Current Exhibitions

The Rockwell Museum collection portrays the spirit, character and values of America through the eyes of American artists, focusing on the complex story of the great migration West.

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Our collection is more than a sampling of traditional American artists – the pieces housed within our Museum walls convey the story of the American experience. A diverse and unique display, the artwork prompts us to think critically and challenge our conceptions of the great American West and the people who live there.

Our collections and rotating exhibits serve great purpose in the community. These works of art are functional teaching pieces – they present some of our best opportunities to connect with our audiences, young and old.  

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

Blanket Stories: Western Door, Salt Sacks and Three Sisters

May 5, 2017 – September 5, 2017

This summer at The Rockwell, explore the histories and memories tied to humble household objects – blankets – with Seneca native artist and proto-feminist Marie Watt. How can a simple blanket ignite conversations? What memories are held in the folds? How can fabric tie an individual to the community at large, or to a place and time?

blanket stories

Swan etching by Thomas French, 1957

Thomas French, The Swan, 1957. Soft-ground etching on paper. Clara S. Peck Fund Purchase. 2017.3

Print + Process

April 28, 2017 – February 2018

In this exhibition, we present important prints from the early 20th century and discuss the process by which they were made. The printmaking process is highly technical and therefore confusing to many of us.  The exhibit features a broad body of work that illustrates the various printmaking techniques that were popular during the Modernist period.

Masters of American Printmaking

Katsina_iconContemporary Katsina Dolls of the Ashman Collection

Ongoing

According to Hopi religion, the Katsinam each embody a different element of life. Katsina dolls were originally used to teach Hopi children and instruct them on socially-proper behavior. This collection has been created by a varied group of native artists of different times, regions and backgrounds.

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Lock, Stock and BarrelLock, Stock & Barrel

Ongoing

This selection of historic long arms and handguns is from the Robert F. “Bobby” Rockwell, III collection. From the American Revolution to the Hollywood cowboy, these historic firearms help tell the story of America and explores two and a half centuries of innovation in technology.

Historic Firearms

 

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Explore our permanent collection or a special exhibition on a guided group tour led by one of our friendly and experienced Museum Docents, or on your own with a self-guided group tour.

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