The Art Students League of New York: Highlights from the Permanent Collection and Selections from the Hillstrom Museum of Art Collection

September 10 through November 4, 2007


Introductory text for brochure of Selections from the Hillstrom Museum of Art Collection

The Hillstrom Museum of Art is pleased to present the fourteen works on view in this exhibition, which is being shown concurrently with the exhibit The Art Students League of New York: Highlights from the Permanent Collection. Many of the works in the Hillstrom Collection are by artists who studied or taught at the Art Students League of New York. These selections from the Collection highlight this connection, and include works by two artists, Gifford Beal (1879-1956) and Henry Schnakenberg (1892-1970), who served as President of the League. Most the works on view are by League instructors, and there are several by League students who went on to prominent careers. Many of these paintings, drawings and prints were donated by Museum namesake Reverend Richard L. Hillstrom, including the 1937 painting of Central Park, New York by Leon Kroll (1884-1974), donated in 2006 in memory of his parents Martin and Alma Hillstrom, and there are also several recent donations from Dr. David and Kathryn Gilbertson.

This exhibition also features another of the Museum's FOCUS IN/ON projects. FOCUS IN/ON is a program in which the expertise of College community members across the curriculum is engaged for a collaborative, detailed consideration of particular individual objects from the Hillstrom Collection. The extended didactic text for the oil painting Mozartiana (c.1940) by Esther Williams (1907-1969), which appears both in the exhibit and in this brochure, was written in collaboration with David Fienen, Edgar F. and Ethel Johnson Professor of Fine Arts, Organist and Cantor of Christ Chapel, and Chairperson of the Department of Music. We would like to thank Dr. Fienen for his efforts and his enthusiasm.

Donald Myers
Hillstrom Museum of Art

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