Diversity and Multiculturalism

Artists today have unprecedented means of support, instruction and access to the public. It often seems that more art is being produced in the current generation than in all previous ones. As a result, in recent years artists have embraced a diversity of movements and styles. Craft media are now considered equal to painting and sculpture.  Many artists from the last 30 years have been connected with key societal issues.

  • Poem A
    2005
    color video triptych on LCD flat panel screens mounted on shelf
    11:38 minutes, Edition 11 of 12
    Bill Viola
    born New York, N.Y. 1951
    Gift of Raymond E. Crowley and the Crowley Family in honor of Evelyn Crowley’s Birthday 2012.28

    This work by Bill Viola, an important video artist, consists of three screens showing images that transform slowly.
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  • Burning African Village Play Set with Big House and Lynching
    2006
    painted laser cut steel
    22 parts, edition 20/20
    Kara Walker
    born Stockton, Calif. 1969
    Museum purchase made possible by the Edward Swift Shorter Bequest Fund, the Bequest of Edward Swift Shorter by exchange, and Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. by exchange 2011.45

    This “play set” explores issues of power, race, gender, and sexuality.
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  • The Oath
    1992
    oil and collage on canvas
    Benny Andrews
    born Plainview, Ga. 1930
    died Brooklyn, N.Y. 2006
    Gift of the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Hassam, Speicher, Betts and Symons Funds 93.3

    The Oath is part of Benny Andrews’ series of collage images based on immigration as an American experience.
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