Art review: The Rose Museum

By Claire Crittendon & Rachel Shepard – Co-Editor-in-Chief & Copy Editor

Less than 10 minutes away from Lasell is Frida Kahlo’s sketchbook at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. 

With free admission, a simple online reservation system, and presentation of a vaccination card, visitors can access every wing and see original works by Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Yoko Ono, Frida Kahlo, and more.

The Rose is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. The building itself is fully wheelchair accessible, with outdoor ramps for entrance and elevators for ease of navigation. Manual wheelchairs are available for guests if requested. Multiple gender neutral bathrooms are available, and free parking is offered directly in front of the building.

Closed captions are also available for all virtual programming. Quiet visitation hours are listed on the museum’s website, brandeis.edu/rose. 

The entrance, Gerald S. and Sandra Fineberg and Lower Rose Galleries, hosts the museum’s “re: collections” exhibition. It showcases 60 years of artwork collected and donated to the university that highlights its self-proclaimed radical roots and future transformations. Here, visitors can view a Picasso and Ono original as well as examine installments of various Black artists. 

Frida Kahlo’s works have recently become available to the public as of February 10, downstairs in the Lois Foster Wing. This exhibit, open through December 30, 2022, hosts three of Kahlo’s original self portraits. 

Additionally in the Lois Foster Wing is the Barkley L. Hendricks photography collection, “My Mechanical Sketchbook.” His photographs and polaroids display his artistic process by capturing artworks, his models for paintings, and other art installations. 

The gallery provides binders with Barkley’s descriptions for each photograph for those who want a more in-depth understanding of the installment. A virtual tour of the exhibit is also available on the museum’s website. 

The newest exhibit, entitled “Displaced: Raida Adon’s Strangeness,” opened on February 17. This work focuses on Adon’s journey as an Israeli in America. It is a fully virtual piece, and the trailer is available for viewing on The Rose’s website.

Directions and parking information is available online for first-time visitors. 

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