In the Wilson and Hawks Galleries along the first floor concourse, some four dozen works reflect director Jonathan Binstock’s expertise in the art of the era and MAG’s longstanding commitment to collecting contemporary art.
The Forman Gallery at the entrance to the museum has also been transformed. It’s now a portrait gallery that hints at the treasures you’ll see throughout MAG.
What better way to begin a conversation about art than with images of the human face? The portraits in this new installation show how artists across the centuries have captured and expressed the beauty, significance and awe-inspiring scope of human experience.
The works in these two galleries reflect major changes in the art world in the years after World War II. New York—not Paris—was the center of the western art world.
Long-time favorites, significant works that have been off view for years, and new acquisitions explore such themes as Fantasy, Abstraction, and the Colorfield.
Top of page: Hung Liu, Three Fujins (1995). Gift of Gerald & Ellen Sigal and Marion Stratton Gould Fund.
Forman Gallery: Kehinde Wiley, After Memling’s Portrait of a Man with a Letter (2013). Marion Stratton Gould Fund. | Jan de Bray, Child with Cherries. Bertha Buswell Bequest. | Elizabeth Vigée-Lebrun (attributed), Portrait of a Woman as a Bacchante (1700s). Partial and promised gift of Dr. and Mrs. James Aquavella. | Mickalene Thomas, Portrait of Qusuquzah #6 (2015). Marion Stratton Gould Fund. | Vincenzo di Biagio Catena, Portrait of a Man (ca. 1508). Marion Stratton Gould Fund.
Wilson/Hawks Galleries: Roy de Forest, The Dipolar Girls Take a Voyage on the St. Lawrence (1970). Gift of Charles and Setta Odoroff in honor of Maurice and Minnie Odoroff. | Isamu Noguchi, Calligraphics (1957). R.T. Miller Fund. | Jackson Pollock, Red (1950). Marion Stratton Gould Fund. | Monir Shahroudy Farmanfamaian, Convertible Series, Group 10 (2011). Maurice R. & Maxine B. Forman Fund and Marion Stratton Gould Fund. | Hans Hofmann, Ruby Gold (1959). Marion Stratton Gould Fund.