Gallery Talks & Lectures

Artist talks, art history lectures and panel discussions are offered throughout the year in conjunction with temporary and permanent exhibitions.

March 5, 2015


Gallery Walk: Edward Root, Patron of Moderns

Join us for an evening exploring Prendergast to Pollock  with Mary Murray, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Artat Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute. Mary will discuss the remarkable life and legacy of collector Edward W. Root. Root supported progressive American painting from 1913, when he bought a Maurice Prendergast composition at the Armory Show, until the 1950s, when he acquired works by Pollock, Rothko, de Kooning, and other members of the New York School. Join us afterward to chat and enjoy light refreshments in the Rosamond Gifford Sculpture Court.

April 7, 2015


Artist Talk & Reception: Cauleen Smith

Artist and filmmaker Cauleen Smith created new work for Urban Video Project during her 2014 Light Work residency. In Smith’s interdisciplinary practice, improvisational music, speculative fiction, African-American history, and processional forms converge to create temporal and spatial ruptures, making room for new affinities, empathies, and consciousness.

Please visit urbanvideoproject.comfor more information on artists, exhibitions and events.

Urban Video Project (UVP) is a multimedia public art initiative of Light Work and Syracuse University in collaboration with Everson Museum of Art. 

Artist Open

Artist Open exist to provide a space for expression, dialogue, and collaboration of local artists across disciplinary boundaries. Audiences will enjoy performances in visual art, poetry, screen writing, video, dance and music in an intimate, bistro-like setting. Artists share their work through presentations, gallery walks, video screenings and original works of art, and invite questions from audience members.

No Artists Open is currently scheduled.

Contemporary Film Series

The Everson Contemporary Film Series brings film as an art form to the Syracuse community and presents local, national and international film and video that would not otherwise be screened in Syracuse. The film series often includes guest filmmakers, outdoor screenings and student video presentations. The Contemporary Film Series is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council for the Arts, a state agency.

May 7, 2015


Art and Craft

Directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman, Co-Directed by Mark Becker

Official selection of Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs 2014

89 min,

Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century Icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn't in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States. But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop.