Let's Play!

May 1, 2015 - August 30, 2015

Let’s Play! presents a selection of ceramic works from the Everson’s renowned collection that embodies a playful spirit, whether through subject or form. Spanning more than sixty years, the works on view represent a vast diversity of ceramic materials, techniques, styles, and forms utilized by some of the most influential international practitioners of the medium. Reflecting the often colorful, humorous, and whimsical imaginations of the artists, these works remind us that play is a critical part of the creative process and that art can also make us smile.

Handmade: The Art of Susan Roth

June 6, 2015 - August 30, 2015

This major exhibition surveys more than forty years of work produced by the Canastota-based artist, ranging from her early stain paintings influenced by the Color Field painters to recent works in powder-coated steel.  Roth’s abstract, shaped canvases are composed of layers of color which often take on three-dimensional, sculptural forms. These innovative works are made possible through the use of acrylic products that Roth has had a hand in developing over the years in collaboration with Golden Artist Colors, a Central New York-based company that specializes in acrylic colors and mediums. Roth’s restless experimentation has resulted in a body of work that pushes painting to the limits and has repeatedly opened new areas for exploration. Featuring more than thirty works from private and public collections, Handmade connects works across various periods in order to highlight the material and conceptual concerns that have remained constant throughout Roth’s long career but which also continues to evolve. 

Everson presentation made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, PathFinder Bank, Audrey and David Mirvish, Anonymous, Eric Alderman, Tom and Camille Potter,  Dr. Paul Phillips and Sharon Sullivan, Bobbi and Cliff Malzman, The LAMAR Companies, Dr. Glenn and Helena Axelrod, John and Leslie Bowser, David Birchenough and Carrie Lazarus, John and Cathy Cashier, Dr. Anthony DeBoni and Beth Phillips, Bonnie and Gary Grossman, Chuck Pascale, Dr. Anthony and Kelly Scalzo, Dr. Jeff Stannard, Bill and Karen Williams, Patricia Numann, Debra and Neal Pascale, David Rudd and Debbie Goldwein.

Media sponsorship provided by Syracuse New Times and WRVO.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen: Higher Ground

June 6, 2015 - August 23, 2015

This husband and wife artistic team explores the domestic side of life using their Houston home and its contents (including the kids and family dog) as both inspiration and material. Part performance and part installation, the artists record their process through videos and photographs that comment on family dynamics, life in the suburbs, and American consumerism. Their recent project, Higher Ground, documents the family’s efforts to build a spaceship in their backyard and then pilot it to the moon. Through video, sculpture, and photographs, visitors will follow their humorous yet poignant journey into outer space. 

Bricks and Blocks

June 6, 2015 - August 9, 2015

Bricks and Blocks combines two seemingly dissimilar mediums, LEGOs and quilts, to celebrate color, pattern and construction and to take play and ingenuity to new heights. The exhibition features original small-scale LEGO designs alongside works by some of the finest quilters in the region.

The LEGO Design Challenge: Build Your Syracuse called upon the community to reimagine Syracuse and its structures.  Working in small scale, contributors of all ages gave a fresh look to Syracuse through the magic of LEGOs, considering new and improved buildings and modes of transportation they wish to see in their city.  A panel of professional architects and local government officials carefully evaluated and selected submissions based on the creative application of LEGO bricks, imaginative design and concept, as well as difficulty of execution and vision.

Concurrently, Central New York quilters were invited to submit original, contemporary quilts whose vibrant fabric narratives treat the eye to the themes of color, play and geometry and whose work demonstrates original feats of fiber engineering.

Creativity comes in many forms. Together, the beauty and artistry of quilts and the innovation and imagination of the LEGO constructions entwine to create a vivid and playful presentation.

Playing With Perception: Photographs by Florence Henri

June 13, 2015 - October 18, 2015

Drawn from the Everson’s collection, this exhibition presents a selection of photographs by Florence Henri, an accomplished artist of the early twentieth century who remains relatively unknown today.  Henri studied painting with some of the major avant-garde artists of the twentieth century, including Fernand Leger and Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, before turning to photography. Intrigued by notions of playing with perception in life as well as art, the androgynous Henri frequently utilized mirrors in her works to create reflections, distort images, and challenge reality. Her abstract compositions, portraits, and advertising images exploited the possibilities of photography and share affinities with the works of contemporaries like Herbert Bayer, Adolph Baron de Meyer, and Man Ray. 

Celestial Navigation: a year into the afrofuture

June 18, 2015 - September 5, 2015

2015 UVP Annual Summer Review

Projected onto North Façade of Everson Museum of Art Building

Dusk – 11.00pm, Thursday–Sunday

UVP will be running their 2015 Annual Summer Review all summer long. Celestial Navigation: a year into the afrofuture was a year-long exploration of works taking afrofuturism as a point of departure. For specific dates and times, visit


Isaac Julien: Western Union: Small Boats (The Leopard)

Sanford Biggers: Shuffle and Shake

Xaviera Simmons: Number Sixteen

Jeannette Ehlers: Black Bullets

Cauleen Smith: Crow Requiem