Speaking with Light: Contemporary Indigenous Photography
Speaking with Light, organized by the Carter, is one of the first major museum surveys to explore how Indigenous artists have leveraged their lenses to reclaim representation and affirm their existence, perspectives, and trauma. The exhibition features more than 30 artists, 75 photographs, videos, three-dimensional works, and digital activations that forge an investigation into identity, resistance, and belonging.
Faces from the Interior: The North American Portraits of Karl Bodmer
Organized by and drawn exclusively from the collection of the Joslyn Art Museum, Faces from the Interior features over 60 recently conserved 19th-century watercolors by Karl Bodmer including portraits of individuals from the Omaha, Ponca, Yankton, Lakota, Mandan, Hidatsa, Assiniboine, and Blackfoot nations. Contemporary Indigenous knowledge bearers, artists, and scholars contributed texts and four short films highlighting the diverse histories, beliefs, and practices embodied in Bodmer's portraits.
Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano
This exhibition pairs the sparkling splendor of glass goblets and marvelous mosaics with paintings and prints by the leading 19th-century American artists. Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano brings to life the Venetian glass revival between 1860 and 1915 and the artistic experimentation the city inspired for visiting artists.
Justin Ginsberg: Shaking the Shadow
Over the summer, Texas–based artist Justin Ginsberg created a glass sculptural work inspired in part by the Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass exhibition. At a glass kiln on the Museum’s lawn, Ginsberg pulled glass threads then installed the threads in the Carter’s Main Gallery, resulting in a large-scale glass “waterfall” sculpture.
Black Every Day: Photographs from the Carter Collection
Exploring more than 100 years of photographic representations of Black American experiences, Black Every Day: Photographs from the Carter Collection includes over 50 historical and contemporary art photographs and over 100 vernacular images. Works by both iconic artists and unidentified community members showcase the everyday moments of Black life.
Art Making as Life Making: Kinji Akagawa at Tamarind
Art Making as Life Making offers a glimpse of life in a 1960s print workshop. While at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles, Akagawa collaborated with many leading artists, printing their lithographs and creating his own. The exhibition features more than 40 works from the Carter’s collection of Tamarind Workshop prints.
¡Printing the Revolution!: The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now
In the 1960s, activist Chicano artists forged a remarkable history of printmaking that remains vital today. ¡Printing the Revolution!, organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, explores the rise of Chicano graphics within these early social movements and the ways in which Chicanx artists have since advanced innovative printmaking practices attuned to social justice.
Beauty and Life: The Finis Welch Collection
Beauty and Life features a selection of artworks from a collection of over 240 photographs and works on paper gifted to the Carter by Texas collector Finis Welch. Photographs from Ansel Adams, Edward Steichen, Dorothea Lange, Marco Breuer, Edward Weston, and more are on view for the first time at the Carter.
Stephanie Syjuco: Double Vision
Artist Stephanie Syjuco's site-specific, multimedia installation transforms images of renowned works from the Carter’s collection and investigates narratives of national identity. Stephanie Syjuco: Double Vision reconsiders mythologies of the American West and reveals how these works and their presentation within a museum can perpetuate colonial lore.
Sandy Rodriguez in Isolation
Sandy Rodriguez in Isolation explores the healing power of art with 30 new works on paper created by the Los Angeles–based painter during her recent Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency and the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Imagined Realism: Scott and Stuart Gentling
Fort Worth artists Scott and Stuart Gentling had artistic interests that spanned centuries and continents. In the first-ever comprehensive retrospective of the brothers’ work, Imagined Realism features more than 150 works and archival objects that showcase their visionary artistic careers.
Anila Quayyum Agha: A Beautiful Despair
Light and shadow come together in the latest immersive contemporary exhibition at the Carter! Commissioned by the Museum, Pakistani-American multidisciplinary artist Anila Quayyum Agha presented an immersive, site-specific sculptural installation and related drawings informed by her multicultural experience.
Thomas Moran’s Mount Superior
Featuring a long-lost watercolor by the acclaimed landscape artist, this exhibition explores these divergent depictions of the American landscape through photography, works on paper, and popular culture ephemera from the period.
An Expanding Vision: Six Decades of Works on Paper
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Carter, this exhibition revisits key moments in the Carter’s history of collecting works on paper, highlighting the museum’s path to becoming one of the finest collections of American art in the country.
An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain
The first comprehensive survey of the work of Vietnamese-American photographer An-My Lê explores the edges of war and records landscapes of conflict in beautiful, classically composed photographs. Her images draw the viewer into deeper consideration of complex themes of history and power.