Past Exhibitions

be of love and other stories

Contemporary Highlights from the Permanent Collection

September 9, 2017 – January 7, 2018    


This large-scale exhibition of contemporary art from the Museum's permanent collection showcases paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculptures by international, national, and regional artists. The featured artists include: Donna Bruton, Jesse Burke, Dale Chihuly, Bob Dilworth, Mark di Suvero, Philip Guston, Corita Kent, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Joel Meyerowitz, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Philip Pearlstein, Ad Reinhardt, Aaron Siskind, Meredith Stern, May Stevens, Andy Warhol, and many others. Organized as a thematic show that tells stories about the collection, this exhibition touches on some of the major trends and movements in contemporary art including Pop Art and Minimalism and their legacies, art and social protest, feminism, geometric abstraction, explorations of landscape in various media, and depictions of the figure. Taking its title from both a print by Pop artist Corita Kent in the Museum’s collection, and the famous E.E. Cummings’ poem, “Be of Love” illustrates the integrated nature of the visual arts and takes a contextual approach to the collection.


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Jesse Burke, Call of the Wild, 2015, from the series “Wild and Precious,” archival inkjet print, edition 3/8, Gift of Dr. Joseph A. Chazan, 2016.019.008. (c) 2017 Jesse Burke


David Dewey, Second Beach, 2003, Watercolor on paper, Gift of Robert Manice, 2003.006.001