Since its founding in 1914, the Museum has actively collected historic, modern, and contemporary art, growing its collection to more than 15,000 works. This exhibition highlights new acquisitions of American and Native American art entered into the collection since 2017, thanks to generous donations and purchases.
Ranging from the early 20th century to the present, this exhibition includes New York-based modern art dealer and photographer Alfred Stieglitz’s The Steerage (1907/1915), Norman Lewis’s lyrical, untitled Abstract Expressionist painting (1951), and Native photographer Cara Romero’s Water Memory (2015). Also on view are early 20th century works by pioneering modernists A.B. Frost, Jr. and Morton Livingston Schamberg. Photographs of ancient petroglyphs in New Mexico by Salvatore Mancini are complemented by Alaska Native artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs’s shadow boxes containing a moose jaw and polar bear fur. Other works focus on social issues and concerns, such as Kyle Meyer’s mixed media portrait of a gay man in Swaziland and Jersey City-based artist Woolpunk’s digital and fiber artwork Blue Carts & Barbed Wired (2018).
Gail Stavitsky, Chief Curator