(MAM) & Yard School of Art offer American, Native American, & contemporary art exhibitions, programs, & classes in NJ

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100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration

Image: Asher Brown Durand (1796-1886), Early Morning at Cold Spring, 1850. Oil on canvas. Montclair Art Museum: Museum purchase; Lang Acquisition Fund, 1945.8.
Start Date: 
Jan, 15, 2014
End Date: 
Nov, 09, 2015

On January 15, 2014, the Montclair Art Museum celebrated its centennial and fully unveiled the 100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration exhibition. This collection-based exhibition was opened in phases throughout the Museum and its grounds, with a total of 100 works reflecting its rich cultural history and legacy. The Museum’s Lehman and Shelby galleries feature key works from its founding collections of American and Native American art, including works by Childe Hassam, Ralph Albert Blakelock, Julian Alden Weir, and others. They are complemented by rare archival documents such as the original invitation to the Museum’s opening in 1914 and historic photographs of MAM’s galleries and visitors. The growth of the Museum’s collection from the 1920s to the 1980s is the focus of the presentation of over 40 works in McMullen Gallery with featured works by Gilbert Stuart, Asher B. Durand, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Robert Henri, Edward Hopper, George Bellows, and Elsie Driggs. Roberts Gallery highlights works in the collection from the 1990s to the Present including examples by Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Douglas Miles, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, Willie Cole, and many others. Selected works in the Museum’s George Inness Gallery and Rand Gallery of Native American art will also be highlighted with special labels specifying their inclusion in this celebration. This exhibition is curated by Gail Stavitsky, chief curator.

Which work is your favorite?
Visit collection.montclairartmuseum.org to vote! You can also browse over 650 works by artist, search for a particular piece in MAM's collection, zoom in on photographs, and even create and save your own collection!

Related Programs

The Centennial Lounge 2nd floor elevator lobby Free with Museum admission
Visit the Centennial Lounge on MAM’s second floor to curate your own magnetic mini exhibition and to learn about the Museum’s 100-year history by browsing the Centennial Times. Here, you can also find out more about MAM’s crowd-sourced audio project 100 Works, 100 Voices, which gathers commentary from community members on selected artworks on view.    
MAM’s Centennial Birthday Party January 15, 2014 6–9 p.m. FREE   The community was invited to celebrate MAM’s birthday with a free evening at the Museum and over 2,000 guests came! The event included an opening reception for 100 Works for 100 Years, Spencer Finch: Yellow, and Respond: Poet-in-Residence Project and performances by the Newark Boys Chorus, WFUV DJs Rita Houston and Russ Borris, and students from Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music. We celebrated MAM’s birthday with a signature cake from MAM's Honorary Guest The Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro and watched the premiere of the Centennial Film directed by Dawn Porter and produced by Mark Urman. Visitors were encouraged to express their own creativity through creating birthday hats or drawing from a model in workshops run by the Yard School of Art. Guests enjoyed additional light refreshments and a cash bar, including beer provided by NJ Beer Company and Flying Fish Brewery and food trucks from Hunger Construction and Thai Elephant!

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100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration is made possible with generous Exhibition Angel support from the Vance Wall Foundation, Bob and Bobbie Constable, Tracy Higgins and James Leitner, Toni LeQuire-Schott and Newton B. Schott, Jr., Adrian Shelby and Edward Bindel, and Margo and Frank Walter.

All Museum programs are made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vance Wall Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Museum members.