Past Exhibitions

Sep 8 2018 to Dec 9 2018
still from GRASS video

Alix Pearlstein’s work in video and performance often brings together groups of actors to explore scripted and improvised movements and dialogue. The results possess a sense of purpose and restraint as the camera and participating bodies negotiate shared space. In 2017, we invited Pearlstein to...

Sep 8 2018 to Dec 9 2018
digital print by Didier Morelli

Downstage from Meatyard

Sep 8 2018 to Dec 9 2018
"Untitled" by Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Ralph Eugene Meatyard: Stages for Being

Ralph Eugene Meatyard (1925 – 1972) made his living as an optician in Lexington while creating enigmatic photographs featuring friends and family members posed in abandoned places, often wearing masks or enacting symbolic...

Jan 26 2019 to Aug 4 2019
Image of Hold Painting Before and After Conservation

It is not just people who need tender loving care. Sometimes art does, too. A conservator, who is equal parts chemist and artist, may remove yellowed varnish and gently clean the surface; fill in some missing areas of paint; or attach a lining to the back of a canvas to help stabilize the paint...

Jan 26 2019 to Jun 30 2019
Corneille, La femme aux paupiéres peintes prēte ses formes rondes aux dures lames de l’herbe (The woman with painted eyelids lends her curved form to the hard blades of grass) from the series Enchantements de L’Ete, 1977, Lithograph on paper, Collection o

Seventy years ago—in the aftermath of the unprecedented devastation of World War II—a group of artists and poets came together in a Parisian café with the intention of creating a movement that rejected European traditions in favor of something new, fresh, and spontaneous. They named themselves...

Jan 26 2019 to May 5 2019
Photo of Stephanie Syjuco, Cargo Cults: Head Bundle

Stephanie Syjuco’s photographs and installation work address a range of contemporary issues, including the disputed ground of identity; nationality and citizenship; and the varied legacies of colonialism. The artist was born in the Philippines and came to United States with her family at the age...

Jan 26 2019 to May 5 2019
Photo of Michael Flomen's "Double Trouble"

In his monumental photographs, Michael Flomen connects to the pulse and substance of the natural world. Working at night, he coaxes fireflies to trace their paths in bioluminescent light on sheets of film, as in the diptych Double Trouble, a recent gift to the Museum. He takes swaths of...

Feb 16 2019 to May 5 2019
RALPH STEADMAN, ‘Don’t draw, Ralph! It’s a filthy habit…’ HST. Self-Poortrait, 2006, Pen, brush, and ink on paper with celluloid and collage and strip of ink-splattered paper from desk, Private collection © Ralph Steadman.

Ralph Steadman is one of the world’s most acclaimed graphic artists, and his work combines expressive lines and emphatic ink splatters that depict a range of subjects. Featuring more than 100 original works, this retrospective includes his earliest published cartoon from 1956, and drawings seen...

Feb 16 2019 to May 5 2019
Elizabeth Pearl Nasaw, aka Lyx Ish, aka Elizabeth Was, Mail Art to John Held Jr., 1987. John Held Papers Relating to Mail Art, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Due to the government shutdown, our Pushing the Envelope: Mail Art from the Archives of American Art exhibition which was scheduled to open on January 26, is delayed. The works are coming from the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and will be shipped to us as soon as possible upon...

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...