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NEU 50th Anniversary

Looking back at moments in our galleries Join us throughout 2024 as we celebrate the Neuberger Museum of Art’s milestone 50th anniversary! 

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:

  • Klein Gallery view, The Friends at 50: Selections from the Collection exhibition

    backstory50: The Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art

    One the best things about the Neuberger Museum of Art are the people who make up our community. And among the ‘best of the best’ are the leaders who have, for so long now, been a part of our amazing support and advisory group, the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art.

More Stories from the Archives

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

    backstory50: Threnody

    Opening today, Cleve Gray’s Threnody is on view again as part of the Museum’s 50th anniversary celebration.  

  • NEU 50 Years Logo in a red heart

    backstory50: Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Today’s story is your story to tell.

  •    Dulce Pinzón, Superman. Noé Reyes from the State of Puebla, Mexico works as a delivery boy in Brooklyn, New York. He sends 500 dolla...

    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.

  • Neuberger Museum of Art under construction, 1972. Photo H. Bernstein. Courtesy Purchase College Archives and Special Collections.

    backstory50: Building a Museum

    No, it’s not shiny, or fancy, or visible from the road. But that’s not what it was supposed to be. 

  •    Aerial photograph of the Purchase College Campus, Purchase, New York. n.d. Neuberger Museum of Art Archives, Purchase College, State U...

    backstory50: The Academical Village

    The master plan for Purchase College was inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s master plan for the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

  •    William Gropper (1897-1977), Untitled (Study for The Wine Festival), ca. 1934. Ink on paper, 10 5/8 x 12 3/8 in. Collection Neuberger ...

    backstory50: The Passionate Collector

    In 2002, as Roy R. Neuberger turned 100, he published his second memoir, The Passionate Collector: Eighty Years in the World of Art. He dedicated the book “with great affection and respect to the extraordinary, original, passionate artists who have enriched my life beyond measure.” 

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

    backstory50: The Promised Gift

    Do you know which work of art was the very first to enter the Museum’s collection? 

  • A photo of Robert Indiana's Art sculpture in a snow-covered courtyard with the numbers 2024 and Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary

    backstory50: Happy and Happy

    2024. A great year. Why? Because the Neuberger Museum of Art is celebrating its 50th anniversary! 

  • backstory: Celebrate with us!

    Between your other festive holiday happenings, take a minute to mark your calendars for some of the special events that we’ll be hosting at the Museum during our Year of Celebration! 

  • 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

    backstory: Our 50th Anniversary

    You’ve heard me mention that all year next year the Neuberger will be celebrating our 50th anniversary. 

  • Archival black and white image of three women in seated positions facing the camera and smiling

    backstory: November 19 and the Friends

    You’ve heard me mention that next year we’ll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Museum. This milestone wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art. It’s true. We wouldn’t be one of the top academic art museums in the country without the Friends organization. 

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

    backstory: Groundbreaking

    This Friday, October 6, marks the 54th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the museum. 

 

Programs and Events

Friends, neighbors, and guests from around the globe are invited to celebrate with us during a series of social events at the Museum in the spring and in person and online for a year-long schedule of artist talks, lectures, and other programming.

Upcoming Events:

  • Apr 8
    NEU

    NEU Conversations: African Art in American Art Museums

    Time:  10:00am—2:00pm

    This two-day virtual convening brings together curators working in a range of institutional contexts to discuss and explore new approaches to African art in American museums. 

  • Apr 13
    NEU Golden Anniversary Celebration logo

    Neuberger Museum of Art 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Time:  7:00pm—10:00pm

    Tracy Fitzpatrick, Director, and the Board of the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art, will host the Museum’s Golden Anniversary Celebration on Saturday evening, April 13, 2024, within the exhibition, The Making of a Museum: 50 Years. The evening will include a “Moveable Feast” including cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, savory stations, and sweet bites; musical performances; and valet parking. 

  • Apr 14
    Open House

    NEU Neighbors: 50th Anniversary Open House

    Time:  11:00am—5:00pm

    Friends and neighbors are invited to an Open House to celebrate the Museum’s 50th Anniversary.  

  • Apr 17
    Neuberger Museum of Art 50th Anniversary Logo

    Opening Reception for “The Making of a Museum: 50 Years”

    Time:  5:00pm—7:00pm

    Join us as the Neuberger Museum of Art celebrates the opening of its retrospective, anniversary exhibition, The Making of a Museum: 50 Years

    Free event. Light snacks and beverages will be served. 
    Advance registration will be requested.


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 31, 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, 2024
    Window 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

    OPENS:  March 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.