Current Exhibitions

Life in Reverse: The Remarkable World of Richard Lee
May 7th, 2021 through July 25th, 2021
Hollinshead and Fleischner Family Galleries

From the uninhibited subconscious of Richard Lee (1933-2012) evolved an engaging, original, and irreverent universe: one filled with reccurring anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures, cherubs and rose-headed babies, magicians and mystics, winged genitalia and androgynous teacups – to name a few of the delightful and mysterious characters he reverse-painted onto glass panes. A world traveler who found his way to the Island in the 1970s, Richard quickly became a beloved West Tisbury figure – from his early days as proprietor of the Dessert Gallerie to the warm and welcoming “Sunday Soirees” held at his Chicamoo Gallery.

This immersive exhibition will take visitors on a journey into Richard’s world and through his decades-long career, exploring the themes that wove through his work into a narrative that continues to amuse, inspire, and mystify.

We Two: Portraits of Vineyard Couples
February 13th, 2021 through August 22nd, 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.

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.

Selling Martha’s Vineyard
May 19th, 2021 through August 3rd, 2021
Adele H. Waggaman Community Gallery

The rise of the Vineyard’s tourist economy in the late 1860s created a new challenge for boosters and businessmen: How to market the Island to tourists and vacation-home buyers. The solutions were both familiar (scenes of natural beauty, promises of warm water and abundant fish) and unexpected (rhapsodic descriptions of paved roads, “healing breezes,” and the availability of fresh vegetables). From Gilded-Age promotions of Oak Bluffs as a “Great American Watering Place,” through the “Isle of Health” campaigns of the 1920s and the sleek brochures of the post-WWII “See America First” era, to the video advertisements of the present day, “Selling Martha’s Vineyard” showcases the ingenuity—and the often-surprising beauty—of 150 years of efforts to entice the world to visit Martha’s Vineyard.