Rochester Contemporary Art Center

Rochester Contemporary Art Center RoCo is a venue for the exchange of ideas and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 1977. As a center for thoughtful contemporary art, RoCo provides unique encounters for audiences and extraordinary opportunities for artists.
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Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) is a venue for the exchange of ideas and a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that was founded in 1977.

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Visit The Warp & Weft archive today for the release of 4 new audio stories curated by Mara Ahmed! Click the link maraahm...
05/05/2021

Visit The Warp & Weft archive today for the release of 4 new audio stories curated by Mara Ahmed! Click the link maraahmedstudio.com and listen to:

Fall Theatrics by Roja
Fall colors collapse
on my peeling deck
tired leaves on stage
with makeup
mimic my struggles

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Bad Monk by Katherine Denison
We bond in community by place and age, by race, size, education, skills, then into self-selected groups by passions. Fish and Gun Clubbers. Skydivers. When I’m lucky, I meet someone whose base group has burst into glittery bits of divine attention. Extreme pleasures. Beautiful time-benders. Finding secret selves is my life’s joy. [Photo: Julie Gelfand, Gelfand-Piper Photography]

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This River by Zoë Lawlor
I live in a small city in the midwest of Ireland, Limerick, it wouldn’t be a city in many countries but it is here, in this small one, and it is my home. Outside my work I'm involved in a lot of activism, in Palestine solidarity, anti-war activism, refugee and migrant support and anti-racism work here. [Photo: Donal Higgins]

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Change Starts With Me by Yvonne Colton
I remember growing up as a young girl in the 90s obsessed with Disney princesses and the classic damsel in distress mentality. I would swoon over the dashing princes and men who would save the day, and of course my life wouldn’t be complete without the color pink! [Photo: Adam Eaton]

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Bridget’s Concert by Delia Robinson: An artistic response to the archive

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The Warp & Weft is a multilingual archive of stories that seeks to capture the 2020 zeitgeist. The archive is curated by interdisciplinary artist and activist filmmaker @mara__ahmed. A set of new stories will be released each week via RoCo and Mara’s social media, during the course of ‘Last Year on Earth.’

Visit The Warp & Weft archive today for the release of 4 new audio stories curated by Mara Ahmed! Click the link maraahmedstudio.com and listen to:

Fall Theatrics by Roja
Fall colors collapse
on my peeling deck
tired leaves on stage
with makeup
mimic my struggles

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Bad Monk by Katherine Denison
We bond in community by place and age, by race, size, education, skills, then into self-selected groups by passions. Fish and Gun Clubbers. Skydivers. When I’m lucky, I meet someone whose base group has burst into glittery bits of divine attention. Extreme pleasures. Beautiful time-benders. Finding secret selves is my life’s joy. [Photo: Julie Gelfand, Gelfand-Piper Photography]

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This River by Zoë Lawlor
I live in a small city in the midwest of Ireland, Limerick, it wouldn’t be a city in many countries but it is here, in this small one, and it is my home. Outside my work I'm involved in a lot of activism, in Palestine solidarity, anti-war activism, refugee and migrant support and anti-racism work here. [Photo: Donal Higgins]

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Change Starts With Me by Yvonne Colton
I remember growing up as a young girl in the 90s obsessed with Disney princesses and the classic damsel in distress mentality. I would swoon over the dashing princes and men who would save the day, and of course my life wouldn’t be complete without the color pink! [Photo: Adam Eaton]

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Bridget’s Concert by Delia Robinson: An artistic response to the archive

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The Warp & Weft is a multilingual archive of stories that seeks to capture the 2020 zeitgeist. The archive is curated by interdisciplinary artist and activist filmmaker @mara__ahmed. A set of new stories will be released each week via RoCo and Mara’s social media, during the course of ‘Last Year on Earth.’

05/04/2021

Psst...did you know RoCo is auctioning off Early Buyer Positions for 6x6x2021?

