Seated Couple (Male and Female)
Jalisco, West Mexico
Protoclassic, c. 100 BCE- 250 CE
Ameca gray style, polychrome clay
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andrall Pearson
Bruce Museum Collection 2003.11.01-02

Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904)
Sunlight on Newbury Marshes, c. 1865 – 1875
Oil on canvas, 13 x 26 in.
Private Collection

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)
Faun and Bacchante, 1860
Oil on canvas
Gift of Steven A. Cohen and Alexandra M. Cohen
Bruce Museum Collection 2006.44

Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) Greyhound Nightmare (from the series, Kabal American Zephyr), 1981 Solvent transfer, acrylic and collage on wood with aluminum and objects (chair, wood box, rope, glass) Gift of Bill and Fran Deutsch Bruce Museum Collection 2011.07 Art © Estate of Robert Rauschenberg/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875)
Jeune Pecheur a la Coquille (Neapolitan Fisherboy), 1857
Gift of Myrna Ruben Haft
Bruce Museum Collection 2007.04

Marking a Century: Recent and Promised Gifts to the Bruce Museum

April 14, 2012 - July 8, 2012

Part I.

The permanent art collection of the Bruce Museum includes more than 15,000 objects representing a wide variety of world cultures, with special strengths in American and European art. These collections are essential to the many object-based educational programs offered at the Museum and often provide the rationale for the shows that we organize. To celebrate a century of collecting and teaching, we are mounting this exhibition comprised of about 100 recent gifts to the Museum divided into two successive installations.

This show offers an opportunity to highlight some of the remarkable donations that we have received in recent years and tout the diversity of these gifts and their exceptional quality.

Among the outstanding works is a splendidly tranquil luminist landscape by the American 19th-century painter Martin Johnson Heade.

The donations of European 19th-century works include Faun and Bacchante by William-Adolphe Bouguereau and a fine bronze sculpture of a Neapolitan Fisherboy by Jean Baptiste Carpeaux.

Gifts of Modern and Contemporary sculpture have been especially welcome, and include both intimately scaled works, such as a small maquette by Henry Moore, and large works like Robert Rauschenberg’s sculpture of 1981, Greyhound Nightmare, and the promised gift of the exuberantly monumental Keith Haring sculpture Untitled (Three Dancing Figures) Version A, 1989.

The fastest growing collections at the Bruce are of works on paper, which include recent donations of works by Signac, Cuevas, and  O. Winston Link’s most famous most famous photos, Hotshot, Eastbound.

The exhibition is generously underwritten by

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 and the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund.