Rochester Museum of Fine Arts (RMFA) established its “art for everyone” philosophy to make contemporary art — including pop culture works — accessible to the community.
Established in 2011, RMFA offers permanent exhibits and temporary installations. The museum was initially founded to give local artists a venue to display their pieces. It has since expanded to welcome emerging and established regional and international artists.
The museum’s popular culture content includes an original animation cel from the long-running The Simpsons animated series as part of its permanent collection. Currently, a digital exhibit featuring concept illustrations from Atari’s Recharged series is on until March 3, 2023. The exhibit celebrates the pioneering video game company’s 50th anniversary and includes art depicting the Asteroids, Black Widow, Breakout, Centipede, Gravitar, Missile Command, and Yars video games.
RMFA has two locations, one inside the James W. Foley Memorial Community Center and the other at the Rochester Public Library. Exhibits are self-guided. An online database of its permanent collection is also available.