This year we're offering TEN opportunities to buy your favorite artworks early. Check out the site and be sure to bid before June 1 so you don't miss out on your favorites! 32auctions.com/organizations/63799/auctions/100727

#RoCo6x6 #EarlyBuyerPositions #Auction

For many of us 2020 is a year we can't wait to forget. As we welcome in summer 2021, visit RoCo for a poignant look back...
05/02/2021

For many of us 2020 is a year we can't wait to forget. As we welcome in summer 2021, visit RoCo for a poignant look back at our past year. From working for racial equity to mask mandates to mental health and our deteriorating environment, the artists included in this juried exhibition take us on their journey through the year like no other with honesty, venerability and ultimately hope.

Thank you to our amazing jurors who selected each of these works!
Tanvi Asher
Alexa Guzman
Kelly Cheatle

Last Year on Earth, Through the Cracks and UnJustness are on view until Saturday, May 8!

Image: installation photos of the main gallery exhibition Last Year on Earth

For many of us 2020 is a year we can't wait to forget. As we welcome in summer 2021, visit RoCo for a poignant look back at our past year. From working for racial equity to mask mandates to mental health and our deteriorating environment, the artists included in this juried exhibition take us on their journey through the year like no other with honesty, venerability and ultimately hope.

Thank you to our amazing jurors who selected each of these works!
Tanvi Asher
Alexa Guzman
Kelly Cheatle

Last Year on Earth, Through the Cracks and UnJustness are on view until Saturday, May 8!

Image: installation photos of the main gallery exhibition Last Year on Earth

05/01/2021

'UnJustness' by Talent Babii and Cerious was written after Daniel Prude's murder in response to the violence and police brutality that continues to happen across the country.

The music video is the winner of the The 2020 Experience music video competition. Shanique Byrd, editor of Tocsin Magazine, and Craig Carson of The Deadline selected 'UnJustness' as the most impactful song of the year.

The video features a mural for Daniel Prude by R(evolutionary)Beats and Project AIR and collaborators #JessicaCheng and #AlexaGuzman

Please also check out the latest song by Cerious and Talent Babii, "Raise Ya Fist" on youtube or on instagram @dadditalent.

'Unjustness' is playing at RoCo alongside our other programs exploring the year 2020.

#UnJustness #Tocsin #TocsinMagazine #TheDeadline #The2020Experience #CovidArt #VideoProgram

Visit The Warp & Weft archive today for the release of 4 new audio stories curated by Mara Ahmed! Click the link maraahm...
04/30/2021

Visit The Warp & Weft archive today for the release of 4 new audio stories curated by Mara Ahmed! Click the link maraahmedstudio.com and listen to:

Hello Baby, Welcome To A Whole New World by Nabeeha Chaudhary
I went in for a routine ultrasound in March, a couple of weeks before the baby was expected. Covid panic was just setting in, in Austin, and toilet paper was disappearing off the shelves. The doctor chatted with us about which grocery stores were better stocked and soon we were good to leave. [Photo: Massan Photography]

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Babou par Sabine Lebrun
Babou by Sabine Lebrun: I have several animals, dogs and cats, but Babou is an exceptional dog. She is an old dog and I truly dread the time of her departure, because she has incredible empathy for dogs, humans, and also members of other species.

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Connectedness by Mara Ahmed
Although I’ve always revolted against linearity, I think I began to engage seriously with the concept of time during the fall of 2019, when I introduced my students to Afrofuturisms. [Photo: Aitezaz Ahmed]

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Connection, Isolation, and Imagination by Arseniy Gutnik
During this pandemic, I have been thinking about connection and isolation. The new normal of quarantines and lockdowns has impacted my connections with people, and heightened my awareness of connecting with myself.

