History, Art & Culture

Fruitlands Exhibitions

Museum Exhibitions

Featuring historic and contemporary works of art from several Native American communities, three new exhibitions opening in June are the first phase of a broader reinterpretation of the rich Indigenous collection originally assembled in the early 20th century. These exhibits represent the first step of a larger reconsideration of the existing gallery spaces at Fruitlands.

Grounded in Indigenous frameworks and ways of knowing, the living presence of these communities and their belongings become the dominant narrative told in these exhibitions. Whether tackling tough histories or poetically celebrating their materials, all three exhibitions are the first of their kind for The Trustees.

Exhibition Events
Current Exhibitions

Rachel Hayes, The Edge of Becoming

Through October 31, 2024
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A Surreal Place

Sky Hopinka and Cannupa Hanska Luger Through November 4, 2024
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Place of Intersection

Survivance in the American West Through May 6, 2025
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Across Boundaries Across Barriers

Through September 1, 2029
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Past Exhibitions

Beauty and Usefulness

September 2, 2023 - January 2, 2024
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Rachel Hayes: Transcending Space

March 11 , 2023 - January 2, 2024
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Wind from the Hills

Artwork from the Fruitlands Collection
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New England Triennial

New England Triennial 2022 April 8 - October 2, 2022
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Building Relationships

Artwork from the Fruitlands Collection April 19 - September 12, 2022
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Unseen Hours

Unseen Hours: Space Clearing for Spirit Work September 15, 2021 - March 13, 2022
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Marking Day's Passage

Marking Day's Passage: Highlights from the Collection September 2021 - March 13, 2022

Echoes in Time

June 5 - December 6, 2021
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Piecework: Resistance and Healing

April 28 - August 22, 2021
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Speaking of the Future: Utopia Press

Reflecting with care upon the Transcendentalist roots of this site, this participatory art invites the community to walk the trails and consider what utopia means to them.
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Sue McNally: Ascutney Revisited


Recruiting for Utopia

Recruiting for Utopia: Print and the Imagination. Image Credit: After design by Charles Fitch & Apollos Hale, Detail, "A Chronological Chart of the Visions of Daniel & John", 1842.

Polly Thayer Starr: Nearer the Essence

Polly Thayer Starr was an artist who lived beyond tidy definitions. Credit: "Weir River Farm view", c. 1970, Watercolor, Courtesy of : Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust | 1991.574

Decolonized Map of Massachusetts

Elizabeth James Perry