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New Directions: Noah Klersfeld

February 7, 2016 - May 22, 2016

Now on view on MAM's outdoor video monitors, Noah Klersfeld's recent series of videos Party in the Bathroom transforms mundane bathroom floor tiles into spectacles of lights, patterns, rhythms, and colors. Five different videos are played sequentially on each monitor, which are...

Eric Carle: Animals and Friends

September 13, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Featuring work by the acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle (b. 1929), Eric Carle: Animals and Friends highlights the artist’s meticulous preparatory process and key childhood themes of animals and friendship. It includes more than 60 original collages, studies,...

Work and Leisure in American Art: Selected Works from the Collection

September 13, 2015 - November 6, 2016

This collection-based exhibition comprises over 60 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper that explore the universal themes of labor and leisure in America from the 18th century to the present day. The works on view range chronologically from Benjamin West’s exposure of political...

Peggy Ahwesh: Warm Objects

September 13, 2015 - January 31, 2016

Peggy Ahwesh's Warm Objects is featured on MAM's outdoor video monitors. The video was produced in close collaboration with the engineering research center MIRTHE (Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment), an organization dedicated to the development of optical trace...

Illustrations and Literary Themes in American Art: Works from the Collection

July 1, 2015 - October 18, 2015

This permanent collection exhibition juxtaposes American illustration work from the 19th and early 20th centuries with contemporary art based on literary themes in MAM's Shelby Gallery.


Winslow Homer’s striking wood engravings of the 1860s and 1870s for Harper’s Monthly ...

Basket Mania: Collecting Native American Basketry in the Late Victorian Era

May 7, 2015 - July 22, 2018



This recent installation in MAM’s Rand Gallery of Native American art features 69 baskets collected during the late Victorian era when a craze for Native basketry swept the United States. Basket mania, the name given to this fad, was at its height...

Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s

February 8, 2015 - May 17, 2015

This exhibition marks the first major American museum survey to examine the art of this pivotal decade in its historical context. Showcasing approximately 60 works by 45 artists, it includes installations, paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photography, video, and digital art. Come as...

Native American Art Collection Installation of Pueblo Indian Pottery

September 21, 2014 - July 22, 2018



A new installation of American Indian pottery in Rand Gallery highlights the work of Pueblo potters from the Southwest. Focusing both on traditional patterns and centuries-old techniques and innovative approaches by the current generation of...

Sanford Biggers: Danpatsu

September 21, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Sanford Biggers’s multidisciplinary practice integrates video, film, installation, sculpture, drawing, performance, and original music. Often examining issues of cultural difference, his work engages a wide range of themes—including politics, African-American history and culture, Buddhism, and...

From Heart to Hand: African-American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

September 21, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Quilts have held an important and cherished place in American culture, particularly in the American South. Though the materials and techniques of quilt making may be common, quilts—as process, as art, and as image—embody the very fabric of our country. In the late 20th century, several...

Robert Smithson's New Jersey

February 23, 2014 - June 22, 2014

This groundbreaking show focuses on Robert Smithson (1938-1973), a pioneer of earthworks and native son of New Jersey. Featured together in an exhibition for the first time, Smithson’s sculptures, works on paper,  photographs, and other conceptual art rooted in his time spent in the Garden State...

100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration

January 15, 2014 - November 9, 2014

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...

Spencer Finch: Yellow

January 15, 2014 - December 31, 2015



In honor of its Centennial and as part of its new contemporary art program, MAM has commissioned the internationally renowned American artist Spencer Finch to create Yellow (2013), a site-specific permanent installation for the Museum’s...

New Directions/Jean Shin: Host

September 22, 2013 - January 15, 2014

The third in MAM's annual New Directions series of contemporary art exhibitions is a major new outdoor sculpture by acclaimed artist Jean Shin. Titled Host, it is on long-term view on the Museum’s grounds beginning September 22, 2013, and the first commission in an outdoor sculpture...

Looking Forward: Gifts of Contemporary Art from the Patricia A. Bell Collection

September 22, 2013 - January 15, 2014

Looking Forward: Gifts of Contemporary Art from the Patricia A. Bell Collection honors the collector Patricia A. Bell, a resident of South Orange, NJ, whose gifts of more than 40 works to MAM over the past decade have been crucial for developing the Museum’s contemporary art collection...

Monika Bravo: New Work

September 22, 2013 - September 14, 2014

Two works by the multidisciplinary artist Monika Bravo are on view on MAM’s outdoor video monitors. Bravo’s work incorporates still and moving images as well as sound and interactivity to explore our emotional and cognitive relationships to the world that surrounds us. Though trained as a...