Rose Art Museum

Rose Art Museum Dedicated to collecting and exhibiting modern and contemporary art at Brandeis University since 1961. Free and open to the public.
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The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University is among the nation’s premier university museums dedicated to 20th and 21st century art. A center of cultural and intellectual life on campus, the museum serves as a living textbook for object-based learning, a home and resource for artists, and a catalyst for artistic expression, scholarly innovation, and the production of new knowledge through art. With its international collections, changing exhibitions, and diverse public programs, the Rose affirms and advances the values of freedom of expression, academic excellence, global diversity, and social justice that are the hallmarks of Brandeis University. An active participant in the academic, cultural and social life of Brandeis, the Rose seeks to stimulate public awareness and disseminate knowledge of modern and contemporary art to enrich educational, cultural and artistic communities regionally, nationally and internationally. The Rose affirms the principle that knowledge of the past informs an understanding of the present and provides the critical foundation for shaping the future. It promotes learning and understanding of the evolving meanings, ideas and forms of visual art relevant to contemporary society.

Watch celebrated minimalist artist Ellsworth Kelly in conversation with former Rose Art Museum director Christopher Bedf...
05/27/2020

Watch celebrated minimalist artist Ellsworth Kelly in conversation with former Rose Art Museum director Christopher Bedford, at the Rose in 2013, now!

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Celebrated minimalist artist Ellsworth Kelly drew his carefully balanced compositions from observations of the world aro...
05/27/2020

Celebrated minimalist artist Ellsworth Kelly drew his carefully balanced compositions from observations of the world around him, from curves and sharp angles found in nature to shadows cast across architectural facades. As a child, Kelly found joy and entertainment in birdwatching, and credited this interest in birds as the beginning of a lifelong, artistic fascination with color. Kelly’s "Blue White" (1962) was one of the earliest acquisitions made for the Rose Art Museum's permanent collection, purchased directly from the artist’s studio the year it was painted.

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“There’s so much to worry about and so little to do these days—[this illustration] was a small thing that I could do to ...
05/19/2020
How to Draw the Coronavirus

“There’s so much to worry about and so little to do these days—[this illustration] was a small thing that I could do to contribute with my particular skillset.”

A major component of Dora García’s current exhibition at the Rose Art Museum, “Love with Obstacles,” are documents, book...
05/18/2020

A major component of Dora García’s current exhibition at the Rose Art Museum, “Love with Obstacles,” are documents, books, and drawings from the artist’s archive and the Brandeis University's archive such as those pictured here.

Piece’s from the Rose’s permanent collection also populate the walls of the exhibition as well, from Zoe Leonard’s "I Want a President,” to Man Ray’s 1966 photograph, "Catherine Deneuve.”

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Naomi Safran-Hon’s textured paintings of abandoned houses hint at our entangled and contradictory relationships to the p...
05/18/2020
Paintings that Demolish the Myths of What a Home Should Be

Naomi Safran-Hon’s textured paintings of abandoned houses hint at our entangled and contradictory relationships to the places we live.

Naomi Safran-Hon’s textured paintings of abandoned houses hint at our entangled and contradictory relationships to the places we live.

Although the Guggenheim’s “Countryside” show was shuttered by the pandemic, its crop of cherry tomatoes is still growing...
05/18/2020
The Museum Is Closed, but Its Tomato Man Soldiers On

Although the Guggenheim’s “Countryside” show was shuttered by the pandemic, its crop of cherry tomatoes is still growing, and feeding New Yorkers.

Although the Guggenheim’s “Countryside” show was shuttered by the pandemic, its crop of cherry tomatoes is still growing, and feeding New Yorkers.

The artworks not only serve as an acknowledgment of the important contributions of essential workers; they are also appe...
05/17/2020
More Than 30 Artists and Designers Are Creating Billboards for Times Square and Beyond to Honor Essential Workers Across the US

The artworks not only serve as an acknowledgment of the important contributions of essential workers; they are also appearing in once-bustling parts of cities that are now mostly frequented by transportation employees, sanitation workers, delivery people, and grocery store clerks, many of whom are migrants.

Jenny Holzer, Carrie Mae Weems, and Duke Riley are among the artists and designers making works to be shown in New York, Boston, and Chicago.

#TBT to the opening celebration of Chris Burden’s “Light of Reason” at the Rose Art Museum, on a sunny day much like tod...
05/14/2020

#TBT to the opening celebration of Chris Burden’s “Light of Reason” at the Rose Art Museum, on a sunny day much like today in 2014. This site-specific sculpture was inspired by the Brandeis University seal and a well-known quote by the university’s namesake, Supreme Court Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis: “If we would guide by the light of reason, we must let our minds be bold.” We are looking forward to welcoming you back to gather with us in the future.

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In a new collaboration with the Getty, the Google Arts & Culture app lets you remake any photo as a work by van Gogh, Cé...
05/14/2020
Transform the World Around You Into Famous Artworks With This App

In a new collaboration with the Getty, the Google Arts & Culture app lets you remake any photo as a work by van Gogh, Cézanne, Kahlo, Kusama, and other renowned artists.

In a new collaboration with the Getty, the Google Arts & Culture app lets you remake any photo as a work by van Gogh, Cézanne, Kahlo, Kusama, and other renowned artists.

I don’t see time or going back in time when using images from the past. I see rather a situation in the images that is c...
05/13/2020

I don’t see time or going back in time when using images from the past. I see rather a situation in the images that is current and present in our time. We haven’t changed that much, maybe the clothes and hairdos, but we remain the same, in the same situations and struggles.

—Annette Lemieux

Annette Lemieux’s "Left Right Left Right" comprises news images from the 1930s to the 1970s, which have been cropped to isolate and focus on the raised fists of such figures as Martin Luther King Jr., Jane Fonda, Richard Nixon, and Miss America.

Affixed to sign boards and collectively presented, these repurposed images gain an urgency that they might not have individually possessed. Lemieux highlights a traditional gesture of protest, yet ultimately posits a more complex picture of mass demonstration, in which both power and political identity are ambiguously defined.

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Jenny Holzer speaks with another artist who has long fused politics and aesthetics, Kiki Smith.
05/13/2020
Jenny Holzer - Interview Magazine

Jenny Holzer speaks with another artist who has long fused politics and aesthetics, Kiki Smith.

As an artist, Jenny Holzer has always had a certain fascination with illuminating the power of the written word. But her more recent work explores what happens when certain words are deemed too powerful—or dangerous or politically damaging—to be seen

While many artworks are best engaged in person, many others come across just as well when seen or heard through speakers...
05/13/2020
For a Time of Staying In, 23 Artworks to See and Hear Online

While many artworks are best engaged in person, many others come across just as well when seen or heard through speakers and screens.

From essential absurdist sound pieces to screen-scrambling examples of net.art, here are works that can be seen and heard at home.

With the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York shut during its anniversary, our critic strolls with a historian along...
05/13/2020
Take a Virtual Tour of New York’s Museum District

With the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York shut during its anniversary, our critic strolls with a historian along a posh stretch of Fifth Avenue called Museum Mile.

With the Metropolitan Museum shut during its anniversary, our critic strolls with a historian along a posh stretch of Fifth Avenue called Museum Mile.

“I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste,” reads a quote from Duchamp at ...
05/13/2020
New Marcel Duchamp Documentary Is a Sophisticated Survey—and Timely Home Viewing

“I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste,” reads a quote from Duchamp at the start—setting up the mix of indulgence and asceticism that would seed his work over the decades from the 1910s until his death in 1968.

‘Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible’ features a mix of starry and scholarly names.

Artist Lorna Simpson on self-isolation, her early career, and making slow moves towards restarting her practice.
05/13/2020
Lorna Simpson: 'There are days when I cry four times for an hour'

Artist Lorna Simpson on self-isolation, her early career, and making slow moves towards restarting her practice.

