Invitation to the Rose Art Museum's 50th Anniversary

Oct. 11, 2011

Dear Brandeis Community,

I am delighted to invite all Brandeis students, faculty, and staff to join me in celebrating the Rose Art Museum’s 50th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 27, 5-8 p.m. On view in the newly renovated museum will be three extraordinary exhibitions showcasing the university’s famed permanent collection.

"Art at the Origin: The Early 1960s" presents pieces from the collection that were created during academic year 1961-62, the first year of the museum’s existence. Incomparable works by James Rosenquist, Roy Lichtenstein, Ellsworth Kelly, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol will be displayed in the Rose building. Mr. Rosenquist will be in attendance that night as well.

"Collecting Stories" narrates episodes from the collection’s growth, illuminating the ways individual works of art have defined the Rose through the past five decades. Artists in the Foster Wing will include Juan Gris, Marsden Hartley, Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson, Nam June Paik and Kiki Smith.

In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Rose has acquired an historic new addition to the collection. EVE-RAY-FOREVER (1965/2006), by the iconoclastic Boston artist and avant-garde filmmaker, Bruce Conner. It is a recreation of a film triptych made for Conner’s groundbreaking 1965 exhibition at the Rose and will be on view in the Lee Gallery.

You will find additional information about these exhibitions and the history of the Rose in the current issue of State of the Arts magazine. More anniversary events, including academic symposia with our faculty, renowned artists, curators, art critics, and scholars, will continue through May 2012.

If you cannot attend this special opening celebration, I encourage you to stop by the exhibitions later this semester. Special tours for classes can be arranged by contacting Dabney Hailey, director of academic programs, at

I sincerely hope all members of the Brandeis community will join in the celebration of the extraordinary cultural and educational resource that we have in the Rose. The beginning of the Rose’s 50th anniversary year is a splendid opportunity to mark all that has been achieved in the past half century at the Rose, and to anticipate all that is yet to come.

Best regards,