29th Annual Members Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 6-9pm 10% off for members Awards Announced: December 6 at 7pm First Friday: Dec. 6 & Jan. 3, 6-9pm The Days the Artists Spoke: Dec. 14 & Jan. 3 Artwork Pick-up: Jan. 12, 5-7pm, Jan. 13 & 14, 12-6pm Closed to the Public: December 25, 26, 27

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State of the City 2019

Opening Reception: October 4, 6-9pm Artist Talk: October 5, 2pm State of the City brings together a range of artists from various backgrounds and artistic practices. Each of the projects featured in this exhibition examine different cultures, communities, and stories that make up the city of Rochester. 2019 marks the return

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Remembrance of Things Fast

Opening Reception: October 4, 6-9pm *Screening on Thursdays & Saturdays, 59 minutes Remembrance of Things Fast: True Stories Visual Lies, 1994 by John Maybury (b. 1958, London) is a landmark work, in terms of its use of high-end post-production techniques and visual f/x to construct an imaginary, complex and thoroughly

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Avatar Poetics

Opening Reception: October 4, 6-9pm *Screening on Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays Avatar Poetics is a program of videos by artists who use animation, digitally mediated modes of performance, and computer-generated characters to explore themes of the virtual ‘self’ as it relates to queerness, cyberfeminism, fantasy world-building, and the erotics, horrors

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The White Road by Christina Brinkman

Opening Reception: October 4, 6-9pm Please join us for this exhibition of new porcelain vessels and sculptures by multifaceted artist, designer and sculptor Christina Brinkman. Of this new work Christina has said: I am guided by touch and engagement with the material. Nature and organic form help bring direction and

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Jazz Fest Special Hours

Stop by RoCo during Jazz Fest! Fri. 6/21, 12pm - 11pm Sat. 6/22, 12pm - 11pm Sun. 6/23, 12pm - 10pm Mon. 6/24, 7 pm - 10pm Tue. 6/25, 4 pm - 10pm Wed. 6/26, 12pm - 10pm Thu. 6/27, 12pm - 10pm Fri. 6/28, 12pm - 11pm Sat. 6/39,

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6×6 Scavenger Hunt

Get with your favorite humans and get to RoCo for the 2019 artwork scavenger hunt! We'll help you find 6x6 treasures with some fun (and challenging) artwork hunts. You can play anytime before July 5 at 8pm. Winners will get a 6x6 gift certificate, a RoCo thredz t-shirt, one of

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Observation Towers

Heather Swenson's newest project Observation Towers combines the artist's interest in printmaking and sculpture and brings her work into a public space for the first time. Through mimicking parts of their surroundings while simultaneously pulling visual information from other spaces, these structures investigate sense of place. Observations are layered on

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Take Back The Walls

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) announces Take Back the Walls, a juried exhibition of artworks by New York State artists who also work in museums, galleries and arts organizations. This new, statewide project highlights the many talented creatives employed by New York’s numerous arts institutions and galleries, yet are often behind

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Cut & Paste

Cut & Paste features collage artworks by over 100 established artists, emerging artists, and collectives. Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 6-9pm Exhibiting Artists Include: Bonnie Barber, Lou Beach, Lydia Boddie-Rice, Tyler Bohm, Michaela Borg, Heather Brand, Phil Carney, Erin Case, Joe Castro, Carl Chiarenza, Rebecca Clouatre, Andrea Coates, Eugenia Conde,

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Princess: Out There

Out There is a concept video album and live performance piece by the band Princess. The science fiction narrative piece is Beyonce’s "Lemonade" meets “Hamilton” meets Kraftwerk. The project explores the role men ought to be playing during the current cultural reckoning of misogyny. The power of the Divine Feminine

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Carbon Records: 25 Years of Cover Art

Opening Reception: April 5, 6-9pm This exhibition presents album cover art by Carbon Records showcasing the record label's remarkable commitment to visual art and design. About Artist and Carbon Records Carbon Records is a small independent record label based in Rochester NY run by Joe Tunis. Carbon started releasing records

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Mystical Videos by Alexis Gideon

**Princess (Alexis Gideon and Michael O’Neill) will debut their new project Out There at RoCo March 19, 7-9pm. Opening Reception:April 5, 6-9pm The Comet and the Glacier (2016, 25mins 26secs, Super 8, HD video) *Loops Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays Combining installation, music, video, performance, animation, clay reliefs, and paintings on glass, The

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Dancing Bear

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) and The Metropolitan are proud to announce the permanent installation of a recent public artwork by Rochester-born artist, Scott Small. Dancing Bear is dedicated to his late mother, beloved Rochester Artist Edith "Edie" Lunt Small. The large bronze sculpture commemorates Edith’s love of animals and her contributions to

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Eclipsing the Sun / a Biological Storm

Opening Reception: February 1, 6-9pm Eclipsing the Sun / a Biological Storm is a collaboration between visual artist Todd McGrain and animator Fola Akinola. At the time of European arrival, Passenger Pigeons accounted for up to forty per cent of the land birds of North America. They flew in vast

