Shaping the Future: New Acquisitions

September 23 through October 24, 2021

Charles E. Burchfield (American 1893-1967)
Steel Mill Homes (Blast Furnace), watercolor on paper/board, 1919
Museum Purchase, Gift of the L. C. and Margaret Walker Fund. 2020.7

Mike & Kay Olthoff Gallery

The Muskegon Museum of Art was established, through the generosity and direction of Charles Hackley, to “collect pictures of the best kind.” Over the following century, directors and curators built upon that legacy, collecting artwork from artists contemporary and past. Today, the permanent collection of the Muskegon Museum of Art holds over 5,000 objects and is recognized around the world.

Featured in this exhibition are artworks acquired in the past several years, by purchase or gift. The gifts came to us from the artists themselves or from supportive collectors. The remaining objects were purchased—many from MMA exhibitions of contemporary artists—using funds generously provided by donors for the express purpose of buying art.

As the MMA looks to its dramatic expansion and the next hundred years, our collection will continue to be a central part of our identity. The expanded galleries will allow us to share more of our holdings with the community than ever, increasing the stories we are able to present. Contemporary art acquisitions will speak to the audiences of today and tomorrow even as we build on our existing holdings, adding artworks that deepen the art historical record and enrich our perspectives.

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