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Kansas City
4420 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City, Missouri - MO64111
From an initial gift in 1995 of more than 100 works of art from Museum founders Bebe and Crosby Kemper, the collection has rapidly expanded to include nearly 1,000 works in all media, including painting, sculpture, installations, prints, and works on paper, photography, and time-based media. The earliest work, created in 1913, dates from the same year as the Armory Show in New York, the first international exhibition of modern art, and a watershed event in the history of American art. The collection features works from nearly every year thereafter to the present.
Kansas City
4225 Oak Street
Kansas City, Missouri - MO64111
The Photography Collection encompasses the medium’s entire history, from 1839 to the present. It grew from a holding of 1,015 primarily American works to a collection of over 7,500 with the acquisition in December 2005 of the famed Hallmark Photographic Collection, one of the finest private collections of American photography ever assembled. Since that date, further acquisitions and gifts have enlarged the collection to over 8,000 works. Notable artists represented in the collection include such prominent 19th-century figures as Southworth & Hawes, Mathew Brady, George N. Barnard, Carleton Watkins, Timothy O’Sullivan, and Edward Muybridge; such leading 20th-century names as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Edward Weston, Charles Sheeler, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, W. Eugene Smith, Diane Arbus and many more. In the Photography galleries, a survey of the creative history of the medium is on view at all times, with new installations presented about three times a year. Medium-scale temporary exhibitions—drawn both from the museum’s permanent collection and borrowed from other institutions—are also presented about three times a year. The Hallmark Photographic Collection The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art acquired the Hallmark Photographic Collection in December 2005, through a combination gift and purchase. Primarily American in the scope of its holdings, the collection spans the entire history of photography, from the birth of the medium in 1839 to the present. At the time of its acquisition by the Museum, it included more than 6,500 works by 900 artists, with superb examples by virtually all the key American photographers in history. With this acquisition, the Nelson-Atkins immediately assumed a position as one of the premier museums in the world for photography.
3201 West 16th Street
Sedalia, Missouri - MO65301
The core of the Museum is the permanent collection comprised of abstract paintings, drawings, prints, works in clay and sculpture created since the mid-20th century. The permanent collection also includes those significant precursors that are a vital link to refining the scope of the collection and to enhancing the Museum's educational importance. The Museum permanent collection was built through gifts and selected purchases. The study collection is compromised of those examples valued as instructional resources. The director/curator is responsible for routine maintenance of the collection. Conservation or restoration of collection works is contracted to and performed by conservation specialists.
St Louis
3750 Washington Blvd
St Louis, Missouri - MO63108
The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents, supports, and celebrates the art of our time. It is the premier museum in St. Louis dedicated to contemporary art. Focused on a dynamic array of changing exhibitions, CAM provides a thought-provoking program that reflects and contributes to the global cultural landscape. Through the diverse perspectives offered in its exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives, CAM actively engages a range of audiences to challenge their perceptions. It is a site for discovery, a gathering place in which to experience and enjoy contemporary visual culture.
St. Louis
1 Brookings Drive
St. Louis, Missouri - MO63130
The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum presents selected works from its collection of photography, sculpture, installation, and painting throughout the main Saligman Family Atrium space, May Department Stores Foyer, and Florence Steinberg Weil Sculpture Plaza. In addition, the Bernoudy Permanent Collection Gallery is a dedicated space that remains on view on the Museum's second floor, and also houses the Teaching Gallery.
St. Louis
1 Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, Missouri - MO63110
The photography collection consists of 3000 works, spanning the history of the medium from 1844 until the present. There are strengths in 20th-century American and German, and large individual holdings of prints by Edward Curtis, Paul Strand, Andreas Feininger, and Moneta Sleet Jr.
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