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“Collecting on the Edge” Exhibit
October 1 - December 15
MAJOR EXHIBITION ON VIEW “Collecting on the Edge” at Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art
Collecting on the Edge, a ground-breaking, two-part exhibition showcasing its exceptional collection that focuses on the history of art west of the Mississippi River since 1920, is on view through December 15, 2018, at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA) at Utah State University (USU). Featuring work by 172 artists, Collecting on the Edge and the publication that accompanies it provide a compelling look at NEHMA’s collection and the curatorial rigor and connoisseurship evident in its development. The eponymous publication features briefs on each work by 81 leading scholars, artists, and curators.
Over the last 40 years, NEHMA has developed an exceptional collection of more than 5,000 artworks by 1,845 artists. Art world luminaries Ruth Asawa, John Baldessari, Jack Goldstein, Ed Ruscha, and Edward Weston are featured along with lesser-known artists including Tony DeLap; Sister Corita Kent; Henrietta Shore; Joyce Treiman, and Takako Yamaguchi. This grouping demonstrates that the history of art in the American West has been even more of a force in American art and culture than one might think.
The exhibition will be installed in two parts—Part I: September 15‒December 15, 2018 and Part II: January 17‒May 4, 2019—in NEHMA’s new 14,000-square-foot building expansion designed by Sparano + Mooney Architecture. Works will be switched out halfway through the presentation to enable visitors to explore more of the collection.