When modern was contemporary

In 1969, financier Roy R. Neuberger donated more than 100 works from his extensive art collection, considered by many to have been the most important private collection of contemporary American art in the world, to establish the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College’s initial holdings. Now you can get an inside scoop on the museum’s founding collection on Sunday Dec. 7, at 2 p.m., when five contributing authors of the newly published collection catalog share their insights.

In “When Modern Was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection,” Irving Sandler, Karen Wilkin, Joan Marter, Gail Stavitsky and Eleanor Brackbill offer details of their research on the works of artists in the collection, including Jackson Pollock, Stuart Davis, and Arthur Dove. The catalog was published in conjunction with the exhibit of the same name, which is on view through March 15.

“This is a rare opportunity to hear some of the country’s top scholars in their field discuss highlights of the museum’s collection and give invaluable insight into collecting and viewing Modern art,” says Tracy Fitzpatrick, the museum’s director and catalog editor. Fitzpatrick will lead the colloquium and introduce the speakers, who will each discuss a collection highlight that’s been featured in the catalog. The presentations will be followed by questions and conversation.

Copies of the 276-page, fully illustrated, hardcover catalog will be available for sale.  Admission to the colloquium is free with museum admission — $5; $3 for senior citizens; free to Neuberger Museum members, children age 12 and under and Purchase College students, faculty and staff. The college is at 735 Anderson Hill Road between Purchase and King streets. For more, call 914-252-6100 or visit neuberger.org.

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