to...
Michael Goldman/Consolidated Studios (San Francisco, CA / b. Rochester, NY) considers himself part craftsman, part entertainer and part teacher. Employing ample humor Urban Pictograms expand upon his early signage experiments from San Francisco which made obvious some of the darker...
Be Current. Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Arts In The Loop. Contribute your ideas to a vision for a vibrant arts scene in downtown Rochester. What will your downtown arts scene look, sound, and feel like? The mission of Arts...
October 4, 2019
14 Plots (Spill File No. 0650898) is a site-specific installation by Colin Lyons which memorializes the environmental legacy of 62-64 Scio Street. On August 31, 2006, an oil leak was discovered during the removal of a 2,000 gallon underground storage...
*DELAYED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE* Parking (Lots of Love): Anna and Frederick Douglass’s 1st Rochester Home” The Douglass Family lived in a house on Alexander Street from 1848-1851, their first home when they moved to Rochester. Now it’s a parking lot...
This interactive video installation by W. Michelle Harris names some of the Black people who lived in this area prior to the Civil War as a mode of remembrance—a simultaneous street-side and waterfront wake. Though they are often rendered invisible...
October 4, 2019
Rochester, NY artist Megan Sullivan’s video Sister Moon, is a meditative look at the feminine nature of water and the moon. The spiritual character calls to the viewer to ruminate on the sacred, sustaining and regenerative nature of the elements....
It is not enough to not be a racist. Join Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI), Rochester Contemporary Art Center, and other partners for a walk across our city and show your commitment to supporting race equity in Rochester. The ANTIRACIST...
Join the Rochester Art Collectors for a tour of CURRENT SEEN venues and public art, walking from ​Visual Studies Workshop to Rochester Contemporary Art Center. Each venue will host a brief presentation. This program is FREE and open to the...
October 19, 2019
A cohort of photographers, born between 1950 and 1970, committed themselves to documenting these struggles for social change as they unfolded. Progressive and independent, some published their work in The Village Voice, the nation’s first alternative newsweekly, and some joined...
Art writing, reporting and criticism are key components that support a thriving, dynamic art scene. While CITY Newspaper and WXXI warrant considerable praise for their promotion and coverage of the visual arts, there is equally a consensus that the Rochester...
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