Dangerous Beauty: Weapons as Art

January 31 - April 29, 2023

At once functional, beautiful, and deadly, weapons have existed for as long as civilization itself. Though often defined by the violence they can wreck rather than their value as works of art, armaments often combine practical elements with artistic practices. Dangerous Beauty invites visitors to view these objects through an aesthetic lens and reconsider the very definition of art. Featuring objects from cultures across the world, this exhibition showcases the rich holdings of the Madison Art Collection in the first encyclopedic display of its armaments.  


The Lisanby Museum is open T-F, 12:00 - 4:00 pm.

For questions about access to the Madison Art Collection, please contact Director Ginny Soenksen at soenksvm@jmu.edu


Past Exhibitions



To access the digital exhibition, click here.


Free parking is available for visitors to the Madison Art Collection and Lisanby Museum in the pay-by-space parking spaces in D3 Lot, across from the Festival Conference and Student Center. Call us at 540-568-2661 during business hours prior to your visit for a code to enter at the pay station for free parking. A JMU permit is required for parking outside of the pay-by-space area and vehicles without permits are subject to citation.

 JMU Parking Services also provides visitors with parking permits at no charge during normal business hours (7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday). Visitors are not required to display permits after 3:00 PM on Friday and may park in the Commuter and Resident lots. Email your questions to parkingservices@jmu.edu or call 540.568.3300.

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