Sustaining Vision: The Dr. Luther W. Brady H’88 Collection at the Picker Art Gallery
January 24–March 10, 2019
The Dr. Luther W. Brady H’88 Collection at the Picker Art Gallery is one of the museum’s richest. For nearly four decades, gifts of artwork to the museum from Brady have greatly enhanced the museum’s holdings and have become invaluable resources for teaching and learning with art at Colgate. Even more remarkable, Brady’s philanthropic relationship with the University was not that of an alumnus, but grew from his penchant for developing personal relationships with artists—including Colgate professor Eric J. Ryan, whose untimely death was the catalyst for Brady’s first donation in 1981. Throughout his illustrious medical career, Brady demonstrated a strong commitment to arts patronage—in Philadelphia, where he began practicing medicine in 1956, and elsewhere—and an abiding belief in the value of art as part of a well-rounded education.
This exhibition honors Brady, who passed away in 2018, by presenting two dozen artworks that tell the story of how his attitude toward artists, arts patronage, and collecting helped to shape the Picker Art Gallery’s collection. A disciplined, deep collector who acquired South Asian, East Asian, pre-Columbian, Native American, and modern and contemporary art, Brady greatly expanded the museum’s holdings of works by abstract expressionists. Works by leading figures of this and other postwar art movements, such as Richard Diebenkorn, Barbara Hepworth, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, and Fritz Scholder, are included in the exhibition. Also featured are works by several Philadelphia-based artists, many of whom found an avid and active patron in Brady, who was also a loyal patron of the Picker. As Colgate celebrates its Bicentennial, this exhibition recognizes Brady’s legacy and a collection that has become foundational as part of the museum’s teaching mission.
Three Acts: Felix Gonzalez-Torres · Senga Nengudi · Joe Overstreet
January 24–March 10, 2019
Three Acts features installations by three American artists who have had a lasting impact on contemporary art through performance, use of nontraditional media, and experimental modes of display. For each of these artists, community advocacy and activism have been central to their practice and embedded in their work. This exhibition puts single installations by the artists—Untitled (LA) (1991) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres; A.C.Q. – Cross Eyed, A.C.Q. – Cross Ban, and A.C.Q. – Cross Waves (2016–17) by Senga Nengudi; and Boxes (1970) by Joe Overstreet—in conversation to encourage interdisciplinary and intersectional conversations about gender, race, sexuality, and social practice in contemporary art.