Current Exhibitions

We Two: Portraits of Vineyard Couples
February 13th, 2021 through August 1st, 2021
Morse Hallway

This exhibition features a selection of portraits of Martha’s Vineyard couples. It includes oil paintings of whaling captains and their wives and more recent photographic portraits of Islanders. The images, and the stories behind them, provide glimpses of individual Vineyarders’ lives, and of the many ways that two lives can intertwine.

Hollis Engley: Family Stories
March 9th, 2021 through May 7th, 2021
Adele H. Waggaman Community Gallery

I’m surrounded by photographs…the images are populated by the people I knew and people entirely unknown to me. All are connected – deeply or through their descendants – to my native Island. I was born here in 1947.” Hollis Engley began his career as a photojournalist for the Vineyard Gazette and says, “I learned to tell a story with an image. But images need context – words to identify the face – to complete the story.” This exhibit features a selection of his images and the surprising, moving, and compelling stories around them.

Nature and Change: Stories from the Anthropocene
March 23rd, 2021 through July 11th, 2021
Grain Family Gallery

Islands are dynamic environments, and here on Martha’s Vineyard, we are constantly confronted with changes in the natural world. The fact that change happens is a given and in many ways out of our control, but what we can control is how we respond to it.

This exhibit explores three different ways in which people have responded to changes in nature here on the Island: documenting change through maps and photographs as a step toward understanding it… reacting to sudden changes with surprise, sorrow, and curiosity…  and managing change in ways that balance the protection of the natural world with the demands placed on it by human lives. Like change itself, all three are central to life on Martha’s Vineyard.

Neal Rantoul: Above and On the Ground
January 22nd, 2021 through April 25th, 2021
Hollinshead and Cox Galleries

Photographer Neal Rantoul witnessed the sudden spike in building development on the Island in the 1980s and 1990s, and sought to document the Island’s beauty during this time of rapid change. The resulting photographs, done in collaboration with the Vineyard Open Land Foundation (VOLF), were recently donated to the Museum. Since then, Rantoul has continued to capture the Island’s landscape from above. Taken from a single-engine Cessna, the recent large-scale photographs by Rantoul – paired with his original series – tell a story of change while celebrating the Island’s remaining wild and beautiful places.