published Sunday, November 27th, 2011

'New Acquisitions' at the Hunter Museum

Exhibition opening this week features recent additions to the museum's permanent collection

Beginning Wednesday, visitors to the Hunter Museum of American Art will have the opportunity to view an exhibition of the museum's most recently acquired artworks.

Because the museum collects a broad spectrum of American art, from the 1800s to the present, there will be a variety of works ranging from traditional to contemporary. The exhibition will include painting, prints, sculpture, glass and mixed media.

"The Hunter Museum is constantly acquiring new work for its permanent collection through donation and purchase, and this exhibition will focus on a number of the newest pieces to enter the collection in the past five years," said Nandini Makrandi, Hunter's curator of contemporary art.

Some of the museum's recently acquired pieces have never been on view. These include outsider artist Thornton Dial's "The Birds That Didn't Learn To Fly (Blue Skies)." Dial uses all manner of found objects, paint and wood in his paintings.

In the past year, the Hunter also has focused more on contemporary photography, acquiring works by artists Sally Mann, Jeffrey Wolin and Mark Steinmetz.

Art in the permanent collection gallery rotates often, so this show gives the museum staff a chance to look back at a period of time and see how the collection has grown, changed and diversified.

"New Acquisitions" will continue through Jan. 1.

The museum, 10 Bluff View, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; and noon-5 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday. Admission is $9.95 adults and $4.95 ages 3-17. For information, call 267-0968.

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