The permanent collection of the Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum numbers more than 60,000 works in a wide range of media and includes a survey of Western art from the fifteenth century to the present.
The Zimmerli has particularly strong holdings in 19th-century French art, particularly prints and rare books; Russian art and Soviet nonconformist art; and American paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative arts. Work by women artists is a distinguishing aspect of the Zimmerli’s American holdings. Selections from these holdings, along with focused presentations of European art, art inspired by Japan, ancient Greek and Roman art, Pre-Columbian art, and American illustrations for children’s books, are always on view at the Zimmerli.
Each year, the museum presents two large exhibitions that survey a particular theme or movement in art or focus on the work of particular artists, especially women artists. The museum also presents a series of four or five cameo shows each year. These shows, which highlight the Zimmerli’s permanent holdings.
Large-scale abstract paintings with heavily worked or highly colored surfaces
Experiments with Zen and mind-expanding philosophies create centered and meditative images
Demonstrates the technical and aesthetic approaches that characterize this innovative art of the 1800s
1930s - 1940s prints picturing Mexican people, traditions, and history for primarily American audiences
60+ works demonstrate a lifelong inquiry into the multidimensional energy of space
Examining the relationship between photography and celebrity from the 20th century to the present
Works span her illustrious, decades-long career
Artists demonstrate new, innovative approaches to interpreting time
Paintings by both artists plus works on paper by others associated with the 1960s
Avant-garde explorations in wood, plastic, and resin
30 works bring Sotomayor's life story alive
Prints and drawings focus on labor as it evolved from traditional rural areas into contemporary urban jobs