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
Exterior Spaces, Interior Places; Dwight Tryon and American Tonalism; Lorna Simpson
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
An American in London: Whistler and the Thames; Industrial Strength: Selections from the Collection; Eye on the Collection: Artful Poses
Flash Back--November 22, 1963; James Prosek: The Spaces in Between; the kids are all right; Natural Selections
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
Stone, Wood, Metal, Mesh: Prints and Printmaking; Frame by Frame: Photographic Series and Portfolios from the Collection; Eye on the Collection
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
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
Land, Sea, and Sky: Contemporary Art in Maine; John Marin: Modernism at Midcentury; Open Windows: Keltie Ferris, Jackie Saccoccio, Billy Sullivan, and Alexi Worth
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
John La Farge’s Second Paradise: Voyages in the South Seas, 1890–1891
Sheila Hicks: 50 Years; Artist’s Project: Tristan Perich; Inside, Outside, Upstairs, Downstairs: the Addison Anew