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We all know of Muhlenberg's many treasures - too many to list. Of course, the Martin Art Gallery and the College's permanent collection is no exception when considering the campus treasure trove. Some of the major figures in the history of art are represented in Muhlenberg's collection, which is managed by the Martin Art Gallery, including Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Mary Cassatt,
Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Edward Hopper, Robert Rauschenberg
and Frank Lind
to name a few.
B Y L O R I V E R D E R A M E , PH.D.
D I R E C T O R, M A R T I N A R T G A L L E R Y
In past issues of this magazine, I have discussed our growing permanent collection and introduced readers to the alumni who have contributed the art collection. It is well known that gallery patrons enjoy exhibitions featuring works from our permanent collection on a regular basis and on campus, our students actually live with art in their campus buildings, surroundings, and classrooms. But, what is perhaps less recognized is the fact that along with nurturing our growing permanent collection and organizing exhibitions, the Martin Art Gallery also hosts exhibitions from other institutions and lends artwork from our collection to museums and galleries across the United States.
For example, this winter, the Martin Art Gallery will host an exhibition featuring the work of abstract expressionist sculptor, Seymour Lipton (American, 1903-1986). This show, "An American Sculptor: Seymour Lipton," traveled to nine museum venues across the country before arriving at Muhlenberg for its final showing.
The Lipton retrospective exhibition will grace our campus with large-scale sculpture, models and maquettes, and works on paper from various institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Detroit Institute of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. This show, featuring works such as "Phoenix" (fig. 1), has been on tour since 1999 and was displayed
at the Palmer Museum of Art (University Park, Pa.), the Elvejhem Museum of Art (Madison, Wis.), the University of Iowa Museum of Art (Iowa City), the Brunnier Art Museum (Ames, Iowa), and the McNay Art Museum (San Antonio, Texas).
In addition to hosting internationally renowned and critically acclaimed shows like the Lipton retrospective, the Martin Art Gallery also loans works to other institutions. For instance, the College's beloved American colonial portrait of "John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg," circa 1800 (fig. 2) has been part of the Library of Congress' exhibition "Religion and the Founding of the American Republic"
(fig. 3). In fact, during the last three
years the Muhlenberg portrait has been on exhibit at numerous venues including: The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), Huntington Library Art Collections & Gardens (San Marino, Calif.), Museums at Stony Brook (Stony Brook, N.Y.), Butler University (Indianapolis), Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah), Virginia Historical Society (Richmond, Va.), National Independence Museum (Philadelphia), Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia History (Philadelphia), New York Historical Society (New York City) and Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.
Fig.1 (photo by Tom Amico): Seymour Lipton's "Phoenix" from 1953 will be on view with the touring exhibition, "An American Sculptor: Seymour Lipton."
Fig.2 (photo by Robert Walch): The colonial portrait of "John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg," circa 1800.
Fig.3 (photo by Robert Walch): The exhibition catalogue published by the Library of Congress titled "Religion and the Founding of the American Republic" features the College's portrait of Muhlenberg.