In the area of contemporary painting (post-1945), the Hood Museum of Art's collection is dominated by two major masterworks, Orange and Lilac over Ivory (1953) by Mark Rothko and Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas (1963) by Ed Ruscha. The contemporary art holdings in other areas feature a large collection of works on paper, including over fifty minimalist and post-minimalist drawings and prints given to the museum by Werner and Sarah Ann Kramarsky; over five hundred works by an international consortium of artists who were affiliated with the Fluxus movement; over six hundred works by pioneer Generative Systems artist Sonia Landy Sheridan; a significant collection of prints in a variety of media; and smaller collections of photography, sculpture, and mixed media. In 2002 the Hood acquired its first work of contemporary video/film art, Bill Viola's Quintet of the Silent, followed by other works in this medium by Lorna Simpson and Luis Gispert. In the last five years the museum has begun to collect contemporary art more globally and has in particular added works of art by African contemporary artists such as Amir Nour, El Anatsui, Berni Serle, and Magdalene Odundo, and contemporary Native American artists such as Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Bobby Martin, Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds, Arthur Amiotte, Brad Kahlhamer, and Lonnie Vigil.
Last Updated: 5/21/07