Her incendiary collages of vintage black pinups made her one of the most influential artists of her time. Now she’s battling the ‘insanity’ of Trump’s America

Last month we hosted our very first online conversation, featuring artist Dora García and Senior Curator-at-Large Ruth E...
05/12/2020

Last month we hosted our very first online conversation, featuring artist Dora García and Senior Curator-at-Large Ruth Estévez! They delved into topics such as radical social change, isolation, the micro-stories behind official history, censorship, the echo of exile, García's exhibition at the Rose, and much more.

If you missed it—you can now stream this conversation online! --> https://bit.ly/2yQ7rFu

Closed captioning and a full transcript are available.

Happy birthday to minimalist painter, sculptor, and printmaker Frank Stella! The installation image pictures here is fro...
05/12/2020

Happy birthday to minimalist painter, sculptor, and printmaker Frank Stella!

The installation image pictures here is from Stella’s 1979 exhibition at the Rose Art Museum, "Frank Stella: Metallic Reliefs.” Followed by one of the multiple works by Stella in the Rose’s permanent collection.

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#TBT to sculptor Louise Nevelson’s first museum retrospective, which opened at the Rose Art Museum in 1967. Organized in...
05/07/2020

#TBT to sculptor Louise Nevelson’s first museum retrospective, which opened at the Rose Art Museum in 1967.

Organized in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Rose exhibition was unique for the degree to which Nevelson herself curated and staged its presentation: under her direction, both floors of the original Rose building were transformed to create an encompassing, theatrical environment in which to view her work.

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Sound artist Maria Chávez on how memory informs her creative practice, how trauma shapes and changes us, and what we nee...
05/07/2020
On memory, trauma, and imagining a new world

Sound artist Maria Chávez on how memory informs her creative practice, how trauma shapes and changes us, and what we need to prioritize as we slowly emerge into a post-virus world.

Sound artist Maria Chávez on how surviving brain surgery changed her perspective, understanding the value of sound art and field recordings, and imagining life in a post-virus world

Throughout her career, Kiki Smith has worked in a variety of media, including glass, papier-mâché, wax, bronze, and fabr...
05/05/2020

Throughout her career, Kiki Smith has worked in a variety of media, including glass, papier-mâché, wax, bronze, and fabric. In this work by Smith, “Lucy’s Daughters,” which entered the Rose Art Museum’s permanent collection in 1992, we see the artist’s fascination with the human body which fuels much of her creative process.

Starkly mapping forms in all of their functions and deformities, her frank, sure lines create both portraits and fables while confronting notions of gender, sexuality, and oppression. This work is on view in the Rose exhibition, “Yesterdays Tomorrow: Selections from the Rose Collection, 1933-2018,” currently installed at the museum.

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A look inside David Zwirner's online initiative "Platform: New York," which features works by Josh Kline, Elaine Cameron...
05/05/2020
David Zwirner Debuts ‘Platform: New York’ in Collaboration with Downtown Galleries

A look inside David Zwirner's online initiative "Platform: New York," which features works by Josh Kline, Elaine Cameron-Weir, Keegan Monaghan, and others presented by 12 New York-based galleries.

For the first time, as part of an initiative to quell the impact of nation-wide gallery closures, David Zwirner has partnered with a host of smaller Lower east side galleries to bring virtual sales…

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Brandeis University, 415 South St
Waltham, MA
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The Rose Art Museum is located on the campus of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Admission is free, always. The galleries are closed to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays, and holidays.

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Wednesday 11:00 - 17:00
Thursday 11:00 - 17:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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The Rose Art Museum has been dedicated to collecting and exhibiting modern and contemporary art at Brandeis University since 1961. We are free, open to the public, and 20 minutes from downtown Boston. With its highly respected international collection, scholarly exhibitions, and multidisciplinary academic and public programs, the Rose affirms and advances the values of freedom of expression, global diversity, and social justice that are the hallmarks of Brandeis University.

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