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Barbs Inside My Flesh by Rollie Mukherjee: An artistic response to the archive

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Listen to/read the full stories at www.maraahmedstudio.com/category/warpweft/

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Listen to/read the full stories at www.maraahmedstudio.com/category/warpweft/

The Warp & Weft is a multilingual archive of stories that seeks to capture the 2020 zeitgeist. The archive is curated by interdisciplinary artist and activist filmmaker @mara__ahmed. A set of new stories will be released each week via RoCo and Mara’s social media, during the course of ‘Last Year on Earth.’

Visit The Warp & Weft archive today for the release of 4 new audio stories curated by Mara Ahmed! Click the link maraahmedstudio.com and listen to:

Hello Baby, Welcome To A Whole New World by Nabeeha Chaudhary
I went in for a routine ultrasound in March, a couple of weeks before the baby was expected. Covid panic was just setting in, in Austin, and toilet paper was disappearing off the shelves. The doctor chatted with us about which grocery stores were better stocked and soon we were good to leave. [Photo: Massan Photography]

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Babou par Sabine Lebrun
Babou by Sabine Lebrun: I have several animals, dogs and cats, but Babou is an exceptional dog. She is an old dog and I truly dread the time of her departure, because she has incredible empathy for dogs, humans, and also members of other species.

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Connectedness by Mara Ahmed
Although I’ve always revolted against linearity, I think I began to engage seriously with the concept of time during the fall of 2019, when I introduced my students to Afrofuturisms. [Photo: Aitezaz Ahmed]

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Connection, Isolation, and Imagination by Arseniy Gutnik
During this pandemic, I have been thinking about connection and isolation. The new normal of quarantines and lockdowns has impacted my connections with people, and heightened my awareness of connecting with myself.

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Barbs Inside My Flesh by Rollie Mukherjee: An artistic response to the archive

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Listen to/read the full stories at www.maraahmedstudio.com/category/warpweft/

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Listen to/read the full stories at www.maraahmedstudio.com/category/warpweft/

The Warp & Weft is a multilingual archive of stories that seeks to capture the 2020 zeitgeist. The archive is curated by interdisciplinary artist and activist filmmaker @mara__ahmed. A set of new stories will be released each week via RoCo and Mara’s social media, during the course of ‘Last Year on Earth.’

04/29/2021

The 6x6x2021 Global Online Preview launches May 14 at 10am EDT! This will be your first chance to see the thousands of 2021 artworks we've received! Be sure to visit roco6x6.org any time after May 14 to find your favorites before the Art Sale Kickoff on June 5.

#RoCo6x6 #GlobalOnlinePreview #RoCo137 #InternationalArtists #RochesterArtists

04/28/2021

Our beloved, long-term volunteer Katie is a fixture at the RoCo front desk! From 6x6 to the members exhibition, from install to welcoming visitors, Katie's calm and kind presence is a gift we're thankful for everyday! Please help us thank Katie and learn a bit more about her below.

Q: How did you learn about RoCo?
A: I'm sure I first heard of RoCo through City Newspaper while looking for things to do. The first show I visited was one of the Members shows!

Q: What made you want to get involved?
A: I was interested in finding a place to volunteer and I saw a call for volunteers on IG!

Q: What are some of your volunteer responsibilities at RoCo?
A: I help at the front desk, greeting members and helping with membership and member engagement, some social media and other admin-y tasks around the gallery. Honestly every week is a little different, which is fun!

Q: Do you have a favorite piece of Public Art in Rochester?
A: I loved watching Sarah Rutherford's piece on State St come together last year. It's on my way home and it was really cool to see the progress.

Q: What do you do that’s still analog?
A: I like to walk to work when the weather is nice.

Q: Where is (was) your favorite place, in the East End, to get dinner/drinks after an opening?
A: I like Unter, or honestly grabbing something from Javas to stay caffeinated

Q: What’s the most recent thing you’ve added to your collection?
A: The most recent addition to my collection was "COVID hair" by Sara Gallagher from RoCo's Annual Members Exhibition!

