Since 2010, your art museum has held 12 unveiling events which have chronicled the growth of one of the most prominent and unique collections in the Midwest: the MMAM’s Burrichter/Kierlin Collection. Recent acquisitions by Edgar Degas, James McNeill Whistler and others are currently on display. This collection has grown in number of artworks, but even more so in quality and diversity. For example, the MMAM is now home to a tremendous collection of early Modernism, Hudson River School, and 19th century genre painting, yet in keeping with our role of expanding the boundaries of marine art. This rapid growth means that there are truly wonderful pieces in the Museum’s care that are not on full-time display. Because of this, we are excited to share with you a new exhibition, Additions & Old Favorites, which opens on November 8th. The exhibition will bring out some very new acquisitions and some old favorites, including works by Thomas Moran, Edward Cucuel, John George Brown, Jack Gray and many more gems from the MMAM vault that will spark inspiration.
Your art museum is not only a place of history, however. The MMAM’s temporary exhibitions—which often feature contemporary works from the region—have also grown in quantity, quality and diversity. In October, we opened two new exhibitions featuring emerging artists Samantha French and Rhea Pappas, which help launch a periodic emerging artist series titled, Surfacing. These exhibitions have already received wide acclaim and media coverage. See this link for a cover story in SEVEN, including a discussion with me and the artists:
We hope that you dive deep beyond the surface, and find something meaningful to you this November.
Andrew J. Maus, MMAM Executive Director
Photo by James A. Bowey