The Norton Museum’s collection of Contemporary Art reflects the provocative ideas, materials, and processes explored by international artists today. This area of collecting was established as recently as 2009 with the appointment of a Curator of Contemporary Art. The Contemporary Collection reflects the recent emphasis on the art of our time with acquisitions of works by Phyllida Barlow, Nick Cave, Nijedeka Akunyili Crosby, and Jenny Saville, among others who have been featured in Norton-organized exhibitions. While the Museum Collection is strongest in American and European art, gifts of Contemporary Art received since the 1990s through the present have had a marked impact on the breadth and quality of the Museum Collection, increasing the representation of global and diverse voices.

The Contemporary Art collection also reveals the enthusiasm of donors who have contributed significant art and funds for acquisitions; the impact of these gifts cannot be overstated. In 2002, Catherine and Gilbert Brownstone generously donated their outstanding collection of more than 50 paintings, sculpture, and works on paper emphasizing Minimalism, including examples by Lucio Fontana, Imi Knoebel, Sol LeWitt, and John McCracken. In 2016, Jane Holzer donated more than 15 artworks, including sculpture by Sylvie Fleury and Dahn Vo. And in 2018, Bob and Pam Goergen donated sculpture by important 20th- and 21st-century figures, including Mark Di Suvero, George Rickey, and Ugo Rondinone among others, which are on view in the new sculpture garden. The Norton’s Contemporary and Modern Art Council (CMAC) has also had a substantial impact in expanding the Contemporary Collection through significant gifts of art and providing funds for acquiring art.

Contemporary Collection Highlights

Cheryl Brutvan

Director of Curatorial Affairs / Glenn W. and Cornelia T. Bailey Curator of Contemporary Art
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Cheryl Brutvan

Director of Curatorial Affairs / Glenn W. and Cornelia T. Bailey Curator of Contemporary Art
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Cheryl Brutvan was appointed the Norton’s first Curator of Contemporary Art in January 2009 and Director of Curatorial Affairs in June 2012.  Under her direction, the Norton has championed the art of today through numerous exhibitions and acquisitions, including the RAW (Recognition of Art by Women) series.  RAW exhibitions include the first survey of the paintings and drawings of Jenny Saville (2011), and Njideka Akunyili Crosby: I Refuse to be Invisible (2016). She also explored Palm Beach native “Baby” Jane Holzer’s relationship with Andy Warhol in To Jane, Love, Andy (2014). Among her other projects was Say it Loud: Art by African and African-American Artists in the Collection (2013).  Prior to joining the Norton, Brutvan was Head of the Department of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Senior Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.  She completed a Masters in the History of Art at Williams College.

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