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Sweepings by Cory Card

Opening Reception: February 1, 6-9pm Card's Sweepings is an intimate examination of detritus. Debris, dust, lint, and hair accumulate—in corners, under furniture, or in the drain—until they are casually swept up and discarded. The drawings in Sweepings reveal the intricate beauty of these detrital objects, waste shed by the body

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Landscapes and the Unbuilt

Landscapes and The Unbuilt is a new exhibition that reflects artist interactions with land and natural places. This two-part exhibition pairs nine Rochester-based artists with nine Genesee Land Trust conserved properties; and presents two new sculptural installations related to human impact on the land. Ranging from painters to sculptors to

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6x6x2019

The International Small Art Phenomenon returns for the 12th year! Global Online Purchasing NOW LIVE! Sold Out Artists’ Names Revealed Online: July 5 First Friday Scavenger Hunt: July 5 Purchased Artwork Pick-Up: July 14 - 17, 12-6pm For more information: roco6x6.org For 12 years Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s 6x6 has brought together thousands

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Scenes of Place: Milwaukee

Opening Reception: October 5, 6-9pm Scenes of Place is an occasional series of curated video programs brought to Rochester from around the Great Lakes and beyond. This first edition of Scenes of Place features works by video artists living and working in Milwaukee, WI. The program is curated by Milwaukee-based

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28th Annual Members Exhibition

Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, 6-9pm 10% off for members Awards Announced: December 7 at 7pm First Friday: Jan. 4, 6-9pm The Days the Artists Spoke: December 15 & Jan. 4 Artwork Pick-up: January 13, 5-7pm, January 14 & 15, 12-6pm Closed to the Public: December 24, 25, 26, 31 &

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Landscape Lottery by Jim Mott

Opening Reception: October 5, 6-9pm Mott's Landscape Lottery project uses a simple method (rolling a dice) for generating mathematically random GPS points within the quadrants of a defined map. He then goes to this randomly determined location to make his next landscape painting. The artist has long been intrigued by

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The Molok – Performance and Object Offering

Join us 7-8:30pm for an evening of learning, experiencing and participating in the making of The Molok. Artist Annalisa Barron will unveil her latest developments in her project and activate this human powered kinetic sculpture with the help the roller derby girls from both MAson-Dixon Roller Vixens and The Lake

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Under Pressure 2018

Opening Reception: October 5, 6–9pm Under Pressure: Redefining the Multiple returns for the third year as a collaboration between Rochester Contemporary Art Center and The Print Club of Rochester. Under Pressure 2018 includes national, regional, and international artists and reflects a paradigm shift in how prints are considered; and the expansion of

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Limbo Lounge by Dave Calver

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 6-9pm ($10/$5)  Opens with On The Side. Selected cocktails and food by the Daily Refresher. First Friday: September 7, 6-9pm Conversation with Dave Calver and Book Signing: Saturday, September 8, 1pm.   Signed copies of Limbo Lounge will be available for $25. Purgatory is a

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On The Side 2018

Fundraising Opening Reception: Sept. 6, 6–9pm with selected cocktails and food by the Daily Refresher Admission: $10/$5 for members First Friday Open Hours: August 3, 6–9pm Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) and the Rochester Advertising Federation (RAF) have invited members of the RAF to exhibit their “on the side” fine

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Play/Ground

PLAY/GROUND is an immersive art experience meant to engage your senses, expand your mind, and inspire your imagination.The inaugural PLAY/GROUND is taking place in the former Medina High School. Erected in 1924, the building stands on the ground where the original Victorian-era Medina Academy building once stood and was built

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Kalpa

Kalpa is a major new public sculpture by San Francisco based art and design studio Symmetry Labs and lead artist, Alexander Green. The Rochester community has watched the construction of this monumental Public Artwork, and after several delays and many rounds of testing, Kalpa now lights up East Avenue for residents,

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Conviviality by Codey Davis

Conviviality is a solo exhibition by Codey Davis, a BFA senior from RIT. The focus of the show is to explore the relationship between the vessel, its contents, and the community while simultaneously figuring out the balance of contrast and materiality. Conviviality is mainly porcelain ceramic work coupled with wooden

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6×6 Party Month

March is 6x6 Party Month. Get together with your friends and make art! Here's how to be an official 6x6 Party: 1 Attend the 6x6 Party Month Kick-Off To learn more about hosting a party or forming your team, attend 6x6 Party Month Kick-off. You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

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Interface

Interface is an environmental installation of silver mylar sculptures and two multi-media performances involving dance, voice, music, and lighting. Artists Lee Franke, Barbara See, Kathryn Allen, Ward Hartenstien

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50 Years of Poster Art

This pop-up exhibition celebrates the art and history of the Corn Hill Arts Festival, dating back to 1969. The exhibition also includes photographs of the event throughout the years. The Corn Hill Arts Festival poster art is more than a well-designed souvenir. These iconic works of original art - from

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6x6x2018

The International Small Art Phenomenon returns for the 11th year! Thank you for all the incredible artworks! Global Online Preview Now Live! In Gallery Preview (no purchasing): May 28-June 1, 1-9pm Opening Party & Artwork Sale: June 2, 4-10pm 7:30pm raffle for buyer positions #1-20 8:00pm purchasing open for all other buyersDay of

