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50th Anniversary

Looking back at moments in our galleries 2024: Our Golden Anniversary Celebration 

Stories | Programs and Events | Exhibitions

50 Years : 50 Stories

Presented weekly in the Director’s backstory blog, fifty stories will recount the history of the Museum from its founding on the Purchase College, SUNY, campus in 1969 to the present day. Each story plays an important role in honoring our past, celebrating our present, and preparing the NEU to move boldly forward into its next 50 years. 

This week's featured backstory:

  • Text Celebrating Juneteenth Freedom Day on a black background with color bars of gold, red, and green at the top and bottom of the graphic

    backstory50: Juneteenth

    All this year these backstory messages have focused on the celebration of the Museum’s 50th anniversary, focusing on today through the lens of the past. 

More Stories from the Archives

Programs and Events

Friends, neighbors, and guests from around the globe are invited to celebrate with us during a year-long schedule of artist talks, lectures, and other programming.

Upcoming Events:

  • Jun 30
       Cleve Gray, Threnody, 1972-73. polymer acrylic, Duco enamel and oil on canvas. 28 panels, 20 feet x 250 feet. Collection Friends of th...

    Cleve Gray’s “Threnody” and Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time”

    Time:  4:00pm—5:00pm

    In their fifth collaboration, the Neuberger Museum of Art and Copland House again join forces to bring together two epic artworks, visual and musical, that share a focus on profound personal restoration and renewal.

    A light reception will follow the concert.  

    This free event is presented as part of the Museum’s 50th anniversary celebration.


Exhibitions

Inspired by our first exhibition in 1974, the Museum’s galleries will be filled with commemorative, multimedia experiences illustrating important moments from our history, highlighting objects from our collection, and showcasing materials from our vast archives.

The Making of a Museum Exhibitions

  • Orange square with a white border and large numbers 50 with small letters neu overlapping the top of the 5 and the word Years beneath

    The Making of a Museum: 50 Years

    On View
    January 24 - December 22, 2024

    For fifty years, the Neuberger Museum of Art has fostered learning, sparked the creative process, and investigated understandings of the world in which we live through its collections, exhibitions, and education programs. 

  •    Milton Avery (1885 –1965). Sunday Riders, 1929. Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 in. Collection Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUN...

    The Promised Gift

    On View
    January 24, 2024

    West Gallery
    A project in The Making of a Museum: 50 Years exhibition

    The Promised Gift tells the story of Roy R. Neuberger’s 1969 grand and optimistic philanthropic contribution, a gift of 300 works of art to the State University of New York. 

  • black and white archival image of the construction of the Neuberger Museum

    1969—1974

    On View
    January 24, 2024
    Klein Gallery
    A project in The Making of a Museum: 50 Years exhibition

    1969—1974 explores the role of Roy R. Neuberger as one of the most important collectors of his day, the conceptualization, design, and construction of the Museum, and its use in the early 1970s by the students and faculty of Purchase College prior to the formal opening of the Neuberger Museum of Art in 1974.

  •    Cleve Gray, Threnody, 1972-73. polymer acrylic, Duco enamel and oil on canvas. 28 panels, 20 feet x 250 feet. Collection Friends of th...

    Threnody

    On View
    February 21 - August 5, 2024

    Theater Gallery
    A project in The Making of a Museum: 50 Years exhibition

    Threnody is a 250-foot-wide site-specific painting created by American artist Cleve Gray for the opening of the Neuberger Museum of Art.  

  • Robert Indiana, ART, 1972, polychrome aluminum, 84 x 86 x 42 inches. Collection Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY. Museum p...

    1974—2024

    On View
    April 13, 2024

    South Gallery
    A project in The Making of a Museum: 50 Years exhibition

    1974—2024 tells the story of the years from the time of the formal opening of the Museum to the present.