Passage

On View September 7 - December 2, 2018
Lower Rose and Foster Galleries
Drawing together over 60 important works by an international roster of artists, Passage displays a selection of highlights from the Rose Art Museum’s permanent collection. From paintings and sculptures to works on paper, the exhibition presents pieces created throughout the early 1900s to the 1970s. Featured artists include Ilse Bing, George Braque, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Marc Chagall, Judy Chicago, Marisol Escobar, Juan Gris, Alex Katz, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, Helmut Newman, Isamu Noguchi, Dorothy Norman, Pablo Picasso, Antonio Saura, Florine Stettheimer, and many more. 

The museum’s collection from the 20th century mirrors the historical concerns, defining milestones, and sea changes of art history. Passage traces the transition from early figuration and representation to the powerful advent of informal and abstract expressionism in the post-war era.  As painting turned inward to explore the potential of the medium, there was a shift to a heroic scale that turned the canvas into a site of performative action. Pop Art in the 1950s brought the focus back squarely to the banal, everyday object, unexpectedly pointing the way to more conceptual and hybrid approaches to artmaking. 

Curated by Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator Luis A. Croquer.  

This exhibition is supported by the museum’s Henry and Lois Foster Exhibition Fund.