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Modern and Contemporary Art

Modern and contemporary art are two growing areas of the MHCAM collection. We keep them categorically joined in the belief that a clear delineation is ultimately misleading. Modern art refers to work made from the later part of the 19th century and into the 20th century, a period of rapid population growth, industrialization, and critical changes to the basic fabric of work, family, and society. The Museum’s holdings from this era are strongest in European and American art, including paintings by Arthur Dove, Yves Tanguy, Kay Sage, Max Ernst, and Dorothea Tanning, and sculptures by Isamu Noguchi, Arnoldo Pomodoro, Barbara Hepworth, Kenneth Snelson, and Judy Pfaff. Contemporary art is global art. Artists from every nation participate in complex dialogues about art, identity, and culture, and the MHCAM is committed to presenting this diversity of perspectives through its active collecting of global contemporary art. This collection reflects the high percentage of international citizens in the College’s student population.


Yves Tanguy (French, 1900-1955), Lurid Sky, 1929
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