Contemporary Works from the Cleve Carney Collection

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PMU No. 17, 2005 Acrylic Paint On Canvas 38 X 59 ¼ X 4 ½ Inches © Copyright the artist Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York Cleve Carney Collection
Contemporary Works from the Cleve Carney Collection

150 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst , IL 60126
October 4th, 2009 - January 3rd, 2010
Opening: October 4th, 2009 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sunday and Monday - Closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Friday FREE 10:00 - 8:00 pm


A selection of works from the Cleve Carney collection will be exhibited at Elmhurst Art Museum, filling all three exhibition galleries.  Like most collections, it has evolved.  The selection is contemporary and includes Roxy Paine, Jean-Luc Moulène, Jenny Holzer, Johannes Girardoni, Joseph Marioni, Thomas Nozkowski, David Shrigley, Mel Bochner, Jim Nutt, Ed Paschke, Jin Soo Kim, Tony Tasset, Ann Wilson, Tom Skomski, Josh Garber, John Fraser, John Pittman, Tony Fitzpatrick, Richard Rezac, and many others.  Mr. Carney has shared his collection with friends, family, and visitors in his home for many years; however, this is the first time the collection will be opened to the public.


Viewing a personal art collection is a unique learning experience.  The collector becomes a curator of sorts – pulling works of art together over a long period of time to form an in house installation that reveals the eye and vision of the collector.  The viewer has an opportunity to gather in and revel in this individual’s personal form of expression, thinking about how they relate to it as a whole and how they respond to the individual works of art.  There is an opportunity to learn a great deal about the individual collector whose works they are viewing.  At the same time, by placing themselves in the collector’s shoes, they learn more about their own personal vision. Mr. Carney was born in DuPage County and currently lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.  He studied at Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago.  He belongs to numerous golf clubs, including Chicago Golf.  In 2006, Mr. Carney was named Philanthropist of the Year by West Suburban Philanthropic Network.  Mr. Carney served on the board of the DuPage Community Foundation for thirteen years eight of which as President.  Mr. Carney is a true patron of the arts, has served on the board of the Collectors Forum at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and is currently on the Board of the Society for Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, where he also served as Vice President of this organization for two years.  He has supported other art institutions including the Hyde Park Art Center and Elmhurst Art Museum where he has served since 2006 on the Executive Board.

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