When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection

June 10 – August 27, 2017

Sheeler_1972_for webWith a remarkable selection of masterworks by 52 of the twentieth century’s most influential artists, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Marsden Hartley, Willem de Kooning, Stuart Davis, and Alexander Calder, this exhibition illuminates the artistic transformations that took place in the U.S. during the first half of the century. It also explores Roy R. Neuberger’s (1903 – 2010) significant role as an early advocate for contemporary American art. Neuberger developed his passion for art while in Paris in the 1920s and began collecting in earnest after returning home to New York in 1929. By 1950, the center of the avant-garde art world had shifted from Paris to New York, and Neuberger was the most important collector of contemporary American art (now considered modern art) in the country. This is an unprecedented opportunity to see this groundbreaking collection–traveling for the first time in more than forty years and in its debut presentation in the Northwest.

Charles Sheeler, The Web (Croton Dam), 1955, Oil on canvas, 22 1/4 x 24 in.
Collection Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York
Gift of Roy R. Neuberger, 1972.04.12, Photo: Jim Frank
Courtesy American Federation of Arts



When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection is organized by
the American Federation of Arts and the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY.

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Neuberger Berman is the national tour sponsor of When Modern Was Contemporary.

Additional support is provided by the JFM Foundation and Mrs. Donald M. Cox. In-kind support is provided by Christie’s. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. Generous support for the original presentation and the accompanying catalogue was provided by Helen Stambler Neuberger and Jim Neuberger. Sotheby’s has provided in-kind support to the Neuberger Museum.


The presentation at the Boise Art Museum is made possible by
the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation
with additional grant support from the Robert Lehman Foundation


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