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
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
Images of protests by student activists in Beijing
Works demonstrate traditional approaches to natural history