Category Archives: Collection

A Tale of Two Kitties

It was the best of times (exciting new acquisition), it was the worst of times (the Depression). Both wisdom and folly were in ample supply when the Museum purchased Cat, an exquisite Egyptian artifact created during the 26th Dynasty of Egypt (664–525 BC). Sculpted in bronze and originally intended to contain a cat mummy, this… Read More »

Life Through a Lens – Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother, Nipomo, CA

Life. That’s what Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) set out to depict when she captured the iconic image of mother and migrant farm laborer Florence Owens Thompson in 1936. On assignment for the Farm Security Administration to document the impact of federal programs in rural areas, Lange arrived at a California migrant-workers settlement and encountered Thompson, who… Read More »

Fresh from critics’ praise, Water Lilies returns

Water Lilies has returned to Gallery 218 after a nine-month hiatus that took the painting to Cleveland and London for the exhibition Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse. The Museum’s Water Lilies is the central panel of the 42-foot Agapanthus triptych, which Monet started to paint around 1915 and continued to rework and obsessively… Read More »

Oriental Carpets and the Women Who Weave Them

In honor of International Women’s Day, we celebrate the female weavers who designed and created most of the works in The Carpet and the Connoisseur: The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs. To better understand these artists, we asked for an expert’s opinion. Walter B. Denny, the exhibition’s guest curator and the distinguished professor… Read More »

New in 2015: Sunday Morning Breakfast by Horace Pippin

For the past 10 days we’ve been highlighting amazing works of art that became part of the SLAM collection in 2015. You can read each installment here. Happy New Year! Perhaps the most significant 2015 addition to the Art Museum’s collection was announced just weeks ago — Horace Pippin’s Sunday Morning Breakfast. The 1943 painting… Read More »

New in 2015: The Lone Cavalryman

We’ve been highlighting amazing works of art that became part of the SLAM collection in 2015. You can read each installment here.  The Art Museum in 2015 continued to benefit from the generosity of Charles and Rosalyn Lowenhaupt, who have given the Museum more than 1,400 Japanese prints and related works of art since 2010.… Read More »

New in 2015: Nicholas Nixon’s The Brown Sisters

For the rest of the year, we’re highlighting amazing works of art that became part of the SLAM collection in 2015. We’ll be posting a new acquisition daily through the end of the year. You can read each installment here.  Since 1975, Nicholas Nixon has been photographing his wife Beverly “Bebe” Brown and her three… Read More »

New in 2015: Soundsuit by Nick Cave

For the rest of the year, we’re highlighting amazing works of art that became part of the SLAM collection in 2015. We’ll be posting a new acquisition daily through the end of the year. You can read each installment here.  Nick Cave’s wearable sculptures captivated Museum visitors last year at the artist’s solo exhibition, Currents… Read More »

New in 2015: Model Cradle

For the rest of the year, we’re highlighting amazing works of art that became part of the SLAM collection in 2015. We’ll be posting a new acquisition daily through the end of the year. You can read each installment here.  This year, the Art Museum accepted 71 promised gifts from the Donald Danforth Jr. Collection–the… Read More »