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20th and 21st Century

With a primary focus on American Art of the Twentieth Century and a preponderance of works on paper, the Museum collection includes a wide range of styles of modernist practice. Paintings by Arthur Bowen Davies, Edwin Dickinson, and Friedel Dzubas, and sculptures by William Zorach, Alexander Calder, and George Rickey, in addition to the noteworthy collection of public sculptures on the campus, demonstrate major trends in modernism. Works on paper by luminaries Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, Alice Neel, Philip Pearlstein, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol demonstrate mid-century developments. The Museum’s collection of photography and video works lends significant strength to holdings in contemporary art.

Augmenting the painting and sculpture of the twentieth century to the present day is the College’s impressive collection of public sculpture, which includes major works by Tony Smith, Dan Graham, and Michael Singer, among others. Since 1999 the Museum has been collecting contemporary photography and video works in a unique project initiated by an alumna to engage student participation. Each year the students recommend works for acquisition in these mediums. The Museum’s collection of photography, in addition to nineteenth-century examples, includes recent works by Olafur Eliasson, Sally Mann, Gregory Crewdson, and Chuck Close, among other contemporary artists.

A unique aspect of the Museum’s holdings is a collection of decorative art objects by the St. Petersburg firm of Fabergé. The gift to the College from a Vermont family descended from the Russian Tsars [the Romanofs], the collection offers a fascinating and highly unusual glimpse into the material culture of this dramatic period of history.

Faberge Ice Pendant Full Image

artist/maker:
Firm of Fabergé, Albert Holmström (1876–1925), workmaster; Alma Phil (1888–1976), designer

date:
c. 1910

medium:
rock crystal, diamonds, platinum, 2 1/2 x 1 x 1/2 inches

nationality:
Russian

Object no: 2001.021

Gift of Nancy and Edward Wynkoop.

Old Ben and Mrs. Marks Full Image

artist/maker:
Edwin Dickinson

date:
1916

medium:
oil on board, 36 x 29 1/2 inches

nationality:
American

period:
1891–1978

Object no: 1991.001

Gift of Mr. Robert C. Graham, Jr., Class of 1963.

Kiddie Kar Full Image

artist/maker:
William Zorach

date:
c. 1923

medium:
rosewood, 18 1/4 x 13 7/8 x 8 inches

nationality:
American, born Lithuania

period:
1889–1966

Object no: 1994.007

Purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Art Acquisition Fund and the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund.

Monister Full Image

artist/maker:
Richard Stankiewicz

date:
1954

medium:
steel and found objects, 7 7/8 x 10 x 10 inches

nationality:
American

period:
1922–1983

Object no: 1994.002

Purchase with funds provided by the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund, the Walter Cerf Art Fund, and the Memorial Art Fund.

Black, Two Discs in the Air Full Image

artist/maker:
Alexander Calder

date:
c. 1960

medium:
painted metal, 24 x 48 inches

nationality:
American

period:
1898–1976

Object no: 1976.157

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Shepard III (Margaret Billings, Class of 1922), New Canaan, Connecticut.

Sounding Sculpture Full Image

artist/maker:
Harry Bertoia

date:
c. 1970–78

medium:
beryllium, copper, and brass, 45 1/2 x 10 x 10 inches

nationality:
American

period:
born Italy 1915–1978

Object no: 2005.049

Purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Art Acquisition Fund, the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Fund, the Walter Cerf Art Fund, and gift (by exchange) of Carmen Walker ’11, Wilbur F. Weeks ’47, Prudence Montgomery, and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence McCoy.

Flags II Full Image

artist/maker:
Jasper Johns

date:
1973

medium:
serigraph on paper

nationality:
American

period:
born 1930

Object no: 1976.154

Purchase with funds provided by the Friends of Art Acquisition Fund and a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Crazy Horse Full Image

artist/maker:
Isaac Witkin

date:
1982

medium:
38 5/8 x 29 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

nationality:
American, born South Africa

period:
1936–2006

Object no: 1982.001

Commissioned with funds from the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation.

Untitled Full Image

artist/maker:
Robert Gober

date:
2002

medium:
lithograph on Arches cover paper, 47 x 31 7/8 inches

nationality:
American

period:
born 1954

Object no: 2003.001

Gift of Robert Gober in honor of David Bumbeck.