The museum’s collection from the 20th century mirrors the historical concerns, defining milestones, and sea changes of art history. Passage traces the transition from early figuration and representation to the powerful advent of informal and abstract expressionism in the post-war era. As painting turned inward to explore the potential of the medium, there was a shift to a heroic scale that turned the canvas into a site of performative action. Pop Art in the 1950s brought the focus back squarely to the banal, everyday object, unexpectedly pointing the way to more conceptual and hybrid approaches to artmaking.
Curated by Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator Luis A. Croquer.
This exhibition is supported by the museum’s Henry and Lois Foster Exhibition Fund.