Curated by Kristin Makholm, executive director of the MMAA, this exhibition features more than thirty significant works from the collection of over four thousand works and includes painting, sculpture, craft, drawing, and photography. Regional themes, such as the Native American experience and the people and landscape of the Midwest, are explored in this exhibition. Artists include Thomas Hart Benton, Cameron Booth, Alexander Calder, Christo, Jasper Cropsey, Edward S. Curtis, Patrick DesJarlait, Frances Cranmer Greenman, Tim Harding, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, Wing Young Huie, Frederick D. Jones, Jr., Gaston Lachaise, Mike Lynch, Warren MacKenzie, Paul Manship, Joseph Rusling Meeker, Joan Mitchell, George Morrison, Louise Nevelson, Ed Ruscha, Mark Tobey , Peter Voulkos, and Grant Wood.
WAM is pleased to be able to partner with close colleague and neighbor the MMAA. With significant holdings in American art at both organizations, this exhibition showcases past artistic accomplishments to sharpen our focus on the art of today and the creative possibilities of tomorrow. The exhibition is accompanied by an 84-page, full-color catalog with essays on each work in the exhibition, authored by a variety of distinguished art historians.