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Federico Solmi – The Good Samaritans

The Good Samaritans is a solo exhibition comprised of several video installations by Italian artist Federico Solmi. His installations include different media such as video, drawings, mechanical sculptures, and paintings. Solmi employs bright colors and a satirical aesthetic to portray a dystopian vision of our present-day society. The exhibition includes

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Makers & Mentors 2011

Makers & Mentors 2011 features Wendell Castle, Nancy Jurs, Tom Lacagnina, and Bethany Krull. RoCo's Makers & Mentors exhibition series highlights the importance of art education in the Western/Central New York Region and celebrates the artwork and influence of the region’s most accomplished artists. The exhibition series includes Mid/Late career artists

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The Art and Life of Danny Allen

The Art and Life of Danny Allen includes three exhibitions of different, but complementary aspects of Danny Allen’s artworks. About the Artist Daniel "Danny" Allen was a largely self-taught artist who lived in Rochester, NY in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Allen's work had a profound influence on the

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27th Annual Members Exhibition

We've invited our members to enter one artwork each and the result is an incredibly diverse, eclectic exhibition of many of the Rochester region's finest artists. Numerous international and national RoCo members also participate. Design by Amy Casey, also available as a limited edition graphic tee. The Days the Artists

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No Soil Better: Art & The Living Legacy of Frederick Douglass

No Soil Better is an exhibition of new artworks by a diverse group of emerging and established artists. The featured projects reflect on how Douglass has been memorialized and the importance of his legacy today. This exhibition is presented as part of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commemoration Committee organized by

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Double Bench

Double Bench is part of an ongoing series of sculptural interventions that have been realized over the past 3 years. Installed in public spaces throughout the US, the artist’s Basics sculptures are made of commonplace construction materials. Each public piece is unique and site-specific, yet the overall series of sculptures

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Cubes

Cubes is a 25 feet wide and 15 feet tall interactive light sculpture made of collapsible cubes, embedded with LED strips. Software allows Cubes to be played, and a human to computer interface gives infinite variations in both color and movement. The large scale piece has a constantly changing appearance.

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Kyle Butler

Kyle Butler's recent work Map of Dead Ends, Buffalo NY was a prompt for this installation at Rochester Contemporary Art Center. This installation is presented as part of Points of Departure: Meditations on Mapping curated by Colleen Buzzard and Karen Sardisco. The map of dead ends is a prompt toward

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Witness: Leo Dodd & Paul Dodd

RoCo presents Witness featuring works by Paul Dodd and the late Leo Dodd (1927 – 2015). The exhibition contrasts their shared impulse and decades-long commitment to documenting different aspects of Rochester, NY. In the mid-nineties Paul started painting portraits of local people. One of his major sources has been, and

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On The Side 2017

RoCo and the Rochester Advertising Federation invite members of the RAF to exhibit their "on the side" fine artwork. "The exhilaration of having my personal work hang in the RoCo/RAF On The Side show is just the kind of jolt every commercial artist needs to remind them that beneath all

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Shibori: The Transformation of Fabric

Shibori: The Transformation of Fabric is an international exhibition of Shibori, a decorative cloth dyeing technique developed in Japan. Traditionally used for Kimono fabrics, Shibori incorporates stitched and pleated patterns before the fabric is immersed in dye. 15 artists from the US and Japan are included in this traveling exhibition

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What You Put In

What You Put In is a large sculptural water feature that investigates water use in relation to the largest system of fresh water in the United States, the Great Lakes. The artist reminds us not to abuse fresh water by bringing these large bodies of water down to a human

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6x6x2017

Rochester Contemporary Art Center's International Small Art Phenomenon returns for the 10th year. View and Purchase 6x6 Artworks from all years here: www.roco6x6.org Thank you for your support!

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Step Around

Step Around (1976) by William Sellers is an 18 foot tall stainless steel abstract geometric sculpture presented as the latest installation in RoCo’s new public art program. Also launching on June 2 and permanently on view, The Metropolitan will host Reprogression (1976) as part of a larger public art installation

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Upstate Invitational Exhibition

The 4th Annual Upstate Invitational Exhibition features 16 emerging and established artists from the Rochester, NY region, whose work focuses on community issues. Artists Norman Aborjaily, Armanda Balduzzi, Catherine Bebout, Diane DeCaire, Scott Dohring, Toni Elderkin, Barbara Fox, M.M. Lum, Michael Maier, Robert Morgan, Wynne Pagland, Mark Stevens, Jason Tennant,

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It’s Not Funny

It’s Not Funny brings together artists, designers, and collectives who use toys and humor to engage with serious subject matter. The diverse projects featured in this exhibition combine playful objects with unexpected and deeper cultural critique. About the Artists Airigami (Rochester, NY) is an art group formed by Larry Moss

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Fritz by Ben Gonyo

This installation by Ben Gonyo expands on the documentary film series by the same name. Fritz challenges visitors to consider the life and career of a 70 year-old, hard-of-hearing, struggling artist. All is not as it appears in this story, and Gonyo’s narrative shapes our understanding as it attempts to

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