The Montclair Art Museum is one of a surprisingly small number of U.S. museums dedicated solely to art produced in this country. MAM holds a notable collection of American and Native American art that highlights the visual arts in the United States over the last three hundred years.
The collection includes more than 12,000 objects, including paintings, prints, original works on paper, photographs, and sculpture by American artists from the 18th-century to the present. Also notable is the collection of traditional and contemporary Native American art and artifacts, representing the cultural developments of peoples from all of the major American Indian regions.
The museum holds an exceptional collection of 18 paintings, 2 watercolors, and 1 etching by the artist George Inness (1825-1894), representing every important period of his career. Regarded by many of his contemporaries as America's foremost landscape artist, Inness resided in Montclair for the last decade of his life.
Whether you go or not, the museum guide, Montclair Art Museum: Selected Works, offers a selected cross section of the museum's collection. The more than two hundred paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs featured reveal the breadth of the collection. Covers the Museum's important concentration of works by America's greatest landscape painter George Inness. Another significant section features works of the Morgan Russell Collection and Archive, works on paper that record the complexities of the artist's aesthetic and intellectual adventures, especially his development as part of the first declared American modern art movement, Synchromism, from 1912 to 1914. The volume combines Native and other American art within a range of artistic media in provocative and insightful ways, and its commentaries reflect the careful scholarship and commitment to public education for which the Museum is known.
Explores the stylistic development of Native American art traditions and the historical contexts in which these changes were made
The new market for Native basketry changed the lives of countless California basket weavers, and they were encouraged to create innovative art baskets
More than 40 pieces of Pueblo Indian pottery, dating from the late-19th century to today, are placed in historical context to explain stylistic change and innovation
53 paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures by 42 renowned American artists
Works feature girls and young women in evocative poses within mysterious settings
80+ works address characteristics that contribute to one’s sense of self, place and personal space
24 works provide context for the breadth and depth of the artists work
Works created in an array of fibrous materials