Upcoming Exhibitions


Face Value: Vineyard Portraits from the 21st Century
August 20th, 2019 through November 24th, 2019
The Warren and Marilyn Hollinshead Gallery

West Tisbury’s Dan Waters uses a traditional large-format camera to capture detailed black-and-white images of the human landscape he has come to know. His aim is to make and preserve a highly personal record of everyday Island faces. The larger-than-life portraits in this exhibit are intended to be placed in the museum’s climate-controlled vault, where some day they may provide the best remaining clues of who we were.

Photo caption: Portrait of Charles Giordano, 2019


Barn Raised: The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society and the Hall a Community Built
September 10th, 2019 through October 13th, 2019
The Grain Family Gallery

Few events speak to the nature of community quite like the raising of the new agricultural society’s barn over a matter of days in the winter of 1994. Hundreds of volunteers, known as “barn busters,” came together to dismantle and move the barn from New Hampshire, donate materials, and help to erect the structure once it arrived on the Island. Through objects, oral histories, film footage, and photographs, this exhibit celebrates the 25th anniversary of one of the Island’s most beloved buildings by looking back at the raising of the barn and the more than 160 year history of our Island’s Agricultural Society.

Image: Barn Raising, 1994 by Alison Shaw