ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
From the Vault: Post-War to Contemporary Art
Following World War II, American artists began to challenge traditional modes of pictorial representation by embracing new styles, techniques, and mediums, and by questioning the role of art in society. Nearly a century later, American creativity continues to encompass diverse artistic approaches while addressing social, political, and environmental issues of our time.
Spanning the 1940s to the 2000s, From the Vault is the largest display of permanent collection masterworks of the Post-War era ever staged at the Museum, and comprises beloved highlights, recent gifts and acquisitions, and numerous works on view for the first time. Presented chronologically, the exhibition traces key art historical movements, including Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Photorealism, and Contemporary Art. Collectively, works by leading figures in American art, including Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, Kay Sage, Anni and Josef Albers, Sol LeWitt, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Titus Kaphar, among others, reflect the incredible evolution of American artistic expression over the last 80 years.
John Anthony Baldessari
Kay Knight Clarke+*
Irene Hardwicke Olivier
John Edward Heliker
K. William LeQuier III#
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith+
+ From the Vault includes a work by this artist that has never been on view at the NBMAA
# From the Vault includes a work by this artist that has not been on view at the NBMAA in nearly decade or longer
* Local Artist
Look Inside Our Vault. Search Inside Yourself.
During the final months of special exhibition From the Vault: Post-War to Contemporary Art, we invite you to find a work of art that helps you look within yourself for a special memory, a reaction, or a deep feeling. Please write it down on the paper provided in the gallery and deposit it into the archive box to be preserved at the Museum in the future! Feel free to include your name or stay anonymous. Thank you for engaging with this exciting exhibition.
Walk-In Tours | Special Exhibition - "From the Vault"
Sundays at 1 p.m. | Tours resume on October 1, 2023
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