Exhibition History


The Addison Gallery maintains a vital, diverse, and adventurous exhibitions program, presenting twelve to fifteen shows during a typical year. With no permanent installation, the Addison is often described by visitors as “never the same place twice.” The museum’s exhibitions range from major traveling exhibitions to intimate explorations of the Addison’s multi-faceted collection, and are carefully balanced to represent a wide range of art, across time and media.

The Addison has often made history with its exhibitions. In 1935, the Addison became the first museum in America to exhibit the work of Josef Albers; the first to present a retrospective of John Sloan in 1938, and the first American museum to offer a solo exhibition of Hans Hofmann's work in 1948. The Addison was also one of the first American museums to actively exhibit photography, presenting images by artists such as Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, and Margaret Bourke-White.

Addison Exhibitions, 2010-Present

Spring 2022​

Past Is Prologue: History in Contemporary Art; Regarding America: 19th-Century Art from the Permanent Collection

Winter 2022​
Georgia O'Keeffe, Photographer; Arthur Wesley Dow: Nearest to the Divine; "What Next?" Camera Work and 291 Magazine

Fall 2021​
Light, Space, Surface: Works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Language, Sequence, Structure: Photographic Works by Lew Thomas, Donna-Lee Phillips, and Hal Fischer

Spring 2021​
Mel Kendrick: Seeing Things in Things; Learning to Look: The Addison at 90

Winter 2021​
Yoko Ono: Mend Piece; Aphrodite Désirée Navab: Landmines of Memory

Fall 2020​
Robert Frank: The AmericansCurrents/Crosscurrents: American Art, 1850–1950; Wayfinding: Contemporary Artists, Critical Dialogues, and the Sidney R. Knafel Map Collection; An Incomplete History of Photography: 1860s to 1960s; Roy DeCarava​​​; To Make Visible: Art and Activism, 1980-2000

Winter 2020​
Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950​​​; Man Up! Visualizing Masculinity in 19th-Century America; ​Expanding the Narrative: Recent Acquisitions​​​​; Come As You Are: American Youth​

Fall 2019
Men of Steel, Women of Wonder​; A Wildness Distant from Ourselves: Art and Ecology in 19th-Century America​The Art of Ambition in the Colonial Northeast; ​​George ​Washington: American Icon​

Spring 2019
Harlem: In Situ; John Goodman: not recent color​

Winter 2019
In and Out of Place;​ Blink: Memories Contained

Fall 2018
From Starfield to MARS: Paul Manship and His Artistic Legacy​; Conte​mplating the View: American Landscape Photographs​; The Body: Concealing and Revealing​; 4x4Look At Me

Spring 2018

Photographers Among Us; Gun Country​; Eye on the Collection

Winter 2018
Mark Tobey: Threading Light; ​sad poems.; Convergence: Anila Quayyum Agha, Lalla Essaydi, Yun-Fei Ji, and Fred Han Chang Liang; Sumi Ink Club​

Fall 2017
Invisible Citings: Elaine Reichek and Jeanne Silverthorne; Seen and Unseen;​ Color and Light: Watercolors from the Collection; Eye on​ the Collection

Spring 2017
Frank Stella Prints: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation; The Gifts of Frank Stella; Eye on the Collection, Spring 2017; Respect Existence or Expect Resistance: Civil Rights Era Photographs from the Collection

Winter 2017
Throwing Up Bunnies: The Irreverent Interlopings of Triple Candie, 2001–2016; The Deception of Perception: Exploring Distortion and Ambiguity in Photography

Fall 2016
Making It Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman; Taking Shape: Sculpture at the Addison; Manzanar: Photographs by Ansel Adams; Eye on the Collection, Fall 2016

Spring 2016​
Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television; Artistic Territories: Journeys in Place and Time; Selections from the Permanent Collection

Winter 2016
Laurie Simmons: In and Around the House; Walls and Beams, Rooms and Dreams: Images of Home; One Thing Leads to Another...Selections from the Collection

Fall 2015
Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt; In Tandem: Inspirations and Collaborations; Words In Air: Jennifer Caine and Rachel Hellmann in Collaboration; Selections from the Permanent Collection

Spring 2015
Alfred Maurer: At the Vanguard of Modernism; On the Scene: 20th Century Street Photography; Searching for the Real; In Calm Waters, on Stormy Seas

Winter 2015
Heaven and Earth; Collection Intervention: Ellen Gallagher's DeLuxe; Light/Dark, White/Black

Fall 2014
Exterior Spaces, Interior Places; Dwight Tryon and American Tonalism; Lorna Simpson

Spring 2014
Loisaida: New York's Lower East Side in the '80s; POP! Selections from the Collection; Street Talk: Chris Daze Ellis in Dialogue with the Collection; Toward Resolution: Artists' Studies from the Collection

Winter 2014
An American in London: Whistler and the Thames; Industrial Strength: Selections from the Collection; Eye on the Collection: Artful Poses

Fall 2013
Flash Back--November 22, 1963; James Prosek: The Spaces in Between; the kids are all rightNatural Selections 

Spring 2013
For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights; Eye on the Collection; Secrets, Loss, Memory, Courage: Works by Gay Male Artists; Richard Avedon--The Family

Winter 2013
Stone, Wood, Metal, Mesh: Prints and Printmaking; Frame by Frame: Photographic Series and Portfolios from the Collection; Eye on the Collection

Fall 2012
American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning, and Their Circle, 1927-1942; Pekupatikut Innuat Akunikana / Pictures Woke the People Up: An Innu Project with Wendy Ewald and Eric Gottesman; People, Places, Things: Symbols of American Culture

Spring 2012
Making a Presence: F. Holland Day in Artistic Photography; In Character: Artists’ Role Play in Photography and Video; Life Lines: The Art of Elizabeth Enders

Winter 2012
Land, Sea, and Sky: Contemporary Art in Maine; John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury; Open Windows: Keltie Ferris, Jackie Saccoccio, Billy Sullivan, and Alexi Worth

Fall 2011
Fractured Narratives: Works by Lorna Bieber; Clearstory Squares and Unitych Variations: Paintings by Christopher C. Cook; RFK Funeral Train Rediscovered: Photographs by Paul Fusco; 80 @ 80; The Civil War: Unfolding Dialogues

Winter 2011
John La Farge’s Second Paradise: Voyages in the South Seas, 1890–1891

Fall 2010
Sheila Hicks: 50 Years; Artist’s Project: Tristan Perich; Inside, Outside, Upstairs, Downstairs: the Addison Anew