70th Anniversary Exhibition

Tree Planting Group
Tree Planting Group, 1937
Grant Wood
Lithograph
Gift of Ned and Gloria Griner
In honor of the museum’s 70th anniversary celebration, an intimate exhibition of works reflecting the museum’s beginnings will be on display in the Brown Study Room.

“The 70th Anniversary Exhibition captures a moment and reflects on a whole era,” said Peter Blume, museum director. “We want to demonstrate that, right out of the box, the museum was very selective in the art works it chose to obtain and put on display.”

Works of art in the exhibition include some that were only recently acquired by the museum, but made during that period. A 2005 gift from Ned and Gloria Griner, Grant Wood’s Tree Planting Group, a lithograph from 1937, is an example.

Other selections are from the museum’s original collection that includes an Overbeck Pottery vase, made in Cambridge City, Indiana, a gift from Frank C. Ball in 1935; and a Chinese porcelain statuette titled The Twins, a gift from Daniel Jarrett Hathaway in 1936.

“These two are really a yin and yang of what the collection would become in later years,” Blume said. “A strong representation of Indiana artists as well as Asian ceramics continues to be represented throughout the collection.”

The exhibition also highlights the disparate photography styles that were prevalent in the 30s. Arthur Rothstein’s photographs recording rural conditions during the Depression are on display alongside the fine art photos of Edward Weston. “These two photographic artists show the contrast and the vitality of photo media at the time,” Blume said.

Exhibition Date: March 16, 2007 - August 12, 2007