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backstory50: Building a Museum collection

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Roy R. Neuberger’s 1969 founding promised gift. Twenty-nine objects were accessioned by the Neuberger Museum of Art in that year. Since then, the Museum’s collection has grown to comprise nearly 7,000 objects, which have been donated, promised, bequeathed, and purchased.

A wonderful example of that growth is currently on view in the exhibition From Your Collection: Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Voices, a project curated by Patrice Giasson, Alex Gordon Curator of the Art of the Americas and generously supported by the Alex Gordon Estate.  On view through March 24, the show ties both to the curricular work being done by our colleagues across campus in the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies as well as the recent federal designation of Purchase College as a Hispanic Serving Institution

Today’s 50th anniversary thank you goes to Patrice Giasson for curating such wonderful exhibitions for the Neuberger over the past 15 years. If you haven’t had a chance to take a tour of an exhibition with him, be on the lookout. His enthusiasm for the artists with whom he works will put a smile on your face.

Tracy Fitzpatrick
Director, Neuberger Museum of Art

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Watch for a new backstory every Wednesday and follow us on social media as we share stories about the Museum’s history, our evolution to the present day, and look ahead to our exciting future. Stay up-to-date with the latest news and “NEU 50 Years” updates on our anniversary webpage.