Upcoming Exhibitions

fine art print of grid like lines, vertical and horizontal, intersecting. in colors of gray, yellow, red, and black

Anni Albers: Work With Materials

August 25 – December 11, 2022

Tracing the remarkable career of the artist, designer, writer, and teacher Anni Albers (1899-1994), Work With Materials features over 100 drawings, prints, textile samples, commercial fabrics, and rugs from the collection of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. With a focus primarily on the extraordinarily productive and varied second half of her long career, the exhibition illuminates her ability to move easily between her work as both an artist and as a designer of functional materials.

Read more about the exhibition here

white background wiht a large rice bag ceramic sculpture in the middle, a white bag with a red rose in the center with green stems, and red text at top and bottom

Stephanie H. Shih: My Sweetie Has No Pockmarks 我寶貝沒有麻子

August 25, 2022 – May 14, 2023

The second iteration of  The Art Wall Project features the sculptures made by Stephanie H. Shih. Best known for her ceramic groceries, Shih’s work explores ideas of home and nostalgia through the lens of food. Her installation at the museum will feature bags of rice to consider how Asian identity has been flattened through stereotypes and to reclaim this pantry staple as a touchpoint of Asian American identity.

gold and pearl necklace

Precious Metal: Gold Across Space and Time

August 25 – December 11, 2022

On August 17, 2017, scientists around the world and at Syracuse University witnessed the collision of two neutron stars that resulted in the production of gold, platinum, and other heavy metals in space. Celebrating the fifth anniversary of this momentous discovery, this exhibition considers how people have exploited gold’s unique physical properties to make art and to convey ideas about spirituality, power, and opulence.

This exhibition was organized in partnership with Stefan Ballmer (Physics, College of Arts and Sciences), Duncan Brown (Office of Research, Office of Academic Affairs; Physics, College of Arts and Sciences), Steven Penn (Physics, Hobart and William Smith Colleges), Romita Ray (Art and Music Histories, College of Arts and Sciences), Daniel Sarmiento (Special Collections Research Center), and Irina Savinetskaya (Special Collections Research Center).

color photograph, male figure dressed in black kneeling on an oriental rug, his upper body obscured by a round wooden tilted table top, only his hands on the upper and lower edges of the table and his legs are visible; the table has three clawed feet visible; 3 chairs left background, lined against the wall; dark floor and pale green walls.

Collections Highlights: 5,500 Years of Art

August 25, 2022 – May 14, 2023

Explore the newly reinstalled permanent collection galleries, which include rarely seen artworks from the museum’s collection and two major loans from the Art Bridges Foundation. This thematic installation touches on ideas of identity, place, gender, race, labor, and lineage.


Black and white lithograph print of a urban backyard scene with a wooden fence and a black cat walking on the top edge, in the background are tall trees and houses.

Meow! Animals in the Syracuse University Art Museum
September 9 – December 2, 2022

Meow! invites you to engage critically with visual representations of animals in the Syracuse University Art Museum. Drawing upon animals depicted in a wide range of media, they explored themes of wildlife conservation, animal science, animal mythologies, animal-inspired design, and animal anthropomorphism to see how the non-human animal has inspired the human imagination, fueled scientific research, and shaped knowledge about animal extinction. Curated by Art History students under the supervision of professor Romita Ray in the department of Art and Music Histories (College of Arts and Sciences).