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Neuberger Museum of Art

Embracing the highest standards of artistic and professional excellence, the Museum collects, preserves, presents and interprets the art in its permanent collection and its changing exhibitions. It is committed to creating an educational, cultural, intellectual and collegial environment for both Purchase College, State University of New York, and the community at large.

Recognized nationally, the Museum's significant collections, innovative exhibitions, and interdisciplinary educational and public programs are catalysts for a total cultural experience that positions the Neuberger Museum of Art as Westchester County's premiere cultural resource for Modern, contemporary and African art.

Presenting 12 changing exhibitions annually in addition to ongoing exhibitions from the permanent collections, the Neuberger Museum of Art offers visitors insights into the work of 20th century masters, and mid-career and emerging artists, as well as exposure to the county's only permanent exhibition of African art.

Initiated in 1974 with Roy R. Neuberger's donation of 108 works of art, the permanent collection of the Neuberger Museum of Art has grown to over 6000 works of uncompromised quality and variety. Featuring prestigious examples of modern, contemporary and African art, holdings include the Roy R. Neuberger Collection of American Art, the Aimee W. Hirshberg and Lawrence Gussman Collections of African Art, the Hans Richter bequest of Dada and Surrealist objects, the George and Edith Rickey Collection of Constructivist art, and American, Mexican and European master works from the collection of the late Dina and Alexander Racolin. The Neuberger Museum of Art continues to collect and exhibit its permanent collection, enacting Mr. Neuberger's commitment to supporting the work of contemporary artists who examine and expand the ideas of our day.

Painting, along with sculpture, forms the core of the Museum’s collection, providing primary examples of the movements and individuals comprising the history of modern art. Experimental or traditional, representational or abstract, unique or in series, the paintings embody the leaps and small steps that each artist traveled as a creative individual and as a conduit for time and place. From Cleve Gray’s monumental Threnody to the Richard Pettibone collection of miniatures, the Neuberger Museum hosts a great collection of singular treasures. Artists represented in the collection include Milton Avery, Will Barnett, William Baziotes, Jack Beal, Patrick Henry Bruce, Thomas Cole, Stuart Davis, Willem DeKooning, Richard Diebenkorn, Louis Michel Eilshemius, Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Gatch, April Gornik, Cleve Gray, William Gropper, Hans Hofmann, Edward Hopper, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Lee Krasner, Jacob Lawrence, Jack Levine, Roberto Matta, Georgia O’Keeffe, Kenzo Okada, Jules Olitski, Nathan Oliveira, Jackson Pollock, Maurice Prendergast, Bridget Riley, Larry Rivers, Mark Rothko, Ben Shahn, Charles Sheeler, Joan Snyder, Mark Tobey, and Max Weber.

African Art Collection

African art has been an integral part of the Neuberger Museum of Art since it opened in 1974. In 1999, the collection almost doubled in size with the major gift of 153 works from the collection of the late Lawrence Gussman, a notable collector and a resident of Scarsdale, New York.

Lawrence Gussman’s interest in Africa began in 1957 when he met Dr. Alfred Schweitzer at his hospital in Labarené (Gabon). This first encounter sparkled a friendship between them that endured until Schweitzer’s death in 1965. Also sharing Dr. Schweitzer’s strong belief in humanitarian aid, Gussman and his wife returned each year to work at Dr. Schweitzer’s hospital. They both went for over thirty years. It was in Gabon that Gussman’s fascination with the art of Central Africa began; yet despite his annual trips to Gabon, he collected only in Europe and the United States, primarily through auction houses, dealers and other collectors.

The African collection at the Neuberger Museum of Art is strongest in the arts of central Africa. Major objects, however, span a broad geographic range from Mali to Mozambique, offering artistic insights into over thirty cultures. Some of the splendid objects in the collection and included on this website are a Ci-Wara headdress from the Bamana peoples in Mali; a Bangwa commemorative female figure from Cameroon recently attributed to the carver Ateu Atsa; a stylistically delicate janus-face Mende mask from Sierra Leone; an anthropomorphic Fang harp among the only one known so far in a US museum, a large figure from the Bembe peoples (Congo) better known for their artistic mastery in miniature. The collection is also distinguished by a rare Dogon shutter (Mali) depicting a lizard surrounded by eight figures, the most recent addition to the collection thanks to Denyse and Marc Ginzberg and two powerful examples of Fang Reliquary Guardian Figures (Gabon) that contrast both in form and style.

Visiting the Neuberger

Tuesday - Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday - Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays

Adults $5, Students $3, Seniors [62+] $3. Free for members, children under 12, Purchase College
students, faculty & staff. Free First Saturday of every month for all vistors

Gallery Talks
Tuesday - Friday at 1 pm / Sunday at 3 pm. These informal gallery talks led by docents offer fresh insights into the Museum's special exhibitions and permanent collections, while allowing time for independent viewing of art in the Museum. Gallery talks begin at the Museum Store and reservations are not required. Free with Museum admission.

Topic Tours
Sundays at 2 pm. Focusing on a specific topic, these informal gallery talks led by docents explore different aspects of the permanent exhibitions. Topics include Faces & Figures in 20th Century Art, Understanding Trends in Modern Art, and Symbols of Power & Belief: African Art, to name a few. Please see the Events page for a complete list of topics. Free with Museum admission.

Specifics on visiting the Neuberger Museum of Art were correct at time of publication. We would suggest that you confirm dates and times prior to your visit.
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