The Permanent Collection: New and Rediscovered

We (well, not me specifically, but the talented curators, registrars, art handlers, and preparators at the Kemper) recently re-hung the Permanent Collection galleries on the second floor while the Museum was closed.  Certain artworks, like George Caleb Bingham’s Daniel Boone Escorting Settlers through the Cumberland Gap (1851-2), are almost always on view.  But with 5,800 objects in the Museum collection, many will only occasionally see the light of day.

Arman, Poubelle, from Edition MAT, 1964. Wood, Plexiglas, trash, and wood content.

Arman, Poubelle, from Edition MAT, 1964. Wood, Plexiglas, trash, and wood content.

This recent re-installation features several recent acquisitions from Edition MAT, such as Poubelle (1964) by Arman and General (1965) by Enrico Baj.  Other objects currently on view, such as Peinture 200 x 265 cm, 20 mai 1959 (Painting 200 x 265 cm, 20 May 1959) (May 20, 1959) by Pierre Soulages and Floating Blue (1958-59) by Sam Francis, simply have not been out for a while.

Pierre Soulages, Peinture 200 x 265 cm, 20 mai 1959 (Painting 200 x 265 cm, 20 May 1959), May 20, 1959, Oil on canvas.

Pierre Soulages, Peinture 200 x 265 cm, 20 mai 1959 (Painting 200 x 265 cm, 20 May 1959), May 20, 1959. Oil on canvas.

Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson, Swamp, 1971. 16mm color film with sound transferred to video, 6:0 min.

Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson, Swamp, 1971. 16mm color film with sound transferred to video, 6:0 min.

The Nature | Culture section features newly acquired video work Swamp (1971) by Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson alongside several works on paper, such as Spencer Finch’s 48 Views of Loch Ness (1997), Camille Pissaro’s Peasant Woman in the Field (c. 1880-5), and Imogen Cunningham’s False Hellebore (1926).  But these are only some of the changes to the Permanent Collection galleries, so come take a look for yourself!

Imogen Cunningham, False Hellebore, 1926, printed 1975–76. Gelatin silver print.

Imogen Cunningham, False Hellebore, 1926, printed 1975–76.  Gelatin silver print.

Camille Jacob Pissarro, Peasant Woman in the Field, c. 1880–85. Charcoal on paper.

Camille Jacob Pissarro,
Peasant Woman in the Field, c. 1880–85. Charcoal on paper.

By Allison Fricke (Friday, August 23, 2013)

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