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Now On View: What You’ll See This Season at The Rockwell

Experience American art through the eyes of American artists.

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Here is what you’ll see at The Rockwell Museum right now:  

Spotlight Exhibition (Floor 1M)

Nickolas Muray, Frida on White Bench, New York, 1939.

Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray

On view: September 24, 2022 – January 22, 2023
Location: Spotlight Gallery, Floor 1M

Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray presents an intimate look at Frida Kahlo, Mexico’s most prolific and well-known female artist, through the lens of her long-time friend and lover, photographer Nickolas Muray.

Muray’s photographs bring to light Kahlo’s deep interest in her Mexican heritage, her life and the people significant to her with whom she shared a close friendship. Muray photographed Kahlo more than any of his other subjects, and these portraits became integral to the world’s understanding of who Frida Kahlo was as an individual behind her artwork.

This traveling exhibition has been organized through the Nickolas Muray Archives and is circulated by GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

This exhibition is made possible with support by Corning Incorporated Global Latino Organization.

Through the Lens

Special Exhibitions

Wendy Red Star Apsáalooke: Children of the Large-Beaked Bird

On view: June 18 – October 17, 2022 
Location: KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab

Multimedia artist Wendy Red Star, a member of the Apsáalooke* (Crow) tribe, uses historic imagery and material culture as direct references for her own photographs and installations. Children of the Large-Beaked Bird provides an opportunity for children and adults to look at the history and identity of a people as told through their point of view. As the artist notes: “It is critical to preserve and pass along culture, heritage, and shared values while also providing future generations with a sense of identity, solidarity, and empowerment.”


The Last Dance is a sculpture of a male Native American dancer. He is crouched down, low to the ground with his torso almost parallel to his thighs. His arms are fully outstretched on either side of his body with a cape of eagle wings spread across his arms and back. On his head, he is wearing an eagle headdress, with the beak extending out over his forehead as he looks to his left.Please Touch! The Art of Michael Naranjo

On view: May 14 – October 30, 2022
Location: Special Projects Gallery

Artworks on exhibit in museums are typically accompanied by signs that say, “Please do not touch.” Please Touch! The Art of Michael Naranjo invites visitors to experience remarkable bronze sculptures that are touchable – created by a Native American artist whose compelling life story will inspire reflection about art and artistic inspiration.

This exhibition is courtesy of Tia Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Michael and Laura Naranjo.

Please Touch!

Antigravity: Leaning into the Sun

On view: March 18, 2022 – February 12, 2023
Location: Rockwell Museum, Floor 1

ANTIGRAVITY is an endeavor premiered in 2018 to create an annual opportunity for emerging artists. Artist Rachel Hellmann’s site-specific mural recognizes the power of the sun and our inherent need for warmth. It also recognizes our desire to be connected after a difficult year with many facing challenging social isolation. 



WPA Women Printmakers

On view: January 22 – December 31, 2022 
Location: Members’ Gallery (Floor 2)

The Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project was designed to help put American artists back to work during the Depression, marking a movement when many women and artists of color found an opportunity in the fine arts. See this series of woodblock prints by women artists of the 1930s, recently gifted to The Rockwell collection by Dr. Marianne Woods in memory of Kenneth Cooper.

Women Printmakers


ArtRx: Creative Antidotes


ArtRx is a response to the state of being human in America in 2020. ArtRx started as a way to process the COVID-19 pandemic. We quickly realized that if we’re talking about the unprecedented magnitude of loss and change, the awakening of the country to systemic racism needed to be part of the conversation as well. Throughout your visit, find staff responses to collection artworks through the lens of ArtRx.

creative antidotes





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