100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration
On January 15, 2014, the Montclair Art Museum celebrated its centennial and fully unveiled the 100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration exhibition, which was opened in phases in fall 2013.
The exhibition is organized chronologically to address MAM’s history throughout the years. The Museum’s Lehman and Shelby galleries feature key works from its founding collections of American and Native American art, including works by Childe Hassam, Ralph Albert Blakelock, Julian Alden Weir, and others. They are complemented by rare archival documents such as the invitation to the Museum’s opening in 1914, original newspaper articles marking key events in MAM’s history, and historic photographs of the Museum’s galleries and visitors.
The growth of the Museum’s collection from the 1920s to the 1980s is the focus of the presentation of over 40 works in McMullen Gallery. Works from the 18th century on are featured including those by Gilbert Stuart, Asher B. Durand, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Robert Henri, Edward Hopper, George Bellows, Elsie Driggs, Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko, Romare Bearden, Andy Warhol, and many others. Roberts Gallery highlights the most recent works in the collection (from the 1990s to the present) including examples by Jenny Holzer, Barbar Kruger, Douglas Miles, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, and Willie Cole.
Selected works in the Museum’s George Inness Gallery and Rand Gallery of Native American art will also be highlighted with special labels specifying their inclusion in this celebration.
This exhibition is curated by Gail Stavitsky, chief curator.
100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration is made possible with generous Exhibition Angel support from the Vance Wall Foundation, Bob and Bobbie Constable, Tracy Higgins and James Leitner, Toni LeQuire-Schott and Newton B. Schott, Jr., Adrian Shelby and Edward Bindel, and Margo and Frank Walter.
All Museum programs are made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vance Wall Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Museum members.