Q: Do you have a favorite RoCo memory?
A: I really loved the opening for Take Back the Walls, which was an exhibition of artists who all work in museums throughout NYS. All the artists were so fun and open and seemed to be having a good night!

04/27/2021

Do YOU want to get your hands on your favorite 6x6 artworks this year? Buy admission for the Virtual Opening & Artwork Sale Kickoff! This June 5 event will be held exclusively online, and will be your first chance to purchase artworks from 6x6x2021 (unless you bid on an early buyer position 😏 ), so get your admission to the opening now!

Visit roco6x6.org to purchase your virtual admission ($12 / $8 RoCo Members), or call/visit us in-person.

#RoCo6x6 #RoCo137 #VirtualOpening #VirtualArtworkSale

Thanks so much for sharing Destinations of New York State - YOU can visit 6x6 in person, in our gallery space June 9 - J...
04/27/2021
IT’S BACK – 6X6X2021 FACE TO FACE!

Thanks so much for sharing Destinations of New York State - YOU can visit 6x6 in person, in our gallery space June 9 - July 16

Listings of events, concerts, music, theater, sights, attractions, outdoors, wineries, breweries and restaurants of New York State regions and counties

We can't wait to host Frazee Feet Dance this Saturday, May 1st at 4pm! Their newest work 'Cautionary' will premiere alon...
04/26/2021

We can't wait to host Frazee Feet Dance this Saturday, May 1st at 4pm! Their newest work 'Cautionary' will premiere alongside several other works presented by companies and choreographers as part of West Fest 2021!

It is FREE to tune in and watch! To receive the streaming link and password, click the link in Frazee Feet's bio or visit www.westfestdance.com

Happy Friday, folx!

We are very excited to share more details about our upcoming premier with @westfestdance. 🙌

Tune in on Saturday, May 1st at 4pm EST to view our newest work 'Cautionary' alongside several other works presented by companies and choreographers such as:

BOiNK! Dance & Film
Graham 2
Rachael Lieblein-Jurbala Dance Works
Homesick Productions
Emily Laird and Amy Symonds

It is FREE to tune in and watch! To receive the streaming link and password, click the link in our bio or simply visit @westfestdance's website: www.westfestdance.com

We are also very excited to share that we will be streaming our work from @roco137! Make sure to give them a follow and check out their website for more information on their current and upcoming exhibits. 🎨

Lastly, Company Artist @thelmurawski will be taking over our IG tomorrow to take you through her day leading up to our dress rehearsal for this performance! Make sure to tune into our IG story for more behind the scenes footage and all of the Frazee Feet shenanigans we know you all love to see. 🤣

What do David Bowie, The North End in Boston and Yayoi Kusama all have in common? Our member spotlight, Werner Sun! Than...
04/25/2021

What do David Bowie, The North End in Boston and Yayoi Kusama all have in common? Our member spotlight, Werner Sun! Thank you for your support all the way from Ithaca, Werner! Click the link below to see the full interview.

http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/member-spotlight-werner-sun/

What do David Bowie, The North End in Boston and Yayoi Kusama all have in common? Our member spotlight, Werner Sun! Thank you for your support all the way from Ithaca, Werner! Click the link below to see the full interview.

http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/member-spotlight-werner-sun/

04/24/2021
The Road We're On

"The Road We’re On" by Rochester Homeless Union and the NYS Poor People's Campaign follows Patrick Braswell, the late founder of the Rochester Homeless Union, as he and other activists grapple with a housing crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The piece explores the Rochester Homeless Union's work to end homelessness by developing leadership of those directly impacted, political education and direct actions that challenge the economic system that creates homelessness.

Rochester Homeless Union is an organization committed to ending homelessness by centering leadership of the homeless. NYS Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival was formed in 2018 and seeks to mobilize people across New York State against the injustices of systemic poverty, racism, ecological devastation, and militarism.

We join the Rochester Homeless Union in mourning the loss and celebrating the incredible impact of Patrick Braswell who passed away February 5, 2021.

