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MS 069 415 South Street Brandeis University
Phone: 781-736-3434
Fax: 781-736-3439
Website: www.brandeis.edu/rose

The Rose Art Museum

The Rose Art Museum is New England’s museum of modern and contemporary art. Founded in 1961, The Rose is an educational and cultural component of Brandeis University that seeks to engage its communities in experiencing the significant art, artists, and ideas of our time. Throughout the year, The Rose organizes a series of temporary exhibitions and collection displays that present a range of modern art, emerging artists, and displays of the Brandeis University art collections.

In the field of contemporary art, The Rose Art Museum’s exhibitions, collections and publications rank it among the most distinguished college and university museums in the country. The addition of the Lois Foster Wing in 2001 has enabled The Rose to exhibit bolder, more demanding shows. In line with the progressive tradition of the museum, The Rose is working with the renowned architects Shigeru Ban and Dean Maltz on the phase two expansion of the museum. Scheduled to be completed by the beginning of 2008, the new building will launch a new era of The Rose Art Museum by offering more opportunities for rigorous acquisitioning, comprehenive educational programming, and improved staff support.

Permanent Collection

The permanent collection of The Rose Art Museum is internationally recognized for its quality and comprehensiveness. The collection numbers over 8,000 objects and is particularly strong in American art of the 1960s and 1970s. In line with seminal acquisitions of works by Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Morris Louis, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol in the ’60s, The Rose, through the establishment of the Rose and Hays Purchase Funds, continues its committment to acquiring art produced in our time. Recent acquisitions have included works by Matthew Barney, Helen Frankenthaler, Nan Goldin, Alfredo Jaar, Donald Judd, Annette Lemieux, Robert Mangold, Judy Pfaff, Anri Sala, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, and Jackie Windsor.

The Museum's permanent collection is used as a teaching resource and is available for scholarly use by appointment.


Three exhibitions are currently on view:

RoseArt: Works From the Permanent Collection

A collaboration between Raphaela Platow, The Rose chief curator, and Michael Rush, the Henry and Lois Foster Director of The Rose, this exhibition takes a fresh look at the museum's outstanding collection of more than 6,000 objects.
RoseArt will reexamine, even discover anew, aspects of the collection that are rarely seen. The curators will present four perspectives on the collection: historical, thematic, artists' medium, and artistic process. Rather than attempting a chronological survey, the exhibition will surprise with its artistic connections and unpredictable dialogues. Dozens of artists, including Nam June Paik, Ana Mendieta, Sol LeWitt, Jackie Ferrara, Yayoi Kusama, Reginald Marshall, Philip Guston, Robert Motherwell, several of whom have rarely or never been exhibited at The Rose, will be presented.
The Lois Foster Wing
January 25- April 1, 2007

Paper Trail I: Artists Explore Unseen Works on Paper from the collection of the Rose

Paper Trail is a series of three exhibitions to take place over the next two years in which artists integrate their own work with pieces they select from he museum's works-on-paper collection. The project offers the rare opportunity to view samples from more than 2,000 works-on-paper owned by The Rose Art Museum. This extraordinary collection includes art extending from the 17th-Century to the present time.
New York based artist Margaret Evangeline orchestrates the first installment of this unique series with works ranging from Francisco de Goya and Edouard Manet to Amedeo Modigliani and Kiki Smith. Evangeline, a Louisiana-born ...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

Past exhibitions include

Balance and Power: Performance and Surveillance in Video Art

Erwin Wurm: I Love My Time, I Don't Like My Time

Sarah Walker: Paintings

Dana Schutz: Paintings 2001-2005

"Post" and After: Contemporary Art from the Brandeis Collection

Oliver Herring: On the Cusp

Fred Tomaselli: Monsters of Paradise

and many more...

Exhibitions (1)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Upcoming exhibits include:

John Armleder: Too Much is Not Enough
April 25- July 29, 2007

Paper Trails II
April 25- July 29, 2007


General admission to the museum is $3. Rose members, members of the Brandeis Community, and children under twelve are admitted free.

Opening hours

The Rose is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Getting there

By Bus
MBTA Roberts bus from downtown Boston via Newton Corner (#553).

By Train
MBTA Commuter Rail, Fitchburg/South Acton line, from North Station or Porter Square to Brandeis/Roberts stop.

By Subway
MBTA Green line to Riverside Station (D-line); taxis are available for the three mile ride to Brandeis.

On-Campus Directions
When you enter campus through the main entrance, take a left. You will pass the admissions building and the round Spingold theater building, both on your left. The Rose Art Museum will be on your left.
Parking is available in the front of the museum. Please obtain a parking pass from the front desk.


There are two restaurants on campus that are open to museum guests: The Stein and the Faculty Club. For more information about The Stein, call 781 736 4343. For more information about the Faculty Club, call 781 736 4280. Also, information about both can be found on the Brandeis Dining Services website.

Museum Shopping
Many of our catalogs from current and previous exhibits are for sale at the main desk of the museum.

Wheelchair Accessibility
The Rose Art Museum is wheelchair accessible. The wheelchair accessible entrance is located to the right of the main entrance. We are happy to accommodate any special needs our guests have- simply ask any museum employee.

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The Education Department at The Rose has traditionally made a lively contribution to the museum's programming, bringing the general public together with artists, students, children, and intellectuals of all fields. The Rose hosts a selection of special public programs each exhibition season. See the calendar for more events.

For more information about the public programs, please call 781-736-3429


If you have a group (10 people or more) of colleagues, family members, book club associates, art lovers, or just some friends, with whom you would like to do something different, we can organize a docent tour just for you!
Tours must be scheduled a minimum of 3 weeks in advance, so that we can find the most appropriate docent for the needs of your group. Just contact the Education Department to arrange your visit.

Guided tours may be scheduled from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Self-guided tours may be scheduled during regular museum hours.

Guided tours
Guided visits are led by very knowledgeable volunteer docents and by members of the museum’s staff. The average tour lasts about one hour.

One chaperon for every 15 kids under the age of 16 is required for youth groups.

There is a $15 non-refundable processing fee for each group. In addition, visitors in a group are required to pay the $3 admission fee to the museum. Admission is free for seniors, children, students, and Brandeis community members. We accept payment in cash, check, money order and credit card.

Cancellation policy
Tour must be cancelled a minimum of 48 hours prior to the date and time of your tour in order to have your tour fee refunded. The $15 processing fee is not refundable.


Tapping one of Brandeis' most valuable resources, The Rose offers a wide variety of paid and for-credit internships to Brandeis students. Internships are available in the following areas: education, curating, and registration. For a detailed description of the internship opportunities at The Rose and application form, click here. Please contact the Director of Education for more information.
Funded through the generous contributions of Mr. Alex Barkas '68 and his wife Ms. Lynda Wijcik, the Student Committee for The Rose Art Museum (SCRAM) is a student-run organization providing students at Brandeis a representative body at The Rose.


The Rose Art Museum’s budget for exhibitions, programs, and daily operations comes largely from individual and corporate donations. By becoming a member of The Rose, you get the joy of knowing that your support makes a difference. Members enjoy many benefits. Joining at the level of Friend or above entitles you to complimentary admission to some of our most popular series. And new this year, membership at The Rose means membership in the Arts at Brandeis. This exciting program entitles you to vouchers that you may exchange for free tickets to Brandeis Theater Company or Brandeis Concert Series events.