Art Review: The Rose Museum

By Claire Crittendon & Rachel Shepard – Co-editor and editor-in-chief

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

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

La Rose is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday. The building itself is fully wheelchair accessible, with exterior ramps for entry and elevators for easy navigation. Manual wheelchairs are available for guests upon request. Several gender-neutral bathrooms are available and free parking is offered right in front of the building.

Closed captioning is also available for all virtual programming. Quiet visiting 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” exhibit. 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 an original by Picasso and Ono as well as examine installments by various black artists.

Frida Kahlo’s works were recently made available to the public from February 10, on the ground floor of the Lois Foster Wing. This exhibition, open until December 30, 2022, features three of Kahlo’s original self-portraits.

Additionally, in the Lois Foster Wing is Barkley L. Hendricks’ collection of photographs, “My Mechanical Sketchbook”. Her photographs and polaroids show her artistic process by capturing works of art, her models in paintings and other art installations.

The gallery provides binders with Barkley’s descriptions for each photograph for those who want a deeper understanding of the slice. A virtual tour of the exhibition is also available on the museum’s website.

The most recent exhibit, titled “Displaced: The Strangeness of Raida Adon,” opened on February 17. This work focuses on Adon’s journey as an Israeli in America. This is an entirely virtual play, and the trailer can be viewed at The Rose website.

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