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The Rollins Museum of Art has Something for Everyone

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The Rollins Museum of Art has something for everyone, from an exhibition featuring a diverse group of newly acquired works from the past two years, including Rufino Tamayo, Joyce Treiman, and Amer Kobaslija, to Line, Color, Shapes, and Other Stories: Abstract Art Selections from the Permanent Collection, which features abstract art from the permanent collection that, while non-figurative, is rich in storytelling and anchored in art history.

What’s New? Recent Acquisitions (on view through December 31, 2022) features recent acquisitions on a rotating basis, allowing us to share some of our newest treasures before they make it to the galleries in upcoming themed exhibitions. The installation includes variety of artists, media, and topics, and reflects the diversity of the museum’s dynamic and expanding collection.

Line, Color, Shapes, and Other Stories showcases a selection of works from the museum’s collection of modern and contemporary art that explore pure abstraction as a central narrative. Although non-figural, these works contain multiplicity of stories about art making, the history of art, and the artists themselves. Works by Doris Leeper, Richard Anuszkiewicz, and Victor Vasarely, among others, emphasize the universal appeal of the structural elements of representation: line, color, and shape.

From Chaos to Order: Greek Geometric Art from the Sol Rabin Collection is the first major museum exhibition in the United States to focus on Greek art during the Geometric period (c. 900–700 B.C.). The exhibition includes a range of Greek Geometric artworks: 57 figures, animals, vases, and personal ornaments such as warrior belts and pendants. Considered the most important Geometric Greek collection in private hands, the exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.

American Modernisms explores the multivalent meanings of the term American modernism in the context of the collection of the Rollins Museum of Art. From the intensely observed realism of the Ashcan School to the freewheeling exploration of the 1970s, American artists have used the tools and techniques of modernist art to inspect, reflect upon, interrogate, and change the world around them.

Legends of the Saints started with the question: when it comes to those not included in the books of the Bible, where did the stories come from? The short answer is, from The Golden Legend, a 13th century compilation that swiftly became a medieval bestseller. The paintings in this installation, dating from the late 15th – 18th centuries, illustrate the continued prevalence of such representations right up to the end of the early modern era, and unpack some of the stories that continue to fascinate us.

Art Encounters: Ally is a Verb addresses allyship, solidarity, and community building from multiple perspectives; an interactive station encourages members of the campus and external communities to respond to the works on view by sharing their own stories, adding to a collective oral history archive that reflects diverse voices and experiences. Each piece individually, and the selection as a group, address allyship, solidarity, and community building from multiple perspectives.