Diverse Views: Recent Acquisitions to the Syracuse University Art Collection

December 3, 2018 through February 7, 2019
Louise and Bernard Paliltz Gallery
Syracuse University Lubin House
11 E 61 St, NYC

The year 2018 marks 145 years of collecting artwork and objects of cultural heritage at Syracuse University. Over this time, the university has built a thriving, robust, and encyclopedic art collection of over 45,000 objects. The beginnings of the collection was quite similar to many other university collections or museums in the United States. In 1873, Dr. George Fisk Comfort, first dean of the College of Fine Arts, and founder of both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Everson Museum of Art, secured several thousand dollars for the purchase of a series of plaster casts to be utilized as study objects by the university community.  He also donated hundreds of prints and photographs acquired from his European travels. These works were foundational to the permanent collection as it has evolved into what it is today–both a traditional art gallery, as well as a teaching museum for SU students and faculty. With a current primary collecting focus on twentieth-century American art, especially the acquisition of contemporary graphic arts and works on paper, the collection has expanded to include diverse viewpoints that serve as objects of appreciation, research, and dialogue for students, faculty, alumni and the greater arts community in Syracuse, New York City and beyond.

The works on display in this exhibition highlight just a small portion of the growth that the permanent art collection has made over the past five years. Artwork included represents both gifts to the collection as well as purchases made by the curatorial staff that enhance the permanent collection and reflect the core principles of SUArt’s mission to collect, preserve, research and exhibit objects. As a result, these artifacts represent the greater art and cultural world, and are utilized not just for enjoyment as a visually pleasing object, but to help the Syracuse University Art Galleries achieve their vision to present and expose world-class arts to our community in order to spark enjoyment, interpretation and dialogue from visitors.

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed 12/22/2018 through 1/2/2019 and University Holidays
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