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On view at MCASD

April 9, 2022 to April 9, 2024

The Inaugural Collection Installation highlights MCASD’s diverse historical holdings and ongoing commitment to the art of our present moment. The Museum’s collection embraces artistic innovations from the mid-twentieth century to today with a focus on the ongoing legacies of abstraction in arts of the Americas and Europe.

In 1969, MCASD devoted itself to the acquisition and exhibition of twentieth-century art, collecting new works by artists such as Ellsworth Kelly, Miriam Shapiro, Larry Bell, and Agnes Martin. Now, almost sixty years later, the collection has grown to represent the increasing multiplicity of contemporary art, taking an expansive look across time periods and national borders.

This Inaugural Collection Installation of the MCASD’s collection is organized by Kathryn Kanjo, The David C. Copley Director and CEO, and Associate Curator Anthony Graham.


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support was provided by the Charley Cochrane Exhibition Fund.

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