Artwork from Emory's Woodruff Library selected for Oglethorpe University Museum of Art exhibition

Published 06-12-2014

Photo credit: Image courtesy Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University

"Redcoats in Mist" by Larry Rivers.

Selections from the art collection at Emory University’s Robert W. Woodruff Library will be featured in an exhibition that opens June 28 at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA).

“Mid Century Modern: Works on Paper” will run through August 31 in the museum’s Center Gallery.

The Woodruff Library owns a small but diverse collection of mid-century works, donated by Elizabeth Balzen Loch in 1969 when the original library and its stack tower were built.

Kathryn Dixson, library exhibitions manager, says OUMA chose nine prints on paper, works from the 1960s and 1970s by artists such as Alexander Calder, Helen Frankenthaler, Larry Rivers, Jim Dine, Adolph Gottlieb and American composer/artist John Cage with Carl Sumsion. In addition to the pieces from the Woodruff Library, the exhibition will include works from the museum’s own collections.

“This is an opportunity to share our visual art collection with a wider audience,” Dixson says. “It supports the work of Oglethorpe University, and we enjoy collaborating with other institutions. It connects the Emory Libraries with the broader community and allows us to share our resources in meaningful ways.”

OUMA collections manager John Tilford says, “Visitors will now have the rare opportunity to examine the work of Alexander Calder and his contemporaries such as Helen Frankenthaler and Larry Rivers from the Emory collection alongside lithographs and etchings by other masters of the 20th century such as Marc Chagall, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí from our own permanent collection.”

The exhibition description calls the collective pieces “a powerful representation of the Modernist, Surrealist, Abstract Expressionist movements in the U.S. and abroad.”

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