Current Exhibitions

Purple Haze: Art and Drugs Across the Americas

Curated by Estrellita B. Brodsky with Raúl Martínez

September 9 - December 10, 2023
Morgan Anderson Gallery

Teresa Margolles, El poder, el mal y la muerte /Power, evil and death, 2021,  ©Teresa Margolles 2023. Image courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York.

Purple Haze: Art and Drugs Across the Americas examines the Americas’ ambiguous relationship with drugs and their representation in the media and the public imagination. Conceived as a collaboration with the Dorsky Museum and building on the 2018-2019 exhibition, Comfortably Numb: A Critical Investigation into the Cultural Impact of Drugs and Narcotics presented at ANOTHER SPACE in Chelsea, Purple Haze will bring together works by multigenerational international artists in a broad range of media, including video, photography, and installation. The exhibition will survey the pervasive presence of drugs in Americans’ daily lives as well as their impact on social, political, and economic relations throughout the two continents, north and south.  

Purple Haze is guest curated by Estrellita Brodsky with ANOTHER SPACE and includes work by Antonio Caro, Carlos Castro Arias, Larry Clark, Zulema Damianovich, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Juan Downey, Juan Manuel Echavarria, Beatriz González, Jan Leirner, Teresa Margolles, Raul Martínez, Hélio Oiticica and Neville D'Almeida, Miguel Angel Rojas, Dash Snow, and Fred Tomaselli. 




BFA/MFA Thesis Fall 23

Curated by the Department of Art and The Dorsky Museum

December 1 - December 12, 2023
Alice and Horace Chandler and North Galleries


At the end of each semester, the Dorsky Museum is proud to exhibit new artwork by students earning Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees.
The thesis exhibitions are the culmination of the students' fine art studies, akin to the final exam, research project, or dissertation required of students earning liberal arts or science degrees.

Opening Reception: Friday, December 1, 5 - 7 pm
*Special days for this exhibition: Friday - Tuesday, December 1-5

Taylor Lannon, Margo Christie, Pearl Woytovich, Brielle Sarkisian, Ni Zhan, Anna Tjernlund, Camila, Romero Castillo, Eoin Dennis
Opening Reception: Friday, December 8, 5 - 7 pm
*Special days for this exhibition: Friday - Tuesday, December 8-12
Leo Minsky, Megan Kerr, Zhouyang Lyu, Caitlin Andrejova, Amanda Woodbury, Yufan Yang, Riley Webster, Megan Decker

A Living Collection

Curated by Katie Hood Morgan with community members and Museum staff

Corridor Gallery and the Sara Bedrick Gallery

Fred Wilson, Untitled, ca. 1987, gift of Ward Mintz and Floyd Lattin

This new display of the Museum’s collection tells the story of The Dorsky from a variety of perspectives, making space for traditionally marginalized voices. Exhibiting collection highlights and audience favorites alongside new acquisitions and commissions, A Living Collection presents the collection as a living entity, continuously evolving and shaped by the viewer's interpretation. 

Featuring Thematic Pathways:
Drawing connections between artworks and considering how their meanings continuously evolve with the viewer's response, a series of thematic pathways are presented which link works across time period, medium, and style. Along these pathways we invite you to find your own way and make connections from our contemporary moment into the past, from your life to the artists’ creations, enjoying the universal and timeless potential of art.  

Identity and the Body: What can the figures and faces shown here tell us about the artists’ experience and our shared human histories?

Ecology and Natural Forms: How have artists used nature in their work to express humanity’s evolving relationship to the natural world?

Social Justice: How can visual art be a tool of activism and social change?  

Art in the Everyday: What kinds of unexpected meanings and stories can we uncover in everyday objects and materials?

Я&R: A Space to Create

Curated by The Dorsky Museum

September 9 - Ongoing
Seminar Gallery

Harold Eugene Edgerton, Pigeon Release, 1965, gift of the Harold & Esther Edgerton Family Foundation

Release ya anger, release ya mindRelease ya job, release the timeRelease ya trade, release the stressRelease the love, forget the rest 

-Big Freedia, from the song Explode, 2014 

The Dorsky invites you to participate in a little bit of R&R.The abbreviation R&R originated in the military to describe a period of time when soldiers were released from their duties for rest and recuperation. Making art can be a form of release, a time of reflection, a relief from the stresses of the day, and an opportunity to recuperate, among many other things.  

We welcome you to follow art-making prompts that engage with objects on view in our collection or use provided materials to follow your own creative path. Share your creation on the display board, take it home with you to treasure, or gift it to a loved one. However you interact, we hope that you’ll release yourself and, most importantly, have fun.