From Rembrandt to Pollock to Atget: Celebrating a Collection

On view in the Van Deren Coke Gallery September 13-December 21, 2013
With an opening reception, Thursday, September 12, – 8 pm preceded by a members’ preview at 5pm.*

Sometime in the early 1960s a modest portrait of the English composer, writer and organist, Charles Burney (1726-1814), engraved by William Sharp (1749-1824), became the first accessioned work to the UNM Art Museum’s (originally called the University Art Gallery) collection. Thanks in large part to the generosity of our donors, benefactors, former directors and curators, the works on paper holdings have grown significantly and substantially during its fifty-year history and now includes over twenty-thousand works—prints, drawings, photographs and artists’ books—which date from as early as 1493 to the present. In honor of the museum’s fiftieth anniversary, this exhibition celebrates our rich, extensive collection where one can trace the intellectual and aesthetic breadth of the established traditions in the graphic arts along with photography’s disparate and myriad histories.

On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary, the UNM Art Museum, which was founded in 1963, is delighted to present three concurrent exhibitions, which together survey its remarkable permanent collection of over 30,000 works of art spanning the 15th century to the present.

Please join us in celebrating the UNM Art Museum’s 50th Anniversary at a special opening reception planned for the evening of Thursday, September 12th, 2013.

Unknown, Untitled (Tantric drawing), c. 1800; Watercolor on paper; Gift of Michael Findlay.

Unknown, Untitled (Tantric drawing), c. 1800; Watercolor on paper; Gift of Michael Findlay.

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (Dutch 1606-1669) Woman Bathing her Feet at a Brook, 1658; Etching, drypoint and engraving.

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (Dutch 1606-1669) Woman Bathing her Feet at a Brook, 1658; Etching, drypoint and engraving.

Jean-Eugène-Auguste Atget  (French 1857-1927), Quai Burbon, Boutique Louis XV, c. 1910; Albumen silver print; Gift of Joan and Van Deren Coke.

Jean-Eugène-Auguste Atget (French 1857-1927), Quai Burbon, Boutique Louis XV, c. 1910; Albumen silver print; Gift of Joan and Van Deren Coke.

Main Image: Tamas Dezso (Hungarian, born 1978), Bus Stop, North East Hungary, 2011; Chromogenic print; Purchased with funds from the Friends of Art; Gift of the artist and Robert Koch Gallery; Image courtesy of Robert Koch Gallery and © Tamas Dezso.

*members’ previews are open to Sustaining Members and higher of the UNM Art Museum.