Current Exhibitions

Jun 1 2019 to Dec 8 2019
Painting_Baker of the Bread of Abundance by Rockwell Kent

The transcendent quality of light has engaged artists for centuries. This installation drawn from the permanent collection explores literal and metaphoric meanings of illumination. It includes sun-shot landscapes, a gold-leafed Russian icon, a Tiffany lamp, and a curious painting commissioned by...

Jun 1 2019 to Feb 9 2020
Painting, In the Pasture by Dupre

Julian Dupré’s In the Pasture takes center stage in this exhibition that looks at the power of the land—as a source of nourishment as well as a marker of place and history. Typically this popular painting, made in France in 1883, would be contextualized by other genre scenes or examples...

Jun 1 2019 to Dec 8 2019
Portrait of a Bullfighter

Art is not always what it seems. In October, 2007, a man named Mark Landis—who claimed his father grew up in Lexington—contacted the former director of the Museum and offered to donate a small watercolor by post-Impressionist Paul Signac. Two months later, it was in our possession, along with...

Jul 13 2019 to Dec 8 2019
"Mary Daniel" by Edward Franklin Fisk

The paintings in this exhibition include a range of portraits showing people in seated and standing poses. In most cases, the subjects look directly at the artist who is representing them, and by extension, at the viewer contemplating the finished canvases. The individuals can be anonymous, as...

Aug 17 2019 to Feb 9 2020
Henry Clay Portrait by James Reid Lambdin

TLC, Part II: Conservation and the Collection
August 17, 2019 – February 9, 2020

In celebrating the Museum’s fortieth anniversary, this exhibition continues to recognize the institution’s mission to preserve the almost 5,000 works in the...

Sep 14 2019 to Dec 8 2019
Photo Bethany Collins "Colorblind Dictionary"

Chicago-based artist Bethany Collins manipulates language in symbolic and provocative ways. In drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, and artist’s books, she incorporates fractured or illegible phrases made by labor intensive acts of rendering and erasure. Her work addresses the personal and...

Sep 14 2019 to Dec 8 2019
"Pretty Monster" by Judy Ledgerwood

Interwoven brings together a trio of artists who make work deeply informed by feminism through their embrace of personal narratives, symbols, and choice of motifs. 
They share an interest in varied texture, a dynamic ...

Sep 14 2019 to Dec 8 2019
"Untitled" by Laura Letinsky

Laura Letinsky: Recent Works
September 14 - December 8, 2019

Laura Letinsky will be the first artist for the 2019-20 Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series. For more than two decades, Letinsky has created spare, evocative still lifes that recall both Old Master...