Between 1991 and 1996, Jane Murray donated fifty-seven works of Modern art to the Museum, the first significant donation of twentieth-century art received by The Hyde. This donation helped form the foundation of the Museum’s Modernist holdings. Murray passed away in April of this year and The Hyde has been informed that she bequeathed the remainder of her collection to the Museum.
The exhibit, curated by The Hyde’s Executive Director David F. Setford, celebrates the works donated by Murray and reflects one woman’s journey into the world of art and the creative process itself. Artists represented in the exhibition include Britain’s Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, John Piper, Howard Hodgkin, and Paul Mount. American artists include Gregory Amenoff, Betty Parsons, Stuart Davis, and Ellsworth Kelly.
“This exhibition is being organized in tribute to Jane Murray’s legacy, not only to The Hyde, but to the world of art and art collecting,” said Setford, “Her generosity to our Museum is only surpassed by the attention she paid to selecting works for her impressive Modern art collection.“
According to Setford, the exhibition pieces were selected to help visitors examine the similarities and differences between American and British works of the period, as both are areas of particular strength in the Murray Collection.
This exhibition has been extended. Closing date is now March 28, 2010.