"The Road We're On" is part of "Through the Cracks" a collection of short films curated by Darien Lamen and presented by RCTV, Rochester's Community Media Center.

#ThroughTheCracks #RCTV #QuarantineArt #JuriedExhibition #CovidArt #VideoProgram

04/24/2021

Take a little trip through design history with us! #RoCo6x6 started 14 years ago! Each season we work as a team to design the 6x6 visual identity. The original small art phenomenon began here in 2008. In 2010, participants voted to hold the 6x6 exhibition again (check the 6x6x2010 — you asked for it) and again…and AGAIN.

Do you have a favorite design? #OftenImitatedNeverDuplicated

Join us for 6x6x2021 opening night!Opening night is virtual this year, admission can be purchased on our website; $12 / ...
04/23/2021

Join us for 6x6x2021 opening night!

Opening night is virtual this year, admission can be purchased on our website; $12 / $8 for RoCo members! You may also participate in the art sale by bidding for an early buyer position, winners receive first pick of any 6x6 artworks off the website! You can read more at roco6x6.org FAQ page for more details on admission and how to get involved!

Although opening night is virtual, 6x6 WILL be installed this year, so please come down to RoCo June 9-July 18 to view the exhibition in person! We're excited to have you back!

#smallartsale #opening #roco6x6 #admission #entertowin #bidonart

Join us for 6x6x2021 opening night!

Opening night is virtual this year, admission can be purchased on our website; $12 / $8 for RoCo members! You may also participate in the art sale by bidding for an early buyer position, winners receive first pick of any 6x6 artworks off the website! You can read more at roco6x6.org FAQ page for more details on admission and how to get involved!

Although opening night is virtual, 6x6 WILL be installed this year, so please come down to RoCo June 9-July 18 to view the exhibition in person! We're excited to have you back!

#smallartsale #opening #roco6x6 #admission #entertowin #bidonart

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137 East Ave
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Thursday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 12:00 - 21:00
Saturday 12:00 - 17:00

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Reynols Sonic Marathon at Stadium: 12 Hours of Music in Minneapolis!
Theresa, check out the Rochester Contemporary art center in Rochchacha. My nickname for our home town. They have an exhibition for 6X6 pieces of art and get entries from all over the world. Check it out. You should send in an entry
This popped up on an empty lot on Newcroft Park! This should be next to the RoCo!
I can’t be in Rochester due to circumstances but I’d like for you to help me get this message to the proper channels. Arts organizations/libraries are great message disseminators in these times as they inherently possess the filters and analytical powers to transform society and the creativity to make substantive change. It’s pretty much their job. Support local Rochester organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs of Rochester who've had feet on the ground since around Rochester's last insurrection in 1964. Ask them what are their needs. This part is crucial! And current leaders must meet their demands no matter what! Accept their terms. No matter how outlandish the ideas may seem. Retrospectively many aspects of society we think nothing of today seemed outlandish at their conception. But Rochester can set an example for the country to follow. Rochester has the formula for and has consistently been the catalyst historically for revolutionary change. Be it workers rights, woman's suffrage, abolition, and It still is. And there is much work to be done especially for lower class BIPOC communities. You need to be looking for leaders who come from the struggle and can bring these ideas to fruition and bridge communities. Learn from history, watch Darryl Porters clips in the July 1964 documentary there is a description here. http://rochester.indymedia.org/node/101216 Look for that kind of leader today, they are out there on the street as you read this. Adrian Elim has that spark if you ask me. Thank you.
Sad news, but well delivered. All digital sale this year. 😕
Someone keeps marring my mailers!
The new Life in the Finger Lakes magazine!
I can't find my pieces from 2017.. wish I wrote down the numbers..it's a lot of art to go thru..but it takes up some of this time stuck in the house..😉
the gaiiery at 321 east ave feb 1 fri 6 till 9 pm live music and art thanks for supporting the arts